Bray- Greystones walk

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Distance: 10km
Time to Allow: 2-3 hours

Assembly is at Bray DART station


This is a stunning 3 hour walk across Bray, on top of cliffs overlooking the Irish Sea. There is a rough fenced path all the way, but care should be taken. Make sure that you bring some bottled water / refreshments for the walk, as you are away from civilization for the duration.

Take an 84bus from Corn Exchange Place off Burgh Quay close to O'Connell Bridge. The 84 runs roughly once an hour, so check the timetable before you travel.

(You can also take the DART train to Bray, and catch an 84 or 184 from outside the station). You can also get the (less-frequent) train all the way to Greystones

On the bus, after leaving Bray the bus will climb steeply out of the town as it begins to cross Bray Head on the landward side. When we walk, we will be returning on the coastal side, where there are no roads or houses.

The bus will come down a couple of miles of hill, and enter into the town of Greystones.

If you are on an 84, shortly after you go under a railway bridge, there will be a bus stop beside Greystones harbour, which is quite small. This is where you must get off. If you miss the stop, just walk back along the route until you come to the harbour. If you are on a 184, ask to be let off at Greystones Railway station, then walk back along the road, turn right and follow the road down to the harbour.

After making sure that you have stocked up on any neccessities, start walking along the rough track that runs just above the beach (which is made up mainly of the grey stones from which the town gets it's name). You will be walking towards Bray Head (the large headland that you can see from the harbour) and you will be between the railway line and the sea. Watch out for some unfenced drops.

After a while the track becomes a rough footpath, and you will begin to find yourself getting higher than the beach. Eventually you will be a few hundred feet above the sea, in complete isolation - there are no houses on this side of the head, though you will see a few ruined cottages. In several places you will see where the path has been diverted inland a little as the old cliff edge has crumbled away. Be careful to stick to the path at all times!

After a while the railway emerges from a tunnell and you will see it between you and the sea, but about a hundred feet below you. As you walk along the path you will see the railway go through several long tunnels hand carved out of the rock, and you will see other tunnells further out on the cliff edge, where the original route of the railway was undermined and fell into the sea.

Sometimes you will see deserted coves far below you, protected on all side by cliff. Do not attempt to reach them - if you venture off the path you will most likely end up needing the services of the local mountain rescue team!

You will have lovely views out across the Irish Sea, and there are several nice spots where you can stop for a rest or a picnic.

Eventually the path will become wider and smoother, as you begin to descend into Bray town. At this point, look up at the head, and see if you can spot the remains of an old cable-car system.

When you come to the end of the walk, you will be at one end of Bray Esplanade, a long wide road lined with cafes and amusement arcades. The frequent 45 bus route stops a little way along the esplanade. or if you walk all the way along it, you will come to Bray Station, from where you can catch the Dart back into Dublin.

The route is best walked in this direction (Greystones to Bray) so that you start off on the less frequent bus, and end up in a bigger town where there are ample opportunities to eat, relax, and lots of ways of getting back to Dublin. You also have the sun behind you when walking in this direction.