HIKING BRAY HEAD WICKLOW IRELAND from KeithExplores's blog

Starting the climb


I began my climb in front of the Bray Head Inn slope, just before the crossover railway bridge, and proceeded up the stair-path towards the trekking trail. About a quarter of the way up, there are two options for two different trails. 


The one to the left is steep, and you may require a few breaks on the way. The small slipway that veers to the right is not so steep but it is likely to be a lot more muddy, but it is easier to climb as the ascend is less strenuous but a little longer. However, it does give you an overall nicer view of Wicklow's gorgeous mountain peaks. Although this wasn't the route I choose in the video.




To start the climb, follow the promenade up towards the hill. The real climb begins at the steps; from here there is a well worn path straight up to the cross. The path will bring you up through trees and on a dirt path. (Watch for the optional path that veers to the right.) Be prepared for a bit of a scramble up rocks at the top. The path can get quite mucky when it rains also, so dress appropriately and be sure to bring at least 1Ltr of water for this 241M (791ft) climb. 


Access by public transport


All the climbs are accessed from The Cliff Path, which runs along the coast al line and is located above the railway line, from Bray to Greystones. The Path starts at the southern end of Bray Head Inn. (Its twenty minutes walk from Bray DART station, or ten minutes from the terminus of the 45 bus route). From here a pleasant walk of about twenty minutes will bring you to Streaky Slab stone, while the gate for Cable Rock is a further ten minutes along the Path


Access by car or bike


Travelling south on the M11/N11, ignore the turn-offs for Bray and take the turn off signposted Greystones. Take the Greystones exit on the next two roundabouts. And Immediately after cresting the long hill (Windgates), take the turn on the left, which ends at a private car park, Turn here and drive back up the road a short distance to where there parking is possible against the hedge on the left. 


Walk down past the houses, cross the stile, and follow the track down to the Cliff Path (5 minutes). This point on the Path is a 30 minute walk from the southern end of Bray promenade, or a 15 minute walk from Windgates, which is on the No.84 (Dublin/Delgany) bus route. Turn right for Cable Rock, or left for Streaky Slab.


The climbs, and the climbing areas, are described from left to right (south to north).


After your hike


If you fancy a bite to eat after your hike, there is a wide selection of food parlours to choose from, offering some quality meals and drinks. And if you still have some energy left, you can always pop into the Bray aquarium which is a pretty cool place to pass some time. You can also find niche restaurants in Bray on this Google map.


Pictures

This is the bottom of the hill, in front of Bray Head Inn


This is the tree-line where you will choose the path straight up, or around to the south west. 


If you come up by the trail on the left, this is where it leads. You can turn right here for an easier ascend.


Nearing the top, the mountain range does offer some awesome opportunities to update your Instagram


Once at the top, look directly south and you will see this path which will lead you towards Greystones


Look directly east, into the Irish Sea, and you can catch some stunning photography shots


And of course, looking north, you can see the town of Bray. West you can see the rest of the Wicklow Mountains.


Remember to bring your camera on the day, or you will sorely be disappointed that you didn't. 


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