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Ballybrack Woods Trail

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Easy
Format: Circular
Trail Quality: ***
County: Cork
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: Other
Length (Kms): 1.20
Climb (m): 28
Estimated time: 20min
Start point: Car Park in Douglas Community Park
Start point grid ref: W 698 691
End point: Car Park in Douglas Community Park
End point grid ref: W 698 691
Nearest town to start: Douglas, Cork
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Sheet 87
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Facilities: All services
Public transport: Bus routes 206, 207 and 219 connect Douglas with Cork City
Map guide available: N/A


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Description of Trail

This forested glen is known locally as the 'Mangala', a word derived from 'Mangel'. A mangel, or mangold, is a beet known as animal fodder and it is believed that these were cultivated to feed the horses that worked in Douglas mills.The woods are now named for Ballybrack House, a modest 'Big House' on the hill behind the trees. This house was occupied by a branch of the Lane family, who were prominent in Cork's political and social life. Hugh Lane, famous for his art collection and disputed will, was born in Ballybrack House on 9 November 1875. The woods today are a semi-urban woodland area with a variety of flora and fauna.The river is home to brown trout and otters are active along it. Herons are also frequently seen standing in the river. The woods are an important refuge for native bat species.

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More information about this trail can be found at http://douglastidytowns.ie/ballybrack-woods-trail/

Trail management organisation contact details

Douglas Tidy Towns in co-operation with Cork County Council info@douglastidytowns.ie

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