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The Wicklow Way is a long-distance waymarked trail in County Wicklow, Ireland which We walked through during the spring. It covers 131 kilometres and passes through several towns along the way. It has recently celebrated its 35th anniversary.
It was officially opened to the public in 1982, but was conceived much earlier. In 1966 J.B Malone proposed a circular trail for Wicklow in a series of newspaper articles, naming the trail "twelve days of Wicklow". In 1977, Malone joined the Long distance walking routes committee of Cospoir, Ireland's national sports council and began lobbying for the creation of the Wicklow Way. Malone's plan for a circular route was replaced by the present linear path due to the Irish government's wish to have the Wicklow Way form part of a proposed web of country hiking trails. The first section of the trail was opened by Jim Tunney (Minister of State for Education) on 15 August 1980, and the the final section was opened to the public two years later.
We started the Trail in Dublin in Marley Park on March 21, 2017 and walked until we reached the foot of Klimashogue Mountain, where we stopped to have lunch before continuing to Glencullen. We checked into an Airbnb in Glencullen and had supper at Fox's pub (the highest pub in Ireland) before turning in for the night. The next few days we walked in pouring rain, staying in various Airbnbs and hostels until we reached the first Adirondack shelter. After spending a cold night in the shelter, we walked for three days before arriving at Rathdrum and finishing the walk.