Just off the N11 heading south from Dublin towards Wexford is a turn to the left into the car park for the Glen of the Downs woods.
This is nice place to stop for a stroll or a picnic although like most such places it is important not to leave any personal belongings on display in your car. There are two walking routes accessible from the Glen of the Downs woods car park. The scenery is pretty but the Glen of the Downs woods are close to a very busy road and the noise of traffic is never too far away.
If you just want a break from driving and to stretch your legs, the car park is adjacent to picnic benches and you can take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Three Trout Stream that flows towards Delgany.
Originally part of the Bellevue Estate, the Glen of the Downs is associated with the La Touche family — a name that lent itself to the now closed down La Touche Hotel in nearby Greystones.
Other places of interest in this general area include the Powerscourt Estate at Enniskerry in County Wicklow and the Avoca shop and cafe at Kilmacanogue.