Saturday 25 November 2017

WAY TO GO

Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 50; detailed map/instructions in Walking Dublin by Pat Liddy (see below).



TRAVEL: DART or Bus 8 to Dalkey; M50 Jct 14-16.

WALK DIRECTIONS: From Dalkey DART station, follow St Mary's Terrace to cross 5-way junction. St Mary's Terrace bends right into Coliemore Road ('Coast Road').

On past Coliemore Harbour. On sharp right bend by Sorrento Terrace, right into Sorrento Park; path to summit viewpoint. Down to leave park below bandstand.

Right to junction, left up Vico Road. In 500m, by Gothic 'Strawberry Hill' house on left, cross road; up 'Cat's Ladder' steps.

At top, left for 30m; by 'Mount Henry', right up narrow laneway to signal station on Dalkey Hill. On past aircraft beacon, down with wall and pine grove on right.

Across path crossing; on up to obelisk on Killiney Hill. Down path with sea on left; follow it past Tower Lodge, car park and playground to Killiney Hill Road.

Right; pass The Metals crossing; right along Cunningham Road. At bottom, left to Dalkey DART station.

LENGTH: 6.75 km/four miles -- allow two hours or more.

GRADE: Moderate.

CONDITIONS: Pavements, tracks, paths. Plenty of steps.

DON'T MISS: Colourful fishing boats in Dalkey Harbour, and view to Dalkey Island; Sorrento Park's mosaic of John Dowland, and the view over Killiney Bay; view from obelisk on Killiney Hill over the Wicklow Hills and Dublin Bay.

REFRESHMENTS: Picnic at the obelisk on Killiney Hill.

ACCOMMODATION: Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel, Killiney. Tel: 01-230 5400, fitzpatrickcastle.com -- a splendid hotel, friendly and helpful too.

From €89 double B&B.

GUIDEBOOK: 'Walking Dublin' by Pat Liddy (New Holland) -- one of 24 great walks in and around the capital, by expert Pat.

Tel: 01-832 9406; 087 905 2480; walkingtours.ie.

WALKING in IRELAND: Walking tour operators, local walks including Discover Ireland's National Loop Walks, walking festivals throughout Ireland: www.discoverireland.ie/ walking.

BOOK: Christopher's book 'Walking in Ireland' (Ebury Press) contains 50 of his favourite 'Irish Independent' walks.

TIC: Dalkey Castle, Castle Street. Tel: 01-285 8366.

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