I took this Friday off work, it was a lovely morning so a good time to do a walking trail in the Wicklow Mountains I hadn’t done in years – from Crone carpark up to Djouce, crossing the Dargle River just above Powerscourt Waterfall. It follows the ridge overlooking the Powerscourt Waterfall, crosses the Dargle Valley,then up a ridge across the eastern slopes of the mountain, one of the highest points in Leinster.
Powerscourt Waterfall, with Djouce rising in the background
The path across the valley of the Dargle above the waterfall, Djouce in the background.
The footbridge over the Dargle was washed away - I assume it happened during the very heavy rain last Monday - judging by how the grass was damped down there must have been a huge flash flood rushing down, the waterfall must have been spectacular that day.
The view over Dublin Bay from near the top of Djouce
Howth and Irelands Eye island in the distance.
A view down the path to the summit, Sugarloaf mountain to the left.
A view south over the incongruously (ironically?) named White Hill - the mountain biking trail at Ballinastoe is in the forest to the left. This ridge is the starting point for one of the maddest mountain bike races in Ireland, where a mass start features at the beginning - this year it was renamed the Red Bull Fox Hunt.