Note: Any bearings mentioned already have 10* added.
Check in at the car park beside the upper Glendalough Lake (ref
112964). After all Patrols have checked in they will be checked for
(1) Start of Walk. Car park (ref 112964) to Ruins (ref 091962).
Leave the car park via the miners track. This good track runs parallel
to the lake, continue along the path for about 2km to the ruins leaving
the lake behind you. There will be a checkpoint here.
(2) Ruin (ref 091962) to track end (ref 081962).
Continue up the zig zag track with the ground rising steeply before
you, please take your time and rest on your way up. On your right there
is a sheer wall over 40Oft, ideal for rock climbing. As you reach the
track end the ground will .have levelled out a bit. Keep the river on
your left-hand side. Continue over the wet ground towards the old slag
heaps left from the old mining works.
(3) With the river on your left follow the small track to the base
camp. You will meet a river junction ref 075963, the base camp is quiet
near-by on dry ground at ref 073964. Check in on arrival. You will be
given a departure time for the next day.
(1) Rise early and have a good breakfast, fill your flask and water
container. Plan to have your lunch at any of the checkpoints or bases.
After completing your navigational exercise, depart to the river
junction at grid ref. 067966. This will be marked by a flag. The going
is easy but it may be wet - so take care.
(2) From this river junction, continue along the right hand side of
the river gaining height as you head up the valley. Your destination is
the next river junction (ref 056973). There will be a base
way along this route. If possible pay attention to
the mountains on your left as this is the route you will be walking
back. There will be a checkpoint at this junction.
(3) From this river junction you will climb to the peat hags (ref
052971). This will be your first taste of navigation on rough ground.
Continue past the river junction for about Smins. on a bearing of 280
degrees and then turn onto a bearing of
Smins. on a bearing of 280 degrees and then turn onto a bearing of 220
degrees for about 13mins and you will start to climb. This procedure
is known as a "dog-leg". Gain the steep ground leaving behind you the
safety of the valley. You may notice the change in the weather. There
will be another checkpoint here.
(4) Peat hag (052971) to col or saddle (ref 058966).
Take care here as the ground is broken and it is easy to wander down
towards the Glenmalure Valley or back into the Glendalough valley in
bad weather. On reaching the low-point of the saddle you start to
climb to the first of the false tops of Lugduff Ridge (062963).
Continue on this ridge, gaining height slowly to the next checkpoint
on the false top at 064959. Make sure the Patrol stays together.
(5) Leaving here, there is a walk of about 1km to the summit of
Lugduff (ref.072954), marked by a small rock pile. Again there will be
a checkpoint here. Leave Lugduff and follow the wide ridge down to
Prezen rock (080950). You will lose height slowly. The summit of
Prezen rock is not easily recognised in bad weather but there is often
a reasonable sized pond nearby. We will have the summit marked.
(6) Prezen rock to High Camp (085941).
From Prezen rock take a bearing to the edge of the forest at 085941.
You will cross over the ridge and descend to the shelter of the
forest. You may get a good view of tomorrow's hike if the weather is
good. On arrival at the forest, check-in and then, pitch your tents
and have something to eat.
(1) High Camp to Mullacor also called Mullaghmor (092939)
Check-out and leave high-camp heading initially to the Wicklow Way
track at 087943. Once on this track, which is very badly eroded follow
it up to the summit of Mullacor. This is a reasonably steep climb.
There will be a checkpoint on the summit. From the summit, descend to
the corner of the fence on Slayfonn at 106939. Keep to the middle of
the ridge when descending. On reaching the fence, cross it and travel
across open, heather-covered ground to the start of the Derrybawn
ridge at 113942.
(2) Derrybawn ridge
This is one of the best ridge walks in the country. If the weather is
good, you will have excellent views from here. Travel along this
ridge, which has a few false tops, for about 1.5km until you reach the
summit at 119954. There will be a checkpoint here.
(3) Homeward bound!
Depart from the summit to the forest corner at 114957. Take care heading downhill, as there
are many rocks and holes hidden under the heather and you will be tired.
once at the corner descend through the forest along a rough, but well-used track which is
marked on your map on a bearing of 282 degrees. You will cross a large forest road but
continue down through the trees until you meet a second forest road at 112957. Turn left
down this track and you will cross a bridge at 111956. This trail is well marked and signposted back to the carpark at 112964.
(4) Check-in on arrival, change your clothes and boots and have a brew. You can depart
for home when ready.