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Derrybawn Ridge, Mullacor, Lugduff and Corrig

Wicklow Mountains

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Person Minimum age 13 yrs accompanied by an adult.

The Wilder Side of Glendalough

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.

Derrybawn & Lugduff

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.

  • Please ensure you wear good mountain footwear as this route is rocky and slippery in places.


  • Good hiking boots and waterproof clothing are essential (without these you may be excluded from the hike).
  • 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.