Is there anything better than a fresh walk in the sunshine? And if you’re living in Dublin you have fantastic options right on your doorstep. So if you’re looking for a healthy Sunday activity to keep the kids entertained read on for some great Wicklow walks you could try this weekend.
1. Coastal walk from Bray to Greystones
This is one of my all-time favourite walks with stunning coastal views all along Bray head. It’s perfect for kids or beginner walkers. You can start off in Bray and after a brief climb the walk is easy enough with the route taking you past the ocean cliffs, seabird colonies and eventually into Greystone’s’ beautiful Victorian seafront.
Once you get there, enjoy the day moseying around the quaint bookshops and cafes. For lunch, I recommend the The Happy Pear. The owners (twin brothers) have just been signed to Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube and have recently released their debut cookbook.
If you’re not up to the walk back to Bray you can always hop on the DART.
2. Devil’s Glen
The Devil’s Glen is totally kid-friendly with a walking time of about an hour and a half. While trekking along, you’ll encounter a sculpture trail in the middle of the forested area. The family-friendly walk is also dotted with picnic benches so you can make the most of your family day out by packing a few sandwiches for the kids, Teddy Bear Picnic style. Sandwiches never taste as good as when you’re nestled in a scenic spot after a bit of a hike.
3. Djouce Mountain
Although not one for a cold and windy day, the Djouce is known for its striking shape and the promise of some beautiful views and terrain along the way. Kind of like a selection box of climbing conditions, this is a great introduction to hill walking. The cherry on top is the amazing view of the Powerscourt Waterfall. The length of the walk can vary by up to two hours depending on where you join the climb. Enniskerry is a popular starting spot, making the walk six hours long but you can also start from the carpark for a shorter hike.
This is a fairly easy walk which may come as a surprise given the extremely complicated name! This walk sits between Lough Tay and Lough Dan and there are no roads so the area is completely car free and is extremely calm and peaceful. More information on the route, reviews and what you can expect from the walk can be found here.
For those with older children who are looking for a challenge…
‘For families with pre-teens and teenagers who are experienced and looking for more of a challenge, we recommend Lugnaquilla. ‘Lug’ is Leinster’s highest peak, at over 3,000 feet. On a clear day from Lug you can even check over on our neighbours in Snowdonia in Wales. You can climb this mountain by a number of different routes with the most testing being from the Glen of Imaal.
This is not one for the faint-hearted with over seven hours of walking involved! Those attempting it are advised to get some up-to-date advice from the Army Information and Advice Centre before setting off and to ensure they have mobile phones with them. Foolow the route on the Wicklow Walks website.