“Nature lovers, health enthusiasts and history buffs will benefit from the development of a 10 mile walk which will provide access to on one of the most historical areas in South Laois,” wrote the Leinster Express of this pristine area.
The Lake and surrounding woodlands is a national nature and wildlife reserve owned by the Office of Public Works. In recent years a local committee has been working in partnership with the O.P.W. to promote the amenity and to provide access for the surrounding community and visitors alike. The first phase of this development was the provision of a car park, access path and fishing jetties. The current proposal will add to this three loop walks in the woods, the restoration of a deserted village pump in the wood and the compilation of information on the many heritage sites along the route.
The lake and woodlands at Grantstown have also developed a reputation as an enriching and rewarding place for fishermen to visit. The course angling is renowned and anglers travel from throughout Ireland and the UK to enjoy reeling in the Pike, the Rudd and the Tench. It is the intention of the next phase of the development that a similar reputation will be attributed to the area by historians, walkers and nature enthusiasts alike.
GPS: 52.86406, -7.49557.