Clara Vale Woodland Nature Reserve

Clara Vale Woodland Nature Reserve

Directly bordering our farm and just a couple of minutes’ walk from your glamping accommodation is Clara Vale Nature Reserve, a 550 acres forest of native Irish trees that includes an ancient Oak Woodlands, Scots Pine and some Birch plantations.

The area has been at least partially under woodland since the Ice Age and is a real hidden gem for those looking to explore the wilderness and get away from it all.

Within the forest you have a choice of three sign-posted loop walks. Each of three looped trails has its own colour-coded signage and these vary in length from 2km to 9.5km. The longest of the walks should take between 2-3 hours to complete. The walks run alongside the Avonmore River bringing you to the picture-postcard Clara Vale church and hump-back Bridge, the most idyllic setting for a picnic and dipping your toes in the river. Alternatively, from the nature reserve you can join the halfway point of the Avonmore Way and walk south to village of Rathdrum or north to Laragh and Glendalough.

Clara Vale is a hidden gem with a wealth of woodland bird-life that includes Long-eared Owls, Jays, Tree-creepers, Crossbills and the Great Spotted Woodpecker, which has recently arrived back to the shores of Ireland.

  • Glamping top tip

    The forest is spectacular in the springtime when the oak wood floor is carpeted with a display of bluebells. The walks are also especially good in the autumn when the leaves are changing colour.