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Walking The Wicklow Way

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A guide to walking Ireland's Wicklow Way, a 146km trail through the scenic Wicklow Mountains from Dublin to Clonegal, County Carlow. The waymarked route is presented in 7 stages, taking in rolling countryside, forest trails, and wild mountain landscapes, as well as the historic monastic site of Glendalough. Optional variants are also included.

The Wicklow Way was the first long-distance walking trail to be established in Ireland. Coming in at 130km (81 miles), the route traverses the county of Wicklow, from Marlay Park on the outskirts of Dublin to Clonegal, just over the county border in neighboring Carlow, and can be comfortably completed in a week. The guide also details several adjacent trails that can be interchanged with the main route, and short detours off-route (also described) lead to welcoming villages offering accommodation and a range of other facilities.

The route is presented in seven stages, each with an overview followed by a clear route description and mapping. There are elevation profiles and notes on local points of interest. In addition to background information about the county's history, geology, plants, and wildlife, you will find all the information you need to walk the route, with helpful advice on transport, accommodation, and kit. Accommodation listings, useful contacts, and a glossary of Irish place names can be found in the appendices.

Wicklow is a county of varied landscapes: mountains and sweeping uplands offer extensive views, whereas other stages take you through verdant glens and past scenic lakes. The area is rich in both culture and history, with the ancient Monastic City at Glendalough a special highlight. And of course, there are characterful villages and pubs where you can experience true Irish hospitality. The Wicklow Way has plenty to commend it and is a great way to explore this wonderful county.

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