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The Spinc, Glen­dalough, Co Wick­low

This route is the most pop­u­lar of nine way­marked walk­ing trails in the Glen­dalough val­ley, and rightly so. It climbs through a for­est to the top of a high cliff over­look­ing the Up­per Lake, where the ex­po­sure and views take your breath away. Such lofty van­tage points are nor­mally the pre­serve of ex­pe­ri­enced hill­walk­ers, but this route is signed by white ar­rows and fol­lows main­tained paths through­out, so is suit­able for fit leisure walk­ers too. You’ll need to take care near the cliff edge how­ever, and carry full moun­tain gear for the open up­land slopes. It’s a par­tic­u­larly good route for au­tumn, when the wooded val­ley is at its best, and the moun­tain board­walk al­lows you to stride across ter­rain that would oth­er­wise be boggy un­der­foot.

Glen­dalough Vis­i­tor Cen­tre car park

Glen­dalough Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is lo­cated along the R757, roughly 3km west of Laragh.

Mod­er­ate to dif­fi­cult — fully signed paths, but 400m as­cent and a moun­tain en­vi­ron­ment.

11.5km /4hr Full moun­tain cloth­ing and a copy of Dublin and Wick­low: A Walk­ing Guide by He­len Fair­bairn


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