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Hiking - Wicklow Way

Hiking - Wicklow Way
Wicklow Ireland

The Wicklow Way is a long distance walking route of 132 km (83 miles) following a north-south route from north Couinty Wexford, through County Wicklow and the Wicklow Mountains to the southern suburbs of Dublin City. The Wicklow Mountains offer superb and challenging walking routes.

The name Wicklow comes from the Viking “Wykynlo” or “Viking’s Loch” referring to the town of Wicklow, one of their favourite bases on the Irish coast. The Gaelic “Cill Mhantáin” translates to the “Church of St. Mantan”. From the border with county Dublin, the mountains cover the middle and west of the county, running south to the Wexford border. The highest point is Lugnaquilla at 926m.

Rounded during the last Ice Age, the hills are smooth with granite bases and shiny schists poking through, to give them a wonderful silvery light. The Ice Age also produced wonderful deep valleys – Glenmacanass, Glenmalure, Glendalough, which run northwest to southeast, providing not only wonderful views but also plenty of legwork for the aspiring walker!
Good pastureland forms the east of the county to the relatively gentle coastline.

The total route is 132km and was the brainchild of a Dublin hill walker J.B. Malone. The Way opened in 1981 and is one of the best managed routes in the country, thanks to the Wicklow Uplands Council and local landowners. It is a pleasure to walk, well signposted, with rougher sections of the track graded to prevent erosion.

The central section is covered by the Wicklow Mountains National Park – its headquarters are in Glendalough and worth a visit. The route follows on occasion the Military Road, constructed by the British in the early 19th century to gain access to the lower regions of the county! 

The Way uses forest paths and minor roads in places to avoid walking on private land. However, it is little enough not to detract from the superb scenery, rugged narrow valleys and spectacular mountains. The route doesn’t pass through many towns or villages, so most of the day to day walking is remote. Approximately 20% of the route is on tarred roads. We offer the Wicklow Way from south to north, starting in the lower farming countryside and working up to the higher hills. This also allows for an easy transfer back to Dublin city at the end of your walking tour.

Tour Highlights
- Rural farming communities, farming by day and hosting walkers by night! Come in April for lambing…
- Glendalough & St. Kevin.
- Rivers, lakes and valleys, Glenmalure, Glendasan, Glenalo, Glenmacanass, Lough Tay, Lough Dan, Avonbeg, Avonmore, Cloghoge and Dargle.

Walking Tour

Meeting: Bunclody or Drumgoff
Airport: Dublin
Riders: Min 2 riders

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    Hiking - Wicklow Way
    Tour Code: ZZ-OUT-34
    10 days / 9 nights
    Dates : April to October

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    Level : Fitness Level
    Difficulty Levels Explained
    1. Easy
    Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
    2. Easy to Moderate
    An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
    3. Moderate
    Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
    4. Demanding
    You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
    5. Strenuous
    Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
    May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..

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    Season Seasons  MinReserve
    A 2024 04/03 - 10/15 10d / 9n 10 day Self Guided trip 2 Reserve
    B 2024 04/03 - 10/15 8d / 7n 8 day Self Guided trip 2 Reserve
    C 2024 04/03 - 10/15 6d / 5n 6 day Self Guided trip 2 Reserve
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    Pace: Moderately easy walk

    Airport: Dublin
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