Howth Lower Cliff Loop Walk
Howth is a peninsula in the Northeast of Dublin City. It is a busy fishing port, has a lovely village and offers some maintained walks around Howth Head with great views. This is one of the four walks / hikes, Howth Lower Cliff Loop Walk. These details were taken from fingaldublin.ie a number of years back. For more info on Howth itself, check out this link.
There are three other loops, Tramline Loop, Black Linn Loop and Bog of Frogs Loop.
Howth Lower Cliff Loop Walk.
1. Starting from the DART Station follow the green arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following blue, red and purple arrows which are for other longer loops. At the end of the prom, veer right onto Balscadden Road and ascend to reach Kilrock car park from where you join the well trodden cliff path.
2. Follow the cliff path for approximately 3km before turning right (leaving the longer purple loop) and ascending towards The Summit car park.
3. From the car park your loop swings right and begins the return journey along a sandy pathway parallel to and above the cliff path. At the end of the sandy pathway, the loop joins Thormanby Road where you turn left and, almost immediately turn right onto Dungriffin Road.
4. After 200m along Dungriffin Road you will turn right and rejoin the blue and red loops on the tramline walkway to descend into the village directly opposite the railway station.
Ascent : 130m
Distance : 6km
Estimated Time : 1hrs 30mins – 2hrs 30mins
Grade : Easy
Trailhead : Howth Village
Terrain : Laneways, clifftop paths
Minimum Gear : Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid
Theme : Coastal