From Kassel to Ireland and back-
Part 5: Waterford Area
During our stay in the Waterford area we managed to find caches at some really nice locations.
The Sugar Loaf for one comes to mind. A rock halfway between Waterford and Tramore, with really nice views, when the weather is playing along.
We had some hazy conditions but still the view was well worth the climb up there. As usual my children thought me an old worrybag and laughed at my concerns towards their safety. Carefree Children and their mother should not visit the perfect playground together, mothers tend to worry too much….
One of the few micros we found during our stay was situated at the bridge. Rice Bridge doesn’t really need a name. Everyone in Waterford knows which bridge is meant, when ‘The Bridge’ is mentioned. Cause there is only one important bridge over the River Suir. It’s even more impressive to watch the bridgelift. ‘Cause when ships pass through, it can be lifted! There is an anouncement board to make drivers aware of the times at which a delay is to be expected and we managed to get there just in time to take some pictures.
The construction of the new bridge is underway. For decades in planning, now at last coming to be. This one will be high enough for ships to pass, and no lift will be necessary.
Another favourite place of mine is Tramore. I used to live there for one and a half years, so I might be biased. The 5km long beach is famous and at low tide even bigger! On both sides of the bay are towers. In Newtown three towers with the Metal Man, and at Brownstown Head two towers.
These were erected as a warning to boats and ships coming into Tramore’s shallow waters, warning them to keep out from the dangerous rocks. The Metal Man was built in 1823 and is still one of the famous landmarks of Tramore. It was erected after the dreadful tragedy of the ‘Seahorse’ which went down in Tramore Bay. Over 360 people lost their life on a stormy night in 1816.
There is a saying, that if a woman hop bare-footed all around the centre pillar three times, she will be married within the year. (That is, of course, if one is of marriageable age and nifty on the feet!)
Eastwards along the coast the road leads to Dunmore East and the River Suir Estuary. The view above the harbour with it’s nowadays tiny fleet of fishing trawlers over to Hook Head is one of my favourite. The food at the Bay Cafe always enjoyable, a better breakfast and lunch break can’t be found! Their sandwiches don’t even deserve the name sandwich…
The sandstone of the cliffs has a very unsual colour and again we were able to find one of the Geology of the South East Series…
Another fascinating spot can be found at Fenor. The name derives from Fen and the marsh is still alive there. A lovely pathway leads through this area, which otherwise is not accessible due to the wet underground. Unfortunately we weren’t able to find the cache there, but apparently we were just not observant enough… The walk along the boardwalk was very enjoyable, though. In summer it must be teeming with insects and amphibians.