Wicklow Way (Crone)

Trail description

This section of the Wicklow Way leaves the car park at Crone and follows a forest road (in a roughly south eastern direction) through conifer and broadleaf forests of mixed age.  After approximately 1.2km  the route leaves the forest road and follows a smaller track to the viewpoint at Ride Rock which offers magnificent views over the Powersourt Waterfall (the highest in these islands) and the Great Sugarloaf and a great spot to stop for a breather. Follow the trail south westwards as it skirts along the valley side where the forest cover is a mix of birch, pine, mountain ash, oak and larch with bilberry as the undergrowth. The trail then turns west to cross an area of clear fell and enter the open mountain and Wicklow Mountains National Park (consider a hyper link). (At this point you can follow a rough mountain trail northwards and take in the summit of Maulin at 570m. )Our route follows the trail adjacent to the old Deerpark Wall to the Watergates Bridge over the River Dargle. It was here that the river was once dammed to hold water to provide an "enhanced" spectacle on the Powerscourt Waterfall for Queen Victoria who was going to view the falls from a platform below the falls. A test run a few days before the visit showed they underestimated the volume of water that would be released - it swept away the platform. Just shows the value of a test run, otherwise Viscount Powerscourt could have been Mr. Wingfield.
This is a great place to rest or have a picnic.
Return via the same route or continue on the Wicklow Way to pick up the trails in Djouce woods and a second car.

Trail Name: Wicklow Way (Crone)
Recreation Site: Crone Woods  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Car Park
Length:3 km
Time: 1.5 hrs
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 230
Attributes: Linear Trail (Point A to B)
Finish Point: Watergates Bridge
Trail Way marking:yellow