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Farran Forest Park

Summer League #1: May 8th 2012

Farran Forest Park (ParkO)

Farran Forest park is an area of approximately 44 hectares

  • 35 hectares are wooded
  • 1 hectare is under water for wildfowl
  • 8 hectares of grassland

The park is located on the southern shore of Inniscarra lake and provides panoramic views of the tranquil waters and surrounding countryside.

The forest itself comprises a fine network of paths, making the area very suitable for first time orienteers and ideal for families particularly those with young children with plenty of buggy friendly paths. The adventure playground a short distance from the car park can also provide some post course entrainment for the younger competitors.

A notable feature is the wildlife enclosure which holds a small herd of Red and Fallow deer which can easily be viewed from the path which skirts the boundary fence. The diversity of tree species in the wood provides a wide variety of very distinctive odd trees which are frequently used as control sites. The off the paths terrain is fast runnable forest however there is some repetitive crag detail which can often cause some confusion.
 
Map Scale: 1:5,000
Parking: The forest has a large car park.

Forest Trivia
  • The lake is really a reservoir, constructed in the mid 1950’s to store water for the nearby Inniscarra hydro electric generating station.
  • The wood once formed a small fragment of the expansive Farran estate which was owned by a Captain Clarke – of tobacco products fame. The demesne passed on to Captain Mathews who converted some of the pasture land to forest.
  • The National rowing centre is also located within the park on the lake shores.

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Farran Forest Park