Everyone loves summer, it’s one of my favourite times of the year. You can’t beat the feeling that Summer puts in the air. Summer walking feels great finally some warmth in the air, it’s lighter outside and there’s plenty of colour replacing the damp greys and browns of Winter. And if you enjoy a walk, brushing cobwebs off your walking boots is like a love affair renewed.
Now, everyone has their favourite local walks, but sometimes it’s fun to explore somewhere different while the sun’s out.
So I’ve decided to share with you 5 beautiful places to walk this Summer in South County Dublin, which have features that come alive in Summer.
Whether it be woodlands carpeted with Bluebells, wildflowers along river valleys, mountain peaks or coastal paths… There’s a walk to suit every mood.
Here’s The Top 5 Walks I’ve Picked For You:
Best For Views Of Dublin
Where: Fairy Castle Loop, Co Dublin.
What: This route packs in plenty of height gain and rough mountain terrain into a relatively short distance all within a stone’s throw of the M50. From the car park in Ticknock Woods, follow the tarmac road steeply uphill through the forest to the granite tors and towering aerials that mark the top of Three Rock Mountain. The trail continues uphill, following the rocky track to the huge cairn at the summit of Fairy Castle. Here you have a 360 degree panoramic view with the city to the north and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. From Fairy Castle a muddy track heads west before you turn north and descend along the edge of the forest and back to the car.
Start/Finish: Ticknock Wood.
Best For Sea Air
Where: Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk, Co Wicklow.
What: The narrow coastal path linking Bray and Greystones travels through some spectacular terrain. From the Promenade in Bray, you climb around the side of Bray Head, quickly leaving behind the busy seaside town. For the next 3km the path winds its way along the edge of the hillside while below your feet the cliffs drop steeply to the Irish Sea. Eventually the path descends back to sea level and a final flat stretch leads to the recently refurbished harbour in Greystones. To return to Bray either jump on the Dart or, if you’re feeling energetic, retrace your steps.
Start/finish: Bray Seafront/ Greystones Harbour.
Best For Wilderness On Your Doorstep
Where: Ballymorefinn Hill and Seahan Circuit.
What: Claim your first Vandeleur-Lynam summit and enjoy far reaching views of city, hills and plains. There are some stone slabs around the Seahan’s summit area that edge a round barrow, within which are the remains of a megalithic tomb. Seahan’s higher neighbour, Seefingan (726m/2,382ft), can also be seen to the south ahead. There are fabulous views from the summit in all directions: to the west are the plains of Brittas and Manor Kilbride; to the south-west sit the Blessington Reservoirs; to the east and south are the summits of Corrig, Seefingan and Seefinn; farther away to the east and north-east the line of the Dublin Mountains.
Start/finish: Leave the M50 at Junction 12 and head in the Knocklyon/R113 direction. At a crossroads with traffic lights, continue ahead. Keep straight ahead at two roundabouts until reaching Oldbawn Crossroads. Turn left here onto the R114. Ignore a left fork into Piperstown around 500m afterwards and continue ahead towards Ballinascorney. After just under another 1.5km, the road takes a sharp bend to cross the Dodder River at a narrow bridge. Ignore all subsidiary junctions afterwards and stay on the R114 for another 2.5km to reach a junction to the left with a stone cross (c. 1850). Leave the R114 there and veer left onto the narrow road. Follow the road uphill for around 2km to park on a lay-by on the right opposite a barrier at Seahan Forest (Grid ref: O 07600 20780).
Directions for this walk taken from ‘Family walks around Dublin’ by Adrian Hendroff
Best For Families
Where: The Scalp Lookout Trail, Co Dublin.
What: This short loop around Barnaslingan Wood is a great place for the kids, particularly when the weather isn’t great as you are never too far from the car. If you tackle the loop in an anti-clockwise direction, you start by descending through a pine forest before climbing up a track lined with beautiful beech trees. You then emerge on to open ground and follow the path to the highlight of the walk, the viewing point overlooking the Scalp. Perched on the edge of the steep rocky slopes you have an almost bird’s eye view over the Enniskerry Road and, if you are lucky, you may even spot wild goats grazing on the opposite side. This walk can also be easily linked with a circuit around the Leadmines taking in the iconic chimney as well as the rocky dome known as Carrickgollogan.
Start/Finish: Barnaslingan Wood near Kilternan.
Where: Bohernabreena Reservoirs
What: Upper Bohernabreena Reservoir Loop is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ballinascorney, County Dublin, Ireland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This is an excellent walk that is easy for people of all fitness levels. The route begins on a paved road followed by a couple of small inclines before heading around the lake. There are great views throughout this hike so enjoy and take your time.
Start/Finish: Bohernabreena Reservoirs Car Park
So, there you have it! 5 different places to walk in the summer that suit everyone.
Get outside as much as you can this Summer, walking is a great way to keep active and mobile – it doesn’t have to be a hard hike. Enjoy a gentle stroll, and enjoy what the East of Ireland has to offer.
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