Wicklow Walking Festival
OCTOBER BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Friday 25th October – Monday 28th October 2019
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 Leinster’s highest peak, Lugnaquilla (925 m).
– A night walk on Friday the 25th 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 28th 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
Friday Night Hike
Level: Moderate (11 km – 310 m ascent)
Registration: The Glendalough Hotel at 7.30 pm, departing at 8.00 pm 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 And The Two Lakes
Level: Strenuous (20 km – 810 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 08.30 am, depart centre at 09.00 am.
From the Resource Centre, you will be bussed to the beginning of your walk, which is in the valley of Glenmalure.
Route: The walk takes us into Clonkeen Forest and up by Arts Lough to Clohernagh Mountain (800 m) From here we head northwest, around by the South Prison and on to the summit of Leinster’s highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (925 m)
Our descent takes us back around by the South Prison and on the Corrigasleggaun (794 m) and down by Kelly’s Lough to Clohernagh Forest, where we link up with the Wicklow Way to finish the day at the lively Glenmalure Lodge. Pickup and transfer back to the Brockagh Centre.
B Walk: Tonelagee and St. Kevin’s Way
Level: Moderate (18 km –457 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 09.30am, departing at 10 am.
Route; Our walk today starts from the Brockagh centre, takes us out into Brockagh forest and onto the spur of Mall Hill. Along the way, you will have lovely views down into the valley of Glenmacnass, its spectacular waterfall and across to Scarr Mountain. From the high point of Mall Hill (536 m), we continue along to spot height 668 m where you will have stunning views down over Lough Ouler (the lake of the eagle). Our next peak is the summit of Tonelagee Mountain (817 m). Weather permitting, we will have magnificent views across the Wicklow Mountains. Our journey home is through the Wicklow Gap, along St Kevin’s Way into Glendalough and back to the Brockagh Centre.
C Walk; The Devil’s Glen Forest & Seamus Heany
Level: Easy (12 km –180 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 10 am, depart centre at 10.30 am.
Route: From the Brockagh Centre we will be bussed to the start of the walk at Tiglin. The trail is mostly on forest track and takes us in to join the Seamus Heany Walk, named in honour of the poet and Nobel Prize winner in Literature in 1995. As we stroll along we will find many of his famous quotes on the seats and rocks, one of which is “walk on air against your better judgement”
The Devil’s Glen Waterfall is one of the highlights of the walk. The waterfall marks the spot where the Vartry River enters the Devil’s Glen en route to the Irish Sea. The forest is made up of mixed woodlands and in Autumn the colours will be magnificent, so don’t forget your camera.
Bus back to the Brockagh Centre
A Walk: Mullaghcleevaun and Tonelagee
Level: Strenuous (21 km – 700 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 08.30 am, depart centre at 09.00 am.
Route: Depart the Brockagh Centre by bus for the Sallygap to climb Carrigshouk Mountain, up onto Mullaghcleevaun East Top (795 m) and Mullaghcleevaun Mountain (849 m). From here we descend to Barnacullian Mountain (714 m) and along the Barnacullian Ridge to Stoney Top (714 m). The last climb in the challenge is onto Tonelagee Mountain (817m). Our journey home is through the Wicklow Gap, along St Kevin’s Way into Glendalough and back to the Brockagh Centre.
Walk B: Wicklow Way, Scarr Mountain and Kanturk
Level: Moderate (16.5 km – 690 m ascent)
Registration: Brockagh Resource Centre at 09. 30 am, depart centre at 10.00am.
Route: Depart the centre to follow the Wicklow Way through Brockagh Forest, over the Glenmacnass River, onto Paddock Hill. From here we follow the spur onto the summit of Scarr Mountain (641m). On a clear day the views from this point are simply breath-taking. You can enjoy views towards the Irish Sea and back inland to our highest mountain Lugnaquilla. Our descent route takes us north west onto Kanturk (523m) and along the spur of Brown Mountain, where you will be offered some stunning views down over Lough Dan, Wicklow’s largest lake. The day finishes at Old Bridge, where you will be transported back to the Brockagh Centre.
C Walk: Glendalough Lakes & Camaderry Forest
Level: Easy to moderate (12.5 km – 400 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.
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 townlands of Bally Lug and skirts around Trooperstown Hill, through Trooperstown Forest and onto Paddock Hill and 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.
- 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 19th of October 2019. 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 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