THE RIVER DODDER WALKJune 1st, 2018
Here is the second of five sunny walks to do in and around Dublin!
This is an easy-going, don’t even need comfortable shoes, probably won’t even break a sweat kind of walk. This pleasant stroll takes you through the scenic banks of the River Dodder on Dublin’s southside starting at Bushy Park in Terenure and ending at the Dropping Well in Dartry.
To start the walk, you’ve got to get to Bushy Park. If you’re a public transport regular like myself, 15, 49, 65 and 65b all stop at Bushy Park. If you decide that you don’t want to turn around and return back to the starting point, you can get back into Dublin city centre from the Dropping Well by the Milltown LUAS stop on the Green Line or bus 142.
If you can, do this walk on a Saturday. Why? Because every Saturday from 11-4 there is a market in Bushy Park. And I love markets!!!!!! Grab some delicious food before heading out for your stroll.
Wander around Bushy Park as much as your heart desires. Then, find the pond and go through the gap in the wall behind it that leads out to the River Dodder. From there, you can stroll along the river at whatever pace suits you! You’ll pass lovely houses, bridges, birds, trees, a roman arch, and hopefully not too many people. It’s possible to see otter, kingfisher, bats, brown trout and cormorants along this river. And be on the lookout for a bronze rhino….
Even if it’s a sunny day, the Dodder path won’t be packed with people; it’s a lesser-known walk that tourist don’t frequent. But it’s a great way to spend a quiet afternoon!
Distance: 3.5km or 7km if you turn around and walk back
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: VERY Easy
Route Map here
Photo via mapio.net
Thanks again to our guest blogger, Sara. Sara is a Louisiana native and past USIT participant living in Dublin. Follow along with her travels and recounts of expat life.
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