Walk of the Month: Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of walking in Wicklow. This linear walk takes you from Bray to Greystones (or vice-versa) along a breathtaking coastal path.
As well as the stunning views out to sea and cliff scenery, one of the most attractive aspects of this walk is how quickly the bustle of Bray town fades away to a quiet ambiance that feels a million miles away.
The Cliff Walk has an intriguing history; it was built during the construction of the rail line, to facilitate the movement of men and equipment. The ruins of a small house along the path were once Lord Meath’s Lodge, here there was a toll gate and the public was charged a penny for entry. Just past lord Meath’s lodge was an area called the Brady Hole, which was cave notorious for smugglers.
The clear, level path is probably suitable for all ages, although care is needed with young children at some stretches where the path runs close to the cliffs.
The path is well maintained and is probably suitable for all ages, although some care is needed with young children; some stretches where the path runs close to the cliffs.
Although these directions start from Bray, this route can be walked in either direction i.e. starting either from Bray or Greystones.
Begin from the Bray Head Hotel, at the southern end of Bray promenade. Although blocked to cars, the road continues south, quickly rising and changing to a footpath. Follow the footpath around the coast.
After walking around Bray Head, continue along the path as it skirts Greystones beach. If preferred, it is possible to descend onto the beach at a bridge where the path crosses a river draining into the sea.
On arriving at Greystones harbour, continue into the town to the railway station. Take one of the frequent trains back to Bray, end enjoy the cliff views once again from the comfort of the train. The station in Bray is about a kilometre or so from the starting point at the Bray Hotel.
Duration: About 2 hours from Bray to Greystones, 20 mins return by train. Map courtesy of WalksIreland.com