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10 micro hikes to try in Ireland - easy walks that take less than an hour

As school and office life return, short walks can be squeezed into busy weeks, says Pól Ó Conghaile

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Pól Ó Conghaile walking in Deputy's Pass, Co Wicklow

Pól Ó Conghaile walking in Deputy's Pass, Co Wicklow

Walking at Deputy's Pass, Glenealy, Co Wicklow

Walking at Deputy's Pass, Glenealy, Co Wicklow

Pól Ó Conghaile at Dooney Rock Forest Park, Co. Sligo.

Pól Ó Conghaile at Dooney Rock Forest Park, Co. Sligo.

The Potting Shed at Joly's in Glenealy, Co Wicklow.

The Potting Shed at Joly's in Glenealy, Co Wicklow.

Yellow stagshorn in Co Wicklow. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

Yellow stagshorn in Co Wicklow. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile

The sparkling waters of the Torc Waterfall in Killarney

The sparkling waters of the Torc Waterfall in Killarney

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Pól Ó Conghaile walking in Deputy's Pass, Co Wicklow

You don’t have to walk for hours to discover something new. You don’t even have to work up a sweat. 

That struck me as I walked the 4km Deputy’s Pass Loop in Co Wicklow with my daughter. It took less than an hour, with lots of stops - to examine spiders in their webs, a bank of purple flowering heather, weird and wonderful autumn mushrooms, and a thrush watching from a darkened branch.


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