GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bray to Greystones Walk

5 miles (8.5 km)

This spectacular cliff top route in County Wicklow is one of the most popular walks in Ireland. It runs between the towns of Bray and Greystones, for a distance of just over 5 miles, on an undulating well trodden path. You'll pass along the Dublin-Wicklow railway linewhich runs outside of Bray Head along the coast, sometimes travelling within a few feet of the cliffs. The line, designed byIsambard Kingdom Brunel, is referred to asBrunel's Folly, due to the high costs of maintaining such a precariously positioned line. There are train stations in both towns so you can catch a ten minute service back to Bray at the end of the walk.
The area is great for wildlife watchers. Look out for dolphins, whales, porpoises and basking sharks as you make your way along the path. Many varieties of sea birds can also be seen around the cliff tops. Keep your eyes peeled for Gannet, Kittiwake, Great Black-Backed Gull, Guillemots, Kestrels and Fulmar.
The variety of flora on the route is also impressive. In the summer months you can see several types of wildflower, heather, bracken and gorse.
The walk starts on the sea front in Bray, next to Bray Daly train station. Head south along the beach to Crab Rock where you cross the train line. Here you have the option of heading up to Bray Head. The hill stands at a height of 241m (791ft), commanding wonderful views over the area. At the summit you will find aconcretecross, placed there in 1953 during theholy year. EveryGood Friday, hundreds of local people climb to the top of the head in a Good Friday procession marking thestations of the Cross.
The route then descends back to the cliff top path where you continue south east to Brandy Hole and on to Greystones with fabulous views of the Irish Sea, The Wicklow Mountains and Bray.
The final section takes you past Greystones Harbour before finishing on the front, close to the train station. At the end of your exercise you can enjoy refreshments at one of the fine pubs or cafes in Greystones.
To continue your walking in the area head inland to the nearby Powerscourt Waterfall. The falls are located in a beautiful spot on the River Dargle and is the highest waterfall in Ireland.

Bray to Greystones Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Bray Strand - geograph.org.uk - 1590320

Bray Strand

Looking along the railway at Bray Head - geograph.org.uk - 1323345

Looking along the railway at Bray Head

View of Bray Head - geograph.org.uk - 1353208

View of Bray Head

The DART passing around Bray Head - geograph.org.uk - 917332

The DART passing around Bray Head

The Bray-Greystones Cliff Path - geograph.org.uk - 917307

The Bray-Greystones Cliff Path

View of Greystones and Coast - geograph.org.uk - 917304

View of Greystones and Coast

The Bray-Greystones Cliff Path - geograph.org.uk - 917300

The Bray-Greystones Cliff Path

Greystones Harbour - geograph.org.uk - 85267

Greystones Harbour

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