Hi, as we mentioned on Saturday just gone, perhaps Bushy Park could be the next meetup. The best place to meet and park would be in the carpark at Rathfarnham Shopping centre (beside the end of the Tesco building where the recycling spot is).
Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/WjH29
From there we can walk along the river for about ten minutes, leaving to join the main road (Kilvere/Butterfield Avenue) for a further ten minutes before we can rejoin the path along the Dodder.
We can stay on the path along here for up to just over 2km, heading towards Firhouse, staying by the river all of the time. The dogs can quite happily be let off the lead here...lots of space for them to run and play.
For the return, we'd pretty much double back except for the last segment. When we need to return to the main road and then rejoin the river, instead of heading for Butterfield Avenue again, we could go into Templeogue Village and go down by the old Riverside cottages. This walk will lead us across to the woodland at Bushy Park. We can walk this, exiting at one of the gates that brings us back alongside the river and back to the carpark at Tesco.
Any other suggestions by people who are familiar with the area would be welcome; I have only chosen this route in particular so that the dogs can roam freely as much as possible. While Bushy park is beautiful, there are rules saying dogs need to be kept on a lead, and there are many activities on the pitches at the weekends that inhibit the dogs being able to roam freely (especially if they're like mine and want to join in the game!!)