Balrath Wood, Meath
Where: Balrath Wood, Burtonstown, Co. Meath (Map)
Parking: Yes, there is parking onsite
8:00am – 8:00pm (Summer)
9:00am – 5:00pm (Winter)
Pet Friendly: Yes, dogs must be kept on a lead
Stroller Accessibility: There are paved trails suitable for strollers
Since we moved home, we have been making an effort to get out and explore Meath with Jack. There are a lot of places that we remember from when we were growing up, like Bettystown and the Hill of Tara, but we are discovering new gems all of the time. This past weekend, we packed the baby and the dog into the car and headed for Balrath Woods. It’s only 3km from our house (10 km from Navan, and 35km from Dublin), and it is spectacular. It recently made the Irish Times list of the 50 best playgrounds in Ireland, and I can definitely see why.
Balrath Woods is made up of of 50 acres of woodland on what was once the Somerville Estate. There is a decent sized car park, with some information posted about the woods. There is also a really cute “library” in the car park that encourages you to take a book, and leave a book. Once you head through the entrance, there are a number of walks to choose from. We chose the easy walk as it was paved and we had the stroller. There is also a nature walk that you can take with a focus on native Irish trees and plants . For older kids, you can download this guide from the Meath County Council website to compliment the walk and make it more interactive.
The part of Balrath Woods that will probably appeal most to children is the various play structures dotted around the wood. We spotted a jungle gym, swings, and wooden horses. When we were there, we spotted a lot of kids collecting conkers! There are plenty of benches and some picnic tables too, making it an ideal place to spend a couple of hours and have a picnic. We took Atticus with us, on leash, and noticed a lot of other people had brought dogs too.
We absolutely loved Balrath Wood, and we will be making it a regular haunt for walks with Jack and Atticus. I’m sure that Jack will love the playground aspect of it in years to come too. Gorgeous, dog friendly and entertaining for all the family, the perfect day out!