Wicklow Way Day 8 Enniskerry to Marlay Park...

Jul 25, 2011 by

We felt quite sad when Jeff dropped us off the next morning, as this was to be our last day’s walking. It was another glorious day and we climbed up to the highest point of the day before descending all the way to Dublin. We did a short detour to a popular spot, Fairy Castle, from where you could see Dublin Bay. Marlay Park is a great place to end the walk, meandering through woods and past lakes to end up by the courtyard where there was a variety of stalls selling food and crafts. Families were spread out across the grass, enjoying the unexpected sunshine. There is a courtyard cafe with a good selection of freshly cooked food and a regency walled garden. It was lovely to finally meet Teresa from Wicklow Way Baggage in Marlay Park...

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Wicklow Way Day 7 Roundwood to Enniskerry...

Jul 25, 2011 by

In the morning we enjoyed our breakfast in the conservatory where we were joined by a geologist. He explained the work which was being done to help protect the soil from walkers, evidence of which we had already seen. Catherine dropped us back at the trail and we carried on our route. We were soon climbing up above Varty Reservoir which serves Dublin and seeing some great views. We met quite a few walkers today, as this part of the route is in easy reach of Dublin.These mountains are beautiful and we had out first glimpse of the coast. We didn’t take much persuading to take a short diversion to climb Djouse and got amazing views of Sugarloaf and the surrounding area. Mary from Brook Cottage came and picked us up from the road near...

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Wicklow Way Day 6 Glendalough to Roundwood...

Jul 20, 2011 by

After a delicious breakfast, which included porridge and pancakes, Ann described a good route back to where we had to continue our walk. As we had a shorter day today, we chose to take the longer route down to Glendalough, through the woods and started climbing out of the Glendalough valley at 11.30! All was well until we took our one and only wrong turn of the whole route. The map we had was not detailed enough for us to realise that we needed to take a very narrow path into the woods after a crossroads. It was not until we reached the road in Laragh that we realised we’d gone wrong and had to retrace our steps. We probably did an extra mile. We went back to where we last saw a sign...

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Wicklow Way Day 5 Glenmalure to Glendalough...

Jul 20, 2011 by

Before we set off next morning we had a chat with our fellow residents, the first we’d met on our trip! There was a guy from Italy and couples from Switzerland, Germany and Holland. One of the best parts of travelling is meeting people.  Ann said the weather was ‘soft’ which meant rain but you could hardly tell. She suggested a route which deviated from the Wicklow Way to get to Glendalough; this would give us better views of the Glendalough lakes but was not recommended unless the weather was clear. We set off into the forest, climbing steadily. I could feel the rain on my face but my hands were dry, weird. More deer crossed our path as we climbed a steep section up onto open moorland. We decided to check out the...

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Wicklow Way Day 4 Moyne to Glenmalure...

Jul 13, 2011 by

Breakfast was delicious with a large choice and a beautiful fruit selection, as well as porridge. Into the rain once more we quickly got back on the trail and started climbing early. Today’s route took us through a lot of conifer woodland and we had some very steep climbs. The tracks were well made and one had been very recently banked up. We saw several deer in the woods, including one faun and also met up with a German who was having boot problems; unfortunately he had to finish his walk that day.  Soon after turning onto the military road for the first time I nearly missed a small signpost which takes you on a very narrow track parallel with the road before turning left down to the wood. We had only walked on wide...

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