12.6 miles
Distance
1,782 ft
Climb
-1,401 ft
Descent
1,492 ft
High Point

Stage 1 of the Wicklow Way is a long moderate to strenuous 7 hour (20 km) walking route from low-level walking in Dublin City to more strenuous mountain walking with a stunning change in scenery along the route in county Dublin and Wicklow, Ireland.

Stage 1 of the Wicklow Way begins in the historic demesne of Marlay Park created in the 18th century by a family of Huguenot merchants and bankers. The trail follows the Little Dargle River, before entering a forest full of Sitka spruce, Scots pine and beech on the way to Kilmashogue mountain (408m) and Fairy Castle/Two Rock mountain (536m) which is an upland heath and bog habitat supporting bird species, including red grouse, meadow pipit and skylark. From here The Way descends a ridge near Tibradden Mountain (326m) into the valley of Glencullen where it follows the R116 road before ascending again on the slopes of Prince William’s Seat mountain (555m) leaving county Dublin behind and entering County Wicklow. From here the trail descends to Glencree valley, along the slopes of Knockree Hill (342m) and finishing unofficially at the Knockree Hostel.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Hike
  • Other Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Wicklow Way, Stage 1: Marlay Park to Knockree mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    381 ft
  • Altitude min
    291 ft
  • Altitude start
    291 ft
  • Altitude end
    673 ft
  • Grade
    0.6%
  • Grade max
    -44.3%
  • Grade min
    58.7%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,500 ft
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