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The Wicklow Way

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press
ISBNISBN-13: 978 1 78631 050 7
Also available in eBook and Kindle formats
Price£12.95
Luggala in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains

Luggala in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains

The Upper Lake at Glendalough

The Upper Lake at Glendalough

Above Moyne looking towards Lugnaquilla

Above Moyne looking towards Lugnaquilla

The Wicklow Way was the first long-distance walking trail to be established in Ireland. The signposting and waymarking used to be sparse, but is now comprehensive. While the main trail has been in place for a long time, in recent years a series of looped walks have sprung from it, and these offer scenic and interesting alternative routes, which are all covered in detail in the guidebook.

The Wicklow Way starts at Marlay Park on the outskirts of Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. The route climbs into the Dublin Mountains, where the broad and bleak Wicklow Mountains can be seen ahead. Two routes are available to reach Glencullen, then a single route crosses the mountains to Glencree. The Wicklow Way runs alongside the Wicklow Mountains National Park, passing Powerscourt and Djouce Mountain. There are two routes available to reach Oldbridge, as well as a diversion to the village of Roundwood. When the Wicklow Way reaches Glendalough, trekkers are urged to explore the ancient 'Monastic City'.

Two routes are available between Glendalough and Glenmalure, one being the Wicklow Way and the other the Miners' Way. Beyond Glenmalure, trekkers might like to climb Croaghanmoira, or stay on the main route to Moyne. A host of alternative routes are available on the way to and from Tinahely, and later a diversion can be made to the village of Shillelagh. The final stage of the Wicklow Way runs through forested hills of diminishing stature, finishing in the village of Clonegal.

The guidebook contains full route descriptions and maps of the main route and alternative routes, including colour photographs of scenes along the way. Notes on the availability of accommodation, food, drink and public transport make this a useful, practical guide.

Walk Contents

The Wicklow Way

Day 1 Marlay Park to Knockree
Day 2 Knockree to Oldbridge
Day 3 Oldbridge to Glendalough
Day 4 Glendalough to Glenmalure
Day 5 Glenmalure to Moyne
Day 6 Moyne to Boley Bridge
Day 7 Boley Bridge to Clonegal