Tuesday 30 May 2017

Bray to Greystones - way to go

Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 56; downloadable map/instructions at discoverireland.ie/walking.

TRAVEL: Rail (irishrail.ie): DART to Bray; return from Greystones. Bus: 84 or 184 (www.dublinbus.ie).

WALK DIRECTIONS: Left out of Bray Daly station, right over railway, right along seafront promenade, up onto cliffs. Follow cliff path to Greystones DART station. At present Greystones Harbour development blocks path at Rathdown -- notices point inland. Cross DART, up lane; opposite 'Rockfort', left into Rathdown housing estate. Follow road round right bend; left after bend; bear right across wide green, down cul-de-sac marked 266-280. Along laneway on right of yellow house; on along road. At fingerpost 123-147, left between bollards. Follow several doglegs towards sea to reach Centra garage. Forward along Church Road to station.

LENGTH: Six miles -- allow three hours.

GRADE: Easy/moderate.

CONDITIONS: Cliffs approaching Greystones are crumbling and potentially dangerous. Line of path may change owing to landslips.

DON'T MISS: View back round Dublin Bay; disused Brabazon Tunnel far below cliff path; creamy seafood chowder in Caviston's.

REFRESHMENTS: Caviston's Café, Church Road, Greystones (01-287 7637).

INFORMATION: Bray Cliff walk to Greystones leaflet from Bray Tourist Office, Main Street, Bray (01-286 7128; visitwicklow.ie).

WALKING NEWS: Kerry Charity Challenge, Castle-rosse Hotel, Killarney, April 9-11; proceeds to National Council for the Blind; contact Michael Sutton on 086 400 9989; michaelsutton1949@ gmail.com. Tinahely Trail Walking Festival, Co Wicklow, April 17-18; see tinahely.ie. Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, Co Limerick, May 1-3; ballyhoura country.com/events.

Irish Independent

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