Malahide Family Bike Rides – 2. Estuary Park Seabury and Broadmeadow Estuary Path

Estuary Park Seabury and Broadmeadow Estuary Sand Path – Click for Details:
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Welcome to the second in our series of Malahide family bike rides. Enjoy! You may view all our bike rides here. If you prefer walking – see our series of Malahide Looped Walks. Please remember – Paths within our parks and green spaces are “share with care”. When passing pedestrians from behind, let’s slow down, tinkle our bells from about 20 metres – smile and say hello.

There’s a lovely short (approx 800 metres) “Share With Care” walking cycling path around Estuary Park Seabury – perfect for young children. Nice playground and exercise machines too. Lovely views of the estuary.  The residents of Malahide and especially those of Seabury have been campaigning for almost 20 years for a safe walking cycling route from Seabury to St. John Paul II’s primary school and onwards to the Dart station, Malahide Demesne and all other local amenities. The Active Travel subcommittee of the Malahide Community Forum is supporting residents and liaising with Fingal County Council regarding the provision of “Safe Routes to School & to local amenities”.

Estuary Park Seabury – Fairy Fort

A sand path (shown in yellow on the map) leads East from Estuary park to Caves Marsh and on to Barrack Bridge (Please exercise extreme care at the exit/access to Barrack Bridge, where there is no footpath and a busy road). Caves Marsh is a special area of conservation – please respect the nesting birdlife.

Caves Marsh Spring 2020 – Pair of Swans with Cygnets

Estuary Park connects to the west via a narrow path (shown in red on the map) to a lovely car-free sand/gravel path (a bit narrow at approx. 1.5m wide) along the Southern shore of the Broadmeadow Estuary. It runs for 1.6KM between Estuary Park and the roundabout junction with Seatown Road. This path is perfect for cycling with young children, as it is completely off-road. A great nature trail with lots of birdlife – expect to see herons, swans, ducks etc.

Broadmeadow Estuary Sand path – Stunning in October sunshine
Broadmeadow Estuary Path – 30 Dec 2020 – The path can get waterlogged after heavy rain

The good news: In August 2020, Fingalcoco obtained €1M in COVID Mobility funding to improve the cycling connection from Swords to Malahide. This 2.5km project will run from Seatown Road (Woodie’s roundabout) to the Estuary and then along Estuary Road to Seabury. The part of the route along the Estuary will require planning permission from An Bord Pleanala, due to the sensitive nature of the Estuary.

Route Details: Estuary Park Seabury:
Length: 0.8km (loop)
Surface: Paved path
Difficulty: Easy
Segregation: Fully off-road

Route Details: Broadmeadow Estuary Southern Shore Path:
Length: 1.6km (One way)
Surface: Sandy path
Difficulty: Easy
Segregation: Fully off-road (Exercise care accessing at either end)

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Malahide Family Friendly Bike Rides – 1. Malahide Castle Perimeter

Santa is busy every year delivering bikes to children in Malahide and across the world

Santa delivers a new bike to practically every child in Ireland at some time in their childhood. Where can you go for a family friendly bike ride? Where can you relax knowing that little Mikey or Mollie can learn to ride their bike in safety.

Welcome to the first in our series of Malahide family friendly bike rides. Enjoy! You may view all our bike rides here. If you prefer walking – see our series of Malahide Looped Walks.

Please remember – Paths within our parks are “share with care”. When passing pedestrians from behind, let’s slow down, tinkle our bells from about 20 metres – smile and say hello.

Malahide Castle perimeter – share with care family bike ride – Click to view details:
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The “Share with care” paths in Malahide Castle are the perfect place for a family friendly bike ride. At quiet times (you need to choose carefully), the coach car park, marked in pink, is a good place to teach kids how to ride a bike.

The perimeter path is just over 4k but there are many permutations and combinations in this wonderful facility. This route takes you through beautiful woods – with lots of places to stop and enjoy for the whole family.

Family walking and cycling in Malahide Demesne

Look out for the growing collection of carvings that are being added to all the time. See if you can find them…

Guarding the Castle

Length: 4 km (loop)
Surface: Mix of paved and crushed ash paths (good drainage after rain)
Difficulty: Easy
Segregation: Fully off-road (beware of some vehicles accessing car parks and making deliveries to Avoca etc. )

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Malahide Fairy Forts Trail

We’ve long known that Malahide is a magical place – now it’s official!

Fairies have set up home in a number of “fairy forts” in the Malahide area. The Active Travel sub-committee of the Malahide Community Forum has obtained photographs and mapped the location of the fairy forts (see below).

To date, forts have been located in Estuary Park (Seabury), Inbhir Ide, Hanlon’s Lane, Strand Court and The Back Road. If you’re aware of additional forts, please let us know.

Please don’t get too close to the forts (unless you have a gift for the fairies). Apparently one naughty child attempted to remove some of the fairies’ possessions – and the child hasn’t been seen since.

Malahide Fairy Forts Trail
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Estuary Park, Seabury
Inbhir Ide
Hanlon’s Lane
Strand Court
The Back Road

Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk, Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap, And white owl’s feather!
(From “The Fairies” – by William Allingham)

See maps of Malahide Looped Walks.

Length: Approx. 4K end to end (not a looped walk)
Surface: Fully paved – wheelchair accessible
Footwear: Ordinary footwear

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Malahide Looped Walks – 6. Seapark Hill to Seamount Road

View of Lambay island from green space between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road

This is a variation of our first walk (marked in blue on the map) by Stephen Macdonagh (Looped Walk 1 – Seamount and Paddy’s Hill).  See all Malahide Looped Walks.

We’ve added a route from the coast to Seamount Road, over Seapark Hill that enables you to extend or reduce the length of your walk as you wish. The route is marked in yellow and purple on the map. This is a “challenging” route, with some steep hills and awkward access points (see photos below).

The yellow line shows the walk uphill from the coast, through The Moorings, to the top of Seapark Hill. While a bit steep, this is a relatively simple part of the walk.

The purple line shows a route between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road through the former Malahide golf links course (which will become a new park for Malahide – shown in green in the map). There are great views of Lambay island from this hidden wilderness).

When you leave the green space, you will see a building site hoarding. Turn left at this hoarding. The route continues along the hoarding to join Seamount Road.

As of December 2020, this route is a mud path, used to walk to and from school daily by over 60 students of Malahide Community School (including students from Seapark, The Moorings, Island View, Muldowney Court and Biscayne).

In its current informal state, this beautiful green space is suffering from ongoing anti-social behaviour. The Malahide Community Forum is supporting local residents to get Fingal County Council to formalise this route and make it safer (as part of our “Safe Routes To School” initiative). If you see anything suspicious please contact the Malahide Garda Station at 6664600.

Malahide Tidy Towns recently organised a clean up of the green space

Please note that the grassy bank at the top of Seapark Hill is steep so care should be taken when ascending or descending. 

Informal access from Seapark Hill to the former Malahide Golf Links – Steep and muddy during winter months
Access to route from Seamount Road – the route runs along the hoarding to Green Space at top

Length: Original looped walk: 6 km (additional route allows you to lengthen or shorten)
Surface: The route marked in purple is a mud path, with steep sections – not wheelchair accessible
Footwear: Hiking boots or strong walking shoes.

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Latest Notes

Here are the notes for November 2020.

The notes of our previous meetings are available on our monthly notes page.

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Malahide Looped Walks – 5 Portmarnock village and Beach

Portmarnock village and beach. Click to view route details: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1SoggwgLUv3xCBHHkMha-oObJE3AC6dIb&usp=sharing

Portmarnock village and Beach is the fifth in our series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. See all Malahide Looped Walks.

You may do the “short walk” as mapped above starting in Portmarnock, or the longer version from Malahide village along the coast walk and back (This can be crowded at weekends and busy times). Another option is to bike along the coast from Malahide to the start of the walk in Portmarnock.

Best walked from C-B-A-D. Finish by walking the beach back to D. Your target is the lower beach lifeguard hut (or the concrete base on which it is placed during the season). The path back to the car park is beside it. Alternatively begin at C and walk in either direction.

If travelling by car, our readers have advised us of an ongoing problem of thefts and break ins to cars parked in the car park at location C, as there is no cctv in the area (as of Dec 2020). Their advice is to start at point “A”.

This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs as much of it is along the beach.

Length: 3.6 km (short walk) From Malahide village along coast and back: approx 14Km.
Surface: Mix of paved and beach (sand)
Footwear: Walking shoes / runners that you’re happy to use on a beach

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Malahide Tidy Towns – Seapark Hill / Seamount Road Green Space tidy-up: Sat 28th Nov

View of Lambay island from green space between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road

Calling all volunteers!

Malahide Tidy Towns have organised a tidy up of the green space between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road this coming Saturday (28th Nov 2020). They will be ably assisted by Malahide Lions Club members and Gaisce volunteers.

All additional volunteers are welcome. Social distancing will be observed. Volunteers are asked to wear masks. Malahide Tidy Towns will arrange bags, collection etc.

Volunteers should meet at 10.30 at Malahide Train station, or Seamount Road at 11am. Seapark / Biscayne / Moorings etc. volunteers are meeting at the Seapark Hill entrance.  

About the Seapark Hill – Seamount Road Green Space

This hidden wilderness, located between Seapark Hill and Seamount Road, has wonderful views over Lambay and into Malahide village itself (You can see the spire of the church). It was formerly the back six/nine holes of the old Malahide Golf course. It is due to become a new park for Malahide. The existing right of way (shown in blue in the image below – green space 44) is used daily by over sixty students of Malahide Community School to walk to/from school.

The Malahide Community Forum is supporting the Seapark and Seamount residents associations in getting Fingal County Council to formalise and upgrade the existing right of way (it is currently a mud path through a field).

Ref: https://consult.fingal.ie/en/system/files/materials/2018/Draft_Sheet9.jpg

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Malahide looped walks – Stay Active – Stay Safe – Stay Healthy

Malahide walks – Stay Active – Stay Safe – Stay Healthy

Update Jan 2021: We’re all shell-shocked at the rise in Covid-19 cases. We must all do our best to “stay at home” – but we must also stay active. One tip for making social distancing easier is to ‘Wear wellies and take to the mud’!!! Where possible, leave the paved paths for those who need them most. A number of the looped walks below are very muddy at this time of year. While Malahide Castle (walk 2 below) has lots of paved walks – it’s full of muddy trails where you can splash to your heart’s content – go on, you know you’ll love it.
End of Update Jan 2021:

We all know that staying active is critical to our physical and mental health, especially during this challenging time.

To help residents to stay active, we’re publishing a series of “Malahide Looped Walks”, kindly mapped by local resident Stephen Macdonagh. Remember, as these are looped walks, you can start at any point in Malahide and join the walk at your nearest access point. (We’ve also started a series of Malahide Family Friendly bike rides).

For a longer walk, simply combine walk 2 (a walk in the Castle) with any of the other walks. Please remember to share our paths roads and parks with care.


1. Seamount and Paddy’s Hill – 6km – Paved paths

2. Malahide Castle Perimeter – 4km – Mix of paved and crushed ash path

3. Back Strand, Sea Road and Yellow Walls – 3km – Paved paths 

4. Abington, Streamstown and Castle – 3km – Some mud paths (very muddy in winter)

5. Portmarnock village and beach – 3.6km / 14km – Mix of beach and paved paths

6. Seapark Hill to Seamount Road – Variation of walk 1: Steep, muddy

7. Malahide Fairy Forts Trail – Not Looped – Approx 4km end to end – paved paths

8. Back Estuary, Seabury and Swords Road – 7.8km – Paved paths (some steps)

9. Malahide Beach – 4km – Mix of paved paths, beach and grassy paths

About Stephen Macdonagh:

When asked to join the committee of St Sylvester’s GAA Healthy Club section in 2018 local retired teacher Stephen MacDonagh decided that the best way to contribute would be to form a local walking group to explore looped walks in the area. A group of about twenty walkers set out once a month, with the aim of encouraging people in the locality to get out and walk on a regular basis. Week after week more walkers tagged along and it wasn’t unusual to hear the comment “I’ve lived here for twenty years and I’ve never been down this way before!”

When Covid 19 struck  earlier this year, social distancing guidelines meant that walking in groups was no longer practical so Stephen decided to map his favourite walks to enable walkers to get exercise locally  and enjoy and explore the wonderful walks we have in our locality.

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Malahide looped walks – 4. Abington, Streamstown and Castle

Abington, Streamstown and Castle – Click to view route details:
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Between C and D on the map there is a lovely woodland path (can be muddy – very!)

The fourth in our series of looped walks mapped by Stephen Macdonagh. See all Malahide Looped Walks.

Begin at Malahide Castle (Swords Rd. gate). Walk along Swords Road to Castle Heath and turn left. Entering Abington keep straight and follow road to end and through gate. Between C and D on the map there is a woodland path (can be muddy). Cross the road at Auburn (carefully!) and enter Malahide Castle.

For a longer walk, combine this route with a walk in the Castle and some or all of the Seamount and Paddy’s Hill walk . Please remember to share our paths roads and parks with care.

While this walk is wheelchair accessible, the path from Abington to Streamstown (C to D on map) can be very muddy.

Length: 3 km
Surface: Mix of paved and mud path (can be very muddy).
Footwear: Hiking boots / wellies recommended as path C to D can be very muddy.

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Latest Notes

Here are the notes for October 2020.

The notes of our previous meetings are available on our monthly notes page.

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