Rath Wood takes it’s name from Rathgall, the site of an ancient hillfort, 1 km to the north. The fort dates back to at least 800 BC or Late Bronze Age.
Serene, tranquil forest walks, extending over 4 kilometres, were carefully designed at Rathwood, to include a short leisurely wheelchair accessible walk to a pond and a longer looped “Molloy Walk” with seating at regular intervals.
This forest is a valuable and rewarding educational tool, given the vast ecological resources of flora, wildlife and tree species contained within its 185 acre boundaries. Rath Wood offers a sanctuary for many mammals, birds and insect species.
Things to do
Walk: Rathwood has two lovely looped walks starting from the Garden Centre car park; Molloy’s Walk (2.3 km, 40min, easy) is a gentle looped walk in the woodland and the Fox's Park Trail (5.2 km, 1.5 hours, moderate) both walks take in the artificial duck pond along the way, take these gentle walks and stop at one of the benches along the way and take in the woodland sounds. You can also enjoy the Honeypot Nature Trail close to the duck pond (0.7 km, easy)
Visitors Facilities on site
Car park – 100 cars
Car park opens between 9am & 11am (all year) & Car park closes 6pm (all year)