Walking in Wicklow

I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been out enjoying a bit of walking in Wicklow and all that Ireland’s wonderful countryside has to offer. May/June is a particularly good time of the year as the trees come into full leaf and the country is lush with foliage.

Photo: Lily Pond

One of my favorite places for walking in County Wicklow is the Kilruddery estate near Bray with its formal gardens and farm lanes set between Bray Head and the Little Sugar Loaf.

The gardens date back to the 18th century and contain some wonderful features including this stunning lily pond which is in full bloom in early June.

It’s possible to walk from the gardens into the countryside. On my visit there were sheep grazing on pasture and I chatted with a lady who told me that she often walks on this estate, sometimes climbing the Little Sugar Loaf which can be accessed from the grounds.

On Saturday’s there’s a market with food and other produce and there are tea rooms in the gardens. On a fine day, you could easily put in hours on a visit to this super place.