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Wicklow Walking Festival Ireland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 4 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 16 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   National Parks  
Season: October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 10 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 300 Euro (EUR)

It comprises mainly of blanket bog, along with wet and dry heather-land and important areas of semi-natural woodland. Within the park lies the extraordinary Glendalough. It has an ancient monastic settlement and two clear watery lakes beneath the sheer cliffs of a deep valley. The festival provides you with a total of different walks to choose from over the weekend. Starting from an easy family ramble right up to a more challenging 18Km hike. Our walks have interest to suit anyone curiosity about County Wicklow its history, geology, culture, flora and fauna. The National Park is a perfect location for this festival.

This is a simple guideline to help you decide which walk is most suitable to you:

- Strenuous: a walk that is at a fast pace over rough terrain and should only be taken on by experienced and strong walkers.
- Moderate too strenuous: a walk over trails and rough terrain, at a steady pace and should be taken on by people with some mountain experience.
- Easy too moderate: walks are on trails and at a slow pace with some rough ground, with moderate height gain, no experience required.
- Easy: walks are on trails and at a slow pace with some rough ground and very little height gain, no experience required.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Night Hike. Brockagh: Easy to Moderate (8.3km - 330m ascent) 7:00pm. This walk is on forest trails and rough paths. After leaving the center the walk follows the Wicklow Way into the valley of Glendasan and over the side of Camaderry Mountain to the Upper Lake in Glendalough. From here we continue on past Pollanass Waterfall, through Derrybawn Forest and down to join the Green Road, which you will follow back through Laragh Village and back to the center. All who partake in this walk must carry a torch, failing to do so will eliminate you from participating in the walk. It is essential that every participant carries a torch for this hike.

Day 2: Brockagh Mountain: Moderate (18km - 730m ascent) 9:15am. Commencing at the Brockagh Resource Center, the walk follows part of the Wicklow Way, through Brockagh Forest and onto Brockagh Mountain before descending gently into the valley of Glendasan. Here we will join one of Ireland's newest way marked trails "The St. Kevin's Way" which leads us steadily uphill to Lough Nahanagan. This lake supplies water to the hydro - electric power station of Turlough Hill. We continue our ascent as far as the summit of Camaderry Mountain, which reaches to a height of 698m. This will be our high point of the day and if the weather permits we will have panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Our homeward journey takes us down the spur of Camaderry into the Vale of Glendalough and back to the center in Laragh.

Day 3: Scarr Mountain: Moderate (16.5km - 690m ascent) 9:15am. Depart the center to follow the Wicklow Way through Brockagh Forest, over the Glenmacnass River, onto Paddock Hill and down to Oldbridge. From here we leave the Wicklow Way and follow an old country lane way that leads us onto the side of Scarr Mountain and eventually to the summit (641m). On a clear day the views from this point are simply breath taking. You will be able to see out as far as the Irish Sea and back inland to our highest mountain, Lugnaquilla. The return journey back home takes us down the spur to Paddock Hill, where we will rejoin the Wicklow Way and follow it back to the center.

Day 4: Glendasan: Easy to moderate (12.5k - 400m) 10.00am. From the Center at Laragh we follow the Wicklow Way into the valley of Glendalough, where we will do a short tour of the 6th century Monastic Settlement. From there we continue into the valley of Glendasan, over the side of Camaderry Mountain where we will make a short descent to the lakes in Glendalough for lunch. After lunch we continue our walk up by Pollanass Waterfall and into Lugduff Forest, where we will follow a forest trail that will give us some spectacular views back over the valley, its two lakes, Monastic City and imposing Round Tower. Returning back to the center via the Green Road and Laragh Village.

Day 5: Ballard: Easy to moderate (12km - 490m ascent) 10:00am. From the center our walk takes us through the village of Laragh through Ballard Forest and onto the town land of Ballard (Baile-ard), translated into English as 'High Town or Village'. This area was once densely populated prior to the Great Famine of 1845-1849 and clear evidence of the small fields and potato furrows can still be seen to this day. From here our walk takes us onto Trooperstown Hill, where on a clear day it is possible to see almost all the peaks in the Wicklow Mountain range. And if luck is on our side, we can see as far away as the Snowdonia Mountains National Park in Wales. Our way travels down through Trooperstown Forest, over the Avonmore River and onto the side of Paddock Hill, where we will join the Wicklow Way. This scenic trail will lead us to the valley of Glenmacnass and back to the Brockagh Center.

Day 6: Family Ramble: Subject to numbers; 2 walks leaving at 11am & 1:30pm. 2 hour guided family walk around Brockagh Forest. Starts and ends at the center. Folklore, flora, fauna and fun to suit all ages. Children must be supervised and restrictions of 2 children per 1 adult apply due to safety reasons.

Please note:

- Walks may be changed on the day depending on weather conditions or the fitness level of the group at the leader's discretion. Terms and conditions apply.


- It is the responsibility of the participants to ensure that they are suitably equipped for all walks. It is essential that all walkers have proper footwear i.e. walking boots for the Night Walk and for the walks except the Family Ramble. Strong walking shoes will be permitted on the C Walks but anyone wearing trainers/runners will not be allowed to participate on any walk.

All walkers are advised to carry with them:
- A rucksack with spare clothes (sweater, socks, hat, gloves etc)
- Full waterproofs
- A whistle
- A lunch pack, hot/cold drink
- Medication (if necessary)

- Every walker must have submitted an entry form and paid entry fee.
- Everyone must be in possession of a numbered identification card, which will be issued at the check in. This card should be handed in at the finishing point to your guide.
- It is forbidden to light matches, fires or discard litter along the route.
- Dogs are not allowed.
- Participants on the Brockagh and Scarr walks must be over 18 years of age. On the Ballard and Glendasan walks participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who assumes complete liability for them.
- Walkers must be satisfied that they are fully equipped and capable of undertaking their chosen walk.
- The committee will not be responsible for any accident however arising.
- If you need to cancel a pre-paid walk, please cancel on or before the 15th of October to be eligible for a refund.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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