Djouce, War Hill, (Liffey Head Bog) & 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.
Please note this hike is on rough mountain hillside that includes rocky sections and wet slippery ground. It is essential that you wear appropriate mountain footwear, especially in the wetter months of the year. You may be turned away by the guide if you arrive in runners.
|MEETING POINT||Crone Woods car park, 10.30am|
|HIKE TIME||Approx. 6 hours.|
|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.|
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:
“….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.”
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