Festive walks to blow off the cobwebs
Why not blow off those cobwebs and shed some of those unseemly pounds gained over the festive period with a Christmas and/or New Year's sunrise walk.
Footfalls Walking Holidays is introducing its first ever Christmas Walk on Sunday, December 29 and plan for it to become an annual event.
The 12km walk takes in Brockagh Forest and on to the summit of Brockagh Mountain where, if the day is clear, there will be fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and the Irish Sea to be enjoyed. From the Valley of Glendasan, walkers will join the Grey Trail which leads on to the lower slopes of Camaderry Mountain and into the Valley of Glendalough, finishing back at the Brockagh Centre.
As it's still December, there's still time for a final little indulgence - mulled wine or hot chocolate and mince pies await the walkers. This walk is organised with the support of Wicklow County Tourism and costs €18.
You can also start 2014 in a healthy fashion by taking part in a New Year Sunshine Walk.The route starts at 5.30 a.m. on January 1 from the Brockagh Centre in Laragh. Walkers will head along the Wicklow Way, through the valley of Glenmacnass and onto Paddock Hill. Then on to the summit of Scarr Mountain, where looking east across the Wicklow Mountains to the Irish Sea, the first sunrise of 2014 will be witnessed.
Walkers will then return via the Wicklow Way where a hearty breakfast awaits them at the Glendalough Hotel. The cost per person is €30.
For further information and/or to book either the Christmas or New Year Sunrise Walk, log on to www.walkinghikingireland.com, email email@example.com or call (0404) 45152 or (087) 269 8659.