Wicklow Way: Knockree to Glendalough

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Wicklow Mountains National Park

Wicklow Way: Knockree to Glendalough is a 30.6 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 30.6 km Elevation Gain: 1,282 m Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The second stage of the Wicklow Way passes through some of the most spectacular scenery along the route. The day starts in Seskin Wood where the trail meanders along the river on the floor of the Glencree valley. It then climbs rapidly at Crone Wood to Ride Rock overlooking the Powerscourt Waterfall. The Way then descends briefly into the lonely Glensoulan valley where it crosses the River Dargle before climbing again along the shoulder of Djouce mountain. From Djouce, the Way follows a boardwalk built on top of the blanket bog across White Hill and The Barr. The vista of the Wicklow Mountains opens as the trail descends towards Lough Tay. Overlooking Lough Tay is a memorial to J. B. Malone who devised the Wicklow Way. The view from the edge of the lough looks down on Luggala Lodge which is owned by the Guinness family. This area has been the location for many films and television series, most notably Zardoz (1974) and Excalibur (1981). After this, the trail passes through forestry alongside Sleamaine and Ballinafunshogue Hill before descending towards Oldbridge above Lough Dan. The Way follows the road through Oldbridge and then climbs towards Paddock Hill via Brusher Gap. It is reputed that local people left food here for Michael Dwyer and his followers when they were on the run following the 1798 rebellion. The trail descends Paddock Hill above the village of Laragh into Brockagh Forest before concluding at the Visitor Centre at Glendalough.

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4 months ago

I did the trail over 2 days and stayed in a B&B. The first part Knockree to Roundwood was challenging enough and breathtaking. The second half was more on paths and roads. Overall this hike is amazing. Second half would work for children. Not the first one.

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8 months ago

In my opinion: best part of the Wicklow Way. Truly stunning. Walk through town to beautiful hills, the waterfall and fields.

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