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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