For this section of our adventure, with no babysitter, and some curiosity on the part of our youngest, our little group became three with our son joining us. He didn't like the hills but the promise of a McDonalds at the end kept him smiling.
The first couple kilometres as we started at Johnny Foxes meant we had to walk along the main road and for most of the way there was no path. Some drivers had little regard for the walkers signs, so I was glad when we spotted the wicklow way sign and the small road that led down to the river and then up into the quietness of the hills.
This walk was quite long, a bit more than we realised and it worried us that it was maybe too much for our son, and us, however he was grand all the cabbage and potatoes he eats must be doing some good. A couple of times we spotted deer, though usually I guess they saw or heard us long before we saw them, and retreated into the dark woods until we passed. The weather throughout was lovely and we hardly saw another person.
Crone Woods saw the completion of this stage.
The next sections Crone Woods to Lough Tay and Lough Tay to Lough Dan are beautiful though at times strenuous walk through mountains and in some of the most scenic countryside you could ever hope to see including Powerscourt waterfall, Djouce mountain, Lough Tay and Lough Dan. Foolishly we decided to do both sections in one go, for what would turn out to be a walk of epic proportions, so dont be lulled into this I think the guide book was optimistic in the distances or maybe we were tired and didnt factor in the height of the hills. More on this in the next blog post.