Nore Valley Way

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The Nore Valley Way is a long-distance trail under development in County Kilkenny. When completed it will be 21 miles long and begin in Kilkenny City and end in Inistioge.

The route is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office and is managed by Trail Kilkenny,[1] a group made up of representatives of the local council, the Kilkenny Sports Partnership and local landowners.[2] Two stages are open at present: the first from Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge and the second from Thomastown to Inistioge. The final section – linking Bennettsbridge and Thomastown – is under construction.

  • The Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge section is 7½ miles long and follows the River Nore, passing the Black Marble limestone quarries, which give Kilkenny its nickname, the "Marble City", and Maddockstown, the home of the surveyor Arthur Oliver Wheeler and father of Everest pioneer Edward Oliver Wheeler.[3]
  • The Thomastown to Inistioge section is 7 miles long and follows the banks of the Nore past Grennan Castle, built in the 13th century by Thomas Fitzanthony, the 18th century Ballyduff House and Brownsbarn Forest.[4]

Outside links


  1. Nore Valley Way on IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  2. "About Us". Trail Kilkenny. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. Trail Kilkenny. "Kilkenny to Bennetsbridge, Ireland". EveryTrail. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. Trail Kilkenny. "Thomastown to Inistioge Walk, Ireland". EveryTrail. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland

National Waymarked Trails:   Ballyhoura WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen