The Pilgrim’s Way via Paddock Hill
The Pilgrim's Way
The Pilgrim's Way links the valley of Avonmore to the valley of Glendalough. it was one of the many trails used by the pilgrims on their way to the monastery of Glendalough.
On leaving the valley floor, views open up over the lush country side. The trail is lined by grey stone walls which colour contrasts with the green of the pasture land. On the far side of the valley, the rounded shape of Trooperstown Hill stands tall with its soft shape blending well in into this quiet and peaceful landscape.
Shortly the walking trail joins the Wicklow Way which goes from Dublin to County Carlow. It traverses over a narrow plateau on Paddock Hill which commands magnificent views over the Valley of Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains.
On reaching a viewpoint overlooking the valley of Glendalough, beautiful scenes can be seen of the two lakes nesting at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains and the tall silhouette of the Round Tower which has stood proudly for centuries. In the middle ages, it was a huge relief for the pilgrims on their way to the monastic city of Glendalough to glimpse the Round Tower. It meant that their long and perilous journey was at last coming to an end.
Grade: Moderate – 3 hours approximately (walk available on request all year round)
€30/ person; family and group rates available
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