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August 30, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt Debuts New River Walk

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt is offering guests the opportunity to see more of the historic landscape in Powerscourt Estate with access to the beautiful river walk by the River Dargle. This private and hidden gem, deep within the walls of Powerscourt Estate is one of Ireland’s most charming and secluded places to explore. Its ancient and unspoiled beauty is carefully protected and only a very select few are invited to enjoy the splendor that lies beyond the gates to this very charming and secret space which will transport you back in time and ensure enjoyment from a holiday at The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt.

The heritage of The River Walk can be found in the ancient trees surrounding over 3 kilometers of winding walkways that meander through this secluded acreage. The River Walk’s main pathway was laid in 1868 by the Viscount of Powerscourt so that his family could enjoy the serenity of The River Dargle. Upon entering The River Walk, follow the main path which will lead you down towards the tranquil tune of the river and to where the pathway splits in two. The real beauty and essence of The River Walk is found in the many secret woodland trails that radiate from the main pathway and which are very safe and easy to explore.

This part of the Estate has one of the best collections of conifers in the country which were planted in 1870 after the river walk was complete. Included in the collection are Douglas fir, Western red cedar, Noble fir and Giant redwood amongst others. Some are still growing and many are the tallest trees of their species in the country. Gourmet picnic baskets are available to guests who would like to explore the countryside and stop for a picnic along the way on this scenic route. Guests can choose from delicious options such as traditional Irish smoked salmon and brown bread, creamy Colcannon soup, Slaney Valley lamb chops with potato mousseline, home made Paté with pickles and horseradish cream and Irish Guinness beef pie. There is also a children’s option and all picnics come pre-packed in custom-designed baskets.

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