Wicklow Way (Cloon)

Trail description

This description is based on that section of the Wicklow Way accessed from the entrance to Curtlestown wood and heading in a northerly direction. From the forest entrance, the trail ascends with a fairly gentle slope on a well-surfaced path through a maturing plantation of Sitka spruce. After about 15 minutes, you will reach the first of the viewing points on the map, and looking back, you will see Knockree Hill and the Glencree Valley. Continuing on in a zigzag fashion, the trail ascends via a rocky path, heading towards Prince William's Seat (555 m). This hill lies to the left of the Way and is the location of a trigonometric pillar that was used by the Ordinance Survey in the triangulation of Ireland. Ascending the Way, you can divert off the trail at the second of the right hand turns. This forest road takes you to a viewing point from where you can see the two rocky tors that lie close to the Way. Looking East, you can see the granite Tor called Carrickaspinkeen. This name derives from two words: 'carraig' meaning rock and 'spink' meaning a sharp ridge.  The other rocky tor, called Raven's Rock is visible to the north, although there is a better view of this tor when you reach the top corner of the forest property.  At this point, you have the choice of walking the return leg back down to the car park or continuing on northwards along the Wicklow Way. If you choose the latter, you will be heading down across the Glencullen valley, crossing over the Glencullen river and then meeting the R116. Follow this road  to the left heading for Tibradden.

Trail Name: Wicklow Way (Cloon)
Recreation Site: Cloon/Curtlestown  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Entrance to Curtlestown Wood
Length:5 km
Time: 70 mins
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 200
Attributes: Linear Trail (Point A to B)
Finish Point: Entrance to Curtlestown Wood
Trail Way marking:yellow