Out and About Hiking Group is pleased to organise a hike Dublin Frontrunners on Sunday, 24 August 2014. Hike leaders John and Dermot will guide an off-the-beaten-track forest loop walk in the Wicklow Mountains. The walk will give runners a well earned break from marathon training and races, and a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside and meet members of Out and About. It promises to be a fun and sociable day.
Like last year, the hike will be in and around the Glenmalure valley in the Wicklow mountains, but a completely different route. This is Ireland's longest glaciated valley. It is much more remote and less visited than the neighbouring Glendalough valley. Above the valley is the Lugnaquillia massif, which has Leinster's highest point. Due to the potential size of group and gear limitations, we will not be climbing Lugnaquillia, but instead we'll explore the valley below.
The walk will start at the Glenmalure Inn, Drumgoff Cross Roads at the mouth of the valley. This is the midpoint of the Wicklow Way and we will follow this route south, taking us off the road and into the forestry. The terrain will be mostly gravel forest roads. We will soon leave the Wicklow Way and head up Kelly's Lough, a small corrie lake (pictured above). We'll have lunch at the lake and perhaps an optional swim in the lake if the weather is good. We'll follow a different route to loop back to the Glenmalure Inn.
We will finish the day with dinner in the atmospheric Glenmalure Inn before driving back to Dublin.
No specialised gear is required for this walk. We have specifically chosen a route that does not require boots, so if you don't have hiking boots or fell runners, your old runners will be fine for this route. However, as this walk is in a remote area and weather in the mountains is often very changeable, please bring the following:
We advise you not to leave any valuables in your car and put your change of clothes bag into the boot.
We encourage you to carpool to Glenmalure as parking is limited in the mountains. Furthermore carpooling is sociable and better for the environment.
For carpooling we will meet in the city centre, outside the gates of the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 at 10:00. Parking is free at this location on Sundays so extra cars can be left here. Alternatively you can meet us at the hike start at 11:15.
Directions from the National Concert:
The map grid reference for the carpark is: T106909. Latitude/Longtitude coordinates are: 52.95779 (north),-6.35416 (west).
Out and About a Dublin-based hiking group for the lesbian and gay community and friends. Day hikes are organised every Sunday to suit a broad range of fitness levels - leaving Dublin city at 10:00am. Regular longer trips are organised to mountains further afield in Ireland and abroad. Like Frontrunners, there is a strong emphasis on socialising. New hikers are always welcome to join us for a day on the mountains. Be sure to like the Out and About Facebook page.