Location: JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum, New Ross, Wexford
Parking: Car park on site
Path: Suitable for buggies – forest trails and accessible paths Continue reading
This is certainly the most difficult buggy parkrun I have done to date, it is also one of the most beautiful ones I have done too! The course is two loops with the first being through the woods on trails, over tree roots and stones – you definitely need an off-road buggy if you want to run (or walk) this part! Once you’ve finished with the first loop, you then continue past the start of the run and onto the second loop which is on tarmac roads. People may warn you about the big hill at the end of the route without mentioning that the whole of the second loop is undulating with lots of small hills throughout. This is okay for the average runner but when you’ve got a buggy to push, you feel every hill no matter how big or small.
Facilties, cafes and playgrounds:
As the parkrun itself is in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve there are many more routes to explore. We took the short drive to the main playground in Glengarriff and it was perfect for the smallies. There is also a fairy trail from the playground which is worth exploring if the legs aren’t too sore too. Although there are many places to eat in Glengarriff and the town is lovely, we were recommended cafe Organico in Bantry as it has a small children’s play area – it didn’t take us much convincing to go there for brunch and the food & coffee was great too!
There are no toilets near the parkrun start unfortunately but there is parking.
Definitely one to do if you want a challenge. A beautiful course in a beautiful part of Ireland.
Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)
Ballincollig parkrun starts at the the regional park car park – the one with the toilet. There are a few entrances to the park so it’s important to make sure you get the right one. It is a busy parkrun with numbers usually around 300 – 400 and it has quite a narrow start. This can make running with a buggy a little difficult as there is often no room to pass for the first few hundred metres and buggies are asked to start at the back. Continue reading
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Location: Cliff walk, Ballycotton, Cork
Path: Dirt track, not buggy-friendly but safe for kiddies (our youngest was 3) Continue reading
Location: Farran Forest Park, Cork (20km west of Cork city and just north of the N22 towards Macroom)
Path: Enclosure trail (1.2km | 25 mins |easy) Continue reading
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