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St Kevin’s Way – on St Patrick’s Day!

Mar 17th 2017

OSI: Mapsheet: 56St Kevins Way
Walking time: approx 4 - 6hrs
Graded: Moderate / strenuous (Choice of Walk)
Meeting: 10:00 at Glendalough Visitor Centre
Price: €25  

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Pickup Points: Tallaght Maldron Hotel 08:40am and Luas Balally at 9am.


Details of Walk:

St Kevin is the founder of Glendalough Monastic City. We trace the journey he made across the Wicklow Mountains, a route later popular with pilgrims making their annual journey to the "Valley of the Seven Churches".

This route is approx 30 km and is a mixture of trail, bogs, roads, forests and incorporates some slopes. On the journey we have views over the former Lead Mines of Luganure, Turlough Hill, Wicklow's distinctive hydro electric scheme, some of the toughest mountain territory in the Wicklow mountain range, and the lovely King's River which flows close to much of our route.

We plan to offer two levels of walk - the tougher level which will walk from Glendalough, up Glendasan Valley and up to Turlough Hill car park.
Turlough Hill is the starting point for the second group with the major slope taken off your walk! From here the route travels through forestry, passing the lovely St Kevin's Pool (nice place for a picnic or a tot of sloe gin!).
We eventually pick up little country boreens which will bring us down to Hollywood, past St Kevin's Cave.

Hollywood is a charming little rural village with two lovely pubs and we can enjoy a hearty meal in the Hollywood Inn (established 1790) and of course "toast the shamrock" with some beverage or another!

This day trip offers an outdoor challenge in stunning surroundings and lively company
Bring a snack for along the way and some funds for your wining and dining.
This outing will cost €25 is required to book your place on the bus. Hope to see you there!!

What to expect: Forest track, open mountain top, path, lakes.
expansive views of Lugga Valley, the Guinness Estate and beautiful lakes.

What to Bring for you day walk.
Suitable walking boots, Rain gear, warm clothes, flask of hot drink, WATER, small lunch,
good socks, hat and gloves and spare top in bag.

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Cancellation policy
  • A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance, or in case of no-show.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 3 days in advance.
  • No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 3 or more days in advance.

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Wicklow Way - Part IV

July 9th 2016glendalough upperlake
Walking from Glendalough to Glenmalure
Walking time: approx 4.5 hrs: 14Km. Ascent 400m
Graded: Moderate
Meeting: 11:00am at Lynham’s Hotel, Laragh
Price: €25

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There will be transport supplied for this walk.

Pickups:  Maldron Hotel, Tallaght 9:30am and Luas Balally (Dundrum) at 10:00am

About The Walk: We will start the walk from Lynhams and follow the Old Green Road up to Glendalough where we will join the Wicklow way, we will take a slight diversion along the Blue route to bring us up onto the “Spinc” trail overlooking the Valley of Glendalough.

From here we follow the board walk out onto the open mountain side of Lugduff and around the side of Mullacor with views now across the Glenmalure valley and Lugnaquillia. We then reach a forest track and follow this down into the Valley and up the stretch of the glen to reach the Glenmalure lodge, where we can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat before taking transport back to Glendalough..

Terrain underfoot: public road, forest track and exposed mountain trail
We will need to car pool back to the start of this walk.

Walking Boots are Essential for this walk.

Suitable for: This is one of the finer and most scenic sections of the Wicklow Way but has an exposed mountain route and should only be undertaken by those who are fully equipped with rainwear, warm clothing, food and strong footwear.


Notes:  Open mountain- very exposed to weather.

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 Cost €25pp

Cancellation policy
  • A cancellation fee of 25 € applies for cancellations made less than 2 days in advance, or in case of no-show.
  • A cancellation fee of 12.50 € applies for cancellations made less than 7 days in advance.
  • No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 7 or more days in advance.

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Walk in the Cooleys

Aug 13th 2016 Mountains of Mourne

Walking in the beautiful Cooleys in Co Louth
Walking time: approx 2 - 3 hrs: Ascent: 250m/270m
Graded: Moderate - to suit all levels of fitness
Meeting: 09:00am
Price: €35 - Guided walk and transport

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There will be transport supplied for this walk.

Pickups: Suffolk St (Molly Malone statue) 09:00

About the walk:

The Analoughnan Loop Walk: Cooleys
The walk is just a short 2 - 3hr walk with fantastic views of the surrounding coastline of Co Louth.  This walk also begins and ends at Fitpatrick’s Pub wish is a great place to start and especially finish at. We can also extend this walk slightly to reach the summit of Slievenaglogh and come back down by the small town of Rockmarshall.

Terrain: Minor roads, forestry tracks, hillside paths
Trailhead: Fitzpatricks Pub/Restaurant, Jenkinstown, Co. Louth

The Cooley Mountains sit over looking teh sea port town of Carlingford in County Louth and are a perfect spot for walking in Ireland. They are just approx 1.5hrs drive from Dublin.


We will be returning to Dublin after the walk but if you wish to stay over and make a weekend of it you are more than welcome.

Accommodation near the Cooleys
http://carlingfordandcooleypeninsula.ie/index.php/carlingford-accommodation

What to Bring for you day walk.
Suitable walking boots, Rain gear, warm clothes, flask of hot drink, WATER, good packed lunch,
good socks, hat and gloves and spare top in bag.

 

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Full Moon Walk Enniskerry

The next Full Moon Walk
Takes Place on Mar 11th at 6pm in Enniskerry
Meet For Enniskerry: At the Clock Tower (Center of the village) 17:45pm
Cost: €25ppFull Moon Landscape

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These Full Moon Walks are an excellent opportunity to see beautiful landscape by the light of the moon. The walks will be short 2-3 hr walks and suitable for most levels of fitness.
You will visit some of the most scenic parts of Wicklow and Dublin, places such as Glendalough, Luggala, Djouce and many more. If you have never had the opportunity to do some night walking then don't miss this as it's an altogether different experience.
 
About the Enniskerry walk: The walk will place close to Enniskerry village. We will walk on Carrickgollogan and take many of the great wooded trails along the way. There are fantastic 360 degree views from the top of this small hill across the eastern coastline of Dublin and Wicklow. The tracks is very good easy to walk on and we will also pass by the Ballycorus Lead mines Chimney. This is a fantastic walk and easily manageable by most people.
 
N.B. Another walk may be chosen on the night weather dependent but will be of the same length and time.
The walk will take approx 2.5 hrs                    
                No previous walking experience required.


The Guides: All the guides on theses walks are fully qualified and trained with REC3 1st Aid and BOS Recognised awards, so you are in safe hands.
You may also learn some night navigation, gain some knowledge of the stars and you could even experience a night time rainbow.
These walks are very popular so early booking is essential to confirm your place.


"Can I  just say how very very much we enjoyed it!  The guides historical commentary and good manners were simply a joy. The night was glorious, the setting sublime." Martina.

What to bring for the walk.
•    Walking boots / walking shoes, trainers (mostly on track)
•    Water
•    Head torch or handheld.
•    Warm top, gloves, hat.
•    Waterproofs (just in case)
•    Snack,
•    Back pack with spare warm top and socks in.

How do I get to Enniskerry?

Drive: Take the N11 from Dublin going south and take the turn off after Bray for Enniskerry. (30 mins drive from city center)
Public Bus from Dublin: You can get to Enniskerry The 44 Public Bus which operates regularly from Dublin city center. - Cost €2.20 each way.
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All Welcome.
(If you have any difficulty booking ring Terry on 087-7849599)

For those of you who have iphones
Torch and built in compass App
Distant Suns lite Stars and Constellations App

Dates: 2017

  • Mar 11th - Enniskerry - Saturday 6pm
  • Apr 8th - Enniskerry - Saturday 7pm
  • May 13th - Enniskerry - Saturday 7pm
  • June 10th - Enniskerry - Saturday 8pm
  • July 8th - Enniskerry - Saturday 8pm
  • Aug 5th - Enniskerry - Saturday 8pm
  • Sept 9th - Enniskerry - Saturday 8pm
  • Oct 7th - Enniskerry - Saturday 7pm
  • Nov 4th - Enniskerry - Saturday 6pm

 

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Some Pictures taken from previous walk.

 

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Wicklow Way - Part III

May 14th 2016 Lough Tay County Wicklow

Walking between Lough Tay and Glendalough
Walking time: approx  3 - 4 hrs: 11Km.
Graded: Moderate
Meeting: 10:30am in Roundwood (Parking is available at the left just before you enter the village from Dublin)
Price: €25

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There will be transport supplied for this walk.

Pickups:  Maldron Hotel, Tallaght 9:30am and Luas Balally (Dundrum) at 10:00am

About The Walk: We will be starting this walk where we finished of the last day. This is one of my personal favourite sections of the Wicklow for its dramatic valleys, lakes and scenery. It’s also a nice place to start overlooking Lough Tay and the Guinness family Estate. With a downhill start which is always good to get warmed up and which will bring us to Oldbridge. Here we cross the Avonmore River. Then we reach a road way that brings us by Lough Dan and the mountain section as you take a famers lane to Paddock Hill. There is a nice little shelter here which is the perfect lunch stop location and after this we get our first glimpse of the Glendalough Valley. Then another easy climb brings you along Brockagh Mountain. Glendalough’s Round Tower now dominates as you make your way through a lovely forested track towards  the Glendalough Hotel at the finish.

Terrain underfoot: public road, forest track and exposed mountain trail

Coach will bring us back afterwards.

Walking Boots are Essential for this walk.

Suitable for: This is one of the easier sections of the Wicklow Way but has an exposed mountain route and should only be undertaken by those who are fully equipped with rainwear, warm clothing, food and strong footwear.


Notes:  Open mountain- very exposed to weather.

 

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