Bray Head Cross Stroll Wicklow — Wicklow Household walks

Bray Head Cross Stroll

Bray head cross sits at an elevation of 190m above sea degree. The cross was erected in 1950 throughout the holy 12 months. The stroll to the summit of the cross takes between 30-40 minutes relying on which route you’re taking.

Bray Head Stroll Map

Bray head map

The blue route is the principle path to stroll to the cross on Bray head. It’s best to have the ability to stroll to the summit on the blue route in 30-40 minutes. In moist circumstances, the blue route could be very slippery and it is best to use the crimson routes steps to keep away from any potential slips or falls. The crimson route passes the previous cable automotive, which is certainly price a go to. Permit one other quarter-hour should you stroll the crimson route.

Bray Head & Greystones cliff stroll Free parking

Probably the most direct path to stroll to the summit of Bray head Cross is from the free automotive park right here. Parking on the promenade can also be attainable however you’ll have to pay for parking on the promenade.

Bray Head Cross- Key data

  • Observe the inexperienced arrowed indicators
  • Permit 40 minutes – 1 hour up and again
  • 2km up and again
  • Very slippy in sections (if moist)
  • Mountain climbing boots required
  • Optionally available step part however it’s longer
  • Extra stroll to Bray head cairn, if an extended stroll is required
  • 6 out of 10 for views

Bray head walk- Start line/Parking

We began our stroll within the free automotive park right here. We walked to the Bray Cross throughout the week and the automotive park was almost full. We count on that this can be a very busy stroll and an early begin can be required on the weekend if you wish to use the free automotive park. Extra parking is accessible on the seafront however it isn’t free.

We stroll out of the automotive park and stroll on the coastal path for 10 meters till we see a path main up the hill via a gate within the wall. The floor right here is concrete, we comply with this path up the hill.

Strolling Bray head path

Proceed on the concrete path till it stops. The principle path turns to mud after 100 meters from the doorway. From this level, the trail turns into very rocky, slippery and steep. The bottom circumstances develop into very harmful in moist climate. Carry strolling poles and good boots to assist with this.

The path meets a small stream (winter solely), which makes the stroll uphill even tougher and slipper. The path splits however each trails find yourself in the identical location. We adopted the drier path to assist stop slipping and falling.

We ultimately stroll right into a drier part of the trail and we will see the tip of the woodland and gorse bushes within the distance. This part is extra uncovered however we ultimately begin getting views of the encircling areas.

This part of the Bray head cross stroll has bigger stones and is steep however it’s a lot safer and has fewer probabilities of a slip or fall. The trail cuts via the Gorse bushes, that are fairly spikey however they do present a stunning yellow and orange protection to the hillside.

We attain a really small patch of bushes. We take a small break right here admiring the beautiful Wicklow shoreline.

We ultimately attain the bottom of the stone hill the place the cross is erected upon. We stroll to the fitting barely following the path and strolling up between the 2 stone mounds.

Bray Head Cross stroll time

The highest of the Bray Head Cross hike gives beautiful views throughout the ocean and Bray seafront. The stroll shouldn’t be too bodily exhausting however it is vitally slippy in a few sections close to the beginning (when moist). Permit 40-60 minutes up and again. An amazing stroll with lovely views of the summit.

Bray Head stroll distance

The space to Bray head cross is only one km to the summit and 1 km descent. Bray head cliff stroll is a 7km stroll.

Is Bray Head a tough stroll?

The stroll is 190m climb up a tough path. Good strolling boots are positively required in moist circumstances. It’s a reasonable climb however very rewarding. Permit 60 minutes to hike it.

Extra Bray head walks

(Optionally available) An alternative stroll is accessible to keep away from the slippy sections. It additionally passes the previous Bray cable automotive and the ruins of an previous church. The stroll is barely longer, however positively safer.

Extra walks- Bray Head

If you’re not too exhausted after the stroll to Bray head cross you’ll be able to stroll to Bray’s head trig level afterwards. Bray head has a trig level and is a further half-hour stroll. The stroll continues after the Bray head cross. Observe the trail in the direction of Greystones going via the steel gate and following the vast path the entire option to the trig level.

The path walks round stone outcrops and gives nice views of the shoreline. At current, the Bray to Greystones stroll is closed as a consequence of a landslide. This stroll gives an incredible various path to the cliff stroll.

Bray Head loop stroll Map

Wicklow County Council has a map (beneath) on their Twitter web page displaying the choice route loop trails which embrace the cliff stroll.

Bray head looped trail map

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