Guided Walks and Hikes in Ireland.
Crone Wood to Lough Tay – Wicklow Way.
Date: Nov 28th 2021.
Meeting: Crone Wood Car Park at 09:30am.
Walking time: Approx. 3-4hrs, Distance: Approx. 10Km. Ascent: 630m
Terrain: Open mountain tracks and trails.
Price: €25 – Guided walk with experienced and qualified guide.
Pickup: (Limited spaces) Maldron Hotel 08:45am and Luas Stop Balally 09:00am.
HilltopTreks Members – Free
Car Pooling – There will need to be some car-pooling organised between the group when they meet in the morning. To get to from Lough Tay to Crone Wood for the start of the walk. Enough cars must be left at Lough Tayto get everyone back after the walk.
About The Walk:
This is a lovely section of the Wicklow Way starting from Crone Wood we will follow the trail through these woods towards the side of Powerscourt waterfall. The trail continues up along side of the Deer Park with great views above the Waterfall. Once we reach the top, we drop down into the Dargle valley and cross the river here and up again to the side of Djouce. The Wicklow Way trail traverses across the side of Djouce and there is an option to go over Djouce. A lot of the walk from here is along boardwalks and care must be taken here to avoid injuries. The board walks will bring over to White hill and further south towards Luggala Valley. The views from here can be stunning across North Wicklow and the valleys in front of you. Eventually Lough Tay comes into view as we make our final descent towards to the Car Park.
What to expect:
Forest tracks, board walk and exposed mountain trails. Views across the Powerscourt Waterfall and North Wicklow. Some wonderful views of Lough Tay as we make our way towards it.
How to get there: If you are coming from Dublin take the M50 and the N11. Take the turn of at Kilmacanogue for Roundwood / Glendalough. After Djouce Golf Course you will see a right turn for the Sally Gap (R759). Keep on this road for approx. 4Km to the JB Malone Car Park.
Allow yourself at least an hour for travel time from Dublin.
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:
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
- Small personal first aid kit.
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