The River Dodder offers an irresistible challenge for someone that likes to walk as much as I do. The Dodder walk meanders along for about 5 miles on Google Maps starting at the junction with the River Liffey near Grand Canal and continues past Bushy Park to Rathfarnham. At this point, it appears to end mysteriously. We took advantage of a rare sunny and unseasonably warm Fall day in Dublin to hike along the Dodder River from Ballsbridge to Rathfarnham. The Dodder keeps up a strong current and was roiling as we walked along.
Join the River Dodder Trail in Ballsbridge
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Crossing the DodderWe came to a lovely footbridge over the river.
Entering 'The Dodder'The path became more cultivated in this area as we entered 'The Dodder'.
Approaching Civilization Along the Dodder River Near DundrumWe actually passed under the Luas tracks near Dundrum. We'd walked a fair distance up until this point but still felt we had some energy to spare and continued our hike.
Time for a Picnic Lunch Along the Dodder RiverThe water continued to cascade past and then we found a quiet, idyllic spot to have a picnic lunch.
Dodder River WaterfallsFed and watered, we continued our Dodder River walk and the waterfalls just kept coming.
Fording the Dodder River Near Dublin's Bushy ParkWe soon came to a river crossing. I would call it a bridge across the Dodder, but it wasn't exactly that. It was more like a series of concrete blocks that were easy to skip across.
Completing our Dodder River Walk in RathfarnhamContrary to what Google Maps would suggest, the River Dodder doesn't really disappear in Rathfarnham. However, we'd decided that we'd gone as far as we were planning to go that day and called it quits. We popped into the Rathfarnham Shopping Centre and discovered Swiss Deli. It was a good old fashioned coffee shop that sold nice cappuccinos and sweet muffins in a huge variety of flavors. We tried one that was raspberry with a drizzle of white chocolate. It was a nice reward for a long hike along the Dodder River!
Planning Your Dodder Walk in Dublin
Here's a link to a map showing our walking route so you can get a sense of the ground we covered.
Other Ideas for Hikes and Outdoor Activities in Dublin
Are you looking for other ideas of outdoor things to do in Dublin? I highly recommend taking a boat ride to Ireland's Eye off the coast of Howth for an afternoon of birdwatching. North Bull Island is also accessible by DART from Raheny and features some easy hikes plus great scenery and birding.