The ‘Long Hill’ provides road access to several car parks from which you can start this walk. Even before you start your walk the views open out in front of you with the Sugar Loaf dominating the view to the East. The route provides excellent views of Irelands highest waterfall- Powerscourt and brings you onto the flanks of Djouce Mountain where views out over Dublin City and Bay will reward the effort.
Starting at either Long Hill or Calary carparks this trail can be done in either direction. This marked trail on forest road and track follows one of the old driving roads almost to the now dry Paddock Ponds, before turning uphill towards the Glensoulen valley, then downhill to the far end of the Paddock Ponds before returning to the start by way of a pleasant gradual uphill climb with good views over the Deerpark and Powerscourt Waterfall. These directions are in an anticlockwise loop from Long Hill carpark which is the first carpark on the right as you approach from Enniskerry or Dublin.
Markings: The route is marked with Red markers – Loop Trail
Estimated time: 3hrs
Total height climbed: 300m
Highest point: 410m
Terrain underfoot: Forest tracks and paths
Suitable for: Reasonably fit walkers.
Notes: The upper sections of this trail are exposed to the elements- bring rainwear, strong footwear is recommended.
How to get to start point: Long Hill car parks.
- GPS FOR START POINT: 53.155945,-6.186972
- GRID REF: O 213 132
- Nearest public transport is to Enniskerry by Dublin Bus. www.dublinbus.ie