A Liffey Linear Park has been developed over the past 20 years or so and currently extends from Newbridge College to the Gables Guesthouse. Further development plans are being considered for the area from St. Conleth’s Bridge to Newbridge College and for other areas within the current Linear Park.
Plans exist for the further controlled development of the park which you can access on our Liffey Linear Park Development Page.
The River Liffey is a priceless asset which has shaped the development of our town, indeed it was the original reason that a town developed on this site. The Liffeyside Amenity Area is a haven for wildlife, with many species regularly seen from the riverbank including Swans, Herons, Ducks, Otters etc. the river is also rich in trout and pike.
There exists a small enclosed wildlife area in the park which attracts wildlife and contains some native plant varieties.
Natural Wildflower Meadow
The Wildflower Meadow – located on the banks of the Liffey in “The Strand” includes species such as Willowherb, Birds Foot Trefoil, Scabious, Knapweed, Lady’s Bedstraw, Common Spotted Orchid, Snowdrops, Buttercups, Cowslips and more – how many can you identify?
The Viewing Area
The Viewing area provides a vantage point to look over the Liffey – the Swans, Ducks and the Heron are often seen from this platform.
The linear park provides opportunities for both short and medium length walks. Commencing at St. Conleth’s Bridge the walkway passes through the Watering Gates, along the Liffey to “The Strand”, where it splits intpo two routes. These two routes come together again as you exit “The Strand” towards the Gables Guesthouse in Kilbelin.
The Outdoor Exercise Area was introduced to the Liffey Linear Park in 2015, and has proven to be quite popular with park users.
Canoeing & kayaking is a reasonably frequent activity on the Liffey – particularly in the vicinity of Newbridge College and at the Patrician College jetty opposite Rowan Terrace. Swimming is common in some areas, however because of the Liffey Releases, the river can be hazardous and care is advised.
Trout season March 1st – September 30th – The Fishery is closed for all angling during October, November and December each year.
Founded in 1933, the North Kildare Trout and Salmon Anglers Association have a strong tradition of angling along the stretch of the River Liffey from Kilcullen Bridge to Millicent Demesne.
Some points to note:
Leave no Trace
Respect Other Park Users
Help keeping the park clean and Litter Free for all of its users – Leave No Trace and please bring your litter home. In the event that you are not in a position to bring litter home please note that there are bins located at either end of “The Strand” and in the area form the “Watering Gates” to “St. Conleth’s Bridge”.
In the interests of the health & safety of other park users, and young children in their care, it would be appreciated if Dog Owners & Dog Walkers would please clean up after their dog, and keep the park clean for all to enjoy.
Do NOT interfere with Lifebelts (Ringbuoys) which are located along the Liffey. Lifebelts are essential life-saving equipment and are there in the event of an emergency. However any civic minded person coming upon the Ringbuoy or the associated ropes in unsatisfactory condition can assist in public safety by untangling the rope and replacing it in the boxes or hooks provided for the purpose. Please coil the ropes in a clockwise direction and place the coil of rope at the bottom of the box or on the hanging hook provided.
The park extends to approximately 7 Acres, please respect the “fenced off” Wildlife Nesting Area, and do not disturb any birds or wildfowl nesting in that area.
Please do not light fires (including barbeques), damage trees or wildflowers, or damage park furniture and facilities.