Lead Mines Way

Trail description

Beginning at the car park walk up the short path to the barrier (with wheel chair access)  and then turn right on to the forest road. Follow this road up the gentle slope passing through young Japanese larch on your left and Scots pine on your right. Keep straight past the forest road to your left and pass  through more woods containing Sitka spruce and  Noble fir for approx 250 metres.  At this point the road turns left (east) however if you wish to go to the viewing point at Carrickgollogan hill continue south up through the woods for about 300 metres along a path worn by walkers. Follow the winding path to the top of the hill. This climb is moderate but  I would think is not accessible by wheel-chair. Take in the panoramic views of the Sugar Loaf directly south, and turning anti clockwise follow the coastline from Wicklow through the harbours of Greystones and Bray, Killiney head to the east and on up to Howth head in the North East.

Retrace your steps down the hill and when you  rejoin the forest road turn right and continue until you meet the power lines. Turn left and follow this road down for 500 metres taking in views of Dalkey and Killiney to your right. At the end of this road take the left fork and follow on for about 300 metres until you reach a T junction.  Turn right and follow the path for about 150 metres heading North. You will then see the old lead mine chimney in front of you. There are good views of the city from here with Dun Laoghaire in the foreground.

Retrace your steps and follow the path till it rejoins the road. Follow this road up the hill and continue down the far side. At the T junction turn right and the road  will take you back to the car park.

Trail Name: Lead Mines Way
Recreation Site: Carrickgollogan  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Car Park
Length:2 km
Time: 40 mins
Degree of Difficulty: Easy   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 30
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Car Park