There are an endless number of walks available on Valentia Island, lose yourself in the beauty of the landscape whilst actually getting some exercise… it’s a win win! Listed below are a couple of options from the short to the long just to whet your appetite...
1. Altazamuth Walk
• Level of fitness – ALL
• Wheelchair accessible
• Time: 25 minutes (max!)
Starting at the Valentia Island Tourist Office located adjacent to the Town Clock walk along the promenade bringing to the Church of the Immaculate Conception just beyond the church you will find a wonderful pathway “Altazamuth Walk” named after the Altazamuth Stone located at Jane Street. Leading onto the wonderful playing fields, tennis court & state of the art playground via a lovely little bridge this walk is perfect for all ages. Coming out of the playground turn right will bring you onto the main road back into Knightstown with a pathway leading you back to the top of the village.
Alternative: Taking the right onto Jane Street will shorten the walk by approximately 10 minutes and will bring you past the location of the original Altazamuth Stone.
2. Knightstown Loop (Locally referred to as the ‘Three Roads’)
• Levels of fitness – ALL
The Knightstown Walks is another little gem suitable for the entire family this walks follows the following route:
- Starting at the Valentia Island Tourist Office (adjacent to Knightstown Town Clock) head up Market Street (the main street up the village)
- Turn right at St. John the Baptist Church located at the top of the village with its beautiful sensory garden. Follow the ‘Old School Road’ past the Heritage Centre to the Glanleam Crossroads.
- Turn left at the crossroads, this little road will bring you past Coombe Bank house a stunning three storey dwelling nestled in trees dating from a time long gone.
- Crossing the main road (R585) carefully you follow Bachelor’s Walk so named because for a time in the history of the island only male bachelors were allowed to use this route – this ‘law’ has since been revoked!!! It is a delightful stroll that will bring down to the water at Reenglas
- Turning left at the bottom of Bachelor’s will bring you back to Knightstown via the Shore Road (known locally as the Low Road – someone in North Kerry renamed it the Shore Road a search for the culprit is on-going!!!!)
3. Strand Walk
4. Glanleam – Lighthouse Looped Walk
5. Chapel Road Walk