Date: Thursday 19th April
Grade: Easy/Moderate, (Woodland trails, mountain paths, open hillside, and track)
Pick up point: Molly Malone statue, Suffolk Street, 10.00 am, (Transport cost €10, payable on the day, spaces limited)
Meeting point: Glendalough visitor centre, 11.00am
OSI Sheet: 56
Height gain: 400 metres (1300ft.)
Distance: 11km (6.8 miles)
To book on to this hike please go to https://mountaintrails.ie/guided-hikes-and-mountaineering-courses/wicklow-hikes-brockaghs-east-glendalough/
or call +353 (0)86 4466997
The hike starts at the Glendalough visitor centre and follows forest trails as it gradually ascends before opening out onto the open moorland.
We now take a mountain path as it winds faintly up the hill, steepening as it does so, before reaching the summit of Brockagh East at 471 metres. After taking in the wonderful views we descend via a pleasant grassy path into the forest and follow part of the Wicklow Way back to the Glendalough monastic city.
Our trail now follows the Glendasan river a short distance before heading uphill on a forest track that then descends gradually into the Glendalough valley and the Upper Lake.
We then return to our start point along a wooded trail known as the Green Road.
Walking boots or waterproof shoes and waterproof clothing are essential; hiking trousers are advised, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
How to get to the start:
To get to Glendalough from Dublin take the N11 heading south. Get off at Kilmacanogue, (R775), and head for Roundwood . Go through Roundwood, then Annamoe and on to Laragh. Carry on to Glendalough, which is well signposted, and park in the first car park on the left, before you reach the hotel.