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Hillwalkers descending Mount Leinster

Kev writes:

Would any of your readers know of a decent, non-crowded hill walk within an hour’s drive of Dublin?  Somewhere off the beaten track and preferably in a loop and between 12-18km. I am taking a party of English people [in early March] and would like to show off the countryside in the best possible light. Thank you.

Anyone?

Pic: Wexford Hillwalking

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    1. Harry Molloy

      +1 on this

      Gives a great view overlooking Powerscourt waterfall and will get the heart and sweat pumping if you try to scale Djouce at the end

  1. petey

    “I am taking a party of English people [in early March] and would like to lose them permanently.”

    ftfy

  2. Wee Arthur

    How about Carlingford. Slieve Foye.
    Loop there involving the Táin Way. Start in Carlingford. Join Táin Way all the way to Foxes Rock. Come down to Long Woman’s Grave. Rejoin Táin Way and walk to outskirts of Omeath. Then join new greenway along Carlingford lough shore all the way back to Carlingford.
    Not too tricky navigationally. Fantastic views of Carlingford Lough, Irish Sea, over Louth and Meath, down to Dublin … Back to Carlingford for refreshments (but might be full of spides and millies) …

    1. Toe Up

      Cheers for this, I’ve been looking for options up around that way, so I will check this one out when I get the opportunity.

    2. mildred st. meadowlark

      I’ve a real grá for the place. I spent my summers as a kid up in Carlingford and it really is a lovely spot.

      If you’re looking for good food, check out Fitzpatricks. They’re a wee bit outside Carlingford but they’re well worth the drive.

  3. dav

    Bringing a group of 15 hill walking and going to B.S. for advice?
    Can you make sure you inform mountain rescue of your chosen route, it’ll aid the whole process of getting you and your group off the mountain..

  4. JFM

    Sounds like you need a guide to be honest. Almost all walking trails are empty during the week. And we have no where near the same volume of people on our hills as they do in England, so your group will not have an issue with the volume of people in any event. Try the Glendalough lakes route – it is pretty well marked so you are unlikley to get lost, you will probably see some deer and it is pretty cool looking scenery. Please bring someone who knows what they are at if the weather is a bit iffy. You could bring them to Powerscourt if there is lots of rain – looks a little more exciting when it’s in full flow….

  5. Donker

    Walk from the Glendalough visitors centre car park, past the tower to the upper lake where you join the Wicklow way for a few minutes, Leave the way to head directly up to Derrybawn, across the wide ridge to Mullacor, stroll down and round to the top of Spink for the incredible view before descending the stairs back down to the upper lake. Optional food and a pint in the Wicklow Heather and everyone’s happy. 14.4 km from the visitor centre, a bit less from the upper car park. There will be some people for the first an last km but aside for that you’ll be on your own.
    http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MjEyMTA=

    1. spider

      This is awesome, but I suggest (if the weekend) that you leave before 6am, as ‘the walkers’ start in the opposite direction from the miners trail at 10am and make the boardwalks very congested…

    1. Nigel

      But you’d miss seeing Broadsheet commenters talking about something they enjoy, which is always a nice way to start the morning.

  6. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    TELL ME WHERE YOU ARE GOING, AND WHAT TIME.
    I WILL MEET YOU SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY.
    I WILL BE DRESSED AS A CLOWN.
    IT WILL BE A GREAT SURPRISE FOR YOUR ENGLISH FRIENDS.

    DON’T TELL ANYBODY ELSE.
    THANK YOU.

  7. Frilly Keane

    That’s all fierce outdoorsie stuff
    Who knew!!!!!!

    Mind you Kev
    I wouldn’t trust a word iv’it

    Bring ’em down ta’ Phoenix Park and do a few laps for yerselves

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