Wicklow Way: Tinahely to Clonegal is a 33.2 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Tinahely, County Wicklow, Ireland that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 33.2 km Elevation Gain: 884 m Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

The final stage of the Wicklow Way is often ignored on account of the amount of road walking involved but there are a few bits of comfort to be enjoyed on the Way. The trip gets off to a good start with a splendid jaunt along a boreen around Muskeagh Hill with some excellent views all round. After that there is a lengthy stretch on the road. Even though the roads are very quiet all that tarmac becomes quite wearing after a while. Along this section, the Way passes The Dying Cow pub at Stranakelly Crossroads. The pub takes its name from a story that the Guards (police) raided the pub and summonsed the landlady for serving drinks after hours. The landlady, an old widow, defended herself claiming she was merely providing refreshments to her neighbours who had helped her with her dying cow! After a steep climb, the trail enters forestry at Raheenakit and then descends Stookeen Hill along an old drover's path. This section has some excellent views of Moylisha Hill (one of the last hills to be crossed before the end) and the Blackstairs Mountains which now dominate the horizon. The final leg around Moylisha and Urelands Hills is a return to the conifer hell of earlier parts and an unwelcome slog on by now tired legs.  Returning to the road, the trail leaves County Wicklow and enters County Carlow at a bridge over a small stream before reaching Clonegal. The official finish is in a small park adjacent to the main village green Clonegal is a very pleasant village and well worth spending a little time to explore. Osborne's is an excellent old pub which offers certificates of completion to all Wicklow Way hikers who buy a drink.

Great start to Wicklow Way. You're walking roadway at the beginning and into the forest.

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