There are two trails in the programme:
(1)Trail around the Upper Reservoir.
(2)Trail in the Dodder Linear Park.
Nature Trail around the Upper Reservoir
There are eleven of these gates on the right hand side
of the path around the Upper Reservoir in Glenasmole
Stop at each one and answer the questions on your sheet.
N.B. Ignore all other types of gate.
Stop 1 (Gate 1) At the wooden entrance gate to the reservoir.
1. Why should you obey the sign 'CLOSE THE GATE'
2.Read the notices behind the gate.
(a) What type of fishing is allowed?
(b) Why are swimming and paddling not allowed?
(c) Why should dogs be kept on a leash?
Stop 2 (Gate 2)
1.Name 2 shrubs that are growing near this gate.
2.What is growing on the caps of the piers?
Stop 3 (Gate 3)
What do you notice about the ground on your right?
1.Is it flat or sloping?
2.Is it even or uneven?
Examine the round white patches on the piers.
3.What are they?
Stop 4 (Gate 4)
Look carefully at the piers.
1.What shape are they?
2.What shape are the caps on the piers?
Stop 5 (Gate 5)
1.Name the large tree behind the gate.
2.What is the sound you hear under your feet?
Stop 6 (Gate 6)
1.What shrub is growing on either side of this gate?
Examine the stone from which the piers are made.
2. What is it? (Hint: The Dublin and Wicklow Mountains are made of it.)
Stop 7 (Gate 7)
1.Name the trees growing opposite this gate.
2.Find a leaf from one and examine it. Draw it.
Stop 8 (Gate 8)
Look left across the lake.
1.What is the land used for? (tillage, forestry, grazing)
2.What animals do you see?
3.How many hilltops do you see?
Stop 9 (Gate 9)
1.What is growing on the left pillar?
2.How is it clinging on?
Stop 10 (Gate 10) This gate can be easily missed as it's covered in
1. Name the trees opposite this gate.
2.What are their flowers called?
3.What shrub covers the piers?
4.What is the fruit of this shrub called?
Stop 11(Gate 11)
Look at the water.
1.Write four words to describe it.
Go through the gate or climb over the stile at the end of the path.
Stop 12 (Look back)
1.Name the trees in the grove on your right.
2. Note the steps on your left - part of a right- of- way to Glenasmole
Stop 13 (On the dam)
Notice the valleys of the tributaries of the Dodder on the hills to the
Look up the valley towards the mountains.
1.What is the highest mountain called?
2.What is on top of it?
STOP 14 (at the valve house)
1.What do you think the valve house is used for?
Look to your right, down the valley.
2.Name the coniferous trees there.
At the end of the dam turn left.
Stop 15 (On the path)
Look at the watercourse on your right.
1.Is it a natural or artificial watercourse? Why do you say so?
2. What colour is the water in it? Why is it this colour?
Look at the trees on the far bank of the watercourse.
Stop 16 (At the gauging weir)
1.What do you see?
2.What is it used for? (Hint: What does 'gauge' mean?)
Stand on the south end of the embankment on your right. Look across the
reservoir at St. Anne's Graveyard.
1. Why, do you think, was it a good site for a monastery?
Look up the valley and notice Glenasmole Lodge.
Look at the top of the valley on your left.
1.What do you see moving?
2.What is the name of this road?
Read the notices.
3.Who looks after the reservoir and the area surrounding it?
4.Who owns the reservoir and its environs?
STOP19 (on Castlekelly Bridge)
Read the inscriptions on either side of the bridge.
1. When was the old bridge destroyed?
2.When was the new bridge built?