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If a paddling by canoe through the rural countryside could be described as charming this stretch of the Nore river would be the most charming on the entire island.

We get off to a thrilling start by shooting the A in Bennettsbridge. The salmon can sometimes be seen in the river resting just below the weir before they attempt to jump the opposite way. What an amazing sight. paddling down-river through lush farmland the landscape on either side is all engaging. Its no wonder the nobles built their fine home along the valley. And no finer will you encounter than Mount Juliet. Best appreciated from the water. Passing through the golfing estate is so picturesque. Very soon we will pass under the towering masonry of the railway bridge that carries the Waterford line. And then a gentle paddle over the rapids of the broken weir and on into Thomastown. With all its art and crafts Thomastown is a vital heaven of creativity by the water.

floating still further south the estate houses continue, and the charm of the landscape cannot be denied. The river is teeming with trout and salmon too at certain times. Dark pools and overhanging branches provide excellent swimming stops and the range of trees and colour is a marvel.

I am convinced there is only one way to arrive in Inistoige – and that is by canoe. the bridge, the tidal waters, the church’s and of course the dramatic pine backdrop as Woodstock estate rises high above the silvery reflections.

An amazing journey, so much to offer. Definitely pack a indulging picnic and spend a little extra on the wine for this trail.

Hope to see you soon !!

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