Bray Head Cross Stroll Wicklow — Wicklow Household walks

Bray Head Cross Stroll

Bray head cross sits at an elevation of 190m above sea degree. The cross was erected in 1950 in the course of 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 Stroll Map

Bray head map

The blue route is the principle path to stroll to the cross on Bray head. You need to be capable to stroll to the summit on the blue route in 30-40 minutes. In moist situations, the blue route may be very slippery and it is 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. Permit one other quarter-hour should you stroll the pink route.

Bray Head & Greystones cliff stroll Free parking

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

Bray Head Cross- Key info

  • Observe the inexperienced arrowed indicators
  • Permit 40 minutes – 1 hour up and again
  • 2km up and again
  • Very slippy in sections (if moist)
  • Mountain climbing boots required
  • Non-compulsory step part however it’s longer
  • Extra stroll to Bray head cairn, if an extended stroll is required
  • 6 out of 10 for views

Bray head walk- Place to begin/Parking

We began our stroll within the free automobile park here. We walked to the Bray Cross in the course of the week and the automobile park was almost full. We count on that this can be a very busy stroll and an early begin will likely be required on the weekend if you wish to use the free automobile park. Extra parking is offered 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 a gate within the wall. The floor right here is concrete, we observe this path up the hill.

Strolling Bray head path

Proceed on the concrete path till it stops. The primary path turns to mud after 100 meters from the doorway. From this level, the trail turns into very rocky, slippery and steep. The bottom situations change into very harmful in moist climate. Deliver strolling poles and good boots to assist with this.

The path meets a small stream (winter solely), which makes the stroll uphill even tougher and slipper. The path splits however each trails find yourself in the identical location. We adopted the drier path to assist forestall slipping and falling.

We ultimately stroll right into a drier part of the trail and we are able to see the tip of the woodland and gorse bushes within the distance. This part is extra uncovered however we ultimately 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 probabilities of a slip or fall. The trail cuts by 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 bushes. We take a small break right here admiring the beautiful Wicklow shoreline.

We ultimately 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 highest of the Bray Head Cross hike supplies beautiful views throughout the ocean and Bray seafront. The stroll is just not too bodily onerous however it is rather slippy in a few sections close to the beginning (when moist). Permit 40-60 minutes up and again. An excellent stroll with lovely views of the summit.

Bray Head stroll distance

The gap 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’s a reasonable climb however very rewarding. Permit 60 minutes to hike it.

Extra Bray head walks

(Non-compulsory) An alternative stroll is offered 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.

Extra walks- Bray Head

In case you are not too exhausted after the stroll to Bray head cross you may stroll to Bray’s head trig level afterwards. Bray head has a trig level and is a further half-hour stroll. The stroll continues after the Bray head cross. Observe the trail in the direction of Greystones going by the steel gate and following the broad path the entire technique to the trig level.

The path walks round stone outcrops and supplies nice views of the shoreline. At current, the Bray to Greystones stroll is closed resulting from a landslide. This stroll supplies a terrific various path to the cliff stroll.

Bray Head loop stroll Map

Wicklow County Council has a map (beneath) on their Twitter web page exhibiting the choice route loop trails which embrace the cliff stroll.

Bray head looped trail map