The Nore Linear Park follows the banks of the River Nore as it flows through the Kilkenny City. The park has a network of accessible cycleways and footpaths on both sides of the river within the Kilkenny City and Environs.
The park is still a work in progress with short sections of path still to be completed however there are currently over 7 km of footpaths and cyclepaths available for use.
The Nore Linear Park can be roughly divided into four sections: -
1. The West Bank (from Bishopsmeadows to the weir at Talbot's Inch)
This section is approached from Riverside Drive close to Green's Bridge or from the Sycamores Housing estate. It can also be accessed (by foot only) from steps at Talbot's Inch on the Freshford/ Urlingford Road.
This section of the park travels through mainly meadow grassland. The footing is easy and level. The section of the park is accessible to persons of limited mobility from the Riverside Drive entrance and from the Sycamores entrance. Please note the Linear Park is located in a floodplain and in periods of high rainfall may be inaccessible.
2. The Peace Park (between John's Bridge and Green's Bridge in the City Centre)
This is the most urban section of the Linear park, travelling through town along the eastern bank, parallel to Michael Street. Much of this section is paved and lined with shrub planting beds with plenty of seating areas to sit and enjoy. Access is from Michael Street or from John's Quay in the city centre or from Greensbridge Street.
3. The Canal Walk (parallel to Kilkenny Castle Grounds)
The third section of the park runs between the Kilkenny Castle Park and the River Nore and involved the upgrade and extension of the existing 'Canal Walk'. This is an attractive walk lined for much of its length with mature trees especially limes. The walk runs from Canal Square and terminates at Fennessy's Mill . During Kilkenny Castle Park open hours it is possible to access the grounds of the Castle Park from the Canal Walk. See www.heritageireland.ie for Castle Park opening hours.
4. The Lacken Walk
This area has recently been upgraded with bank stabilisation works to restore eroded areas and extended with the installation of a raised timber boardwalk. This walk is accessible from steps on the Dublin Road or from the lower path on Maudlin Street and from a newly constructed ramp linking the area with the Ring Road. The path which is narrow in places runs between HSE grounds on the Dublin Road and the river bank and links to the Nore Valley Walk to Bennettsbridge and beyond.
The Nore Linear Park is being developed as an important amenity for both the residents of Kilkenny City and visitors thereto. It is designed to provide a user-friendly pedestrian walk/cycle track for people to access the city centre, to provide an alternative link between existing communities and to strengthen the recreational status of the River Nore Corridor through Kilkenny City. The management and maintenance regime to be undertaken will also enhance the role of the Linear Park as a wildlife corridor through an urban area.