Phoenix Park, Co Dublin. If a long journey seems too daunting on a short winter’s day, why not take a walk in the heart of the city? Phoenix Park (under the care of the OPW) is a long-established favourite, and at over 1,750 acres in size, is the largest enclosed park of any capital city in Europe. There’s a wide range of walking trails, so you can choose the landmarks you want to see and devise a route to visit them. Highlights include Aras an Uachtarain, the People’s Flower Gardens, the ruins of an 18th-century Magazine Fort, and the meadow known as Fifteen Acres, which is home to a herd of up to 600 fallow deer. Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. The visitor centre lies beside Ashtown Castle on the northwestern side of the park. Follow signs from Chesterfield Avenue, the road that runs across the middle of the park. Easy — flat terrain.
START/FINISH GETTING THERE LEVEL LENGTH/TIME TO WALK
Your Frisbee, plus a copy of the park’s walking map, which can be collected from the visitor centre.
At the visitor centre cafe, or at Phoenix Park Tea Rooms, along Chesterfield Avenue at the eastern side of the park.
REFUEL START/FINISH GETTING THERE
Ardgillan Park. Access the area via the M1, and exit at Junction 5. Follow the R132 to Balrothery, then follow signs for Ardgillan Castle or Ardgillan Park.
Easy — largely flat, hard-surfaced paths.
LENGTH/TIME TO WALK PACK
3.5km/1.5 hours. A copy of the demesne map, which can be downloaded from ardgillancastle.ie.
At Paws, a dog-friendly cafe in the castle buildings.