Friday 26 May 2017

Way to go - Portmarnock to Malahide

Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 50; downloadable map at visitdublin.com/pdf/ iWalk10.pdf.

TRAVEL: Rail (dart): to Portmarnock station (20 minutes walk from seafront). Bus (dublinbus.ie): 32A or 32B to Portmarnock Country Club Hotel. Road: M50, M1 (Jct 3), N32, R106 to Portmarnock car park beside Country Club Hotel.

WALK DIRECTIONS: From car park follow sandy ramp on to strand; bear left. At low tide, walk to Malahide along the foreshore. Alternatively, follow coast path or public path beside road.

LENGTH: Two miles -- allow half a morning.

GRADE: Moderate (no climbs but lots of scrambling on the rocks).

CONDITIONS: Rough, rocky and slippery in places; strong shoes/boots recommended.

Don't Miss: Quartz 'sandwich fillings' in the rocks; teeming rock pools; fossil crinoids and brachiopods.

REFRESHMENTS: Picnic on the strand.

OPERATOR: Malahide Walking Tours (Colette Farrelly). Tel: 01-845 5318;

info@colettefarrelly.ie; malahidewalkingtours.com.

INFORMATION:

Upperchurch Walking Festival: November 5-7; con@gleann.net; upperchurch.ie.

Discoverireland.ie/walking.

Irish Independent

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