The O’Gormans Loop is a small loop around the village of Bennettsbridge. The walk should take a little over an hour and brings you back to the village of Bennettsbridge along the river bank using a section of the Nore Valley Walk. The walk starts in the primary school in Bennettsbridge and a mapboard is on display in the village on the wall of Tynans Butcher shop.
With your back to the Primary School turn right and follow the purple arrows along the road to exit the village. Cross the railway bridge and along the road for almost 1km to reach O’Gormans Lane (at the side of a house on your left). Turn left here onto the lane. Follow this old disused laneway as it makes across farmland to reach a surfaced road in the townland of Bishopslough. Turn left and follow the road for 500m to reach a junction where you turn right. After another 500m (and just before you reach the M9 motorway), turn left and cross a stile onto an old roadway which takes you under a tunnel (the railway line) and onto the River Nore.
Turn left onto the riverbank. The final section of the loop follows the river back to Bennettsbridge. Note that the loop now
overlaps on the Nore Valley Way - a long distance walking route in this area. A set of steps takes you into the village at the bridge - turn left and enjoy the 100m back to the trailhead.
Notes: Stiles : the trail entails crossing a number of stiles .
Dogs: No dogs are allowed on this walk due to the crossing of farm land.
River flooding: After periods of high rainfall the trail can be very wet and boggy. Hiking boots or wellingtons are recommended.
Trail Kilkenny have developed a digital guide to the walking Trail. To download the guide scan the below QR code with your smartphone or go to the Trail Kilkenny website (www.trailkilkenny.ie)
Eoin Hogan works for Kilkenny LEADER Partnership as the Rural Recreation Officer. His job involves the design, construction and promotion of recreation trails in County Kilkenny. He can be contacted on email@example.com