Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Maulin Trail, Co Wicklow

Today Roma and I decided take a hike over the Maulin Trail in Co Wicklow. Starting point was Crone Wood carpark close to Enniskerry. The trail is seven kilometres long and neither of us had done it before. We had a free guide from The Irish Times to help us on our way - the IT told us the walk was "Suitable for all grades of walker". The first part towards Powerscourt Waterfall was easy enough - we had an excellent view of the Waterfall from the top. After this we headed into the woods along a narrower trail which was quite steep in places. We stopped a few times to catch our breath, but it was not too difficult. I had hoped to get to the top of Maulin Mountain (570m) - the guide told us the view was excellent. However, the trail does not go over the mountain, and while the guide describes how to get back on the trail - it does not tell how to get off it. The way down and back was easy and we made the round trip in 1 hour and 50 minutes.

We went to the Powerscourt Arms Hotel afterwards for lunch and a well deserved pint. We got home in mid afternoon and did a spot of gardening. Overall an excellent and energetic day!

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