Wicklow Way

Description

  1. Name Wicklow Way (WW)
  2. Length of trail 129 km, 80 miles
  3. Length in days 6 days
  4. Start of trail Marley Park, Rathfarnham in South Dublin
  5. End of trail Clonegal
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

Wicklow Way

Wicklow Way, Dublin - Clonegal, 129 km, 6 days

The Wicklow mountains run southward from Dublin into county Wexford. Starting as desolate heath- and moorland, rising up to 900 m, they gradually become more gentle. On a clear day one will have good views over the patched farmland below and the Irish Sea beyond. In many places, the hills have been replanted with conifers, which may be regarded as dull, but the new forests create their own atmosphere. Still further south, the woods give way to farmland.

Glendalough monastery, a historic highlight, is right on the trail. Be very early to fully enjoy it's mystical graveyard.

Clonegal is the end of the Wicklow Way, but not the end of the Wicklow Mountains. The South Leinster Way is the next path in the queue, and actually you can follow long distance trails all the way to Kerry and the Atlantic. We are speaking of the E8 and the Irish Coast to Coast Walk.

The Wicklow Way is Ireland's first long distance path and continues to be popular, facilitated of course by the proximity of the countries capital, Dublin. In the hills, accommodation is scarce, however, and you may prefer to carry a tent or book accommodation timely. When booking via a travel agency, ask them to arrange to pick you up from the trail and bring you back next day. The path is easy. The frequent use of forest roads is a bit boring. The southern part uses small roads in many places. The waymarking is excellent, and guides and maps are sold in the Dublin bookstores.

 

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The Wicklow Way, 128km

Opinions

Rate 7.3 | 3 votes | No 4. in Ireland
  • Henk Nouws August 2016
  • Rate 7
  • Positive The hills just below Dublin were very scenic. Trail is well marked.
  • Negative Quite some road walking. There is no right-of-way, like in England. Often you will be wondering why you are walking on such a wide forest road instead of in the field.
  • Oranginas, hiking trails Europe March 1998
  • Rate 7
  • Positive A patchwork of many different landscape types. Some truly remote upland areas.
  • Negative Rain...
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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2011
  • The Irish Coast to Coast Walk
  • The guidebook describes walking the 370 mile waymarked route through Ireland from Dublin in the east to Bray Head in the southwest on the Atlantic coast. Created by linking the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, Munster Way, Avondhy Way and the Kerry Way. An opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. Read more
  • Also available from:
  • The Book Depository, United Kingdom
  • Bol.com, Netherlands
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
  • Bol.com, Belgium
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2011
Bol.com
Netherlands
2011
  • The Irish Coast To Coast Walk
  • The Coast to Coast route through Ireland, from Dublin to the Atlantic coast, passes through glorious mountain and river country, and offers an opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. The walk links several waymarked routes - the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, East Munster Way, Blackwater Way and the Kerry Way. Whether you... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2005
  • Wandelgids Walking guide The Irish Coast To Coast Walk | Cicerone
  • Beschrijving van de lange kust naar kust route door heel Ierland. Goed beschreven met veel details, zowel praktisch als achtergrond. The Coast to Coast route through Ireland, from Dublin to the Atlantic coast, passes through glorious mountain and river country, and offers an opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. The walk links... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2011
  • The Irish Coast To Coast Walk
  • The Coast to Coast route through Ireland, from Dublin to the Atlantic coast, passes through glorious mountain and river country, and offers an opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. The walk links several waymarked routes - the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, East Munster Way, Blackwater Way and the Kerry Way. Whether you... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Ireland Walking Guide
  • Gentle mountains, rugged ridges, wild moorlands, spectacular sea cliffs, remote islands, warm hospitality and the infamous Irish weather - all are part of the wonderful experience that is walking in Ireland. So pack your boots, grab this guide and go 85 detailed walk descriptions in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Comprehensive coverage of... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Ireland Walking Guide
  • Gentle mountains, rugged ridges, wild moorlands, spectacular sea cliffs, remote islands, warm hospitality and the infamous Irish weather - all are part of the wonderful experience that is walking in Ireland. So pack your boots, grab this guide and go 85 detailed walk descriptions in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Comprehensive coverage of... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2008
  • Wicklow Way
  • Wicklow Way, a 132-km (82 mile) trail from Marley Park on the outskirts of Dublin to Clonegal, in an A5, spiral bound, waterproof guide from Rucksack Readers with contoured mapping at 1:100,000, detailed route descriptions and general information.The 64-page guide provides general advice on planning accommodation, Glendalough’s Monastic City,... Read more
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  • The Book Depository, United Kingdom
  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2008
  • The Wicklow Way
  • Wicklow Way, a 132-km (82 mile) trail from Marley Park on the outskirts of Dublin to Clonegal, in an A5, spiral bound, waterproof guide from Rucksack Readers with contoured mapping at 1:100,000, detailed route descriptions and general information.The 64-page guide provides general advice on planning accommodation, Glendalough Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Wandelgids Wicklow Way | Rucksack Readers
  • Uitgevoerd in de vorm van een klapper, met ringband geeft deze gids een goede beschrijving van de lange afstands route. De kaarten zijn schetsmatig maar wel duidelijk. The Wicklow Way is Ireland's first and most popular Waymarked Way, running between Marlay Park (Dublin) and Clonegal, 82 miles (132 km) to the south. It offers varied and scenic... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dublin Mountains (25K)
  • Dublin Mountains at 1:25,000 on a double-sided, detailed, GPS compatible map from EastWest Mapping, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant paper. Contours at 10m intervals are enhanced by altitude colouring and graphics showing scree, peat bogs, marshland, gorse, different types of woodlands, cultivated areas, etc.The map shows the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ireland: EastWest Mapping Hiking Maps of the Wicklow Mountains
  • Wicklow Mountains, including the Dublin Mountains on the outskirts of the capital, on detailed, GPS compatible maps at 1:30,000 or 1:25,000 from EastWest Mapping, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper.The maps have contours at 20m or 10m intervals, enhanced by altitude colouring and graphics showing scree, peat bogs,... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Wicklow Way - Walk the Wicklow Mountains & National Park
  • An amazing walking tour on Ireland's oldest waymarked trail, the Wicklow Way. Walk through Wicklow National Park on this wild Wicklow tour. The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest way-marked trail, pioneered by famous hill walker, J.B. Malone. This popular walk stretches from just south of Dublin, through the Wicklow Mountains and on to County... Read more
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