3 Satisfying stepcount increasing walks near Dublin!
If you’re like most other people you’ll be on your annual post Christmas fitness buzz following a month of over indulgence. Looking to shift a few pounds? Not much of a walker? Here are three scenic walking routes near Dublin that are amost as good (if not better) than a workout.
1.Bray to Greystones- a perfect route for walkers of all abilities and ages, why not leave the car in Bray and set out on this stunning walk around the outskirts of Wicklow. It takes approx 1.5-2 hours each way and for those who struggle they can always get the DART back. However I would recommend doing a return journey as you’ll clock up between 16-17 thousand steps over a distance of 13k. The track is nearly always muddy regardless of whether the sun is shining so make sure to wear runners and clothes that you don’t mind getting destroyed!
2.Glendalough- The Spinc trail (red route). This route is fantastic if you begin by the waterfall at Glendalough’s tourist office due to the incline and endless steps you will encounter. I would recommend this track for people who are of average fitness and want to get some legwork in. It takes approx 4 hours to complete and covers a distance of 11k. Expect to hit around the 16 thousand step mark in total as the mountains open up around you and you are greeted by plenty of beautiful scenery and golden Kodak moments. Just a warning Glendalough carpark does get crazily busy at weekends, so you will need to get there before 10.30am to secure a spot.
3.Ticknock- Closer than Glendalough and easier to get parking in, Ticknock makes a handy step count increasing trek for walkers of all ages and abilities. There are many different routes you can take and it covers and area of up to 10km. One of the most popular routes is the Fairy Castle short loop. Although it comes in at a shorter distance of 6k there is a lot if incline involved which is great for toning those hips. The 6k results in a stepcount of 8,500 steps making it perfect for beginners. I guess it’s time to get walking then!