Marlay Park to the Wicklow Way

Marlay Park is a great place to walk, to bring the kids for a run around or to catch up with friends over coffee and cake in the Market. It’s also the starting point of the Wicklow Way, one of the best known long-distance walking routes in Ireland (127km).  Usually done in stages, the first stage to Knockree (21km) can take up to 7hrs. We opted for a shorter hike, setting off early at around 9.30am – I’d never seen the car park so empty!

The weather was perfect, a real Spring feel in the air. We made our way to the top of the park (not a buggy in sight), out onto College road and passed under the M50 motorway towards Kilmashogue. It wasn’t long before we were away from the traffic.  From here, it was uphill all the way but I was glad for the exercise. It was a beautiful walk through Tibradden woods, reaching Barnacullia two hours after setting off. We had somehow taken a wrong turn earlier adding half an hour or so. Too much yapping!

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The views of the city were spectacular, the Poolbeg Chimneys clearly visible. A perfect place to rest and refuel.

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Although we could have kept going, we were happy to turn back. I was looking forward to coffee and some treats in the Market.

We arrived back to the top of Marlay Park around 1pm, it was much busier than earlier. Lots of buggies! Families and friends out walking, young ones playing football.

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I was craving coffee and a vanilla chocolate éclair from the Armelle’s Kitchen stall – hands down the best éclairs I’ve ever tasted. Delighted to hear they’ve just opened a new shop in Dalkey. Check it out.

IMG_1375A lovely Sunday walk. The Wicklow Way is definitely up there on my list!

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Bray to Greystones cliff walk

Itching to get out for a hike after a long, wet January, my friend Jane suggested the Bray to Greystones cliff walk – a stunning walk!IMG_1107

The cliff walk is one of the most popular walks in Bray for locals and tourists.  The walk is not challenging. It is about 6.5 km (one way) from the bandstand in Bray to Greystones Harbour and fairly even throughout.

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Approaching Greystones you can see the harbour development underway but it doesn’t take away from the beautiful views. Plenty of food places are nearby too!

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The Happy Pear  in Greystones is the perfect pit stop to refuel with hearty, wholesome goodness. The chunky Moroccan soup is delicious with a selection of healthy breads and the salads are bursting with flavour and colour. There is also an array of tempting desserts. The place is buzzing and it is difficult to leave the warm, comfy seats but gathering our coats, gloves and scarves we set off for our return journey home.

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The views towards Wicklow are striking looking back at Greystones

There is a train station in Greystones where trains usually depart for Bray every half hour. The train journey takes around 10 minutes, however the walk back to Bray is just as lovely and not too painful!

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Bray to Greystones cliff walk

Thank you Jane, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk in Wicklow is always beautiful, whatever the weather.

Wicklow, also known as The Garden of Ireland, is at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. To find out more check out Visit Wicklow