These woods form part of the Clara Vale and are part of the second largest oak forest in the country.
The Irish name Baile na gCanonach, means “The town or dwelling of the canons“. The canons – clerics attached to a cathedral – owned land near Rathdrum and had been brought to Dublin by St. Laurence O’ Toole in the 12th century.
There are two trails which can be walked, both suitable for all abilities. The Green Trail is 0.5km in length and the Red Trail is 1.5km.
A stunning array of wildflowers and wood fauna can be glimpsed along these trails.