Stage 5 South: Aughavannagh – Tinahely (E-F)
Stage 3 North: Tinahely – Aughavannagh (F-E)

Distance: 20km (approx.)

South Wicklow is known for its’ rolling hills and open, distant views. Stage 5 certainly gives you all this. As we climb out of the deep valley at Ballyteige, the views to the west over the lowlands open out. A few kilometres of country road before we take a lane to our right and descend to Sandyford Bridge.
Our second climb of the day is relatively easy and brings us along though country lanes, farmland and mountain tracks. You’ll notice additional arrows in this area which mark the many trails developed by the local community in Tinahely.
Our final descent brings us to the end of Stage 5 as we reach the public road.

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Aughavannagh (Ironbridge) & Aughrim:

Ironbridge is a well-known pick up location amongst Wicklow Way accommodation providers and the Wicklow Way Bus can also pick you up here, provided you book ahead.
Aughavannagh itself is a typical rural townland, where homes cluster together to form a village of sorts. However, accommodation is extremely limited here, with both former hostels no longer operating. Many walkers choose to continue along The Wicklow Way for another 1.5km or so, until they, quite literally, walk into the grounds of Ballyteige Lodge, keep an eye out for the sign.
Others opt to stay in the nearby picturesque village of Aughrim, or ‘The Granite City’, as it is known locally. Surrounded by woodlands, hills and at the confluence of the Ow and Derry Rivers, staying in this multi award winning village is also an ideal opportunity to top up on supplies before continuing your journey along The Wicklow Way.

Services listed here are by and large based in Aughrim, approximately 9km from Ironbridge.

Dining, Shops & Supplies:

Things to do & see near here:

  • Go trout fishing at the award winning, wheelchair accessible NDAF Angling Park, visit Christien’s Pottery and Wood Turning Studio, play a round of golf at Macreddin Golf Club, pamper yourself with a hair, beauty or spa treatment, spend a Saturday morning picking up fresh produce and crafts at Aughrim Town & Country Market, wander along the Seán Linehan walk, watch a hurling or Gaelic football match at the O’Byrne Park, Wicklow’s county GAA grounds.

Transport Options:

  • Wicklow Way Bus service from Ironbridge to Rathdrum or Tinahely for public transport options. Please note, this service is not a scheduled service and must be pre-booked.
  •  There are no public transport links from Aughrim. Rail and bus links available in nearby Arklow and Rathdrum. Check Journey Planner or speak with your accommodation provider for planning assistance.
  • Seán Byrne: Local taxi service based in Aughrim. Tel: +353 86 4014250.
  • Aughrim Cabs: Local taxi service based in Aughrim. Tel: +353 402 36700.
  • Many accommodation providers offer pick-ups and drop offs as a value-added service or for a small fee.
  • Carparking available at Ironbridge.

  Exit Point 8 – Ballyteige & Aughrim

As mentioned at the end of stage 4, continue for another 1.5km along The Wicklow Way to reach Ballyteige. The Wicklow Way runs through the land to the rear of Ballyteige Lodge, keep an eye out for the sign.
Additional services available in Aughrim, listed above.

Distance walked on this stage so far:

  • Stage 5: N – S: Distance walked from Aughavanna (Ironbridge): 1.5km (approx.)
  • Stage 3: S – N: Distance walked from Tinahely: 18.5km (approx.)

  Exit Point 9 – Moyne & Knockananna:

Once you leave Sheilstown Wood, turning left, walk along the country roads with the view of Ballycumber Windfarm ahead. After 2.5km, you’ll reach a T junction. Continue straight ahead to stay on The Wicklow Way, or to exit, turn right, descending to the main road. From here, turning right again points you in the direction of Knockananna where you will find a shop and two pubs. At the time of writing, there was no accommodation in Knockananna.
Nearest additional services including (limited) public transport options are located in Tinahely, at the end of this stage.

Distance walked on this stage so far:

  • Stage 5: N – S: Distance walked from Aughavanna (Ironbridge): 8.75km (approx.)
  • Stage 3: S – N: Distance walked from Tinahely: 11.25km (approx.)

  Exit Point 10 – Moyne (Sandyford Bridge):

Having continued past exit point 9, you will soon descend towards the main road once more, crossing with care, take a sharp hairpin bend and cross Sandyford Bridge. At the T junction, turn left to stay on The Wicklow Way or turn left for accommodation providers listed here.
Nearest additional services including (limited) public transport options are located in Tinahely, at the end of this stage.

Distance walked on this stage so far:

  • Stage 5: N – S: Distance walked from Aughavanna (Ironbridge): 10km (approx.)
  • Stage 3: S – N: Distance walked from Tinahely: 10km (approx.)

  Exit Point 11 – Mangan’s Wood (Deviation to Tinahely Village):

At Mangan’s Wood, you have the choice to continue along The Wicklow Way for 3.5km to finish Stage 5 after crossing the Derry River and coming out on the R747 road to Tinahely at Curravanish.
An alternative finish to Stage 5 is to follow the Tinahely Walks arrows – Green, Blue, Purple and Red routes all descend down Mangan’s Lane to the village. This deviation is 3km.
Services including (limited) public transport options are listed below at End of Stage.

Distance walked on this stage so far:

  • Stage 5: N – S: Distance walked from Aughavanna (Ironbridge): 16.5km (approx.)
  • Stage 3: S – N: Distance walked from Tinahely (Curravanish): 3.5km (approx.)

  Tinahely (Curravanish):

After exiting Mangan’s Wood, descend past Hawthorn trees (significant to Irish Mythology and Folklore), continue down Coolafunshoge lane through a tunnel of gorse and bramble and after crossing the Derry River, the stage ends at the R747 road to Tinahely at Curravanish. It is a further 2km by road to reach Tinahely village.
Tinahely is a thriving village nestled in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. This vibrant community offer visitors a wonderful Wicklow welcome with a great range of food and entertainment options for such a small place. A walking destination in its’ own right, there are walks here to suit all levels of ability – and disability.

Dining, Shops & Supplies:

  • Tinahely offers a great variety of place to eat including restaurants, cafes and take-aways.
  • You’ll find supermarkets, grocers and various local shops offering local produces.
  • Service in Tinahely include a bank (with ATM), Garda/Police station, Pharmacy, Library and more.
  • Further information at http://visitwicklow.ie/towns-villages/tinahely/

Things to do & see near here:

  • Take in a concert or show at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely is a walking hub in its’ own right, a free map is available at most establishments or downloadable here. Visit The Riverside Art Gallery. Take in the Tinahely Agricultural Show if you happen to be around in August. Even if you have decided to finish your Wicklow Way journey here, it’s well worth your while continuing on to Stranakelly to visit The Dying Cow Pub, an historic landmark right on Stage 6 of the Wicklow Way.

Transport Options:

  • Wicklow Way Bus service from Tinahely, either Curravanish or Tinahely village towards Rathdrum train station or Ironbridge. Please note, this service is not a scheduled service and must be pre-booked.
  • Thursdays only: Bus Éireann 132 Bus Service 10:00 from Tinahely to Dublin, 19:35 from Tinahely to Rosslare Europort.
  • Wicklow Rural Transport service to Gorey (Saturday only) which has bus and rail links to Dublin and Carlow (Saturday only) which has bus links to Dublin.
  • Many accommodation providers offer pick-ups and drop offs as a value-added service or for a small fee.
  • Carparking available at the GAA Carpark on the School Road.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  Askanagap Avalanche

Wicklow is not associated with large snowfalls, but occasional hard winters have brought accumulations. Avalanches are very rare but do occur. On the night of the 23rd March 1867 as a family of six slept a large avalanche swept down the side of Sheilstown Hill engulfing their home and killing all inside. A memorial plaque marks the site.
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  Tomnafinnoge Forest- Tinahely

Now designated a special area of conservation, Tomnafinnoge Forest has had a turbulent history. The forest contains many native species, especially oak. It was part of a much larger estate of over 600 acres. After the sale of the estate in mid 1970s felling commenced. A local campaign was started to save the forest and with state intervention, lead by then Taoisigh Charles Haughey, Tomnafinnoge Forest was saved.
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Flora:  Forests

Ireland was once covered in native oaks, holly, rowan, birch, hazel, willow amongst others. However, these forests were decimated to a point where only 1% of the country had tree cover. Wood was a commodity before the discovery of fossil fuels and it was also cleared for to make way for farming. Climate change also had an effect; 4,000 years ago, saw a very wet period in Ireland when many of the mighty forest were literally swamped and today survive as raised bogs. As we walk the Wicklow Way we see the effort that was made to reverse this downward trend in tree cover. The state supported the planting of fast growing conifers and now grant aid is given to landowners to do the same. Recent developments have seen an effort to plant more broadleaves. Cover has improved but as yet just 11% of the country is forested, leaving Ireland at the bottom of the table for tree cover across Europe