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Hike or Challenging Walk?

Hi Adventurers, lets go for walk up in the mountains. Route as per the link below :)

http://mountainviews.ie/mv/index.php?PHPSESSID=&walk=102

This should suit all levels of fitness, starting point and end point at the Blue Light pub

Start
Circuit of Two Rock/Fairie Castle As the days get longer, this walk on Dublin’s doorstep is an ideal one for a long, bright summer evening – or if you’re pressed for time and can’t manage the all-day jaunt down to south Wicklow for a more challenging trek. Ideal for families too, but not for the very young as some of the underfoot conditions are very rocky and other stretches can be very boggy especially if there has been recent rain. All of the walk is on well-worn tracks and forest roads and navigation is pretty straightforward. Getting there: Starting and finishing point is the Blue Light pub (Point A GR 3[masked] (Point A) on Ballyedmonduff Road – if coming from Dublin City, come via Grange Road in Rathfarnham, take the turn off Grange Road marked for Glencullen, take a right turn at the Lamb Doyles and follow the road until you come to the Blue Light on the right hand side of the road after c. 1.5km. Plenty of parking in car parks either side of the road – but decent thing to do is give Blue Light your custom at the end of the walk. The walk: From the Blue Light, follow the road south away from Dublin for about 200 metres when there is a sharp hairpin turn leading into a very steep but short stretch of tarmac serving a few houses. Continue on the tarmac until you see gates ahead of you at the end of the road, turn sharp right here onto a narrow track which winds its way up the side of the mountain for a few hundred metres until you eventually come to a wide forest track with a radio mast further uphill on your right hand side. Follow the forest track past a barrier and continue through the forest for about 1km, keeping right all the time and ignoring a couple of left hand forks. This will eventually bring you up to the main radio mast area on Three Rock - where you will see and ignore a Dublin Mountains Way marker post pointing leftt - go straight on at this post. From here, there is a clear and well-worn track along the line of the forest to the left leading up to Fairie Castle – follow this track over some what used to be rough broken stony ground but has now been nicely graded for about 150m before taking a left turn onto a well-marked stony track which looks as if it’s leading directly to one of the radio masts but actually swings around to the right before the masts. Continue along this track, which can be pretty wet at times, with the forest to your left for about 1kms until it looks like you’re going to start going downhill into Glencullen and then turn right at Point B GR[masked] (Point B) along another wide, well-worn (a lot of it from scrambler bikes) but boggy track leading up to one of the big rocks that marks Two Rock. Go through a line fence posts and continue for about 1km west until you reach Fairie Castle which at 537m is the high point of the walk. Views from the top on a good day are fantastic – last Sunday (April 4th 2010) the line of the Cooleys were visible away to the north, Howth and Dublin Bay below you to the north, Bray Head and the Great and Little Sugar Loaf to the east, and Glencullen valley, Prince Williams Seat, Djouce, Maulin, War Hill, Kippure and the Wicklow Mountains beyond further to the south. From here you have a choice. You can head ENE straight down on a pretty track rough to the main area of radio masts and back to the Blue Light or you can opt to extend the walk by taking the other track on a 260 bearing downhill until you meet the Wicklow Way. Again there is a choice, you can continue along the Wicklow Way westward towards Tibradden on a lovely level stretch of track – but you are going to have retrace your steps to get back on route. Alternatively, follows the Wicklow Way right and continue on a well-graded track which eventually links up with the wide forest track coming up from Kilmashogue Wood and car park. From here it’s an easy walk along the forest track until you reach a tarmac road with a notice board for Ticknock Wood. Take a right on the tarmac and continue uphill to the masts and go back the way you first came back to the Blue Light. There is a shorter and much steeper way to return to the Blue Light along the side of the forest just after the lowest of the radio masts. It’s much shorter but quite steep and slippery in places. As said earlier, nothing terribly challenging about this walk either in terms of its length or its ascent but ideal for an afternoon jaunt or a nice summer evening. An ideal introduction to hill walking too for a beginner before they move on to more challenging things. Very useful maps of the various walks available in this stretch of the Dublin Mountains can also be downloaded from www.dublinmountains.ie. The East-West Mapping map of the Dublin Mountains is the best for this route

Points visited
Two Rock Mountain, Fairie Castle, Wicklow Way

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  • PaulW

    Cheers Darren, it was a nice day out in the hills. Nice to meet everyone and hope to see you all again on the next adventure !

    March 11, 2013

    • Darren W.

      Thanks Paul. great day out all in all and good to see people returning for outings. See you again soon :)

      March 12, 2013

  • Eleanor

    Thanks Darren and everybody. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    March 11, 2013

    • Darren W.

      Glad to hear that Eleanor. Thanks for coming it was great to meet you.

      March 12, 2013

  • Sean O.

    Well done Darren great walk and nice group of people today! I enjoyed myself. I hope everyone has a fantastic Patrick's w/e and a wonderful Easter......as I certainly will!!

    March 10, 2013

    • Darren W.

      Cheers Sean, yes have a great weekend yourself too! :) I see another walk has been arranged already in a couple of weeks time for the end of the month. theres a nite walk too it seems so that should keep us going. See you again sometime soon.

      March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Darren, thanks a million for a lovely hike, I really enjoyed it. Fellow hikers it was wonderful to meet you all and I hope we meet soon again. Kind regards. Val.

    March 11, 2013

    • Darren W.

      My pleasure Val. And thanks to you for your knowledge of the area! I think the timing was just right in the end with the conditions. 3 hours on the planned route may have been a bit too long to be out.

      March 11, 2013

  • Caroline

    Hi Darren, Thanks for a great day - my sister and I really enjoyed it :)

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys! It was nice to meet you all and have quality time on Subday☺looking forward to see you again. I was thinking about anniversary and the Saturday 30th of march is Easter weekend. I think will be hard for me to come. If you find difficult too maybe we could celebrate week after? Or before? Anyway I will see you again I am sure. Kornelia. Darren thank you!

    March 10, 2013

    • Darren W.

      Hey Kornelia, glad you had fun. shame you wont be able to join us for the party but there will be lots of other chances soon! We usually meet for drinks in the evening after an event so watch this space! :-)

      March 10, 2013

  • Lizzie

    Hey, not going to make it today, enjoy!!

    March 10, 2013

  • Jesus G.

    Guys, sorry for the short notice, but I can't go finally... hopefully we'll organise some other hiking!

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, how long is the whole walk? I need to be back by lunch time as the latest.

    March 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      1pm is lunch time!

      March 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Shit Gareth, I just saw it now. Pity I missed if then. Defo next time.

      March 10, 2013

  • Michael S

    Sorry, can't make it.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's face the truth: I don't have proper equipment to this kind of expected weather. Enjoy, see you next time.

    March 10, 2013

  • Eleanor

    Hi Paul W, Is there space still available in your car please and thank you? I'm living in Kilmainham and could cycle up to Harold's Cross to meet you?? El

    March 8, 2013

    • PaulW

      Hey Eleanor, we should be able to fit you in. I'll PM you some details.

      March 8, 2013

    • PaulW

      Hey Eleanor, I resent the details again. You may need to check spam folder in case it went there.

      March 10, 2013

  • Med

    hopefully you will organise more walks/hikes in the future. have to skip this one, still recovering from a cold & weather tomorrow looks pretty harsh on the thermometer!

    March 10, 2013

  • Jesus G.

    I hope it's not too late. I'll be driving tomorrow from Kilmainham, if anyone needs a lift...

    March 9, 2013

  • Caroline

    Hi every-one. My sister is in Dublin this weekend so I know this is a big ask but does any-one have room for two in their car?!

    March 8, 2013

    • Jesus G.

      Ey Caroline, I believe you lived nearby Kilmainham, right? I'll be driving from here tomorrow, if you need a lift. Let me know

      March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to it. :)

    March 9, 2013

  • PaulW

    Elizabeth, Maria, I'll be heading from Harold's Cross via Terenure and Ballinteer if you want a lift. Also room for one more if it suits anyone else ?

    March 6, 2013

  • Med

    hi, is there anyone i could get a lift with please? i am in ballinteer. could meet in town or along the green luas line? thanks maria

    March 6, 2013

  • Aisling

    Sounds great, thanks for organising Darren :-)

    March 6, 2013

  • Lizzie

    Anyone driving from the Terenure area?

    March 6, 2013

  • Estelle T.

    Apologies for what may be a silly question from this hiking novice, but would I be right in thinking that I'd need to get proper hiking boots for this and that trainers won't cut it!? Many thanks

    March 5, 2013

    • Darren W.

      Hey Estelle, this should be a fairly handy walk, nothing too extreme. Good runners should be fine, boots would be better though :)

      March 6, 2013

    • Estelle T.

      Thanks for coming back to me on that Darren :D

      March 6, 2013

  • Sean O.

    First time with this group...,

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    GPS or Smartphones/Google: [masked] [masked] Ref. for Blue Light pub.

    March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ih ih ih!

      March 4, 2013

  • Maria

    I can't make this Sunday but I would be sometime again.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds great

    March 4, 2013

  • Caroline

    Hi guys, I can't seem to get that route link to work so I've no idea where the walk is?! lol - sounds like a true adventure!

    March 3, 2013

    • Darren W.

      Weird! Ive posted the details. The meeting point will be the Blue light pub :)

      March 4, 2013

    • Caroline

      Cool thanks - I can see it now :)

      March 4, 2013

  • Antonia O.

    If Im not sailing that morning I would love to join y'all for the first time...Blue Light Pub is one of my all time favourites to finish off a walk in

    March 2, 2013

  • Ciara

    Hi guys I can't make this date. Enjoy and see you soon. Ciara

    February 27, 2013

  • carla

    Looking forward

    February 3, 2013

  • Jesus G.

    Looks good to me! I love having the end point in a pub... :) A nice pint afterwards would be nice!

    January 20, 2013

  • Aisling

    Sundays are good with me :-) Lots of great ideas there. Maybe we can organise a few dif hikes. So shall we put March the 10th as a date? If the weather is bad we can always postpone it!!!

    1 · January 19, 2013

    • Jesus G.

      That sounds good to me!

      January 19, 2013

  • Jesus G.

    I've always wanted to do the whole Howth hike. The short one is the one everyone does (I've done it a couple of times), but the long one that goes around the whole peninsula and through the hill I've heard is nicer. I would put this for at least march or april, as it would be much nicer if it is not freezing!

    January 19, 2013

    • anabel

      on a sunday! April!

      1 · January 19, 2013

  • anabel

    What about camping??

    January 19, 2013

  • Aisling

    Thanks very much for coming back to me, sorry for delayed response, computer problems :(
    Those suggestions sound great; I'm around this weekend, but not next weekend, if this weekend doesn't suit we can arrange a date in March?

    January 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I vote for the 10th :-)

      January 17, 2013

    • anabel

      10th!

      January 19, 2013

  • raymond

    would be up for it but depends on where and when

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love mountain

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    on a Sunday, please :-)

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about a route in Dublin mountains? behind the blue light pub, and up into the woods? lovely view of Dublin there.

    January 13, 2013

  • Darren W.

    Great idea, would you go to Glendalough again and do the same route in reverse? Or the other trail maybe?...sure just let me know when you're thinking and I'll set it up :)

    January 13, 2013

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