Walking Hiking

Wicklow Walking Festival

OCTOBER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Friday 27th October – Monday 30st October 2017

Co. Wicklow ‘The Garden of Ireland’, is renowned worldwide for its scenic beauty, offering a variety of walking challenges – from woodlands and rolling hills to wild craggy mountain climbs. The county lies just south of Dublin on the East Coast of Ireland. It is home to the largest area of unbroken high raised ground in Ireland, covering almost the same area as that of Mont Blanc, approximately 50 km long by 40 km wide.

BOOK WALKING FESTIVAL HIKES

Festival Outline

The Festival will be based in the Brockagh Resource Centre with many of the walks taking us through Wicklow Mountains National Park. The Centre is situated in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, on the road between the village of Laragh and Glendalough.

All walks are led by experienced walking leaders who will enhance your day with information on local history flora and fauna.

The National Park is an ideal location for a fun filled festival weekend covering approximately 90,000 hectares! The park protects some of Europe’s oldest peat boglands, heather covered mountains, and woodlands. Large herds of sika and red/sika hybrid deer, foxes, badgers, hares and birds of prey are frequently spotted on walks so don’t forget your camera!

The weekend offers a selection of walking choices which you can mix, match, or just choose one:

Climb Leinster’s highest peak, Lugnaquilla (925 m).

A night walk on Friday the 27th  promising to be a unique and adventurous experience.

A selection of day walks from challenging, moderate and easy on Saturday and Sunday.

A moderate walk on Monday the 30th to celebrate the completion of a great weekend and summer walking season.

Please note: Walks may be changed on the day depending on weather conditions or the fitness level of the group at the leader’s discretion.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Telephone: +353 404 45152; Mobile: 00353 87 2698659
E-mail: info@walkinghikingireland.com

The Hikes

Night Hike

Glendalough, the Spinc and Lugduff

Level; Moderate (12 km- 450 m ascent)

Registration: The Glendalough Hotel at 7.30 pm, departing at 8.00 pm sharp.

Route; Our walk takes us into the valley of Glendalough, following part of the Wicklow Way. Passing the Lower Lake and rising towards Pollanass Waterfall into Lugduff Forest. From here we leave the Wicklow Way and join another trail that leads us onto the Spinc and from there onto Lugduff Mountain.
Our return takes us along the Wicklow Way to Glendalough.

Important: All who partake in this walk must carry a torch/flashlight; failing to do so will eliminate you from participating in the walk.


Saturday Walks

A Walk; Lugnaquilla, From Glen to Glen (Glenmalure to the Glen of Imaal) 

Level: Strenuous (14 km – 870 m ascent)

Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 08.30 am, depart centre at 08.45 am.

Route: Starting in the valley of Glenmalure, the route takes us through Clonkeen Forest to Art’s Lough and on to Cloghernagh Mountain (800 m) From here we will follow the spur of Cloghernagh that will guide us to our ultimate goal for the day, Lugnaquilla (925 m).
Our descent takes us to Camarahill (480 m) and on to join an old military road that will finally lead us to Fenton’s Pub in the Glen of Imail, where you can treat yourself to a well-deserved beverage of your choice.
You will be picked up and transferred back to the Brockagh Centre. Please Note: Driving time is approximately 50 minutes.

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B Walk: Tonelagee and St Kevin’s Way

Level: Moderate; (18 km- 457 m ascent)

Registration:
Brockagh Resource Centre at 09.30 am, departing at 10 am.

Route: Departing from the Brockagh centre we will walk through Brockagh Forest onto Mall Hill (536 m), to the next spot height where you will have stunning views of Lough Ouler (the lake of the eagle). Our next peak is the summit of Tonelagee Mountain (817 m). Our journey home is through the Wicklow Gap, along St. Kevin’s Way into Glendalough and back to the Brockagh Centre.

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C Walk: The Wicklow Way, Annamoe & Castlekevin Forest

Level; Easy to Moderate (12 km-490 m ascent)

Registration; Brockagh Resource centre at 10 am, departing 10.30 am

Route; From the resource centre our walk takes us through Brockagh Forest to join the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest way marked trail.
The trail will guide us onto Paddock Hill where we will have sweeping views over Laragh Village and the surrounding countryside. Our journey continues down into the village of Annamoe and on to Castlekevin Forest before ascending onto the lower slopes of Trooperstown. Here we to join a short section of the Avonmore Way that takes us through the townland of Ballard. Our homeward journey takes us along the old Green Road to Glendalough and back to the Brockagh Centre. (Please Note) You do not have to compleat this entire walk, we can have you picked up in Annamoe, Trooperstown or Ballard and transported back to the Brockagh Centre.

 


Sunday Walks

B Walk: The Avonmore Way

Level: Moderate (17 km – 420  m ascent)

Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 09.30 am, departing at 10 am.

 Route: From the Resource Centre the trail follows the Wicklow Way onto Paddock Hill and down into Trooperstown Forest to join the Avonmore Way. From there the trail leads us up onto the lower slopes of Trooperstown Hill and the townlands of Ballard before starting our descent to the Vale of Clara.
After lunch, the trail follows a mixture of forest road and track that winds its way through the beautiful Clara Vale Nature Reserve, alongside the peaceful Avonmore River. Finishing just outside the town of Rathdrum where we will be picked up and transported back to the Brockagh Centre.

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C Walk: Glendalough Lakes & Camaderry Forest

Level: Easy to moderate (12.5 km – 400 m ascent)

Level; Moderate (12 km- 450 m ascent)

Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 10.00 am, departing at 10.30 am.

Route; From the Centre at Laragh, we follow the Wicklow Way into the valley of Glendalough, where we will do a short tour of the 6th Century Monastic Settlement. From there, we continue into the valley of Glendasan, over the side of Camaderry Mountain and make a short descent to the lakes in Glendalough for lunch.
After lunch, we continue our walk up by Pollanass Waterfall and into Lugduff and Derrybawn Forest, where we will follow a forest trail that will give us some spectacular views back over the valley, its two lakes, Monastic City and imposing Round Tower.
We return via the Green Road to Glendalough and back to the Brockagh Resource Centre.


Monday Walk

Walk B: The Wicklow Way, Laragh to Glenmalure via the Spinc 

Level: Moderate (17 km –540 m ascent)

Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 9.30 am, departing at 10.00 am.

Route: From the Brockagh Centre the walk takes us through a short section of Brockagh Forest to join the Wicklow Way. This waymarked trail will guide us into the valley of Glendalough, where we will take in superb views of the 6th Century Monastic City and its two beautiful lakes.
The trail rises via Pollanass Waterfall where we will divert to follow the Spinc Trail onto Lugduff Mountain. Here you will have stunning views of the Wicklow Mountains and the valley of Glenmalure.
The trail descends trough Glenmalure forest to the valley floor where we will be picked up and transported back to the Brockagh Centre.    

Prices & Booking

  • Night Walk; €20
  • A Walks; €25 per walk
  • B Walks & Monday; €20 per walk
  • C Walks; €15 per walk

Group rates for 6 or more people per group booking.

Rules

  • Every walker must have submitted an entry form and paid the fee.
  • Everyone must have the numbered identification card issued at registration. This card must be handed to your lead guide at the finishing point.
  • It is forbidden to light matches or discard litter along the routes.
  • DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON ANY OF THE WALKS
  • Participants on moderate and strenuous walks must be 16 years or older. An adult, who will assume complete liability, must accompany participants under 16 years of age on easy walks.
  • Walkers must be fully equipped and capable of undertaking their chosen walk.The committee will not accept responsibility for any accident however it may arise.

If you need to cancel a walk that you have already paid for, please contact us before Friday 20th of October 2017. After that date walks must be paid for in full (NO REFUND)

Equipment

  • Good waterproof walking boots, with good ankle support, especially if you are doing some of the high level walks.
  • Good rain jacket & over-trousers
  • Warm clothing, dress with layers rather than one heavy sweat-shirt
  • Back Pack, lined with a plastic bag to contain some extra clothing
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Head Torch/Flashlight for the night walks
  • Walking poles and gaiters (Optional)
  • Lunch pack & water
  • A good sense of adventure & fun!

It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure they are suitably equipped for the walks.

Jeans and trainers/runners are not suitable for mountain walking.

Unless walkers are wearing suitable walking boots and clothing, they will not be allowed to participate in their chosen walk!

BOOK WALKING FESTIVAL HIKES