Zoë Devlin Some favourite wild­flower walks

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - OUTDOORS -

Raven Point Loop Walk, Co Wex­ford

“It changes as you go along – conif­er­ous wood­land at the start, then dune slacks with all sorts of wild­flow­ers as the sea­son passes. A lovely sandy beach at the end of the point and a re­turn walk along hard sand. Also good for birds and wildlife.” Typ­i­cal May flow­ers: wild pansy, sand or dune pansy, bul­bous but­ter­cup, cuck­ooflower, com­mon dog-vi­o­let. walk­ingroutes.ie/954-Raven-Point.html

Abbey Hill, Co Clare “In this lime­stone world, views change on this un­de­mand­ing path, with

wild­flow­ers in abun­dance.” Typ­i­cal May flow­ers: spring gen­tian, early-pur­ple or­chid, moun­tain avens, heath milk­wort, bit­ter-vetch. sum­mit­post.org/abbey-hill/999850

Der­ry­nane Mass Path, Co Kerry

“A spec­tac­u­lar me­an­der around one small nat­u­ral bay within Der­ry­nane Bay, the nar­row path ris­ing and fall­ing over rocks, through lush lit­tle patches of wood­land, views to­wards the is­lands.” Typ­i­cal May flow­ers: yel­low pim­per­nel, wild straw­berry, thrift, St Pa­trick’s cab­bage, heath milk­wort. dis­cov­erire­land.ie (kerry walk­ing maps)

Grand Canal: Robert­stown to Low­town, Co Kil­dare

“A gen­tle walk along the Grand Canal to where it splits into two, one join­ing up with the Bar­row line. The fur­ther one walks from the locks, the qui­eter it gets, the more bird­song can be heard.” Typ­i­cal May flow­ers: bog­bean, meadow but­ter­cup, com­mon field-speed­well, com­mon mouse-ear, wild privet, hedgerow crane’s-bill. robert­stown­hol­i­dayvil­lage.com/wp-cont ent/up­loads/2013/07/Canal-Walks-Tow -Path-Trails-RHV.pdf

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