Ireland day 0047. Sunday 14 November 2021- Castleknock
|Today’s summary||Took the train from Malahide to Ashtown via Connolly Station then joined Dublin Walking Club for short walk up the Royal Canal to Castleknock and back to Ashtown via Castleknock and Phoenix parks|
|Today’s weather||Dry and overcast all day. No wind, no rain. About 15C|
|Today’s overview location
(the red cross in a circle shows where Val and I are at the moment)
(Click button below to download a GPX of today’s walk):
Ashtown and Castleknock
I realised this morning that I had been out with the Dublin Walking Club four times already – and it’s been a great way of meeting new people and finding feet in a new country. And particularly while Val’s been away, it’s been a vital source of social contact.
So, not content with yesterday’s outing to Ireland’s hinterlands, I joined the group for a fifth time again this afternoon for a short “easy” walk in Dublin’s suburbs. The excursion started at the remarkably un-Irish sounding Ashtown station, which is fortunately easily accessible by train from Malahide – direct to Dublin Connelly then a quick hop over to the next platform for the waiting Maynooth diesel.
The walk itself wasn’t in any way challenging, but I found it very interesting – as well as extremely sociable. I am getting worn out by all this chatting! It followed the Royal Canal Way – which I first explored in its lower reaches last Sunday – then at Castleknock, a few km upstream, branched off left into Castleknock Park and then Phoenix Park. The latter is a gigantic park – one of the largest in Europe – with lots of features of interest. Including a zoo and herds of semi-wild fallow deer. We didn’t get time to sample these delights today, as we just skirted a short section of the northern edge. But it certainly demands a fuller exploration and probably a dedicated day to do it. Certainly something to look forward to, perhaps in the run up to Christmas.
The Canal and Park have lots of interesting history to share, some of which is in the photo captions below. But for now, a short social walk on a mild day when the autumn colours were at their best was a real delight. We had finished by 3pm so I made my way back to Malahide and was here in under an hour. So now it’s time for a cup of tea, then the rest of the chicken curry I made a couple of days ago for dinner. And rather than rushing off to do any more evening exploring, I think I’m going to put my feet up for once and perhaps even – for the first time in almost seven weeks – get Netflix up and running on my iPad. You can only resist the attractions of Tiger King and its ilk for so long and I think I am about to succumb.
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)