Djouce Woods walks, Powerscourt Demesne

Our walk takes us along the beautiful trails laid out by the Viscounts of Powerscourt. Their guests were taken on scenic drives through Djouce woods to enjoy the pretty views over the valley and Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest in Ireland.


  • Price: 2 hour walk (Djouce Woods and the Ponds): from €30/ person; 3 hour walk (Djouce Woods, the Ponds and the moorland): from: from €40/ person; group rates and family rates available
  • Djouce Woods walks are only accessible by private transport
  • Walking time: approx. 2 hours (easy); approx.3 hours (moderate)
  • Please contact us for bookings and enquiries,

Djouce Woods walks 

Djouce Woods are only a short distance away from Powerscourt House  and they used to belong to  Powerscourt Demesne.  In the 19th century, the 7th Viscount of Powerscourt had new trails built in Djouce Woods to bring his guests on scenic drives.  They could then enjoy the beautiful views over the waterfall and the valley.  These historical trails are still in use and on Djouce Woods walks, we follow some  of these lovely routes, taking time to enjoy the views and the forest’s peace and quiet.

Paddock Ponds

Half way through Djouce Woods walks, we reach Paddock Ponds.  They used to be a popular destination for Powerscourt guests and pick nicks were organised on their shores. The ponds were created by damning the stream but there is far less water since the damn was damaged in a storm. We can still enjoy their charm and the tranquility of the valley.  Sometimes, we can glimpse shy deer coming down to the shore to drink.


After leaving the forest, Djouce Woods walks lead to the moorland at the foot of the mountains.  They follow a lovely trail  up along the forest with beautiful views opening up over the Wicklow mountains and the sea in the distance.  When the heather is in bloom in the summer, the moorland turns purple with yellow patches from the gorse flowers.

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