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Free Guided Walks & Hikes December 2017

30 November 2017

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Sunday 10th December, Cruagh & Massey Loop 

Cruagh – Massey Estate – Cruagh 

(Ref for booking – Cruagh & Massey Loop)

 

Description:  A lovely walk from Cruagh Forest car-park onto Cruagh Mountain, down to Massey Estate via Cruagh bridge for a loop around the woodland estate before returning to Cruagh forest.   

Date: Sunday 10th December

Length: 10km

Duration: 3.5 hours

Degree of difficulty: Moderate.

Meeting Point: Cruagh Car Park at 11:00. 

For directions see www.coillte.ie/site/cruagh-wood/

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

 

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

 

Booking essential: Please contact ranger11@dublinmountains.ie giving your name and mob no. and ICE details. To ensure your place book before noon Friday 8th December. For more information on the walk contact info@dublinmountains.ie 

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Saturday 16th December Rock to the Top – Stop Shopping and Head for the Hills Hike

 

Description ​Inspired by the story of Oisín i dTír na n-Óg, who single-handed threw a boulder up the valley at Glenasmole, you are invited to join the challenge of recreating this mythic feat by working together to carry a granite boulder (in pieces) from Tallaght, to make a cairn at the foot of Kippure. The first third of the boulder is now on the mountain!  The second chunk will now be broken up for this midwinter walk.  Connecting city with mountains, and people with each other, the project is about walking and talking. Stories of the walks will be retold in sound and pictures at the end of the project, which will continue until all of the boulder has been brought to the top. 

 

Date: Saturday 16 December

Length: 22km

Duration: 6.5 to 7 hours

Degree of difficulty: Moderate 22km hike on paths & road, mostly via Dublin Mountain Way, returning to Rua Red.

Meeting point | Rua Red - South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght (beside Tallaght Luas) at 10:15.

Meet to collect Rock10:15. Return | by 17:00

Bring | Walking boots/shoes. Warm/waterproof clothes. High-visibility vest. Food, water, and hot drink.  Free Parking at Civic Theatre.  Participation at your own risk. Register at rocktothetopdublinmountains@gmail.com

 

Rock to the Top is commissioned under IN CONTEXT 4 - IN OUR TIME, South Dublin County Council’s Public Art Programme for 2016-2019 under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. 

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Sunday 17th December, Sunrise Walk

Tibradden – Two Rock  - Tibradden

 

(Ref for booking – Sunrise Walk)

 

Description:  Join the DMP Volunteer Rangers for a walk to see the ‘Winter Sunrise’ from Two Rock Mountain.  The hike will begin in the dark so a head torch is essential.  Please bring plenty of warm clothing and breakfast.  Sun is up at 08:36.

Date: Sunday 17th December

Length: 11km

Height gain: 290m

Duration: 3.5-4 hours

Degree of difficulty: Moderate.

Meeting Point: Tibradden at 06:30.  For directions see www.dublinmountains.ie/recreation_sites/tibradden_wood_pine_forest/

Bring: Head Torch& spare batteries, warm clothing and breakfast

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

Booking essential: Please contact ranger9@dublinmountains.ie    giving your name and mob no. and ICE details. To ensure your place book before noon Friday 15th December. For more information on the walk contact info@dublinmountains.ie 

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Friday 22nd/Saturday 23rd December  - Winter Solstice Night Walk

and  pre-Christmas Meteor Shower

Tibradden Wood – Fairy Castle –Ballyedmonduff – Tibradden

 

(Ref for booking – Winter Solstice Walk)

 

Description: Winter Solstice has been celebrated in Ireland for millennia, maybe since man arrived on this island about 10,500BC.  This evening/night-time walk will mark Solstice 2017 and will discuss its meaning.  This year, we have an added bonus: at Fairy Castle, we will witness a pre-Christmas solstice meteor shower (weather permitting) that's brief, but bright.

This moderate walk starts from Tibradden car park and goes via the Dublin Mountains Way (DMW) trail to the passage tomb on the summit of Tibradden. From there, we travel on to Ballyedmonduff where there is another prehistoric tomb to view (nice sheltered place for snacks).  We will discuss the solstice and some winter traditions and share some non-alcoholic wine (no alcohol allowed) and snacks.  The route then climbs back up to Fairy Castle at 537m where you will get (weather being kind) panoramic views over Dublin (bring your camera) and a pre-Christmas solstice meteor shower. We return to Tibradden car park from there.

Date: Friday/Saturday, 22nd /23rd December.

Climb: 465m

Length: 18 km.

Duration: 5 hrs.

Degree of difficulty: Moderate.  The walk will take place in the dark so you MUST bring a good torch, preferably a head torch.

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

Meeting point: Tibradden car park at 19:45 for 20:00 start. For directions see www.dublinmountains.ie/recreation_sites/tibradden_wood_pine_forest/

There is NO public transport to Tibradden.  If you have no transport of your own, please contact ranger6@dublinmountains.ie who may be in a position to assist.

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

Booking essential: Please contact ranger6@dublinmountains.ie    giving your name and mob no. and ICE details. To ensure your place book before noon Thursday 21st December. For more information on the walk contact info@dublinmountains.ie 

 

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 Saturday 30th December, Barnaslingan Family Friendly Walk

 

(Ref for booking – Barnaslingan Family Friendly Walk)

 

Description: An easy walk around Barnslingan Forest suitable for all the family.

Date: Saturday 30th December.

Duration: 3 hrs.

Degree of difficulty: Easy. 

Bring:  Wellies/ walking boots, raingear, warm clothes.

Meeting point:  Barnaslingan car park at 10:00.

For directions see: www.coillte.ie/site/barnaslingan-wood/

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

Booking essential: Please contact ranger6@dublinmountains.ie    giving your name and mob no. and ICE details. To ensure your place book before noon Friday 29th December. For more information on the walk contact info@dublinmountains.ie 

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Monday 1st January 2018, New Year’s Day Hike

(Ref for booking – New Year’s Day Hike)

 

Description: A lovely hike along the eastern section of the Dublin Mountain’s Way from Shankill to the Scalp, returning to Shankill, visiting Carrickgollogan summit and the Lead Mine’s chimney enroute.

Date: Monday 1st January at 11:00.

Duration: 3.5 hrs.

Degree of difficulty: Moderate. 

Bring:  Wellies/ walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, hot drink and a snack.

Meeting point:  Brady’s of Shankill Car-park at 11:00.

Please do not park in Brady’s car-park as this is for patrons of the pub only.

SORRY - NO DOGS ALLOWED ON THIS WALK

 

Booking essential: Please contact ranger5@dublinmountains.ie giving your name and mob no. and ICE details. To ensure your place book before noon Friday 29th December. For more information on the walk contact info@dublinmountains.ie 


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