Lap of the lakes

This hike is a long circular route on roads and forest tracks. It takes about 4 – 5 hours depending on the age and ability of your group. Leave the centre and head up the road to the end of the cul-de-sac about 20 — 30 minutes. Cross the small bridge turning left and immediately on your right there is s stile to an access path that takes you to the far end of Lough Dan and into the Inchavore Valley 30 – 40 minutes. You need to cross the Inchavore River to pick up the path that runs between Knocknacloghoge and Lough Dan and then follows up along the Cloghoge River towards Lough Tay. Crossing the Inchavore River might mean having to go some way up stream depending on the amount of recent rain and the water levels. The track to Lough Tay is a right of way but dont vear off it as all property here is private. Just as you near Lough Tay a good hour along the track you need take the hair pin turn on your right heading up toward the public road R759 to what is known as the Piers Gates. This is an uphill stretch and takes about half an hour. Do not go to lough Tay as it is private property. Once you reach the main road turn right and keep a lookout for the Wicklow Way signs on your right hand side leading you into a forestry plantation. Keep along the Wicklow Way passing Ballinafunshoge and eventually after about an hour and a quarter it will bring you to Old Bridge. At the T junction at the bottom of the hill turn right and the campsite is 400 meters further along the road on your right.

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