Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland.

Art O’Neill Cross – Walk in Wicklow

Book NowDate: July 31st 2022
Meeting Point: Free Car Park in Laragh at 10:30am.
Walking Time: Approx 3-4hrs, Distance: Approx. 14Km. Ascent: 493m
Type: Moderate / Strenuous.
Terrain: Open mountain and forest trails.
Price: €25 – Includes: Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
HilltopTreks Members – €5
Transport is available:  Maldron Hotel, Tallaght 09:15am and Luas Balally (Dundrum) 09:30am.

About Art O’Neill’s Cross Walk:

This walk follows a section of St Kevin’s way from Ballinagee bridge along the King’s River (Abhainn Ri). We then leave the river in a southerly direction into a small valley which follows a small tributary of this river.

Then we take a left and start an ascent onto the side of Conavalla. We make our upwards following a spur towards a flat plateau of bog and hags. From here we can divert to view Lough Forrib and then proceed on towards Art’s Cross. The Cross signifies the location where Art O’Neill died after escaping from Dublin Castle and tried to make his way towards the O’Byrnes in Glenmalure.

We will make our way back another way to the start.

We will be stopping for a bite to eat along the way so bring a packed lunch.

What to expect:

Views over West Wicklow and Kildare. Visit to Lough Forrib and a real sense of the wilderness on this side of the Wicklow Mountains.

How to get there:

If you are traveling from Dublin take the M50 and the N11. Take the turn of at Kilmacanogue for Roundwood / Glendalough. Follow this road for approx. 20Km through Roundwood and Annamoe until you reach Laragh. Turn left at Lyhnam’s and the free car park is on your right-hand side just 500m, near the old Woollen Mills.

Calendar of upcoming Guided Walks and Hikes

Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland with Hilltoptreks.

As we are based in Dublin, many of our day walks take place in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Anyone is more than welcome to join us on our walks. You don’t have to be a member of the Hilltoptreks walking Club although there are great benefits with becoming a member.

Transport for our Guided walks and hikes.

We have transport available for most if not all our walks with handy pickup locations for most people from Dublin.

About Our Guided Walks and Hikes:

Our guided walks and hikes are generally between 3-4hrs which includes time for a bite to eat and taking in the wonderful scenery. Many of the walks take place based within an hour’s drive or less from Dublin.

The walks take place in places like the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough, Blessington and the Dublin hills.

We also organise guided walks and hikes further afield like a day trip to the Mountains of Mournes, The Cooleys mountains near Carlingford, or the Slieve Blooms.

Fitness and experience:

On the guided walks and hikes there are generally a mixture of fitness and experience levels. Some people walk with the club regularly and others when they can. We do not split up our groups into different levels. We just walk at a pace that is suitable to the group at the time. This gives everyone a chance to enjoy the day, its not a race, its more a social and relaxing exercise with wonderful scenery.

We do however specify on all our guided walks and hikes the level of walk it will be such as easy, moderate or strenuous.

Easy Walk: Between 5Km – 8Km, Incline not above 200m, 1 – 3hrs, mainly on the flat with some small inclines, (example Coastal walk Bray to Greystones)

Moderate Walk: Between 8Km – 12km, Incline not above 500m, 2– 4hrs, mixed terrain of track and hill. (example Maulin and Powerscourt Waterfall)

Strenuous Walk: Between 8Km – 16km, Incline 400+m, 3– 5hrs, mixed terrain of track and open mountainside, some steep ground (example Lugnaquillia or Carrauntoohil).

Hill Walking is becoming a very popular activity for people in Ireland to do. It is a very social activity and proven to benefit you both physically and mentally.  There are also wonderful parts of Ireland to explore by walking and hiking. From the rolling hills of Wicklow to sharp rugged mountains of Kerry.

So, for whatever reason you wish to join us on any of our guided walks and hikes you are more than welcome.

Look forward to seeing you on the hills soon.

Check out our list on what to bring for your walk during the summer and winter months on our Blog


What to Bring for a Day Walk:

Like anything else outdoors do take a look at the weather forecast. Met Eireann Yr.no

Typical list of gear for a day on the Hills.
  • Walking Boots
  • Walking Trousers (not Jeans, when they get wet, they stay wet and heavy)
  • Base Layer – T-shirt, long sleeve (non cotton)
  • Mid layer – Fleece
  • Outer Layer – Jacket (waterproof, light and breathable)
  • Walking socks
  • Backpack (25L) 25 litres is generally a good size and should hold all your gear.
  • Hat and gloves (winter or cold day)
  • Snack and hot drink
  • Water
  • Small personal first aid kit.

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Review of Hilltoptreks

Reviewed August 13, 2020

A wonderful evening spend in the hills above Dublin with Terry and team exploring the old lead mine stacks and old graveyards. also very much enjoyed our return journey where Gillian shared all her interesting knowledge of wildflowers and herbs. A great evening

Date of experience: July 2020

5 Star Review

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