Wicklow Way

Walking the Wicklow Way, by Paddy Dillon (Cicerone, 2021)

My first trip to the Wicklow mountains was in 1987, when I aimed to have two days’ walking bookended by overnight travel by train, ferry and bus on Friday night from Coventry, returning Monday morning (to find that Coventry City had won the FA Cup in my absence). I wish I’d had Paddy Dillon’s book then. Indeed, I wish the Wicklow Way had been out of its relatively chaotic infancy then.

The book is clear, both in the directions and in the backup material: more importantly, it is also clear about areas and day-lengths which will challenge some walkers (my current self more than how I was 35 years ago, for example). Maps are not of Ordnance Survey quality but are mid-range adequate.

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