If you are looking for a tranquil and scenic walk in Galway, you might want to visit Richmond Esker Nature Reserve. This nature reserve is one of the few places in Ireland where you can see an esker ridge, a long and narrow mound of gravel and sand that was formed by melting glaciers during the Ice Age. The esker ridge at Richmond Esker Nature Reserve is covered by native woodland, which provides a habitat for various plants and animals.

Richmond Esker Nature Reserve is located near the village of Moylough, in North Galway. It is owned and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), which aims to protect and restore the native woodland using appropriate techniques. The nature reserve covers an area of 15.7 hectares and was established in 1985.

The walk at Richmond Esker Nature Reserve is about 2 km long and follows a loop trail that starts and ends at the car park. The trail is well marked and easy to follow, but it can be muddy and slippery in wet weather, so wear appropriate footwear. The walk takes you through a mixed forest of conifers and broadleaves, such as Scots pine, birch, oak, holly, hazel and willow. 

Along the walk, you can enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside and the nearby Timahoe Esker Nature Reserve, which is another esker ridge with native woodland. You can also spot some wildlife, such as birds, squirrels, rabbits, foxes and badgers. If you are lucky, you might even see a red squirrel, which is rare in Ireland. The nature reserve is also home to some protected species, such as bats, otters and pine martens.

Richmond Esker Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in Galway that offers a peaceful and scenic walk in a unique natural setting. It is a great place to learn about the history and ecology of eskers and native woodlands, and to appreciate the beauty and diversity of nature.


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Richmond Esker Nature Reserve



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