“…Russell was a brilliant guide who was able to modify the walks to suit our needs, interests and fitness. Our walks took us off the typical track and into areas of great beauty – we just could not have found these views alone. We were also impressed to have a guide who had so much information to share about the geology and plants of the area. I recommend Mountain Trails to any visitor to the area.” – Melly7710, Sydney, Australia
Derrybawn Ridge, Mullacor, Lugduff
The wilder side of Glendalough – day walk (Hard)
About The Derrybawn Ridge guided day hike in the Wicklow Hills
This hike begins at the Upper Lake in Glendalough. We follow a track uphill before taking a steeper hill path up to the summit of Derrybawn. From here we follow the undulating ridge to Mullacor and Lugduff, stopping for lunch where our route crosses the Wicklow Way. We continue following the broad ridge on a rough mountain path, enjoying some magnificent views of Lugnaquilla and the Glendalough and Glenmalure valleys.
Eventually we drop down over grass and heather to reach the river in the valley bottom. Here we may see Irish Hare, Sika deer, buzzards, skylarks or feral goats. We now follow the river downsteam through the wild upper Glendalough valley to cross a footbridge and join a rocky path to descend to the Miners village. This is an abandoned and long derelict lead mining area, where we can reflect on the life of these hardy people.
We now take a well made track along the lake side to return us to the car park and some well earned refreshments.
If time allows we can drive down to the lower lake for a look at the ancient and famous monastic site of Glendalough before returning to Dublin for around 6.00pm.
|MEETING POINT||Glendalough upper car park, Laragh, 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; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.|
How to get to the start: To get to Glenmalure from Dublin take the N11 heading south. Get off at Kilmacanogue, (R775), and head for Roundwood . Go through Roundwood, then Annamoe and on to Laragh. . Carry on to Glendalough, which is well signposted, and park in the second, (pay) car park on the left, by the upper lake.
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