Inchavore Valley to Lough Dan

MODERATE 13 reviews

Inchavore Valley to Lough Dan is a 9.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Roundwood, County Wicklow, Ireland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 9.7 km Elevation Gain: 267 m Route Type: Loop

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This is a relatively straightforward semi-looped walk through the pine forest that ends at the north-west end of a beautiful Lough Dan. Park your car in a convenient lay-by about 100m south-west of the gate along the R115.The trail starts with an easy descent along a forest gravel (dry!) road. The road meanders quite a bit and gets you to a small bridge, which is actually hard to notice once you're on it. There's a stream that veers to the left and this is the place where you can choose. You can either follow the stream which will bring you to Lough Dan, or follow the road and leave the ascent along the river for the return path. The trail along the river is a bit more challenging and can be very muddy. You can follow the forest road first to get to the Lough as early as possible. The later you get there, the more chance you have to end up in the company of families that typically arrive in the early afternoon using the easy south-eastern road to the lake. The forest road can get very muddy too because the gravel-paved part ends at some point. It's easy, however, to avoid the mud by going 10-20 meters into the forest on the left. Even after few rainy days the mulch is surprisingly dry in this area (around June). It's also a good point to find yourself a couple of robust sticks which will become handy to balance in a muddy trail along the river. A shortcut through the forest will bring you to a barbed-wire fence and the Inchavore river behind it. The fence is full of holes and in many parts it simply lies flat on the ground. Cross it wherever possible and just follow the river until you get to a wide grass plain. From here it's just another few hundred meters to the beautiful Lough Dan beach. The trail is very faint, just stay on its driest part. It takes about an hour to get there using the forest road (5km). Count 1.5hrs for the return along the river, and take into account an extended stop at the lake and some along the way. The coniferous forest smells beautifully and the river has many perfect spots for contemplating nature. 

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over grown
13 days ago

If you're following the river it's hard to find decent track, it's just over grown. If you're following the road, it's closed somewhere on the half way to the lake, but you can still reach the lake.

nice easy walk

hiking
1 month ago

great Hike and a lovely wild camp site and beach on the trail

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4 months ago

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scramble
5 months ago

Loved that trail! The almost 10km are worth it just because of the beach on the lake ! Note: do not take the trail following the river. There's a big tree fallen in the way... Can't go around it...

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