Wicklow County Tourism has created a new section on its website listing all the marked walks in County Wicklow.The link to the website is: http://visitwicklow.ie/category/walks-in-wicklow/
Be sure to check out the Motte Stone & Avoca Cross which featured recently on the RTE "Tracks & Trails" programme!
Here at Woodenbridge we have put together a list of some of our favourite walks with PDF of the trails available to downlaod and from reception in the Main Hotel.
Avoca Red Kite Walk
The Red Kite walk will take you through some wonderful woodland and you can view the village from the forest walk that overlooks it, just follow the red way marking signs. Not only will walkers love this 2.5km trail, but birdwatchers are in for a real treat too! In 2009, The Golden Eagle Trust re-introduced a set of Red Kite birds into Kilmagig Forest. Now in 2014, there are 30 breeding pairs who have made their habitat around the Red Kite Walk, which is part of the forest. Well signposted, this self-guided walk overlooks Avoca Village and you will enjoy stunning scenery along its route. There’s also a cemetery along the trail dating back to the 1800s, along with beautiful flora and fauna.
Avondale Park Walks
Take in the very best Avondale has to offer: Avonmore River, a diverse and wide range of trees and fantastic views. The route starts in the car park a quickly descends to the Avonmore River, you’ll pass ‘Lovers Leep’ along the way and follow the river as it meanders down the valley. A hard climb brings you back up into the higher forest as you continue along the southern edge forest to finish back in the car park. The route can be walked in either direction.
Ballymoyle Hill Walk
While there are no waymarked trails here, the forest road network does provide up to six kilometres of walking trails, sections of which will offer the hiker a moderately challenging walk. The area is a haven for wildlife and you may see foxes, rabbits, badgers and squirrels as you make your way along the forest roads.
The hill itself rises to 240 metres above sea level providing the walker with some magnificent views of the coastline. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Welsh coastline in the distance. Also visible to the south, is the town of Arklow and, further south, Tara Hill in Co.Wexford.
Croghan Mountain Walk
The Farm is located in South Wicklow, west of Arklow, between Woodenbridge & TinahelyThis is an ideal family destination where the trails lead up to the wind turbines and offer stunning views over the Wicklow Moutains and the Irish Sea.Raheenleagh (the small grey rath or fort) windfarm has hosted a range of visitors over the years. The main entrance is known locally as the ‘White Heaps’ due to the cairns of quartz which may have marked prehistoric burial mounds.Bronze Age graves or cists were also found at Ballinagore Bridge and a decorated burial urn from that period is in the National Museum. More recently (1795), gold nuggets were found in a stream on the northern side of Croghan mountain (Cruachán Chinnsealaigh) and prospectors retrieved over 3,000 ounces of gold. Also in 1798 United Irishmen camped at this entrance on returning from the battle of Vinegar Hill.
The present windfarm and walking trails at Raheenleagh now welcome visitors. Raheenleagh, formerly known as Forde’s Hill, was farmed by the Forde family from the 1700’s until the 1940’s. Since then Coillte have planted and harvested trees in the Raheenleagh forest while the current crop of eleven turbines was realised in partnership with the ESB.
Devils Glen & Seamus Heaney Walk
From the entrance to the Devils Glen forest drive in along the forest track to reach a car park after about 2km. Your walk starts at the information board and walks back about the entrance road for 100 metres. From here the loop trail takes you deep into this beautiful forest to finish back at the car park where you started. Along the route you will find some unusual and interesting ‘Sculptures in Woodland’.
This route provides several access options to the open mountains below Carrawaystick Mountain. The route can also be started or finished at two of the upper car parks. The entrance to the lower car park can be found on the right after the bridge after passing the junction beside Glenmalure Lodge.
lendalough is in the Wicklow National Park which is situated south of Dublin on 20,000 hectares of mountain scenery with many roads crossing through it. A lot of the National Park has no facilities and is left mostly untouched and natural.
Glendalough has many way marked trails/routes from easy to difficult. The Visitor Centre in Glendalough sells a Trail Guide for only €0.50. The maps list nine way marked routes with the shortest distance being a few kilometres and the longest 11 kilometres. You can park at the Visitor Centre and start your walk from there (parking free on weekdays, charges apply for weekends) or there are parking facilities at the Upper Lake with charges applying all year round. The Visitor Centre is approx. 2km from the Upper Lake which can be accessed by walking on the pedestrian and scenic Green Road. Toilet facilities and food are available from the parking area at the Visitor Centre and at the Upper Lake.
Miner Path Rathdrum Walk
Once used by miners to reach the mines high above the valley floor this zigzag track starts in the Ballinafunshoge carpark. The narrow path leads you through pleasant Scots Pine forest, as you climb higher and higher the views over the valley open out below. Looking across the valley the right you’ll see Lugnaquilla, Wicklows’ highest mountain. The trail ends at the Wicklow Gap, you can follow this downhill to reach the Glenmalure Lodge or turn left to walk higher and drop into the Glendalough Valley
Motte Stone Walk
The Mottee Stone is a huge granite boulder, weighing about 150 tons. Owing to its prominent location, the stone has been a well-known landmark in the county for many years, and has attracted visitors to enjoy the scenic views. It is said that the five counties surrounding Wicklow can be viewed from the rock on a clear day, while in very good weather the mountains of Wales can be spotted across the Irish Sea.
Sugar Loaf Way Walk
The Sugar Loaf Way starts at Kilmacanogue 1916 Commemorative Garden close to Kilmacanogue village and winds its way through charming little country roads and greenways along the foothills of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain (501 Mtrs), in times past this was the original coach road from Kilmacanogue to Roundwood.Known locally as the “Car Road” the trail follows a route roughly parallel to the R755 but as it climbs, wonderful views over the Little Sugar Loaf, Bray and Carrigoona open up.Travelling through little narrow lanes bordered with old stone walls, the trail turns South and begins to climb upwards through open mountain grazing where views over Djouce, Powerscourt, Deerpark and Maulin can be enjoyed. The trail eventually joins a well-used path from the Sugar Loaf car park to the summit, the Sugar Loaf Way continues to the car park.
Woodenbridge to Avoca Walk
An easy walk along this beautiful valley floor, following the flow of the Avoca River. The route follows a footpath alongside the road. With plenty of refreshments opportunities along the way and time for a stop in the beautiful Avoca Village, not to be missed.This is a linear walk and can be started at either end.