Category: Family Walks
Lady Louisa’s walk is a gentle and picturesque walk which takes you, for the most part, on a woodland walk along the river bank. Starting at the car park on the Cappoquin road, exit the car park and turn left for Lismore Castle and St Carthage’s Cathedral. When you come to the Blackwater river, continue over the bridge. A magnificent view of Lismore Castle now unfolds in front of you. Proceed in the direction of Lismore town and, shortly, you will come to black gates on the left. Inside these gates, you will see the map board for Lady Louisa’s walk. The walk follows a path on the southern side of the river Blackwater. Some way along the river you will come to a second gate. Follow the signs to your right, leaving the river behind you and following the path uphill. At the top of this path, turn right, keeping the high wall of the school and playing pitch on your left and eventually emerging with a neat row of houses on your left just before a crossroads. Turn right, toward the cathedral (which dominates a beautiful tree-lined square). Turn left through the square and then right to bring you onto the main street of Lismore. Continue to the crossroads, with the monument in the centre of the road, Lismore Hotel on your right and the Heritage Centre across the road on your left. Turn right here to return to your car, noting on the way the beautiful millennium park on your left, the entrance to the castle gardens beyond that and, a little further on on your right, St Carthage’s holy well. The large fountain on the left is known locally as the Spout. Continue past the bridge, turning right to return to the car park and your starting point.