Hard
Grade
Wicklow Mountains
Mountain range
Dublin
Nearest town
850m (2789 ft)
Height gain
17.5km (11 miles)
Distance

Djouce, War Hill & Tonduff

Powerscourt waterfall and the Liffey Head bog – day walk (Hard)

This tough hike packs a lot of interest into one day. Climb the iconic Djouce mountain, see the highest waterfall in Ireland, follow part of the Wicklow Way, take lunch under the Coffin Stone, and walk on the best example of an actively growing blanket bog, with its unique flora, to be seen in the east of Ireland.

About the Djouce, War Hill & Tonduff day hike

This hike starts in the plantation of Crone Woods, we follow the Wicklow Way up through the trees to a balcony path from where we get great views of Powerscourt waterfall, the tallest in Ireland. Our route follows the Wicklow Way around the flanks of Djouce before ascending the mountain from the less steep southern ridge. This is our high point for the day, at 733 metres, and gives wonderful all round views of the mountains and the coast.

From here we head down on a rough mountain path to take lunch at the Coffin Stone. After dropping down to the col we make our way through some awkward and challenging peat hags to reach the summit of War Hill.

Descending again we reach Liffey Head bog, the only remaining upland raised bog in the east of Ireland, here we will find the unique flora that typifies this habitat. Our route now takes us uphill again, to Tonduff, before we descend for the last time, through heather moorland heath and conifer plantation, back to our transport. If time allows we will stop for a look at the lovely village of Enniskerry, and for tea and cake, before heading back to Dublin. The hike takes around 6.5 hours and we should return to the city centre by 6.00 pm.

MEETING POINT Crone Woods car park, 10.30am
RETURN TIME To Dublin approx. 6.00pm
EQUIPMENT Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer e.g. fleece; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in. Walking poles are optional.
TRANSPORT
Transport is available from Molly Malone statue in Suffolk Street, at 09.30, – additional €10 per person payable to the driver on the day.(Limited places are available, please state you require transport when booking).
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the history, fauna and flora of the Wicklow uplands.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink

How to get to the start: To get to Crone Woods from Dublin city centre take the N11 south out of town until it becomes the M11. Leave at the junction for Enniskerry, follow the signs to the village and then the brown signs for Powerscourt waterfall. Continue past the waterfall entrance until you come to the car park on your left.

Djouce, War Hill and Tonduff Testimonials:

tripadvisor
Amazing views and fun

“….The hike started off on the main Wicklow trails but after a steep climb we soon went ‘off road’ through the bog. It was so much fun and felt like we were on a mini-quest! Russell was fantastic and very knowledgable about the lands and the foliage. He really knew his way about the hills. The views were stunning throughout. And the included pick up and drop off was an added bonus. Would definitely recommend and we will definitely look to do another trek next time we’re about Dublin.”

 

OSI Sheet: 56

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