Walk of the Week
Millennium Loop, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow
Distance: 6k Ascent: 200m Time: 1hr 30mins - 2hr Grade: Easy Terrain: Minor roads, forestry tracks, Mass paths, cross-country
From Rathdrum, follow the R755 towards Laragh and watch for the church on your left as you leave town; the trailhead is in its car park. Starting from the map board there, follow the purple arrow around the back and up the steps out of the grounds. Follow it for 200m to join Union Lane; turn right. Pass the school, right, to a three-way junction with a sandy lane on your right. Veer right.
Follow it for 200m to reach a gate/stile, left. Go through and veer right to Famine graveyard. Pass to right of monument and follow the trees to reach a wooden kissing gate. Then go straight across the field, following an old Mass path to reach a wooden stile which takes you into Ballygannon Woods. After 100m you reach a high fence and wooden stile. Do not cross it but turn left instead.
About 2k later is the R755. Cross the road and veer left to join a forestry road leading to the Avonmore River bank. Travel 1k along it before entering a rugby club. Follow the pitch edge to join a sandy road. After 100m, pass the local caravan park gates and, 100m after that, enter the village at the bridge. Turn right here.
After 50m, keep right at a Y-junction and climb briefly before turning right onto the Mass path. Pass St Michael's Well on your left; go through a wooden gate and climb for 50m to a stone stile which takes you to the main road across from the trailhead.