The Miners’ Way trail encompasses three valleys in the Wicklow Uplands; starting at Glendasan, continuing to the Glendalough and finishing at Glenmalure. The trail touches upon the rich mining heritage of the Wicklow Uplands, taking in the remains of old mine workings and processing plants along the route.
This is a 19km linear upland trail that crosses beautiful valleys and upland areas of the Wicklow Mountains, and it is therefore classed as a strenuous route. Some sections have steep climbs over rough ground requiring walkers to be accustomed to walking and high levels of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is required.
There are no places on the route where food and refreshments can be purchased. Take enough water and food to meet your needs. The walk should be completed in day light hours.
Marking: The route is marked by black arrows with a yellow miner’s symbol at the centre of the arrow
Estimated time: 6hrs
Total Height Climbed: 591m
Highest Point: 596m
Terrain Underfoot: The trail follows a mixture of terrain including; surfaced trail, public road, forest track, boardwalk and exposed mountain trail
Suitable for: Walkers with a high level of fitness
Notes: This is a long and linear route with no shops or services. There is no public transport or mobile phone signal in Glenmalure so transport should be pre-arranged.
The trail overlaps with sections of other well used routes e.g. The St Kevin’s Way, Wicklow Way and Glendalough Red Route and therefore care is needed to follow the correct signage.
Hero Mine Site, Glendasan: Grid Reference: T 099 982; 53.023388, -6.362057
Baravore Crusher Building, Glenmalure: Grid Reference: T063 942; 52.988461, -6.417378