A new development at Castlecomer Discovery Park has seen the introduction of orienteering trails in association with the Irish orienteering Association.
Waterford Orienteers will host the penultimate round of the south-east orienteering league on Sunday, May 12 in the Discovery Park. The three newly-created permanent orienteering courses, (1-3 km) approved by the Irish orienteering Association, will be officially launched at 11am.
All are invited to lend support to this new initiative, and newcomers to orienteering are especially welcome. The usual blue, green, light green and red courses will be on offer.
The area has been mapped by Pat Healy at 1 to 5,000 scale. Courses will open immediately after the launch, and beginners are welcome at a fee of €2 per map.
Orienteering is part of the national Physical Education Department of Education programme, so must be taught in schools. The laminate maps will be sold for €5 with a €2 deposit return.
The Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of stunning natural woodland, is an approved Discover Primary Science centre and provides Primary and Secondary Education programmes. All those who take part are encouraged to make this a family day out and explore some of the park’s great amenities.
Discover the fascinating Coal Mining Museum which comprises a 45 minute tour through Castlecomer’s coal mining past. This fascinating exhibition is an interactive, multi-media display that takes the visitor on a journey through time.
Starting with the formation of the coal 300 million years ago, it brings the visitor through more than 300 years of coal mining history to the closure of the mines in 1969. Try out the new Tree Top Adventure Walk, Leap of Faith and Climbing Wall. Ring to ensure availability in advance 056-4440707.
The Bridgestone award winning Jarrow cafe serves beautifully made healthy food – well worth a munch before ambling outside again to enjoy the fabulous craft workshops in the former stable yard.
A nominal parking fee of €2 applies for the entire day but if you eat in the café above the value of €15 this will be refunded. Registration will be immediately to the right on entrance to the car park. For more visit www.discoverypark.ie.