Bray Head Cross Walk Wicklow — Wicklow Family walks


Bray Head Cross Walk

Bray head cross sits at an elevation of 190m above sea stage. The cross was erected in 1950 through 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 Walk Map

Bray head map

The blue route is the principle path to stroll to the cross on Bray head. You ought to be capable of stroll to the summit on the blue route in 30-40 minutes. In moist situations, the blue route could be very slippery and it’s best to use the pink routes steps to keep away from any potential slips or falls. The pink route passes the previous cable automobile, which is unquestionably value a go to. Allow one other quarter-hour in the event you stroll the pink route.

Bray Head & Greystones cliff stroll Free parking

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

Bray Head Cross- Key data

  • Follow the inexperienced arrowed indicators
  • Allow 40 minutes – 1 hour up and again
  • 2km up and again
  • Very slippy in sections (if moist)
  • Hiking boots required
  • Optional step part however it’s longer
  • Additional stroll to Bray head cairn, if an extended stroll is required
  • 6 out of 10 for views

Bray head walk- Starting level/Parking

We began our stroll within the free automobile park right here. We walked to the Bray Cross through the week and the automobile park was practically full. We count on that it is a very busy stroll and an early begin will likely be required on the weekend if you wish to use the free automobile park. Additional parking is obtainable on the seafront however it isn’t free.

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

Walking Bray head path

Continue on the concrete path till it stops. The foremost path turns to mud after 100 meters from the doorway. From this level, the trail turns into very rocky, slippery and steep. The floor situations turn out to be very harmful in moist climate. Bring strolling poles and good boots to assist with this.

The path meets a small stream (winter solely), which makes the stroll uphill even more durable 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 finally stroll right into a drier part of the trail and we will see the top of the woodland and gorse bushes within the distance. This part is extra uncovered however we finally begin getting views of the encompassing areas.

This part of the Bray head cross stroll has bigger stones and is steep however it’s a lot safer and has fewer possibilities of a slip or fall. The path cuts by way of 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 timber. We take a small break right here admiring the beautiful Wicklow shoreline.

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

Bray Head Cross stroll time

The prime of the Bray Head Cross hike offers beautiful views throughout the ocean and Bray seafront. The stroll is just not too bodily onerous however it is vitally slippy in a few sections close to the beginning (when moist). Allow 40-60 minutes up and again. A terrific stroll with lovely views of the summit.

Bray Head stroll distance

The distance to Bray head cross is just 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 undoubtedly required in moist situations. It is a reasonable climb however very rewarding. Allow 60 minutes to hike it.

Additional Bray head walks

(Optional) An alternative stroll is obtainable to keep away from the slippy sections. It additionally passes the previous Bray cable automobile and the ruins of an previous church. The stroll is barely longer, however undoubtedly safer.

Additional walks- Bray Head

If you aren’t 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 an extra half-hour stroll. The stroll continues after the Bray head cross. Follow the trail in the direction of Greystones going by way of the steel gate and following the vast path the entire strategy to the trig level.

The path walks round stone outcrops and offers nice views of the shoreline. At current, the Bray to Greystones stroll is closed on account of a landslide. This stroll offers a terrific different 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 embody the cliff stroll.

Bray head looped trail map


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