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
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 Leinsters highest peak, Lugnaquilla (925m).
– 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: 087 2698659
Level: Moderate (11km – 310m ascent)
Registration: The Glendalough Hotel at 7.30pm, departing at 8.00pm sharp.
Route: Leaving from the hotel the walk takes us onto part of the Wicklow Way and through Brockagh Forest, onto the summit of Brockagh Mountain from a northerly direction (470m). Our descent takes us down the spur of Brockagh Mountain to rejoin the Wicklow Way which leads us back to the Glendalough Hotel in time for some liquid sustenance.
Important: All who partake in this walk must carry a torch/flashlight; failing to do so will eliminate you from participating in the walk.
A Walk ; Lugnaquilla
Level: Strenuous (22 km – 870 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 08.30 am, depart centre at 08.45 am.
From the Resource Centre you will be transported to the beginning of your walk at Aughavannagh.
Route: Starting at Aughavannagh Bridge we will follow the Ow River which will lead us onto Aughavannagh Mountain and over to Lybagh(646m). From Lybagh to Slievemaan (759m) and ahead of you is the ultimate goal, Lugnaquilla (925m). The descent takes us onto Carrigasleggaun(729m) and then join the Wicklow Way down to the valley of Glenmalure, where we will be picked up to return to the Brockagh centre.
B Walk: Tonelagee and St Kevin’s Way
Level: Moderate; (18km- 457m 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 (536m), 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 (817m). Our journey home is through the Wicklow Gap, along St. Kevin’s Way into Glendalough and back to the Brockagh centre.
C Walk : Trooperstown Hill and the Two Glens
Level; Easy to Moderate (12km-490m ascent)
Registration; Brockagh Resource centre at 10am, departing 10.30am
Route; From the resource centre our walk takes us through the village of Laragh, through Ballard forest to the town land of Ballard and onto Trooperstown Hill. Our way travels down through Trooperstown Forest over the Avonmore River and onto the side of Paddock Hill, where we will join the Wicklow Way. This scenic trail will lead us to the valley of Glenmacnass to the Brockagh centre.
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 we will be transported to the start of our walk which is just outside the town of Rathdrum.
This 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.
The route continues on through the town lands of Bally Lug and skirts around Trooperstown Hill, through Trooperstown Forest and onto Paddock Hill and back to the Brockagh Centre.
C Walk: Glendalough, the Spinc and Lugduff
Level; Moderate (12 km- 450 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 10.00 am, departing at 10.30 am.
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.
Returning back to the center via the Wicklow Way.
Walk B: Derrybawn & Mullacor Mountain
Level: Moderate (18 km –540 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 9.30 am, departing at 10.00 am.
Route: : From the Brockagh Centre our walk takes us into the valley of Glendalough and along the Green Road, through Derrybawn forest and onto Derrybawn Mountain (474 m).
Our journey continues along the Derrybawn Ridge and up onto Mullacor Mountain (657 m). We return via the Wicklow Way back into Glendalough and back to base.
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.
- 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)
- 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 sweatshirt
- 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