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jgfitz: Track 4058 in area near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Old Downs Hill
Length: 10.3km, Creator time taken: 2h56m, Ascent: 259m,
Descent: 254m

Places: Start at O24147 08288, Downs Hill, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

We first hiked this track in 2017 from The Grove Bar, Drummin, spot point 0 265 096. This is accessed from N11 north-bound only at the Delgany exit which is also signposted for Drummin. The only issue with this approach is the 1.5 km road walk on Old Downs Road (L5401) before commencing the hike proper. Our second attempt was from O 241 083, the same starting point as this current above-described track, but we headed up west of the current track, from roughly O 244 089 to 0 246 100 before joining the current track and then looping back to the trailhead. However, being the month of January 2018, it was very muddy on the way up through the passageway. Probably a good hike in the summer months. The current track is the all-weather version (as is the version from The Grove Bar), being on a good track the whole way. It is recommended that it be taken clockwise as this presents the better view. The trailhead is still signposted "Kilpedder Rifle Range" even though that has been defunct for many years. There is parking for 3 - 4 cars. Although we weren't blocking the entrance, a passing motorist asked us to move from the entrance because, he said, a large articulated vehicle was on the way and needed more access space. It never appeared. Methinks the locals might like to keep this hidden gem secret so that the narrow road will not become congested with parked cars. For the alternative option, there is ample parking near The Grove Bar.
Wicklow's "Dark Hedges" on Old Downs Hill
Wicklow's "Dark Hedges" on Old Downs Hill

Uploaded on: Fri, 8 Mar 2019 (13:02:12)
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