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Easter Weekend 2016 (March 25th - 27th)

The Dublin Wicklow Hills sit on the south side of Dublin city and are within easy access from the city centreDWF440 with public transport. Dublin is blessed to have such great walking areas and access routes on its doorstep.
This walking festival is for everyone the young, old, novice and experienced.We are using great trails that will suit many abilities and also family friendly routes for young children.
The Dublin Mountains Way trail from the west side of Dublin and out towards the Irish sea at Shankill is also a great way to see hidden treasures of Dublin..

Highlights: Scenic walks in the Dublin Wicklow hills, The Dublin Mountains Way trail, The Wicklow Way, Bohernabreena and its beautiful reservoir. Full Moon walks over looking the lights of Dublin and the Irish coastline. We will visit some of the best pubs in the Dublin hills afterwards, Johnnie Fox's and the Merry Ploughboy. Historical walks of the Hell Fire Club and Massys Woods. Great fun for everyone and a great excuse to enjoy the great outdoors that Dublin has to offer.


The walks: There is a selection of walks each day to suit your ability and taste from Type A (Easy) to B (moderate) and C (strenuous)

Walk prices:  (You can pay for the walks individually or get a weekend pass)

  • Type A: Adult: €15; Child:(6-14yrs) €5, (Family Friendly) 50% Discount when booking, see below. (Sponsored by South Dublin CC)
  • Type B: Adult €20; Child:(14+) €10 (Easy - Moderate, suitable for most people)
  • Type C: Adult €25; (Type Walk C is a moderate - strenuous walk and some previous walking experience is advised)

Full Moon Walk: €20
Historical Walks: €12 Massys Wood and the Hellfire Club
Landscape Photography Course and Walk: €40,
Weekend Pass: Adult €50pp (Does not include Photography Workshop)

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You can select the walks you want to do while booking.

The Guides: All the guides are fully qualified and local keeping you both secure and informed of the areas visited.


Itinerary of walks:

Friday March 25th: booknow

Bohernabreena reservoir Walk – Family Friendly. Type A (With Trails and Tails)  logo sdcc rgb big

Get 50% discount for this walk when booking by using Promotion Code (Family_Walk) 
Approx 2.5 hrs
Registration: Tallaght (Maldron Hotel) 11am. (Buses will be provided to get you to and from the walk)

Get family and friends out this Easter on guided walk of Bohernabreena Reservoir in the Dublin Mountains. These two lakes are nestled in the lovely ancient Valley of Glenasmole surrounded by beautiful trees and teeming with birdlife. From here you have wonderful views of the mountains of Seehan, Seefin and extending up to the Featherbeds. Liz from Trails and Tales relay local tales from the past making the experience truly interesting and enjoyable.
The walk itself is a looped walk about 8.5km and regarded as easy trail. It will take about 3 hours 30 minutes with a group. A moderate level of fitness is required. All children must be accompanied by adult.

What to Bring: Weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking boots. Kids may require wellingtons. Hat/Gloves recommended
Water and snack for kids

 

Dublin Mountains Way Stage 1: (Tallaght – Cruagh Wood) Type B  booknow
Approx:
4 hrs in length.
Registration:  Tallaght (Maldron Hotel), 10am
This is the first stage of the Dublin Mountains way starting from Sean Walsh Park in Tallaght. This walk brings us south in through Glenasmole and the reservoirs here. Then we walk on eastwards towards Piperstown hill Killakee and into Cruagh woods. The walk is a mix of path, forestry, Lakelands and open small tracks with great views across the whole of Dublin.

Bus will be provided to get you back to Tallaght. 

 

Full Moon Evening Walk: (Enniskerry) The Scalp and Carrickgollogan - Type B booknow
Approx 2 - 3hrs in length.
Registration:  Enniskerry - Clocktower - 18:45
Walk Starts at 19:00.
Terrain: Track, Woodland, open hilltop and trails.
Walk Details: 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.

 


 

Saturday March 26th:booknow

Tibradden – Family Friendly - Type A (With Trails and Tails)   logo sdcc rgb big

Get 50% discount for this walk when booking by using Promotion Code (Family_Walk)
Registration: Tibradden Car Park 11am
Approx 2hrs    
The Tibradden Trail is a great way to kick start the Easter season with friends and family. The trail is very varied from forest trail to open mountain with view extending from Wicklow to the Louth coastline. The islands off the Dublin coast can be seen clearly below as well as fine views of the famous HellFire Club.
The trail is short about 2 hours but there is an incline which can make it appear more strenuous in windy weather. A moderate of fitness is required. All children must be accompanied by adult.

What to bring- Weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking boots. Hat/Gloves recommended. Hicking stick can come in handy for windy conditions
Water and snack for kids

 

Dublin Mountains Way Stage 2: (Tibradden - Stepaside) Type B
Approx 3-4 hrs.
Registration:  Tallaght (Maldron Hotel), 10am - (Buses will be provided to get you to and from the walk)
This is our second stage of the Dublin Mountains Way and we will be starting off from where we stopped the day before. We will be starting the walk today from Tibradden mountain following a well marked track through part of Pine forest and out onto the top of the hill over looking Dublin city. From this location the views are excellent across the whole of Dublin city from the west right out to the Irish Sea. We  then follow this trail onto part of the Wicklow Way and over to Fairy Castle. From here we can start to see into Glencullen and the mountains of north Wicklow. We leave the Wicklow way trail and come down by a small lane way onto the road and into Stepaside where we finish for the day.

 

Wicklow Way Stage 1:  Marley Park to Glencree (Johnnie Foxes) Type C booknow
Registration:  Taylors Three Rock 10am.
Approx 4hrs
Starting near Marlay Park which is the traditional starting point for the Wicklow Way we will follow the trail south and into the Dublin hills. The trail brings us out of the park and up into Kilmashogue woods and around the side of Kilmashogue Mountain. From here we continue on south and onto the side of two Rock Mountain and into Glencullen. When we reach Glencullen we get back out on to the road and follow this eastwards to Johnnie Fox's, for those that wish they can continue on the way over Prince William’s seat into Enniskerry.

A Bus will transfer you back from Johnnie Foxes.

 

Photography Walk:  Marley Park. €40ppbooknow
Registration:  Taylors Three Rock - 11am. Meet Your Instructor.

The course consists of a class room type senario for lessons on how to get the best results from your camera. Using your camera properly to get fantastic pictures and the after the class room you can can enjoy taking some great shots in Marlay Park with the instructor there to advise on how to get the best results.
Bring along a small packed lunch and raingear just in case.

 

Full Moon Evening Walk and Music: (Tibradden to Johnnie Fox's) Type Bbooknow
Approx 3hrs in length. Cost €20
Registration:  Tallaght (Maldron Hotel), 6pm
Terrain: Track, Woodland, open mountain boardwalks and trails.
We will start this walk from Tibradden woods in the south west of the Dublin hills. The trail will take us above Tibradden hill overlooking the skyline of Dublin city and its surrounding coastline. We will follow the trail of the Dublin Mountains Way along the side of Fairy Castle and down into Glencullen where we will finish at Johnnie Fox's pub for a well earned drink.

Buses will bring you back to Tallaght.

 


 

Sunday March 27th:

Dublin Mountains Way Stage 3: (Stepaside-Kilternan, Shankill) Type Bbooknow
Registration: Step Inn Stepaside 10am
Approx 3hrs.

From Kilternan we take an old country road, Barnaslingan Lane, the original coach road from Dundrum to Enniskerry. This offers interesting views over the Lead Works at Ballycorus with the well known landmark of the chimney topping the hill. We turn into Barnaslingan Wood to take up the Dublin Mountains Way and walk out to a rock with great views over the Scalp, a well known beauty spot and a great place to see the herd of white feral goats. We then cross into Carrigollagan Wood and climb this little hill which offers views over Dublin, Killiney and Bray and over to the Wicklow Mountains. Our trail then takes us through the woods and we will divert to take a look at the Lead Mines Chimney, a fascinating piece of Industrial Architecture. Then we wind our way down the Dublin Mountains Way through Rathmichael Wood, taking a look at the original rath,then down some leafy lanes towards Shankill. We cross the M50 on a pedestrian bridge and end our walk at Bradys Pub in the heart of Shankill Village. This walk is 11 km long and is mostly on trail surface. However, the section in Barnaslingan Wood and on Carrigollagan requires footwear with good grip so walking boots or trail shoes are essential and fashion boots are not recommended. This walk is 11 km, and suitable for those with a moderate level of fitness - the slopes are moderate and there are more downs than ups!

Bus will be provided to get you back to Stepaside.

 

Seahan Mountain - Glenasmole Valley Type C (Walking boots essential) Type C - (Previous Walking experience is advised)booknow
Registration: Tallaght (Maldron Hotel), 10am (Buses will be provided to get you to and from the walk)
Approx 5hrs, Height Gain 500m
This is the most strenuous of all the walks of the weekend. We will be starting this walk at the entrance into Bohernabreena reservoir and following this trail south along side the lower of the reservoirs. Then we follow a track out of the reservoir and back onto a small road where we will take another small track out onto the side of Ballymorefinn. This will bring along the side of a wood with great views across the valley below us. We will follow this trail to the summit of Seahan. Here can stop for a bit to eat while taking in all the scenery of South Dublin and North Wicklow. We will make our way back down along a slightly different route to where we started.

 

Historical Walk of Massy's Wood and the Hellfire Club By local Historian - Frank Tracybooknow
Approx 2.5 hrs ~ 7Km -Easy Cost: €12
Registration:  Hell Fire Car Park 11am (Please be early)
Frank has written many books on the local history of this area and is a wealth of information. The guided walk around Massy's Wood takes about 80 minutes and Hellfire Club about 50 minutes depending on the age, make-up and size of the group. Tthe two walks are done sequentially and people can either do  one or other or both.

Massy's Wood:

The story of the Massy family encapsulates the rise and fall of the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. Hugh Massy arrived in Ireland in 1649 with the forces of Cromwell. Over the following 250 years the family amassed landholdings of 34,000 acres, four great houses in various Irish locations, including Killakee, and a peerage, Lord Massy of Duntrileague. On the 15 May 1924, the 8th Baron Massy was evicted from Killakee House and spent the remaining 34 years of his life living in straitened circumstances in a three-roomed gate lodge on his old estate. How had it come to this? This guided walk through the old Massy Demesne at Killakee recalls the rise and fall of the Massy family and visits all of the key places of interest on the estate. The beautiful Massy's Wood is also the location of many exotic trees.

 The Hell Fire Club:

The Hellfire Club is a building atop Mount Pelier that was constructed in the early 18th century as a shooting lodge by the Connolly family of Castletown House. Thomas Connolly was the speaker of the old Irish Parliament and one of the richest men in Ireland. The Connolly family owned extensive landholding around Killakee which they maintained as a deer park. The shooting lodge atop Mount Pelier was soon seen to be a mistake and was replaced by another shooting lodge, which still stands,  lower down the mountain. The old shooting lodge was rented for a short time by a notorious club that used it for gambling, drinking and much else besides. Hence the name Hellfire Club. The walk consists of a circuit of Mount Pelier with panoramic views of the Dublin Mountains and the City.


 

Walk prices:  (You can pay for the walks individually or get a weekend pass)

  • Type A: Adult: €15; Child:(6-14yrs) €5, (Family Friendly)
  • Type B: Adult €20; Child:(14+) €10 (Easy - Moderate, suitable for most people)
  • Type C: Adult €25; (Type Walk C is a moderate - strenuous walk and some previous walking experience is advised)

Full Moon Walk: €20
Historical Walks: €12 either Tallaght, Massys Wood and the Hellfire Club
Landscape Photography Course and Walk: €40,
Weekend Pass: Adult €50pp (Does not include Photography Workshop)

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You can select the walks you want to do while booking.


Getting to the start of the Walks: (Buses will transfer you back to the start where necessary)

Maldon Hotel - Tallaght:

There are many buses from the city centre for Tallaght

There is also the tram system Luas Red Line Check the Luas is going to the Square Tallaght.

Geting to Stepaside or Enniskerry:

Bus 44 from city centre

Merry Plough Boy

Marlay Park - Taylors Three Rock

Buses to Marlay Park


 

What to bring:

  • Walking Boots/ shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Packed lunch
  • Water
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

 

Accommodation Close to Festival

Maldron Hotel Tallaght

Taylors Threee Rock

Bewley's Leopardstown

Castle Hotel - City Center

Glashaus Hotel

City West Hotel

Royal Marine Hotel - DunLaoghaire (75 bus gets you to Tallaght)

 

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