A walk around Massey Woods, Dublin | Dublin Photographer Jason Mac Cormac

March 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Massey Woods Estate

 

What do you do when you've dropped kids off at Hellfire Club for their Scouts beaver outing. Well you could go home put the kettle on finish your tea and then set out to collect them. Or you could hang around and do your own hike through a very accessible and interesting forest trail in Massey Woods. This is what I decided to do this early Saturday morning. The woods entrance is about 50metres before the Hellfire Club Car park on the opposite side of the road.

The forests and streams and the remains of what was once a magificent mansion in Massey Woods beckoned. Camera and tripod in hand I headed into the old estate to explore, i've been here many times but every time I venture a bit further or go off the main track or nature trail and find new areas of the estate.

 

After heading up one trail following the sound of the river I found a small waterfall that I hadn't seen before. I slid down to the waters edge and took some photographs though the light was very harsh as the sun was shining directly through the trees in front of camera. Definitely a spot i'll return too in more favourable conditions.

 

Massey Woods | Dublin Photographer Jason Mac CormacForest Stream, Massey Woods | Dublin Photographer Jason Mac Cormac

I then headed back along the trail toward the old mansion house and the remains of what were once, less than 100 years ago, the most fabulous gardens. Along the trail I came across the remains of an old icehouse that was used to store meat for the locals. There were no fridges or freezers in those days.

 

Another nice part of the stream I settled to take some photographs as there were moss covered rocks and the water and river bed was a rust colour which gave some interesting colour in the scene.

 

Arriving at the old mansion was met by large archways. Its amazing to think that the house was lived in less than a century ago given the way nature has reclaimed the walls overgrown with vines and ivy and trees uprooting steps. I imagine in another hundred years the house will no longer be visible.

 

Exiting another archway I was met by the stream again. Then along the trail a very large red barked tree perhaps a sequoia with a boulder rock buried in the centre of the trunk. On the trek back up the trail to the top of the hill and the Hellfire Car park there are massive trees and plenty to see. The full route if not stopping probably takes less than an hour, though there is so much to see if you stop you could easily spend a few hours, if you are lucky you might even spy some squirrels and other forest wildlife.

 

 

On my way to Hellfire car park to meet up with the scout group from Castleview and pick up young lad I heard them chanting their beaver song. Fair play to them they were all really tired but had a great day and i am sure most of them were asleep in the cars on the way home.

 

Dublin Photographer Jason Mac Cormac   -   www.jasonmaccormac.com   -   0871482760

 

 

Some useful links with interesting facts and details on the trail and history of Massey Woods

http://www.everytrail.com/guide/hell-fire-club-and-massey-woods

http://www.dublinmountains.ie/index.php?id=139

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montpelier_Hill

 

Dublin Photographer Jason Mac Cormac   -   www.jasonmaccormac.com   -   0871482760

 

 


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