It’s just about the most beautiful stretch of the legs you’re going to find in Wicklow – and that’s saying something.
Covering roughly four miles between Greystones to That Other Place, this life-enhancing walk takes about one and a half hours to cover – and along the way, The Cliff Walk will take your breath away.
Actually, this is a relatively breezy walk, as you echo the railway line – built between 1847 and 1856 – along some of Ireland’s most stunning, rugged coastline, with the path hugging the nearly 800-foot Bray Head, each corner revealing ever more stunning scenery. And those beautiful low stone walls, flowering yellow gorse and shoulder-height ferns will guide you along views of stunning slate cliffs and fifty shades of blue looking back across Dublin Bay to the north or Kilcoole, Wicklow and beyond to the south.
You can find out a little bit about The Cliff Walk history here, take a snow-covered walk there with Joe Redmond here, and take a walk with GG on a beautifully sunny February day along the path right here. You can also check out Fáilte Ireland’s take on The Cliff Walk here. Oh, and if you’re in a hurry, here’s a funky, short drone ride, taken from above on Saturday, April 16th 2016. You can also click on that poster to the right for the full version.
In the meantime, enjoy this collection of photographs, postcards and paintings below of one of the finest fitness course in the world. But not before you get an education from this rather fine 2011 documentary…
Cliff Walk by Caroline Galligan
Cliff Walk 18th Feb 2016 Pic: Pablo Photography
Cliff Walk’s natural arch c.1920
Cliff Walk Valentine Postcard
Cliff Walk Ponies
Brandy Hole tunnel postcard. Source Unknown
Cliff Walk 1950s postcard
Cliff Walk Postcard
Vintage Cliff Walk postcard
Cliff Walk going in the right direction
Cliff Walk First Railway – Bridge Disaster
Cliff Walk gets a little dangerous 11st Jan 1996 Olde Days
Dart Bray Head Cliff Walk Pic Nicky Cox June 2016
Cliff Walk 16APR16
Summer 2014 Pic: Pablo Photography
Aerial Shot 2002
Cliff Walk 1913
The Cliff Walk. Source: Carte de Visite
In the days before health & safety….
The Bray end circa 1950
Full steam ahead to Greystones…
Take The A Train 18FEB16 Pablo Photography
The Game Of Death years
Cliff Walk, with the old Brabazon tunnel on the right.