Wicklow Way | Ireland, 2009

Distance :  82 miles (132 km) approx.img_6793

Avg. Time :  4-6 days

Start / Finish:

  • Marley Park (Dublin) – Clonegal
  • Click here for transport options to the trailheads.
  • Instead of finishing in Clonegal, I recommend continuing to the picturesque villages of Borris, Graiguenamanagh and Inistioge. You can either walk via the South Leinster Way (26km), or if you have had your fill of roadwalking, try hitching a lift. Note that finding public transport between Clonegal and Borris may be difficult.

Season :  Possible anytime of year, though April to October is best.

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Maps / Info :

  • If you are looking for more detail, try The Wicklow Way published by Rucksack Readers.

Route / Conditions:

  • The trail is very well signed with regular ‘walking man’ symbols on roadside posts. Click here for a basic trail description.
  • Don’t forget your rain jacket.
  • There is a significant amount of road walking involved with the Wicklow Way. So much so, that it really does detract from the overall experience. That being said, there are numerous great pubs along the way in which you can stop and rest those road weary feet over a pint or two.

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Sleeping:

  • Camping is not so common on the Wicklow Way. Nonetheless, there are numerous places that the discreet individual can set up a tent. Be sure to leave early the next morning and practice no trace principles at all times.

Overview:

  • Favourite pubs:  The Dying Cow and Glenmalure Lodge. The former pub is a classic. Not to be missed.
  • Favourite Villages:  Even though they are a little way past the official end of the hike, I very much enjoyed my time in Borris, Graiguenamanagh and Inistioge. Great pubs and atmosphere. Spend a night or two if possible.
  • From Graiguenamanagh there is a worthwhile 1.5hr walk alongside the River Barrow to the monastic site of St. Mullins.

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