Edenvale is a short walk but one with a lot of punch. We dont often go on the trail despite it only being a few miles away. So Sunday last we decided to take Joan (the dog) and our new camera for a bit of a trip.
There are many stories about the place but of course like most good old Irish stories they have been told from a time when whiskey was cheap. They do make for the best stories though. Here is a link to a page to tell you a few.
I love the slight secrecy about the place, with its unassuming entrance. The walk follows the small river up to the old Randall’s Mill, now in ruin. Just before this, around the midway point in the trail loop is the hydro power station which adds quite the ugly contrast to the beautiful forest. It does have a saving glory though. The mesh walkway at the station will appeal too many, as it does to me, as it looks just like the scene in the Pterodactyl cage in Jurassic Park 3. Like hay who doesn’t like Jurassic Park!!!
Continue on up the slippery rocks on the other side of the mesh walk and you will be greeted by the beautiful ruins of the old Randalls Mill. The old mill beside the power staion has long gone into ruin but makes for some great exploring. As I'm a blow in to the area so I don't actualy know much about the history of the mill but you dont need too too appreciate its splender.
From the mill you can either continue on up the gravel road which eventually joins onto the main road that will lead you back to the carpark, or you can do what we did. Just at the bridge by the mill there is a smaller trail on the top of the hill to your right as you are walking back towards the power station. It’s a much smaller single trail but it gives you a different perspective on the place on your way back. Much recommended!
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry