Ireland day 0149. Thursday 24 February 2022- Visitors03

Ireland day 0149. Thursday 24 February 2022- Visitors03
Today’s summary DART down to Bray then cliff walk to Greystones.   Quick drink in the Burnaby at the end then DART back to Malahide and dinner at Katmandhu Kitchen
Today’s weather Bright and sunny with stiff breeze and occasional downpours of rain.  Snow on the hills.  About 5C
Today’s overview location
(the red cross in a circle shows where Val and I are at the moment)
Close-up location
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded):
Bray Graystones again

The Bray to Greystones walk is rapidly becoming my favourite in Ireland – its easily accessible, well maintained (apart from the section with the landslide..) and has a choice of routes – either including Bray Head summit or not – depending on the weather.   It was an ideal spot to take our guests for the final day of their visit today, so once again, after breakfast, we jumped on a DART and headed south.

By the time we reached Bray, we felt in need of refreshments so spent an enjoyable and leisurely hour in Finbees café on the beach stocking up on coffee and carbs.   Suitably fortified, we set off on the cliff path, electing to forego the climb up to the top of Bray Head in view of the stormy winds and squally freezing showers that were passing through with alarming frequency.

The walk was straightforward, very enjoyable and frequently decorated with rainbows. About halfway along, I think I even spotted one of the large marine mammals that we had seen previously on this walk a few weeks ago.   There were a couple of coastguards on the path a little further on and I asked one of then what she thought the animal was and she told me that she had seen it too – and it was a porpoise and not a dolphin.   In my ignorance I hadn’t actually realised that they were different – apparently porpoises have flat faces whereas dolphins are more beaky.

We had a quick look at the now almost-invisible EIRE 8 marker (you will have to read about that in an earlier blog) and successfully negotiated the landslide to arrive at Greystones a couple of hours after leaving Bray.   There was of course just time for a quick Guinness in the excellent Burnaby pub which is conveniently just 1 minute from the railway station, before jumping on the DART home.

Once back at the flat there was time for a swift refreshing G&T then a brilliant curry at the Kathmandu Kitchen to finish off a perfect day.

(PS there’s a correction to yesterday’s blog about Cathedrals so you might want to click back a day and read about that too.   Thanks, Tom, for spotting)


Today’s photos (click to enlarge)

Enthusiastic canoeists braving the waters in Bray bay Brilliant rainbow over Dalkey Hill with Sorrento Terrace just visible as the small white line on the coastline at the right
Another rainbow brilliantly framing the beach at Bray Overlooking the DART line from Bray to Greystones, from the cliff path
Hurrying into Greystones before the next downpour hits us Welcome port in a storm – the DART home
Heading off from Bray after refreshments at Finbees cafe
Interactive map
Total distance: 8407 m
Max elevation: 73 m
Min elevation: -9 m
Total climbing: 184 m
Total descent: -186 m
Total time: 02:16:26
Download file: Bray To Greystones Again.gpx
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