Glendalough to Glenmalure/Lugnaquilla: A Two Day Guided Hike.

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Baravore Car Park, Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow

Glenmalure

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This is a two day hiking event taking in two of the best walks Wicklow has to offer. Overnight accomodation is provided by the historic and ever charming Glenmalure youth hostel. This entire event would be graded as V.Difficlut/Challenging so a reasonable baseline fittness level is required.

Day 1: We meet at Barrivore carpark at 9.30a.m. Here we will have an introductory rendevous and any overnight gear or food will be given to our wardens to bring back to the hostel. We will then take a bus to the starting point of our hike on Day 1, the spectacular Glendalough Valley.

We regroup at the Glendalough Visitors Information Centre. From here we start our walk through the monastic city, up Lugduff brook and past the Poullanass Waterfall, to where we start our real climbing of the day up on to the famous Derrybawn Ridge. From here we traverse the ridge and make our way to the summit of Mullacor. Joining the Wicklow Way for a short spell we then descend to the floor of the Glenmalure Valley via an old mining trail, and then complete Day 1 with a road walk to the hostel where we can relax and refuel by the cozy fire. (Walking time: 5.5 hours, Distance: 14km, Ascent: 640m )

Day 2: Another full day of hiking is planned for day 2 as we take on the formidible Lugnaquilla (925m), the highest peak in Ireland outside of County Kerry. After a good breakfast we will set off from the hostel at around 10.30am. From here we follow a forestry road up to the stunning hanging valley of Fraughan Rock Glen. We start the steepest part of our climb here as we skirt up past Falls Brooke and its cascading waters. The Climb becomes much more gradual from here as we traverse the next hanging valley floor and up on to the spur that leads us to the summit. After the hopeful views from the summit have been taken in we descend a little but stay on high ground for some time as we make our way to our second summit of the day Cloghernagh (800m). We descend via the beautiful Art's Lough. (Walking time: 6 hours, Distance: 14km, Ascent: 800m)

Total Walking time: 11.5 hours, Distance: 28km, Ascent: 1240m)

What to bring: For the hikes please bring; Hiking boots with ankle support, Waterproof jacket and trousers, athletic clothing (i.e. no denim or cotton) as well as warm layers, fleece, hat, gloves. Bring more than enough food/snacks for a good day out as well as water (1.5ltr reccomened), a torch of some kind but preferably a head torch, a bag to carry it all in.

Optional; Gators, walking poles/stick, Map (OSI Sheet 56/ EastWest Lugnaquilla and Glendalough) and Compass

A note on accomodation: With it's idylic location as the last house in the glen, a night spent in the historic Glenmalure Youth Hostel is a truly rewarding experience. However whilst some of its traits are to us what gives it it's appeal, those fond of their home luxuries may beg to differ. Please be advised that there is no electricity supplied to the hostel, all heating comes from woodfired stoves and all lighting is by candlelight and torches. The kitchen is fitted with gas-powered cookers and a gas-powered fridge. There is no phone signal let alone wifi so perfect for those seeking a digital detox. The toilets (soon to be upgraded) are chemical toilets (anyone who has been to a music festival will most likely have used worse). Guests will stay in a mixed dorm unless otherwise requested. A pillow and duvet is provided as well as fresh linen but guests can opt to bring their own sleeping bag for extra warmth. This can be given to our wardens at the start of day 1.

A note on food and drink: Participants are required to bring enough food/snacks for two full days on the hills. Food for day 2 can be handed over to our warden on day 1 to be put in the fridge at the hostel. Please also bring enough water for day 1 only (about 1.5 ltrs), water for day 2 can be replenished at the hostel. Participants will be offered a meal in the evening of day 1. Typically this will be a one pot dish such as an Irish stew or Bolognese. Please notify us of any allergies or dietry requirements (or if you are a fussy eater in general) and we will do our best to accomodate you, however you may be required to bring your own food for the evening. Alternatively guests can make arrangements for dinner at the Glenmalure Lodge, 5 mins away at the foot of the glen. A basic breakfast will be offered on the morning of day 2 (porridge, toast, tea/coffee, fruit, etc). Snacks will be provided at any time during the stay (fruit, biscuits, crisps, chocolate bars etc). Whislt alcohol in small amounts is permitted, guests are asked to keep it moderate and maintain decorum at all times, especially with a challenging hike the following day.

Please advise us of any relevant medical conditions or any allergies prior to the event.

Cost: €80 (€84.54 inc Eventbrite service charge. Price includes transport to the start of hike on Day 1)

Any enquiries please email nativetreks.ie@gmail.com or call 00353(0)879559328.

Your guide: All of our hiking guides are Mountain Leader Qualified, Remote Emergency Care (level 3) trained and are public liability insured.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Friends of Glenmalure group. This is a voluntary organisation that does fantastic work running and maintaining the Glenmalure Youth Hostel. In particular the money will go towards the building of a compost toilet to replace the chemical toilets on site at present.

We hope to see you on the 19th!

Slainte



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Baravore Car Park, Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow

Glenmalure

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