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Sut­ton Martello Tower to Howth Sum­mit Cliff Walk

A fine coastal path passes the Martello Tower to reach a rocky fore­shore, then con­tinue along a cliff-top path to a shel­tered beach flanked by rocky crags at Sheep Hole, where seals and cor­morants can be spot­ted. The path then passes above sheer cliffs at Drum­leck Point and the beau­ti­ful Dol­drum Bay, with fine views of the Baily Light­house. Later, cross the light­house ac­cess road and con­tinue along the cliff-top path un­til reach­ing a sign­post be­low the sum­mit. A short as­cent brings you back to your car, but stop to look back down to the light­house and en­joy a Dublin Bay sun­set (tim­ing is ev­ery­thing) backed by the Wick­low hills.

Coastal path at the bend where Strand Road meets Shiel­martin Road at Sut­ton South The Sum­mit car park

If driv­ing, drop your car to the end of the walk at the sum­mit car park. From Sut­ton cross­roads, drive along Green­field Road/ Car­rick­brack Road for about 5.5km. At the top of a rise, turn right then take Bai­ley Green Road at the Sum­mit Inn to reach the sum­mit car park. Walk back down Bai­ley Green Road and get the 31A bus (dublin­bus.ie) to the start-point at Shiel­martin Road. Mod­er­ate

4.5km/ 2hr Ord­nance Sur­vey Ire­land (OSI) Dis­cov­ery Se­ries Map Sheet 50. A map can also be found on a board at the start of the walk

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Sit down al fresco at The Sum­mit Inn to en­joy good pub grub — any­thing from Howth chow­der to wild Ir­ish mus­sels — along­side views of Ire­land’s Eye and Lam­bay is­lands. In­side the for­mer thatched cot­tage, you’ll find a real fire. (dublin­bus.ie) from the city cen­tre.

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2.5km/ 1hr but al­low time for the kids to ex­plore

A copy of Adrian Hen­droff ’s guide­book Fam­ily Walks around Dublin which has a de­tailed route de­scrip­tion and map

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Make a bee­line for Olive’s Room at the Red Sta­bles for de­li­cious dishes and home-baked treats. A farm­ers’ mar­ket, com­plete with amuse­ment rides, also takes place ev­ery Satur­day (10am-4pm)

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