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4 Family Friendly Trails in Arklow Town great for a walk, cycle or scoot.

Looking to get outdoors with the kids while visiting Arklow? There are lots of super, safe trails where young kids can burn off all that energy with a walk, cycle or scoot.

1. Arklow Nature Reserve

Arklow Nature and Wildlife Reserve nestles beneath the North Coastal Walk on Arklow’s north shore. A small lake forms the centrepiece of the reserve with a 2km trail suitable for walkers, family cycling and scooting.

The area behind the raised west bank supports a very different kind of habitat. It is quite dry and the path runs through a copse of silver birch. Along this path you can veer off to The Arklow Bay Hotel and enjoy Afternoon Tea or a drink on the lawns that meet the edge of the walking trail. The adjacent Kynock’s Park and Coastal Walk are a nice addition to your ramble in this area.

Good to Know

Terrain: Flat & paved. Looped off-road route.

Parking: Along the adjacent Seaview Avenue (free)

Public Toilets: Main Street Car Park – 15 minutes walk

Coffee & Snacks: Hilda's Coffee Shop

Meals: Arklow Bay Hotel

Nearby Attractions: The Playground, Skatepark, Dementia Friendly Garden and Coral Leisure Centre and Pool are all adjacent.

2. Arklow River Walk

The wide and meandering Avoca River flows through Arklow’s town centre and lalongside it runs a Riverwalk which begins from edge of the 19 Arches Bridge and The Bridge Hotel. Follow the river on a journey inland under the enormous weeping willows which tip the water’s surface in places.

The walk is 3km in total and loops up onto the Vale Road before returning down to the River via The Coomie Lane beside the ruins of the Ormond Castle. Children will enjoy spotting the hand-carved wooden sculptures depicting native animals which are dotted along the walk and swans, geese, otters, squirrels and even ponies can be seen often along the way.

You may decide to extend your walk by picking up one of the Arklow Town Heritage Walks - more details here.

Good To Know

Terrain: Flat and paved along Riverwalk. Turning to gravel with a gentle incline until reaching the Vale Road. Paved footpath alongside the Vale Road before returning to gravel surface on Coomie Lane.

Parking: Bandstand/Main Street Car Park (charges apply) at the start of the walk

Public Toilets: within the adjacent Car Park

Snacks: Main Street - multiple options

Meals: Main Street - multiple options

Nearby Attractions: Arklow Maritime Museum, at Bridgewater Shopping Centre, is just a short walk away. Family Tickets €10.

3. Arklow Rock Cliff Walk:

This trail is recommended for families with slightly older kids due to the initial moderate (but short) climb to reach the cliff path, which is more difficult with buggies and small-wheeled scooters due to the gravel surface.

However, for those who can manage, the views of the coastline are spectacular and worth the slight exertion! From the carpark, this out and back trail is 5km total length, taking you around a working quarry alongside the higher point of Arklow Rock.

The rocky headland in this area support important breeding colonies of seabirds such as Kittiwake, Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Shag, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull and Fulmar.

Take a dip in the sea after you return! The Cove is perfect for family bathing.

Good to Know

Terrain: Initially flat followed by a short steep section, then gently undulating. Gravel surface not suited to small wheeled buggies or scoters.

Parking: The Cove carpark (free) at the start of the walk

Toilets: Portaloos at The Cove and South Beach (summer)

Snacks: Box Coffee at The Boatyard, South Quay

Meals: Links Restaurant at Arklow Golf Club

Nearby Attractions: The Cove and South Beach

4. Glenart Woods

Glenart Woods are nestled in a small glen, accessible via Lamberton Avenue to the west of Arklow Town, consisting of a pleasant and tranquil 5km looped walk. Glenart Castle, which is now privately owned, is also visible from the trail and dates from c1820.

The forest trail through the trees is ideal for family walking and cycling. Most buggies will manage here, but kids using small wheeled scooters may find the route unsuitable.

Good to Know

Terrain: Forest trails which are generally flat good for walkers and family cycling.

Parking: Limited spaces close the barrier.

Toilets: Main Street Carpark

Snacks: Kavanagh's Shop on the Wexford Road - for a famous 99!

Meals: Arklow Main Street has many eateries to choose from.

Nearby Attractions: A short drive brings you to the World War 1 Memorial Park at Woodenbridge.

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