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Wicklow Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Strenuous
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: ***
County: Wicklow, Dublin, Carlow
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 129.00
Climb (m): 3220
Estimated time: 6 days
Start point: Marley Park, Rathfarnham in South Dublin
Start point grid ref: O 155 266
End point: Clonegal
End point grid ref: S 914 613
Nearest town to start: Dublin
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 50, 56, 61* (* ca 800m to finish in Clonegal) and 62
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start - in Marlay Park. Car park (open 10 a.m. and variable seasonal closing).
At End - on streets in Clonegal
Public transport: N/A
Map guide available: The Wicklow Way Map Guide (by EastWest Mapping) - available from EastWest Mapping, Clonegal, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, 054-77835, email info@eastwestmapping.ie
The Complete Wicklow Way (by J.B. Malone)
The Wicklow Way (by Rucksack Readers) - available from Rucksack Readers, Landrick Lodge, Dunblane, FK15 Ohy, UK. Phone +44 (0) 1786 824 696.


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Description of Trail

The Wicklow Way was Ireland’s first waymarked trail, and due to its proximity to Dublin has remained one of the most popular walking routes in Ireland. The Way commences in the southern suburbs of the capital and civilisation is soon left behind as the route moves deep into high, heathery moorland. The Dublin and Wicklow Mountain range, the most extensive surface granite field in these islands, moulded over eons into a corrugation of east-west high rounded ridges and deep valleys, is crossed before the route descends across a series of gentle foothills to reach the County Carlow village of Clonegal. It is a richly varied route, with the more dramatic scenery of mountains and lakes at the northern end, where although there is a strong sense of remoteness and few habitations, one is never very far from a public road. Among the dramatically scenic places taken in by the route as it wends its way through the mountains is the ancient and beautiful monastic site of Glendalough, where many will want to linger. Although the southern part of the route is less scenically impressive, the climbs are gentler as it wends its way along forestry roads through a landscape of conifer-covered foothills. Terrain consists of forestry tracks, quiet roads, boreens and mountain paths through open moorland. Some sections can be wet and muddy. While there is some overnight accommodation available along the route, most options are off-route, so careful planning may be necessary. The total ascent over the entire route is about 2820 m, but apart from some short steep sections, there are no significant climbs.

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PLEASE NOTE THIS DIVERSION IS IN PLACE DUE TO TIMBER HARVESTING: Heading South towards Clonegal – Drumgoff Diversion - starting at T 095 892 and joining the County Road at T 094 889, follow the County road and link back to the Wicklow Way on this road at T 084 873. This diversion is waymarked and will be in place for approximately 12 months from 15 January 2016. See map at http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/jespers_pdf/WW_Diversion.pdf
PLEASE ALSO NOTE that due to timber harvesting timber trucks will be on the Wicklow Way between the forest entrance close to Pier Gates (GR O 174 063) and the harvest site in Ballinafunshoge (GR O 169 042). The Wicklow Way will not be diverted however walkers are asked to abide by Coillte signage along the route for safety. Harvesting will be for approx 6 weeks from 23 August 2016 but haulage could extend into 2017.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT timber harvesting is taking place in Ballinafunshoge, Glenmalure for 5-6 weeks from 15 September in the area where the Wicklow Way uses constructed stone steps. There will be a short temporary diversion of the Wicklow Way for the first 2 weeks to facilitate harvesting beside the stone steps The Wicklow Way will then revert to using the steps. See map at: http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/newsevents/news/read-article/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=651&cHash=efc3d9330317e9eaedbad08b2dc8058f#sthash.36yDjOEG.dpuf - S. Timber haulage could extend into 2017. Coillte asks walkers to abide by Coillte signage for their safety. br /> 39 kms or 30% of the Way follows local roads.
Further information available from www.wicklowway.com.
***Do not enter farmland if you have dogs with you, even on a leash, unless with the permission of the landowner***


Trail management organisation contact details

Wicklow County Tourism, St Manntan's House, Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Tel: 0404-20070. Email wt@wicklow.ie Web: www.visitwicklow.ie.

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