Dodder Valley 031222

Facilities


This parkrun located in the south west suburbs of Dublin is accessible by city buses which operate regularly in the area. Bus would be the advised method of transport because although there is a car park at the park it is small and fills up quickly. The park is also right next to local houses so very easy for local residents to get to. The website states that there are toilets available though I didn’t find them myself.

Course


The course is entirely paved. However due to those infamous wet leaves that you hear about on rail lines, the path can be slippy at this time of year, so watch your step. The course is two laps with a short out and back at the start to form a lollipop shape. The course is not flat but the hills are not that onerous, though I believe that the route I completed was a temporary route while a playground in the park is renovated. The park itself is nice, with a lot of features to encourage local nature, an interesting bridge and nice views of the Dublin mountains.

Coffee


The park is a little distant from a local high street, but there are options at Tallaght.

X Factor


I like the focus on nature in the park and the attempts to preserve habitats. The river alongside the park is also a nice feature.

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