If you go to the foodie destination, The Delgany, that I wrote about in the last blog post and if you over indulge in buttery croissants and if you feel the need to take some exercise afterwards the perfect spot to do so – Kindlestown Wood – is very close by.
Kindlestown Wood consists of thirty-five hectares of mixed woodland crisscrossed by nature trails (including a stretch suitable for persons with impaired mobility). Coillte a commercial company, albeit one where all the shares are held by two different government ministers on behalf of the Irish state , manages the wood as well as most other tracts of forest in Ireland. There are fuller details about Kindlestown Wood and comprehensive directions on how to get there on the Coillte Outdoors website click here to read.
As you walk through the wood you can catch tantalizing glimpses, through the trees, of the sea and the gorse clad mountains. And best of all there are viewing points in the forest where the eye can feast on delicious and soul-restoring vistas. Doing a circuit doesn’t take very long and it’s a relatively easy ramble but trainers or walking shoes are a must.
When I was there and as I wended my way through the shadowed forest I felt cocooned by the tall trees which were blanketed, that day, with a floaty quilt of azure blue sky appliqued with fluffy white clouds. Plant leaves flapped gently in the breeze and butterflies fluttered around low to the ground. It was eerily peaceful.
We cannot attempt Canute-like to stem the flow of time. But on a fine sunny day in Kindlestown Wood I had a shivery sense of how gossamer fine, like a ghostly mist, the veil that divides the past from the present is. Time seemed suspended and as I rambled about there was no sense of being in any particular century, just in communion with nature. But all of a sudden I reached a clearing and wham I was jolted back to the 21st century. Visual above of said clearing.