Tetrapod Trackpad

Tetrapod Trackpad, Valentia Island: Address, Tetrapod Trackpad Reviews: 4/5

Tetrapod Trackpad
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Ber D
4 contributions
In touch with the past
May 2021
The tracks are there to see and you can imagine the tetrapods climbing from the heavy waves on to solid ground 850 million years ago. Its free and when I visited was so quiet and deserted. I felt so lucky to behold it and completely free! Where in the world would you be given such a gift.
Written 31 May 2021
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igal27
Rehovot, Israel4,969 contributions
Fascinating, albeit a little disappointing
Sep 2019
I was very much looking forward to seeing these prehistoric tracks in the rock, so it was rather disappointing to be standing there (after a walk down a steep path) and not sure what imprints were the ones I was supposed to be looking at and what was just part of the regular wear-and-tear on the rocks... But after a closer look and a comparison with the signs showing you where to focus your attention, we managed to see them. It's just "footprints in the rock", but what's fascinating is what they represent. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 19 August 2020
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Geraldine
Cork, Ireland1,730 contributions
Disappointing, could be much better
Jul 2020 • Family
This was what I most looked forward to seeing and it was so disappointing. I think they could do much, much better at highlighting the tracks to visitors (even having the information board closer to the tracks would be a start so you could compare!).
Written 26 July 2020
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Austinsadventures
Dublin, Ireland250 contributions
Worth a stop
Jul 2020 • Family
There is a steep decline down to the trackpad which may be of difficulty for those with walking disabilities coming back up.

Overall, an okay site, free (which is the best part!) but could do with more signage - explaining where to look etc. Fence at sea is also damaged so be cautious if attending with young kids. Very close to the lighthouse so if you’re around, go have a look.
Written 15 July 2020
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Vthc4
Singapore, Singapore268 contributions
Underwhelming and can be hard to spot
Oct 2019
This was the last stop in our Ring of Kerry drive. Not very impressed with the tracks. They were hard to make out in the drizzle. Unless you are a a science buff, I don't see value in making the trip all the way to this spot on Valentia Island. Rather steep walk down to the site of the tracks.
Written 2 November 2019
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Terry-lee M
Ballymoney, UK52 contributions
short break
Oct 2019 • Couples
make sure to wear proper footwear the hill downs a bit step but np if u are careful.found the place interesting and you can clearly see the foot prints worth a look if your in the area
Written 24 October 2019
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CRcr
Western Ireland, Ireland17 contributions
Came especially to see this
Sep 2019
We came to Valentia especially to see the tetrapod tracks, as children are dinosaur enthusiasts. These tracks are pre-dinosaur, but for kids 'dinosaur tracks' suffice! Great fun. Well-maintained track and it's roped off, so you don't fall into the sea trying to get a better look. Good informative signs nearby, explain what you're actually looking at, it's best to read this before you go down, otherwise you might be underwhelmed.
Written 30 September 2019
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Restless59
Bournemouth, UK997 contributions
Little Underwhelmed
Sep 2019 • Solo
Interesting site and worth the small detour if visiting the slate quarry or lighthouse. But I’m spoilt I live on the Jurassic coast say no more.
Written 28 September 2019
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Nigel G
Wendover, UK429 contributions
Visit to Valentia Island
Sep 2019 • Friends
If you go to the island you must stop off to see these tracks

These footprints made c385 million years ago, it is the earliest record of when four limbed creatures began to leave the water and live on dry land - tetra means 4 & pod means feet

Was included in the National Geographical in 1999 when these fossils were discovered

There is a steep walk down a path which means coming back up is quite tiring and not for those with walking difficulties
Written 11 September 2019
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Windy G
Cork, Ireland232 contributions
Nice stop
Aug 2019 • Family
We stopped here on our way to the lighthouse. The walk down to the tetrapods is beautiful. Past fields of cows with stunning views of coastline. The hike back up to the car is a bit more of a workout.
Written 29 August 2019
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