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Gle­nas­mole Reser­voir Loop The lower slopes of Gle­nas­mole val­ley are filled with ash, birch, hazel, larch, fir and Scots pine. It also houses two reser­voirs built from 1883-1887 in its val­ley floor. The reser­voirs are stocked ev­ery year with trout. The area bursts with colour in the au­tumn. On calm days a re­flec­tion of clouds, sky and trees along the wa­ters of ei­ther reser­voir is a sight to be­hold. Fol­low or­ange trail mark­ers to reach the lower reser­voir, then loop around the up­per reser­voir be­fore re­trac­ing steps back to the start. Keep an eye out for birds such as the heron, dip­per and king­fisher. Gle­nas­mole car park Leave the M50 at Junc­tion 12 and head in the Knock­lyon/ R113 di­rec­tion. Keep straight ahead to reach Old­bawn cross­roads. Turn left there onto the R114. Ig­nore a left fork into Piper­stown about 500m fur­ther, and con­tinue ahead to­wards Bal­li­nascor­ney. Just over 1.5km fur­ther and after a sharp bend at a nar­row bridge, turn left into Gle­nas­mole car park. Easy to mod­er­ate

9km/ 3hr East West Map­ping The Dublin Moun­tains & North Wick­low or OSI Dis­cov­ery Se­ries Map Sheet 50, or see dublin­moun­tains.ie

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Great food, such as ‘Steak on a Stone’, served at the Old Mill on Old Bawn Road, Tal­laght, makes this a good stop-off post walk

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