Newtown Farm Country House
Grange, Ardmore
Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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River Brickey Walk

The first section of this walk is along a grassy but solid road by the banks of the River Brickey and ends at the ruins of Knockmaun Castle.

During the 15th century the castle was owned by Sir Richard Osbourne. It was totally destroyed by Cromwell in 1650 before he entered Dungarvan. The river derives its name from the O'Brics, who were chieftains of the Deise, the Deise were a tribe who settled here in the 3rd century a.d. The riverbank¹s vegetation includes alder, willow and sally. There is interesting bird life to be seen, such as the kingfisher, grey wagtail and long-tailed tit, and occasionally the green sandpiper can be spotted here. The river was dredged as far as the castle in the 19th century as part of a proposed canal that was to connect with the Blackwater, but the project was never finished. The second section ascends from the Brickey valley at a 100ft/30m to Kilnafarna hill at 868ft/264m.

Location: The walk begins about 2 miles/3.2 km from Dungarvan. Follow the signs for Clashmore, which can be found at the second roundabout (towards Waterford) on the Dungarvan by-pass (N25). After crossing the bridge (appropriately called Twomile Bridge) take the road going right to begin the walk.

Directions: After about 400 yards/366m the tarred road veers right and the track continues straight on the grassy road for about 2 miles/3.2 km. About halfway along the track passes West Waterford Golf Club, which can be seen on the opposite bank of the river. Approaching the end of this stretch the ruins of the castle appear ahead, perched precariously on a sharp limestone knoll. The track bears to the left at the next junction and heads east in front of the castle. Just beyond the castle ruins, at the opposite side of the road, are the ruins of Knockmaun Church. Turn right immediately after the castle as the track continues south ascending out of the valley. It follows a quiet narrow road, which has a steep gradient and veers left off Knockaunabouchala Hill with its TV mast. It continues around Kilnafarna Hill, whose mast can be reached via the spur road to give an excellent 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside. After two left turns the track returns back down the valley. A right taken at the next junction returns the walker to the start.

Options: This long walk can be divided into two shorter walks.

  1. The first walk goes as far as the castle and returns by the road to the south.
  2. The second walk goes to the top of Kilnafarna Hill and back.

Distance: 7.5 miles/12 km
Time: 3 hours

Newtown Farm Bed & Breakfast near Ardmore, is the ideal location for anyone looking to explore West Waterford. Contact us to arrange your holiday accommodation today.

Guest Accommodation

Our rooms are bright, spacious and elegantly decorated, offering peace, comfort and tranquillity to all our guests. All our rooms are tastefully appointed with white linen and adjoining private bathrooms. Each room is furnished with exceptionally comfortable beds for a refreshing sleep.

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Continental breakfast is served in the sunny breakfast room overlooking the garden with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Our breakfast is made using locally sourced ingredients, this includes homemade scones and brown bread, fresh fruit, muesli and local cheeses. All eggs are collected each morning from our free range hens on the farm.

Our Location

Situated close by are the bustling seaside towns of Dungarvan and Youghal, each brimming with history, local culture and choices of 18 hole golf courses. Explore Ireland’s heritage town of Lismore on the banks of the Blackwater, well known for its freshwater angling and impressive medieval castle. The wide open spaces and breathtaking views make Newtown Farm an ideal base for touring the South East. Newtown Farm Country House is located within easy reach of the world famous attractions of The Round tower Ardmore, Blarney Castle, Waterford Crystal, The Jameson Experience Midleton, The Titanic Experience Cobh – The last stop of the ill-fated Titanic, The Rock of Cashel and many more attractions.

About Newtown Farm, Bed & Breakfast, Ardmore

Newtown Farm Country House is a 4-star B&B located in an idyllic area of outstanding natural beauty - as you'll see in our video - surrounded by its own farm land close to the coastal resort of Ardmore, Co Waterford with its beautiful sandy beach. The peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside offers ample opportunity for rest and relaxation. The area offers several walking routes encompassing the nearby historic village of Ardmore and scenic cliff walks.
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Newtown Farm Guesthouse
Grange, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

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