Nature Walks

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Glendalough Lakes

The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has world-famous lakes and nature trails. It is also home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland that date from the 10th through 12th centuries, despite attacks by Vikings and then the Normans.

 

 

 

 

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Avondale Forest

Avondale Forest Park is the birthplace of Irish Forestry by Samuel Hayes, who collected and planted a range of tree species from all over the world. And birth-place to Charles Stewart Parnell. The Forest Park provides a variety of trails with a vast expanse of majestic Sequoia, Spruce and broadleaves and down along the river valley.

 

 

 

 

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Bray enjoys a mile long beachfront promenade that runs from harbour near Martello Terrace, the childhood home of James Joyce and ends at bray head, The Sugar Loaf and the scenic Wicklow Mountains. The Promenades origins date back to Victorian Era when William Dargan, the man who brought the railway to Bray making it the popular seaside resort it has become today.  

 

 

 

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Kindlestown Trail

Kindlestown is a hidden gem known only to a few! Savour the breathtaking sights the multi-access route has to offer. A flat track leads around Kindlestown Hill for 500 metres where you will find seating which will give you a chance to take in the views over the coast from Bray Head to the North to Wicklow Head and beyond to the South.

 

 

 

 

 

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Crone Wood

Crone Wood is a popular choice for many families and hill walkers as the forest has many trails to explore. The route takes you high onto the flanks of Maulin and access to the open mountains with spectacular scenic views

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Powerscourt Waterfall

Set at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, Powerscourt Waterfall is Ireland’s highest at 121m (398ft.) and is 5km from Powerscourt Estate and Gardens. As you drive from the gate lodge towards the Waterfall you are surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch Pine trees and Giant Redwoods, some of which were planted over 200 years ago.

 

 

 

 

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Blessington Greenway

The Blessington Greenway walk links Blessington with the Palladian mansion at Russborough House. The trail starts at Blessington and leads south along the shores of Blessington Lakes and through the forest and natural woodland while it weaves its way along the shores, crosses an ancient medieval Ringfort with magnificent scenery and lake wildlife.

 

 

 

 

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The Cliff Walk goes from Bray to Greystones and is about 7 kilometres long, it follows the East coastline with amazing sea views. It takes about 2 hours to complete and is suitable for all abilities. The walk starts from Bray Promenade up towards Bray Head and then onto the beautiful seaside village of Greystones. 

 

 

 

 

 

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This route provides a shorter / easier option to the Deerpark Djouce route. The route can be started in either of the car parks on the Long Hill but the lower car park is the most popular. Views of Powerscourt Waterfall, Sugarloaf, and Wicklow Mountains all await you on this pleasant walk.

 

 

 

 

 

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Devil's Glen 

Unique in Ireland, Sculpture in Woodland was formed to develop a greater awareness of wood as an artistic medium. 20 Sculptures are located here, by Irish & International Artists, close to Ashford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve

Glen of The Downs Nature Reserve is also known as Bellevue. The Reserve is the finest example of oak wood of its type close to Dublin. It is largely Sessile Oak with an understorey of Holly and a dense carpet of Woodrush, Bilberry and Heather. The woods abound in birdlife and 21 breeding species have been recorded here.

 

 

 

 

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Knocksink Woods

Knocksink Woods is a hidden treasure and utterly unspoilt. The ancient woodland canopy shadowing Glencullen river is breathtaking. To stroll and explore the valley pathways is one of life’s great pleasures. No matter what’s going on in the world, here is a place of timeless peace and quiet, a place where you can truly feel at one with nature it’s a place where time forgot.

 

 

 

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Lough Tay is surrounded by mountains that make it one of the most iconic locations in Ireland. It is fed by the Cloghoge River and then drains into Lough Dan, located to the south.  The beach on the northern side is bright white sand.  It was imported by the Guinness family who’s estate runs through part of the Lough Tay area.  The shape of the lake with the white sand at the top makes it look like a Pint of Guinness!

 

 

 

 

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Lover's Leap

Just a short walk from the Loop Head Lighthouse, at a spot known as Lovers’ Leap, is a stunning natural wonder that’s shrouded in legend: a majestic sea stack known as Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Rock. It’s said that the mythical lovers leapt onto this rock to escape the pursuing armies of Gráinne’s betrothed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Poulanass Waterfall 

The Glendalough Spinc walk leads you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Co. Wicklow. The walk follows the Poulanass Waterfall before entering the Lugduff Valley. A 600 step climb leads you to a viewing point overlooking the Upper Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

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Roundwood Vartry Reservoir

Roundwood Vartry Reservoir has a number of beautiful trails with thriving wildlife, flora, fauna and mountain views over nearly 20km of trails for all to enjoy! Between 1862 and 1868, Lower Vartry Reservoir was formed by constructing a dam across the valley of the River Vartry, and a second dam was completed in 1923 forming the Upper Reservoir.

 

 

 

 

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Wicklow Way 

One of the most spectacular landscapes in Ireland with a patchwork of mountainous and upland areas with many kilometres of wonderfully unspoilt mountain trails. The Wicklow Way is part of a network of long-distance self-guided walking trails and combines easy accessibility with a wide variety of scenic experiences, some of them in truly remote upland areas. They include mountains, upland lakes, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast-flowing mountain streams, forests and farmland.