As those of you who follow us on social media know, we love being active outdoors. Whether it’s swimming in the sea, running up Bray Head, or taking the kids out for a walk in the forest, we love being out in nature!! So we were delighted when RTÉ invited us to be on their outdoors programme, Tracks and Trails, to explore some of the beauty that our home county of Wicklow has to offer.

Our destination was the Meeting of the Waters, a beautiful spot in Avoca, County Wicklow, where the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers meet. We started the day with a quick debriefing with walking-guide, Robert Kelly, an expert on the area of Avoca. It was great to explore our own locality, often it can be all too easy to overlook what is on your doorstep. We loved learning about the mines in the area and the legend of the Motte Stone, and we even got to see Red Kites; a large bird of prey native to Wicklow.

Of course, a day out hiking is hungry work, and we made sure to bring our trusty food bag with us to keep us going! No matter where we are off to, we always bring a bag of snacks with us and have even been known to pack more food than clothes on some of our trips away! We have found that having a food bag is a really great way of making sure we are never stuck when it comes to having healthy food on hand. We usually grab some bits from the shop, such as fruit, hummus, rice cakes, avocados, nut butters and our Happy Pear snack bars; all foods that are easy to eat on the go.

By seven o’clock that evening, after what had been a brilliant day out, we wrapped up filming and headed home. There really is nothing better than getting outdoors in the fresh air. With the Easter bank-holiday this weekend, why not get your walking shoes on and head outside!

To help inspire you, here are our top three favourite walks in County Wicklow, and we would love to hear your favourite walk to do wherever you live!

Our favourite walks in Wicklow

  • The Bray to Greystones cliffwalk

This walk is a linear, 6.2km walk between Bray and Greystones. There are spectacular views of the sea along the entire path and it’s a track that is well-maintained and not too physically demanding. It takes about an hour and a half to complete and the track can be accessed from either Bray seafront or Greystones harbour. Be sure to drop into The Happy Pear to fuel up on your way!

  • The Great Sugar Loaf

The Great Sugar Loaf is a mountain in Kilmacanogue that is a really popular destination for anyone looking to do a slightly more challenging walk that provides great views. This walk takes about an hour and a half to do and is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Keep your eyes peeled for the wild horses that can often be seen grazing along the mountainside!

  • Glendalough

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Wicklow, Glendalough in the Wicklow National Park, is a place of true beauty that has many waymarked trails, ranging from easy to difficult. The lake itself is stunning and there is lots of wildlife to spot, from deer to mountain goats.

Have a great Easter and be sure to check out Tracks and Trails on RTÉ One tonight at 8.30pm (or on RTÉ Player)! (For more information check out www.wicklowwalks.com)  

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