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Friday, 30 November 2012

Essential Guide To Ireland's Woods


Stopping by Woods:
A Guide to the Heritage
and Recreational Forests of Ireland

I have just got this, a wonderful directory and guide featuring all 315 public access woodlands and forests in all of the island of Ireland, North and South.

Donal has taken a passionate journey over several years to visit, photographed and research details of each public access woodland.

Information  added in addition to the woodland species and heritage includes ..


  • how to find each woodland 
  • parking and public transport information, 
  • walking distances and terrain along trails
  • trails and walks are mapped
  • woodlands are featured county-by-county.

Not only is this a reference book but also a beautifully crafted large format reading fully illustrated book making it well worth its purchase price. In Ireland it cost me €25 including shipping/postage, and for folks in the UK I believe this will be £15 to £16 as you will get free shipping from Amazon UK.

You can click to order from this link, and we actually 
get something for Bards In The Woods expenses.

Stopping by Woods is an essential guide for any woodland visitor as it is truly a thorough reference to almost all of the publicly accessible woodlands in all of the island of Ireland.

Each chapter covers a county, with a bit of history about each wood, details of the trees and any other features to be found there, along with helpful descriptions of the walking routes.

There are directions for finding each wood, including OSI map numbers and grid references to the woodland entrance or car park. Do double check with other sources, such as our Bards In The Woods web site, because even during the 2 years since this was published there have been road changes and changes to car park availability.

The photos !!! Lots and lots of them, lots of colour.
This is totally a very well researched and illustrated book with maps and beautiful photographs.

The introduction serves a very interesting history of Irish forestry and a guide to the tree species in Ireland's woodlands.

The author, Donal Magner is a lifelong forester and obviously this book is an extreme labour of love, because though this costs more than many books the production costs of this must be huge to give us a high quality reference.

You can order your copy if you click here.

PS.  On Amazon it currently reads "Temporarily out of stock.Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item".

I suspect more copies will be with them within the week, so worth lining up your order now I advise.


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