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Bray Head Cross Stroll Wicklow — Wicklow Household walks


Bray Head Cross Stroll

Bray head cross sits at an elevation of 190m above sea degree. The cross was erected in 1950 through the holy yr. The stroll to the summit of the cross takes between 30-40 minutes relying on which route you are taking.

Bray Head Stroll Map

Bray head map

The blue route is the primary path to stroll to the cross on Bray head. You must be capable of stroll to the summit on the blue route in 30-40 minutes. In moist situations, the blue route could be very slippery and it is best to use the pink routes steps to keep away from any potential slips or falls. The pink route passes the previous cable automobile, which is certainly value a go to. Enable one other quarter-hour if you happen to stroll the pink route.

Bray Head & Greystones cliff stroll Free parking

Probably the most direct path to stroll to the summit of Bray head Cross is from the free automobile park right here. Parking on the promenade can also be attainable however you’ll have to pay for parking on the promenade.

Bray Head Cross- Key info

  • Observe the inexperienced arrowed indicators
  • Enable 40 minutes – 1 hour up and again
  • 2km up and again
  • Very slippy in sections (if moist)
  • Mountain climbing boots required
  • Non-compulsory step part however it’s longer
  • Extra stroll to Bray head cairn, if an extended stroll is required
  • 6 out of 10 for views

Bray head walk- Start line/Parking

We began our stroll within the free automobile park right here. We walked to the Bray Cross through the week and the automobile park was almost full. We anticipate that it is a very busy stroll and an early begin shall be required on the weekend if you wish to use the free automobile park. Extra parking is obtainable on the seafront however it isn’t free.

We stroll out of the automobile park and stroll on the coastal path for 10 meters till we see a path main up the hill by way of a gate within the wall. The floor right here is concrete, we comply with this path up the hill.

Strolling Bray head path

Proceed on the concrete path till it stops. The principle path turns to mud after 100 meters from the doorway. From this level, the trail turns into very rocky, slippery and steep. The bottom situations change into very harmful in moist climate. Carry strolling poles and good boots to assist with this.

The path meets a small stream (winter solely), which makes the stroll uphill even tougher and slipper. The path splits however each trails find yourself in the identical location. We adopted the drier path to assist forestall slipping and falling.

We finally stroll right into a drier part of the trail and we will see the tip of the woodland and gorse bushes within the distance. This part is extra uncovered however we finally begin getting views of the encompassing areas.

This part of the Bray head cross stroll has bigger stones and is steep however it’s a lot safer and has fewer probabilities of a slip or fall. The trail cuts by way of the Gorse bushes, that are fairly spikey however they do present a beautiful yellow and orange protection to the hillside.

We attain a really small patch of bushes. We take a small break right here admiring the gorgeous Wicklow shoreline.

We finally attain the bottom of the stone hill the place the cross is erected upon. We stroll to the fitting barely following the path and strolling up between the 2 stone mounds.

Bray Head Cross stroll time

The highest of the Bray Head Cross hike supplies gorgeous views throughout the ocean and Bray seafront. The stroll is just not too bodily exhausting however it is vitally slippy in a few sections close to the beginning (when moist). Enable 40-60 minutes up and again. A terrific stroll with stunning views of the summit.

Bray Head stroll distance

The space to Bray head cross is just one km to the summit and 1 km descent. Bray head cliff stroll is a 7km stroll.

Is Bray Head a tough stroll?

The stroll is 190m climb up a tough path. Good strolling boots are positively required in moist situations. It’s a average climb however very rewarding. Enable 60 minutes to hike it.

Extra Bray head walks

(Non-compulsory) An alternative stroll is obtainable to keep away from the slippy sections. It additionally passes the previous Bray cable automobile and the ruins of an previous church. The stroll is barely longer, however positively safer.

Extra walks- Bray Head

In case you are not too exhausted after the stroll to Bray head cross you possibly can stroll to Bray’s head trig level afterwards. Bray head has a trig level and is a further half-hour stroll. The stroll continues after the Bray head cross. Observe the trail in the direction of Greystones going by way of the metallic gate and following the broad path the entire approach to the trig level.

The path walks round stone outcrops and supplies nice views of the shoreline. At current, the Bray to Greystones stroll is closed as a result of a landslide. This stroll supplies a terrific different path to the cliff stroll.

Bray Head loop stroll Map

Wicklow County Council has a map (under) on their Twitter web page displaying the choice route loop trails which embody the cliff stroll.

Bray head looped trail map

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