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wild camping along the WIcklow way

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wild camping along the WIcklow way

hello,

this summer I'm planning to visit Ireland with 3 friends for 2.5 weeks, and we thought of doing the northern part of the Wicklow trail. we are average walkers, with low budget, and we have no car, so we thought that it would best be if we would make our nights in the wild.

are there any camping sites in the area? especially without payment? are there any spots where we could camp, even without facilities?

thanks to all repliers!

tom

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1. Re: wild camping along the WIcklow way

There are no "free" municipal campsites in Ireland.

Here is a list of some of the privately owned camp sites. www.camping-ireland.ie

Wild camping is not a big activity here. You have to be careful. You could end up camping on private lands and incur the wrath of the landowner!!! Some may welcome you (if you ask permission first), others may not want you camping on their lands for a number of reasons.

Any wild camping that I have done has been 'way off track', and not near any human habitations.

The other aspect to your wild camping is that you will have to carry a lot of gear with you, and you may not be able to use it for all of your nights in any case.

One other aspect of camping here that you may not have considered is weather. Our summers can be very wet. It is not unusual to have a week of rain at a time. A very dry summer here is rare !!!!

If you are on a budget, and do not have access to a car then the cheapest way to go is with hostelling.

www.anoige.ie is the national youth hostelling association and they have hostels all over Ireland. Any age group can use their hostels. If you join the association before you travel to Ireland you will get discounted rates at their hostel. There is an An Oige hostel in Glendalough, Wicklow, as well as other parts of the county.

There are also a privately run hostelling associations

http://independenthostelsireland.com/

also....

http://www.hostels-ireland.com/

You could go wild camping here, but to be honest, I don't think it would be a great idea for 2.5 weeks and without a car.

If you do, don't forget about Irelands 'Leave no Trace' policy:

www.leavenotraceireland.org/principles/

Edited: 07 May 2013, 08:38
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2. Re: wild camping along the WIcklow way

thanks a lot!

that is really some helpful information. in Israel, where we come from, things are quiet different.

another question:

when picking up a spot for wild camping, how should we know that we are on private or public land?

tom

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3. Re: wild camping along the WIcklow way

Hi Tom,

Bryno has given you a lot of good advice. Just to add a few things particular to the Wicklow Way:

There are three Adirondack-type shelters (same type as you might see in the US, especially on the Appalachian Trail) along the Wicklow Way, one at Brusher Gap between Oldbridge and Glendalough; one at Mullacor, between Glendalough and Glenmalure; and one at Mucklagh, near Aughanvannagh. You have no guarantee, of course, that other walkers won't bag a space before you.

Brusher Gap Shelter is here: http://goo.gl/maps/5AqPz

Mullacor Shelter is here: http://goo.gl/maps/oW1hD

This is what it looks like: …wikimedia.org/wiki/…_Glenmalure.jpg

I don't have coordinates for the Mucklagh shelter, I'm afraid.

Wild camping in the Glendalough Valley is forbidden and this is strictly enforced by the National Park rangers.

Finding a place to camp at the end of stage one is going to be the most difficult - a lot of people used to camp along the river near the Knockree Youth Hostel but the landowner, fed up with some people leaving their rubbish behind, has now banned camping. You could continue as far a Glensoulan (located here: http://goo.gl/maps/iBbAP ) and camp by the banks of the Dargle River but it will mean a long walk for the first day to get that far. Your best bet for the first night is the youth hostel at Knockree.

For a map/guide book, I recommend the Wicklow Way Map Guide published by EastWest Mapping.

Edited: 07 May 2013, 20:00
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4. Re: wild camping along the WIcklow way

Nice shelters there Joe_j_king.

Regarding this:

"the landowner, fed up with some people leaving their rubbish behind, has now banned camping"

It amazes me how people who alledgedly "love the outdoors" would leave rubbish anywhere. I don't blame that landowner, but unfortunately those of us with a mature attitude towards nature must suffer because of the few ignorants.

Sorry ..... rant over now.

TOM H: regarding this:

"when picking up a spot for wild camping, how should we know that we are on private or public land?" You will need to ask someone nearby or on the route and also take into consideration what Joe_J_king has said.

Edited: 07 May 2013, 20:12
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5. Re: wild camping along the WIcklow way

Bryno,

I was being as diplomatic as I could about the situation at Knockree: in fact, what was happening was that at every weekend in the summer the area was being inundated with "local colour" showing up armed with their tent, their mot, their ghetto blaster, their bag of cans and their bag of weed and raising merry hell as well as wrecking the area with litter and damaging huge areas of ground with improperly built campfires. None of these people would in anyway be described as the sort that "love the outdoors" nor indeed see any value in showing any respect for the rest of society (even though society pays for their "lifestyle" from their hard-earned wages). About a year or two ago the landowner took decisive action, which means that all camping is now banned there. Frankly it's a miracle that he was still willing to allow the Wicklow Way to pass through his land - if he had removed permission a re-route would likely have meant adding about 2-3km of road walking to get from Knockree to Crone Wood.

On the more positive side, I should have mentioned that the three Adirondack shelters were each constructed, with the permission of Coillte, by Mountain Meitheal, an excellent voluntary group whose members, who do love the outdoors and understand the value of giving something back to society, give up their time (and the odd lumbar vertebra or two) to maintain and restore many of the paths and trails on our mountains. You can find out more at: http://www.pathsavers.org

Edited: 07 May 2013, 20:49
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"Brusher Gap Shelter is here: http://goo.gl/maps/5AqPz"

Hi All, a few friends and I are heading camping in Wicklow in a couple of weeks and the above would be perfect, do you have to ask the farmer/land owner first or is it ok to presume you have permission once the shelters are there? We don't need to fear about being moved on?

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7. Re: wild camping along the WIcklow way

Hi Tom

How did you fare in the end? Did you camp? Any advise of some good spots around Wicklow? Looking to do a couple nights myself this weekend but all campsites are fully booked out.

A small group, we want to experience the outdoors without interrupting anyone or being asked to pack up and leave. Fully abide by and believe in Leave No Trace ethics. I actually hate the fact that wild camping is such a hard sought aactivity thanks to the troublemakers who destroy everything in their path

Thanks

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8. Re: wild camping along the WIcklow way

Hii, we have a campervan and would love to visit around Redcross. Are there any places we can overnight park without going into camp sites as we dont need to. Thank you in anticipation.

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