Ireland day 0613. Saturday 03 June 2023- Sutton Howth
|Took the bus to Sutton the walked anticlockwise right round Howth head. Beautiful flowery day. Caught the train and bus back
|A re-run of the last few days – dry, bright and sunny. In fact the sun shone in an absolutely cloudless sky all day. Light north easterly wind. Appx 17C
|Today’s overview location
(The grey mark shows the location of our route)
(The orange line shows where we walked)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
Sutton Howth loop walk
(Summary blog only. Last full blog was Day 0368).
We had another completely free day today (hooray!) so decided to take the bus and train down to Howth and walk along the coast, back to Malahide.
But as soon as we got in the bus, we could see that the tide was fully in, making several of the coastal sections tricky. So, at Val’s suggestion, instead of the coast walk we decided to get off the bus at Sutton and didn’t wait for the train to Howth. Rather, we walked straight from the station down to Sutton Cross, and then started on an anticlockwise circuit of the headland, finishing up in Howth. From Howth, at the end, we took the train / bus route back to Malahide.
The walk itself was superb – so it was definitely an excellent decision by Val. The sun shone brilliantly all day – to the extent that I had to put some sun cream on (factor 100, as it happens – normally I avoid sun cream as I’m not sure it’s all that good for you – but the irradiation today, just three weeks from midsummer, was extreme). I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite so many wild flowers in bloom together in one place in Ireland – Valerian, ceanothus, echium, eschscholzia, rosa and armeria, to name but six. Magnificent. The sea was blue and there were loads of hardy swimmers and sunbathers adorning the beaches. OK it was pretty busy – especially on the east and north sides of the headland – but we could forgive the crowds as it was such a lovely day.
Once back in the flat, we enjoyed the rest of the organic salmon we prepared a couple of days ago, with some fresh Irish strawberries. A truly summery day!
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
(Elevations corrected at GPS Visualizer: Assign DEM elevation data to coordinates )
Max elevation: 112 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 567 m
Total descent: -545 m
Total time: 04:12:17