St Anne’s Park, Raheny – Tuesday 13th March, 11am
St Anne’s Park in Raheny is among the larger parks in the city, being second only to the Phoenix Park. It is an exceptionally beautiful and varied park, originally owned and laid out by the Guinness family. At its peak it extended to nearly 500 acres. Eventually it was acquired by the city and developed as a wonderful public space without losing its many attractive features. Today it comprises about 270 acres of beautiful woodlands, parklands and gardens, together with extensive sports and recreation facilities. Further information is available on the website http://www.dublincity.
The walk will take about 90 minutes. It will be through woodland and open parkland on good unpaved tracks. We will have a few stops along the way to point out some of its history and its special features.
We will meet in the café of the Red Stables in St Anne’s Park from 10.30am and depart for the walk from the courtyard at 11am.
If you are travelling by car, drive north from the city centre along the coast road. About 0.75km past the wooden bridge to Bull Island, there is a left turn onto Mount Prospect Avenue (signposted for Red Stables). About 200m along the Mt Prospect Avenue, there is a right turn into the Red Stables car park (also signposted). There is no charge for car parking. For those travelling by bus, you can take bus number 130 from Lower Abbey Street which travels north along the coast road and turns left onto Mount Prospect Avenue. Normally buses depart every 10 min or so, and the journey takes 15 to 20 min. Get off the bus at the first bus stop on Mount Prospect Avenue, cross the road, and the entrance to the Red Stables is a little further on your right.
Disclaimer / Footwear / Outerwear
Please note that if you participate in these walks, you must take full responsibility for yourself and be aware that you participate at your own risk. Participants will be asked to complete a Disclaimer Form (unless you have already completed one) before setting out on the walk. It is important that you have sturdy footwear – walking shoes or boots with ridged soles for grip – particularly in wet weather. You should also have appropriate outerwear and be prepared for rain.
Please let us know if you will be joining these walks so that we have an idea of the number of people to expect. You can sign up on the website, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.