Tour 3

From Enniskerry to Roundwood 

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Tours around Rathfarnham 

Rathfarnham Roads 

 

Distance: 18km
Time to Allow: 6 hours

From  Enniskerry we walk to Knockree Hill.

The Tour skirts round to the west of Knockree Hill, descends to cross the Glencree River valley and reaches Crone Wood car park at 22km. From here a steady up hill walk brings the trail via a spectacular viewing point over Powerscourt Waterfall and Deer Park (the imported Japanese Sika deer have long since escaped and inter-bred with the native red deer population of the surrounding uplands).

Soon, trekking into open country, the Dargle is the next river to be crossed, followed by a climb to 650m around the east shoulder of Djouce (pronounced jowsse) (775m) and on to White Hill. At around 31km a raised walkway (installed to protect the fragile surrounding blanket bog from further serious erosion) marks the start of a long descent through Ballinastoe Woods (at a break in the boardwalk watch for a left turning for Ballinastoe Beg), opening to reveal the wonderful vista of Lough Tay and the Luggala (pronounced lug- a-law) valley, to reach the Roundwood to Sally Gap road at 32km.

A 2km road walk giving fine views high above the valley (exit point for Woodside Bed and Breakfast) is followed by a further 5km through the forest at Ballinrush and Ballinafunshoge. This leads to a road at 38km from where a 2km hike, firstly north, then east, leads to Roundwood which has good shops and pubs as well as three recommended B&B's, Riverbank, Woodstock and Tóchar Cottage Bed and Breakfasts.

Alternatively, for Wicklow Way Lodge continue southwards on the trail for a further 3km to Oldbridge.

Roundwood (238 metres above sea level) is one of the claimants to the title of Ireland's highest village. It is located 2 km east of The Wicklow Way. The nearby Vartry Reservoir, which meets much of Dublin's water supply, is a spectacular sight on the descent from the trail.

The Glendalough St. Kevin's Bus Company twice-daily service between Glendalough / Laragh and Dublin passes through Roundwood.

For more information on Roundwood village, visit: www.roundwood.ie

Taxi Gerry O'Toole (087) 204 7916
Taxi Sean Byrne (087) 267 2331

 

The pleasant village of Enniskerry is 4 km to the east and makes an ideal first night destination.

The picturesque village of Enniskerry is located 4 km east of The Wicklow Way. Although its proximity to Dublin has made it a much sought-after out of town residential location, the heart of the village retains its elegant Victorian feeling.

Its most distinctive feature is the clock tower dating from 1843, erected as a memorial to the Wingfield family then owners of the nearby Powerscourt Estate. Powerscourt House and Gardens, located at the southern end of the village, is a magnificent 18th century property. It now incorporates a range of specialty shops as well as a restaurant, golf course and formal gardens.

The village is served by Dublin Bus Nos. 44/C (Dublin city centre) and 185 (Bray DART Station).

Enniskerry (Áth na Scairbhe in Irish) is a picturesque small town in County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland, with a population of approximately 1,800, although this measurement is subject to difficulties, depending on to what degree the increasingly populated surrounding areas are included. The town is situated on the Dargle River in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains in the east of Ireland, some 24 km south of Dublin. The R117 road, colloquially known "The Road of the Twenty-One Bends" connects the town to the main N11 road to Dublin. The 185 Dublin Bus route connects the village hourly to Bray, the nearest large town. With Ireland's booming economy and with such advantages as picturesque environment, beautiful mountainous scenery and the nearby Powerscourt gardens and waterfall; the village has extremely active tourist and property markets. This success has not been withouts its downsides; the boom in the property markets has led to an arguably excessive building industry, with new high-priced housing estates and one-off housing,often given unduly lax scrutiny by local authorities, pressurising Enniskerry's local environment, ecology,heritage and infrastructure.

Powerscourt Gardens are located near the town, and are a popular visitor attraction. The extensive formal gardens form the grounds of an 18th century palladian house which, although destroyed by fire in 1974, has since been restored as a tourist centre.