Walking tour of city highlight of festival

The public will be given a unique chance to explore the archaeology beneath their feet during a special walking tour of Kilkenny excavation sites which takes place as part of the Kilkenny Walking Festival next Saturday April 14th.

The public will be given a unique chance to explore the archaeology beneath their feet during a special walking tour of Kilkenny excavation sites which takes place as part of the Kilkenny Walking Festival next Saturday April 14th.

The tour, led by archaeologist Sinead Marshall, will cover sites between St. Canice’s Cathedral and Kilkenny Castle. The route will take in areas around Grace’s Castle, the Courthouse and Kieran Street.

Children’s activity sheets will be provided on the walk including simple questions about what can be seen in the area of the sites visited during the tour.

Those who took part in the tour last week were in luck as they came upon an open trench currently being excavated beside Talbot’s Tower. Those on the walk were able to see part of the old town wall running under the road. So you could be lucky if you join the next walk on April 14th! And there is a repeat of the walk again on Saturday April 28th.

The Archaeology Beneath Your Feet walk is one of dozens of events which will be held during the third week of the inaugural Kilkenny Walking Festival which has a packed programme of over 60 events for young and old to enjoy throughout the month of April.

The new Kilkenny Walking Festival is a collaboration between Trail Kilkenny, which champions the development of a range of high quality walking, cycling and other leisure trails in the County, and the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership which works with local communities facilitating and promoting more active lifestyles.

Hundreds of people and families turned out to take advantage of the good weather to enjoy the first two weeks of the festival which is appealing to groups and individuals who are being encouraged to pack picnics, walk in the bluebells, go on scavenger hunts, stroll along the riverbank or learn all about foraging in the wild.

To register for the Archaeology Beneath Your Feet walk contact 056 7720870. The Walk starts at Canice’s Cathedral at 3 p.m. on April 14th. Adults E10 and children €4

The full Festival programme and details of how to book can be downloaded at www.kilkennywalkingfestival.ie

Other highlights of Week Three of the Festival include:

Bluebell walk, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Sat April 14th at 10.30 a.m. (€10 for families. Phone 056 4440707 to book)

Canoe Trail and River Walk for Paddlers, Green’s Bridge, Bennetsbridge, Sat April 14th/Sun April 15th, 12 noon (€20 Adults, €12 Children. Phone 056 7720870)

Scavenger Hunt, Sat April 14th, Castlecomer Discovery Park, 12.30 p.m. (€10 Families – 056 4440707)

Archaeology Beneath Your Feet, Sat April 14th, Canice’s Cathedral, 3 p.m. €10 Families, €4 Adults - 056 7720870)

Kilmacoliver Walk, Sunday April 14th, at The Pond, Tullahought, 11 p.m. ( FREE)

Brandon Hill with Tyndall Walking Club, Sun April 15th, Meet at Kilkenny Cinema, 9.30 a.m. (FREE)

Foraging on the River Nore, Sunday April 15th, Bennetsbridge Primary School, 12 p.m. (€20 Adults, €5 Children. Phone Mary White 059 9773849

City Walk Series – Ring Road, Monday April 16th, Outdoor Car Park, MacDonagh 7 p.m. (FREE- 056 7720870)

Walk and Pottery Skills Course, Tuesday April 17th, Castlecomer Discovery Park, 10 a.m. (€€30 Adults – Phone 056 4440707)

Mount Juliet Garden Trail & Afternoon Tea, Wed April 18th, Hunters Yard, 2 p.m. (€60 Families, €27.50 Adults, €12.50 Children – Phone 056 7773000)

Mount Juliet Estate Walking Trail (including tea and scones), Wed April 18th, House reception, 3 p.m. (€50 Families, €20 Adults, €10 Children – Phone 056 7773000)

Dusk Chorus, Wed 18th April, The Parade, 7.30 p.m. (FREE)

Riverbank Eco Trail, Wed April 18th, Waterside B&B, Graignamanagh, 7 p.m., (€15 Adults, €15 children) Phone Mary White 059 9773849.