Activities

April 2019 Free Guided Walks, Hikes & Easter Egg Hunt

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Wednesday 3rd April, a walk in Barnaslingan Forest in celebration of National Tree Week 2019 

Pre-booking required, reference for booking ‘Tree Week Walk’ 

Description: A stroll through Barnaslingan Forest guided by Sean Quealy from Coillte and Dublin Mountains Partnership Volunteer Rangers to celebrate the wonder and beauty of trees.  

 

Date: Wednesday 3rd April at 11:00  

Length: 5km  

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours 

Degree of difficulty: easy  

Meeting Point: Barnaslingan car-park at 11:00, Directions  

Barnaslingan Forest

Bring:  Wellies/ walking boots, raingear, warm clothes

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

Booking essential: Please contact info@dublinmountains.ie  giving your name, mobile number and ICE (In Case of Emergency) details. To ensure your place book before noon on Monday 1st April.  

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 Saturday 6th April, Hike: Glencullen –Fairy Castle  - Kilmashogue and return

 Booking for this event is via Eventbrite

Description: A moderate hike starting from The GAP (Glencullen Adventure Park) car park following the Walk the Line 2019 Short Course. Starting on the Dublin Mountains Way (DMW) as it travels through the GAP grounds the route then climbs up to Two Rock and across to Fairy Castle where it meets the Fairy Castle Loop which it follows until Ticknock car-park. From Ticknock the route travel through Barnaculia before it re-joins the DMW and returns to the GAP. There will be a pit stop along the way. Weather permitting there will be fine views of Dublin city, the Irish Sea, Wales and the Wicklow, Mourne and Cooley Mountains. Please bring walking poles if you have them. Information will be provided on Dublin Mountains Partnership walks and equipment that you should bring to enjoy the walks.

Date: Saturday 6th April at 10:00.

Length: 11 Km.

Duration: 3.5 hrs.

Meeting point: The GAP overflow car park at 09:45. Walk starts at 10:00.

Degree of difficulty: Moderate.

Bring: Good walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, hot drink, water and food.

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

There is NO public transport to Glencullen at the weekend.

Booking essential via Eventbrite

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Saturday 13th April, Bohernabreena Loop Walk -  a Dog Friendly Walk

(Pre-booking required reference for booking – Bohernabreena a Dog Friendly Walk)

Description: This is a lovely walk suitable for all the family along part of the Dodder river, looping around the upper reservoir and returning to the car park. The DMP Volunteer Rangers leading this walk will share their knowledge of the history of the reservoir, the mythology associated with the Glenasmole Valley and the many features of interest along the route. While this walk is dog friendly you don’t need a dog to join.  Dogs will be required to be on leashes for the full duration of the walk. People bringing dogs on the walk are reminded to carry bags to pick up any doggy doo and bring back home for disposal. For anyone who does not feel comfortable around dogs they might be better choosing one of the other DMP walks this month which don’t allow dogs.

Date: Sunday 13th  April at 10:00.

Length: 8.5km

Climb: 15m

Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours

Degree of difficulty: Easy 

Bring:  walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, water and a snack.

Meeting point: Bohernabreena car park at 09:45 Directions

Booking essential: Please contact ranger5@dublinmountains.ie giving your name and mobile number and In Case of Emergency contact details. To ensure your place book before noon on Friday 11th April. 

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Sunday 14th April, National Spring Clean Event, Lugg Forest 

(Pre-booking required reference for booking – National Spring Clean Event Lugg)  

Description: The Dublin Mountains Partnership is holding a number of National Spring Clean events in April, this event will be based in Lugg Forest near Brittas, we will be tackling a litter black spot on the Slade Valley Golf Club side of Lugg Forest and rubbish left through the forest, we hope you can join us.

The following litter picking materials will be provided: litter pickers, colour coded plastic bags for recyclable and non-recyclable waste, gloves to keep your hands safe and clean, hand wash. Information about National Spring Clean 2019 can be found here.

The PURE Project truck and staff will collect the rubbish gathered.

Date: Sunday 14th April at 10:30.

Duration: 2-2.5 hours.

Distance: 1-4 km approximately

Degree of difficulty: easy-moderate. 

Bring:  Walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, hot drink and a snack.

Meeting point:  Lugg Woods entrance at 10:15 Directions

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED  

Booking essential: Please contact info@dublinmountains.ie  your name and mobile number and In Case of Emergency contact details. Please book before noon on Friday 12th April. 

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Easter Sunday April 21st: the DMP Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Massy’s Estate

Description: An easy walk for children and parents in Massy's Estate. We will give the kids a few clues and tasks as you take them on a pre-set trail around the forest. You will also receive a map but directions signs will guide you which way to go. Come and enjoy a morning off in this beautiful and historic wood but, be warned, you never know who you might see in the forest.

Park your car in Hell Fire Club car park across the road, which is where we will meet before heading over to Lord Massy's Estate. Please do NOT park on the road.

Pre-booking required via Eventbrite

Date: Sunday 21st April at 10:00.

Distance: 1.5km

Duration: 2 hrs.

Meeting point: Hell Fire Club car Park at 9.45. Walk starts at 10.00am

Degree of difficulty: Easy. The walk is on forest trails; however, some of these are muddy.

Bring: Appropriate footwear for a forest, part of which is mucky. Also, bring raingear, warm clothes and a pencil or biro, as you will have some answers to fill in. And, of course, children are welcome to "dress up" for the occasion.

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

Booking essential: Eventbrite

Please note: A parent MUST accompany children. A maximum of 3 children per parent. Please include name of child(ren) for each ticket.

Child Safety: Even though Massy's is a small forest, children can get lost in it., so please keep an eye on them.

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Wednesday 24th April, Bohernabreena Loop Walk

(Pre-booking required reference for booking – Bohernabreena mid-week hike)

Description: This is a lovely walk along part of the Dodder river, looping around the upper reservoir and returning to the car park. The DMP Volunteer Rangers leading this walk will share their knowledge of the history of the reservoir, the mythology associated with the Glenasmole Valley and the many features of interest along the route. We are also planning to meet with Dublin City Council staff who will tell us about the operation of the reservoir.

Date: Wednesday 24th  April at 10:30.

Length: 8.5km

Climb: 15m

Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours

Degree of difficulty: Easy 

Bring:  walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, water and a snack.

Meeting point: Bohernabreena car park at 10:15 Directions

Booking essential: Please contact info@dublinmountains.ie giving your name and mobile number and In Case of Emergency contact details. To ensure your place book before noon on Tuesday 23rd April. 

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Saturday 27th April, National Spring Clean Event, Hell Fire Club Forest

Pre-booking required via Eventbrite

Description: Come join the Dublin Mountains Partnership for a litter pick in the Hellfire Club region in conjunction with An Taisce's National Spring Clean. Enjoy the sights from the Dublin Mountains while giving something back to this beautiful region. This is a 100% guaranteed feel good activity that will have you feeling good about yourself for the rest of the weekend at least.

Date: Sunday 27th April at 10:00

Duration: 2-3 hours.

Distance: 1-4 km approximately

Degree of difficulty: easy-moderate.

Bring: Walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, hot drink and a snack. If you have gloves or litter pickers, please bring them but we will have equipment for those that need them too.

Meeting point: Hell Fire Club Forest at 09:50

Directions

This is a child friendly event but sorry, no dogs permitted.

Pre-booking required via Eventbrite

The PURE Project truck and staff will collect the rubbish gathered.

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Saturday 27th April, Hell Fire Club – Glencree & Return

Commemorating the First Dáil and Commencement of the War of Independence

Pre-booking essential: via Eventbrite 

This year, Ireland commemorates the First Dáil Éireann and the commencement of the War of Independence, both of which led to the Irish Free State and ultimately to an independent Ireland. The first Dáil sat in Dublin whilst the War of Independence took place throughout the country including here in County Dublin. However, our walk will not concentrate on these particular events; instead, it will look at the roots of the conflict between Ireland and England which go back many centuries and will explore a number of important events and link them to people and places along our walk route which shaped Irish history from the time of the Norman invasion, to the end of the old Gaelic Order, the 1798 Rebellion and more. All of these ultimately led to the Easter Rising in 1916 and, following the 1919 General Election, the First Dáil and an independent Ireland.

Description: A strenuous walk from Hell Fire Club car park, through Lord Massy’s estate, Cruagh Mountain, on to Glendoo and Knocknagun Mountains before descending, via O'Toole's Rock, onto the Military Road in the Featherbeds and into the old military barracks in Glencree, now the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. Here we can enjoy our packed lunch or avail of lunch in the Armoury Café in the Centre. We return along the Military Road to the Lemass Memorial and back to Cruagh Mountain and the car park in Hell Fire Wood.

This walk is only recommended for experienced walkers. It is a long walk, involving significant ascents, traversing boggy mountain tops and crossing a wide stream. Unless you are capable of these activities, this walk is not for you.

Date: Saturday 27th April 2019.

Length: 21km.

Climb: 700m

Duration: 7.5 hours (including stops for talks and 1 hour for lunch).

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

Meeting Point: Hell Fire Forest car park at 09:45, for departure at 10:00.

Degree of difficulty: Strenuous, with river hazard.

Bring: Good walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, torch, hot drink, water and food. Alternatively, food may be purchased (subject to availability) in the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Glencree.        

Pre-booking essential: via Eventbrite 

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A litter pick along the Ticknock Mountain Bike Trail is also being planned, details to follow.

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