Earlier this month we decided to catch the DART from Dublin city to a small town on Ireland’s East Coast – Greystones. I would highly recommend catching the train as the views are stunning. The train lines run along the coastal cliffs for the duration of the trip- definitely worth seeing.
When we arrived in Greystones we walked along the Greystones Beach and harbor, making our way to the start of the Cliff Walk trail.
Whilst walking along the beach, John and I were enjoying the views and photo opportunities, we soon realized that we had walked too far along the beach and found that there was no way out- the sand embankment had become a vertical slope of mud and the tides were fast rising. We decided that the best way to get onto the trail would be to climb the muddy slope (also because we didn’t want to back track, which would probably have been the better option). So up we went, I’m not sure if any of you have ever done this, but it was no simple task. We slipped a few times and you can only imagine what our shoes and clothes looked like when we finally reached the top. To our dismay, when we reached the top of the field, we realized that there was a fenced farm separating us from the trail. We ended up climbing over the farm fence, trying our best to get around to the other side without causing any disturbances and finally we made it onto the trail.
Grade: Moderate, the route is marked with Red arrows
Estimated time: 2 hrs
Total height climbed: 130m
Highest point: 100m
The cliff path from Bray to Greystones is believed to have existed since medieval times, but the path as it exists today was developed in the 1840’s during the construction of the railway line linking Shankill and Wicklow. The line was built on the cliff face, as local landowner Lord Meath did not want a railway dividing his land through the Glen of the Downs.
Before the construction of the railway line, Bray was a small village and Greystones had a population of only 93 people.
Today, the 6,2km long Cliff Walk is popular among residents and visitors alike for its many points of interest, including the ruins of medieval church and pilgrimage site St Patrick’s Well, and the stunning views from the cliffs to the Irish Sea.
The views along this coastal walk are beautiful. This is a must-do when visiting Ireland. The walk is not too strenuous, so it is suitable for any fitness level.
The trail can be walked from either end, we started in Greystones, so we ended our walk in Bray where we treated ourselves to a sea view lunch at one of the local cafes before heading home.