Howth Tramline Loop Walk

The following is the Howth Tramline Loop Walk taken from fingaldublin.ie.

1. Starting from the DART Station follow the blue arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, red and purple arrows which are for other 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 to reach The Summit car park.
3. Exit the car park through the height restriction barrier and join Bailey Green Road. Follow this road downhill to reach a junction of roads at The Summit Stores and pub.
4. Directly across from the bottom of Bailey Green Road, the entrance to the old tramline is marked by stone bollards. Cross Thormanby Road and join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station – picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.

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Description

Ascent: 130m

Distance : 7km

Estimated Time : 1hr 30mins – 2hrs

Grade : Easy

Trailhead : Howth Village

Minimum Gear : Walking shoes, raingear and fluid

Terrain : Laneways and clifftop paths

Theme : Coastal

Howth Black Linn Loop Walk

The following is the Howth Black Linn Loop Walk taken from fingaldublin.ie.

1. Starting from the DART Station follow the red arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, blue and purple arrows for other 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 to reach The Summit car park.
3. Exit the car park through the height restriction barrier and join Bailey Green Road. Follow this road downhill to reach a junction of roads at The Summit Stores and pub. Turn left here.
4. Follow the tarred road past The Summit Stores and, after approximately 100m, turn right onto a grassy pathway. At the end, cross Carrickbrack Road to join another pathway whcih ascends ‘Tweedy’s Hill’. Joining Windgate Road at the top of the short climb, turn right and travel for approximately 200m to reach the entrance to the hillside at a gateway on your left.
5. You now follow a series of paths across an open hilltop section known locally as ‘Black Linn’, where it picks up the purple loop before descending through the grounds of the local GAA Club, and eventually reaching the Balkill Park estate.
6. Entering Balkill Park, you pick up the green and blue loops as you join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station – picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.

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Descriptions
Ascent : 160m
Distance : 8km
Estimated Time : 2hrs – 3hrs
Grade : Moderate
Trailhead : Howth Village
Terrain : Laneways and clifftop paths
Minimum Gear : Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid
Theme : Coastal

Howth Bog of Frogs Walk

The following is the Howth Bog of Frogs Walk taken from fingaldublin.ie.

1. Starting from the DART Station follow the purple arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, blue and red arrows for other shorter 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 the green, blue and red loops turn right and ascend to The Summit car park. You continue straight on here to reach the access road for the Bailey Lighthouse. Cross the road and join the second section of cliff path.
3. Continue to follow the cliff path for another 3km to pass safety handrails at Red Rock. Shortly afterwards, the loop swings right and uphill onto a grassy track. After 500m you cross the busy Carrickbrack Road and enter a hillside section.
4. The track takes you around the shoulder of Sheilmartin Hill to enter a golf course. Cross the course carefully – using the line of white rocks as your line of travel. On the opposite side enter the Bog of the Frogs area.
5. You now follow a track through the Bog of the Frogs and onto open hilltop on the shoulder of the Ben of Howth where you pick up the red loop before descending through the grounds of the local GAA Club, and eventually reaching the Balkill Park estate.
6. Entering Balkill Park, you pick up the green and blue loops as you join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station – picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.

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Descriptions
Ascent : 240m
Distance : 10km
Estimated Time : 2hrs 30mins – 3hrs 30mins
Grade : Hard
Trailhead : Howth Village
Terrain : Laneways, clifftop paths and hill tracks
Minimum Gear : Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid
Theme : Coastal

Take a walk to the Hellfire Club

If you are looking for a nice short walk, a good view of Dublin city and a place with a spooky history, the Hellfire Club is for you! It’s located on Montpelier Hill which is about a 30 minute drive from the city.
There are many myths and stories linked to the Hellfire Club. One of the best known of these tells of a stranger who arrived at the club on a stormy night. Invited in, he joined the members in a card game. One player dropped his card on the floor and when he bent under the table to retrieve it noticed that the stranger had a cloven hoof. At this point the visitor disappeared in a ball of flame.

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To start off park the car here. The website wicklowwalks.com have a good page on a number of walks in Dublin and Wicklow and include this. The google map link below is taken from the website but I would recommend you visit their site for more details (and other walk ideas!)

The Hell Fire Club was built around 1725 as a hunting lodge by William Conolly, the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. It was named Mount Pelier by Conolly but over the years has also been known as “The Haunted House”,”The Shooting Lodge”,”The Kennel”and “Conolly’s Folly”. It was one of several exclusive establishments using the name Hellfire Club that existed in Britain and Ireland in the 18th century. For more information, check out this Wikipedia page.

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Maulin & Powerscourt Waterfall

Great walk that passes by the Powerscourt Waterfall as you climb the summit of Maulin in Wicklow. The walk takes about 3 hours. Start the walk by parking at Crone Car Park.

We found this hike from the following great website http://www.wicklowwalks.com/powerscourt-waterfall. More details of the hike can be found here or below.

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Route

  • Starting from the car park at Crone, follow the forest trail at the head of the car park. There are several twists and turns in the path, but ignore side paths and follow the route clearly marked with Wicklow Way signs.
  • After passing through the forest, the path suddenly emerges into the open high above the valley into which the Powerscourt Waterfall drains, with wonderful views. Follow the path along the side of the valley.
  • The path eventually becomes less clear for a while as it enters some pine woods. Follow a line through these woods to emerge in the open again to a clearly marked path with a view of Maulin to the right, and the Dargle river (which becomes the waterfall) to the left.
  • A pleasant detour is to follow the path downhill to the Dargle River for a picnic.
  • At this point there is an option to return back to Crone along the same path again, reducing the walk duration by about an hour. Otherwise, continue uphill to the summit of Maulin along the clearly visible path.
  • Follow the path back into the woods to pick up the forestry road. Be sure to head west rather than east to find the point where the path enters the woods.
  • Follow the forestry road back to Crone car park. There are several routes through the forest, but all lead back to the car park.

Fenton’s Pub to Lugnaquilla Mountain

This is one of the shorter hikes to reach Wicklow’s highest point, Lugnaquilla. Start off by parking near Fenton’s Pub (link). The hike has a pretty straightforward path up to the top. Follow the route and there is a path all the way to the top. A round trip hike is just over 13km and should take about 4.5/5.5 hours going at an average pace.

Always climb with someone else and be concise of the weather and how much day light is left in the day. Enjoy!
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Marley Park to Johnnie Fox’s Pub

This hike takes you along the first section of the Wicklow Way from Marley Park.It then diverts to Glencullen. Here you can visit the famous Johnnie Fox’s Pub. The hike is almost 12km with a total climb of 380m.

To check out Johnnie Fox’s pub visit www.jfp.ie

Route:

Most of this route follows the beginning of the Wicklow Way path . Start off at Marley Park and follow the signs and path for the Wicklow Way. Continue on the Wicklow way until you come onto the R116 ( Ballybrack Road) here. From here ignore all other signs for the Wicklow way and continue towards Glencullen and Johnnie Fox’s Pub. MOre information on the Wicklow Way trail is here: http://www.wicklowway.com/trail-maps/

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1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

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Daily tours run from the 1st of March 2013 until the 31st of October 2013.  The tours take approximately two hours.

Tour Times:

Mondays to Saturday (inclusive) 11.30am
Sundays at 1pm

Price: €12 per person

Telephone : +353 868 583 847.

Email : lorcan@1916rising.com

For more information visit http://www.1916rising.com