The Irish Coast to Coast Walk

Dublin to Bray Head

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11 Nov 2011
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The guidebook describes walking the 370 mile waymarked route through Ireland from Dublin in the east to Bray Head in the southwest on the Atlantic coast. Created by linking the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, Munster Way, Avondhy Way and the Kerry Way. An opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle.

Seasons Seasons
Winter months not ideal – possible snow and muddy paths. Could rain at any time of year, but this is Ireland!
Centres Centres
Dublin, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Fermoy, Mallow, Killarney, Cahersiveen, Portmagee
Difficulty Difficulty
Waymarked. 24-day schedule suggested (average 16 miles/day). Alternative high-level routes for more challenging options.
Must See Must See
Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough monastery, Killarney National Park, Ormonde Castle, The Lug Walk
11 Nov 2011
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    The Coast to Coast route through Ireland, from Dublin to theAtlantic coast, passes through glorious mountain and river country, andoffers an opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. Thewalk links several waymarked routes – the Wicklow Way, South LeinsterWay, East Munster Way, Blackwater Way and the Kerry Way. Whether youintend to split this route into sections and enjoy the walk over aperiod of time, or walk it in one go, the alternative high-level routesalong the way enable you to make the adventure as challenging as youlike.

    The guide includes:

    • the 387-mile route broken down into 24 day stages
    • a description of alternative high-level routes
    • a comprehensive introduction to walking a long-distance route in Ireland
    • information on accommodation along the way.

  • Contents

    Coast to Coast Geology
    Irish Weather
    Irish Flowers and Animals
    Access to the Countryside
    Route Finding
    Map Coverage
    Travel to Ireland
    Getting around Ireland
    Food and Drink
    Tourist Information Offices
    When to Walk
    One Man and his Dog
    Daily Schedule
    Emergency Services
    Stage 1: The Wicklow Way
    Day 1 Dublin to Marlay Park
    Day 2 Marlay Park to Knockree
    Day 3 Knockree to Laragh
    Day 4 Laragh to Glenmalure
    Day 5 Glenmalure to Tinahely
    Day 6 Tinahely to Clonegal
    Stage 2: The South Leinster Way
    Day 7 Clonegal to Borris
    Day 8 Borris to Inistioge
    Day 9 Inistioge to Mullinavat
    Day 10 Mullinavat to Carrick-on-Suir
    Stage 3: The East Munster Way
    Day 11 Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel
    Day 12 Clonmel to Newcastle
    Day 13 Newcastle to Clogheen
    Stage 4: The Blackwater (Avondhu) Way
    Day 14 Clogheen to Araglin
    Day 15 Araglin to Fermoy
    Day 16 Fermoy to Killavullen
    Day 17 Killavullen to Bweeng
    Stage 5: The Blackwater (Duhallow) Way
    Day 18 Bweeng to Millstreet
    Day 19 Millstreet to Shrone
    Day 20 Shrone to Muckross
    Stage 6: The Kerry Way
    Day 21 Muckross to Black Valley
    Day 22 Black Valley to Glenbeigh
    Day 23 Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen
    Day 24 Cahersiveen to Portmagee
    High-level Alternative Routes
    Days 3-5 The Lug Walk
    Days 7-8 Blackstairs Mountains
    Days 11-12 Comeragh Mountains
    Days 13-14 Knockmealdown Mountains
    Days 19-20 Derrynasaggart Mountains
    Days 22 MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
    Days 22-23 Coomasaharn Horseshoe

    Appendix A Glossary of Common Irish Words
    Appendix B Irish Coast to Coast Walk Accommodation List
    Appendix C Route Summary Table

  • Maps
    Map Coverage

    The entire course of the Irish Coast to Coast Walk is covered by Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSI) Discovery Series mapping at a scale of 1:50,000. These are quite adequate for the walk and show good detail, and are particularly useful if you want to see the bigger picture, or if you want to make sweeping diversions through some of the nearby mountains. Individual sheet numbers are quoted throughout the guidebook. Most good bookshops carry a stock of OSI maps, as well as most Tourist Information Offices. Many Ordnance Survey map stockists in Britain carry some OSI sheets.

    The sketch maps in this guide-book illustrate the route and major points of interest along the way and should be used in collaboration with the OSI maps. Fourteen Discovery sheets cover the route, namely 50, 56, 61, 62, 68, 70, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81 and 83. (Four of these maps cover only very short distances: 61, 70, 76 & 81.) There is a detailed OSI street map of Dublin that proves useful on the first day. Harveys produce a detailed 1:30,000 scale map of the Wicklow Mountains. There are detailed 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps of Killarney National Park and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks towards the end of the route (though the latter is out of print).


    Routes seldom climb high in the mountains, but can cross rugged countryside

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  • Reviews
    'This is the second edition of Paddy’s fascinating walk across Ireland from Dublin to Bray Head on the south west coast. The guide has been fully updated and now has coloured photographs. The route links up a number of Ireland’s long distance paths, namely the Wicklow Way, the South Leinster Way, the Munster Way, the Avondhy Way and the Kerry Way and the guide has been written in a way that allows you to break up the 370-miles into 21 daily stages. He has also included alternate high-level routes, along the way, which presents the walker with the opportunity of making the adventure as challenging as you want.
        The guide has a comprehensive introduction, which includes information about geology, flora and fauna, travel advice, map coverage, accommodation plus other useful details. The book is dedicated to J B Malone, who was often referred to as the ‘Walking Encyclopaedia’. He was also the pioneer of the Wicklow Way. Between 1938 and 1975 he contributed numerous articles on walking to the Evening Herald newspaper.
        The walk starts from O’Connell Bridge in Dublin.  Gaze down at the water of the fast flowing River Liffey that flows below and think of, nay savour, that glass of Guinness you drink before setting off on this long walk across Ireland.  It may well be the first of many. LDWA members may feel at home on this walk as the waymarks used ‘almost universally’ bear a ‘walking man’ symbol.  The author does warn you however that waymarking is sparse in some areas and at some crucial junctions a marker post or signpost has gone missing, or has been turned round the wrong way. So beware.'

    (J Goulding, Strider 2005)

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.

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