Kindlestown

Location: Take N11 south, taking exit for Delgany (south of Bray and Kilmacanogue) onto R762. Take first left (after Golf Club), and travel uphill for 1.6 km. Entrance to Kindlestown forest is on the right. It can also be located on discovery map number 56, grid reference T-257 985.

Facilities: Kindlestown has a car park, forest walks and viewing point.

Length of Trail: There is a walk of about 3 km available at Kindlestown.

Habitat: The rock outcrop at the top (eastern) end of the wood is an excellent viewing point over the Irish sea with wonderful views of Greystones.

Main Tree Species: In 1934 Scots pine and Sitka spruce were planted - the Scots pine still remains. The mature Sitka has been felled and replaced with Douglas fir, larch, Monterey pine, beech, sessile oak and Corsican pine.

Other Flora: Bramble, rose-bay, and holly abound. Willow herb, with its purple blossoms, is very prominent throughout June and July.

Fauna: The wood is inhabited by many bird species including woodcock and pheasant. There is also evidence of deer, red squirrel, fox and badger.

History: Kindlestown is called after Albert de Kinley who was sheriff in 1301. The wood formed part of the old Bellevue Estate, owned by the La Touche family until 1930.

Geology: The basic bedrock in the area is Cambrian shale. The rock outcrop at the viewing point is Wicklow granite.

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