June 18, 2021
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Back on Track: Wicklow tourism to get boost from launch of new Trails video

A new Tracks and Trails video commissioned by Wicklow County Council and presented by travel writer Pól O Conghaile will be launched on on July 7.

The video, which follows a walk beginning at the foot of Bray Head ending at the Great Sugarloaf, will be launched at a special virtual event, available for online viewing on Facebook Premier, on Tuesday at 12.30pm on the Visit Wicklow website.

Presented by Pól O Conghaile, the 10-minute show features a magnificent trail which now links and extends a number of other well-known trails into a long and challenging walk.

This new Tracks & Trails follows a route across a very varied terrain including rugged mountain climbs, flat and quiet forest paths, rich farmland and country roads.

The trail, which can be completed in a day, for the experienced walker, or broken into shorter walks, reveals what is best in Wicklow landscapes from breathtaking sea vistas to magnificent rural views stretching across fields, mountains and skyscapes.

Pól begins the walk early in the morning on Bray Promenade, climbs up over Bray Head – a much quieter route than neighbouring paths – quite quickly ascending into an almost rural setting with wide views across five counties.

He continues down along quiet, well-marked ways into Belmont Demesne which has recently been opened to the public who can connect their walk from Bray Head along a new access route onto the Little Sugarloaf.

Enjoying an exhilarating turn with Fat Bikes Adventures, based in Belmont Demesne, Pól then continues past Arthur’s Barn , on foot to the Little Sugarloaf accessing it along a newly laid path which brings walkers around the side of the mountain.

Chatting to some other walkers en route, Pól then descends along quiet roads to Kilmacangoue and onwards along the old Viking trail which skirts the side of the Great Sugarloaf where he completes his walk.

Walkers familiar with the Little Sugarloaf and Bray Head will delight in this lovely, new, marked trail which adds a further new route to Co Wicklow’s ever-growing network of walks.

“With the focus ever increasingly on our mental health, hiking is in so many ways good for us. Wicklow is close, it is accessible with good bus and rail links and there are hundreds of unspoilt varied routes here,” Cllr Anne Ferris, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District, said.

For further information, to interview or speak with Wicklow County Council, Tracks & Trails or Pól O Conghaile, for Mini edits of the show, promos & Stills please contact:  Clíona Sherwin, Producer, Tracks & Trails, cliona@tracksandtrails.ie or on 087 2764240.

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