Families: Not suitable for buggies or young children.
Rating – 5 stars.
This is our favourite walk of 2019 so far. There were beautiful views all along the way. We parked in the first Glendalough carpark to start this walk. We followed way markers for the initial part of the walk and then went off the trail to climb Derrybawn. Although it was very busy at the carpark, we were the only people on Derrybawn – awesome. This was a real adventure. We had to navigate using OSI maps and google maps. It was a challenging walk heading up to the summit, but doable at the same time. If we were to do this walk again, we’d do it in reverse – we did a fair bit of unnecessary meandering at the beginning.
More great photos from Anthony Kelly (Instagram @miamikelly30), this time of Bray Head and the stand.
If you get a chance to pop out to Bray, take a walk along the strand or a short hike up Bray Head. There is also a great cliff-walk from Bray to Greystones, check out a previous post on this here bray-to-greystones-cliffwalk
The Devils Glen is a nice easy walk about 1 hour outside of Dublin. Park in the carpark highlighted below and follow the trail through the woods to the waterfall. Keep an eye out of the sculptures and quotes along the trail. In the early 19th century, before the Vartry Reservoir was built in the mountains above, the river came through the glen in full uninhibited majesty, its roaring in throes of flood so loud that locals said the Evil One was howling for sinners down there.
The beautiful Wicklow Gap (R756). Take a drive or even a cycle over the rural mountain landscape. The Wicklow Gap road goes from Hollywood near the N81 about 10km from Blessington to the village of Laragh near Glendalough.
If you are looking for a reasonably short climb with a great view then you must visit the Great Sugar Loaf (often just called the Sugar Loaf). The Great Sugar Loaf (Beannach Mhór) is located in County Wicklow, south of Bray.
It’s roughly 30-40 minutes drive from Dublin. The short route starts at the car park at the base of the hill (link to car park @ 53.144442, -6.154727) and the climb up and down takes about 1 hour in total. From the top you have a great view of Bray, Greystones and Dun Laoghaire. On a clear day (like we have in the pictures) you can see Howth Head also.
Just be aware that the path up has lots of loose rocks and you have to climb a bit of rock in the end. There is a longer hike up to this hill but we will cover that another day. Our pictures were taken on a cold January afternoon. Enjoy!
The Bray to Greystones Cliffwalk is a fantastic walk along the coast. There is a well kept path that is quite popular. It can be walked in both directions but if you only fancy going one way just take the DART back. We parked in Bray, walked to Greystones and got the DART back. From the Bray side it starts just after the Bray Head Hotel. Parking is limited here so grab some parking along the beach.
Grade: Moderate, the route is marked with Red arrows Distance: 7km Estimated time: 2.5hrs Total height climbed: 130m Highest point: 100m Terrain underfoot: Footpath