We are always on the lookout for somewhere to bring our daughter to expel some energy. C’mon we all know how much energy toddlers have, they can run for hours and still not get tired. Recently I remembered Pollardstwon Fen, I visited on a primary school trip back in the day. Pollardstown Fen is in Co. Kildare and boasts a peatland routed walk. It has free admission and takes approx 30 minutes to complete.
Pollardstown Fen Nature Reserve
Pollardstown Fen is the largest remaining calcareous spring-fed fen in Ireland spanning approx 220 hectares. It is best known for its extensive areas of fen vegetation dominated by Black Bog Rush and Saw Sedge, a vegetation type almost unique to Ireland. There is a wealth of wildlife to discover and is popular amongst those who enjoy birdwatching.
Pollardstown Fen is situated on the northern margin of the Curragh approximately 3 km from Newbridge.
There is a boardwalk route which allows visitors to experience the fen up close.
Is it Baby/ Toddler-Friendly?
Pollardstown Fen has a designated walk route. With the addition of the boardwalk, it is perfect for a pram, you can easily push your baby around and not worry about uneven surfaces. My toddler loves visiting the fen, she gets to run free and explore nature. The walk takes 30 minutes and there is lots of opportunity for you and your littles to stop and seek out some wildlife.
Are there any drawbacks?
One reservation we have with the fen, the boardwalk can get slippery. Some areas of the boardwalk have wire mesh laid, whilst other sections don’t. You really need to be careful and watch your step. The car park is open and usually very quiet. Best be vigilant and leave any valuables out of sight or at home if possible.
My verdict of Pollardstown Fen
Pollardstown Fen is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. It has free admission and a great walk for the whole family, young, old and furry. What’s better than to enjoy some family time, explore nature and get some fresh air.
Until next time,
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