Special Olympics Walking Festival Day 1

wicklow-mountain-caminoways4:30 hike, in the superb Wicklow mountains, an hour drive from Dublin.

We started our hike at the community centre, where everyone got their goody bag, t-shirt, and picnic lunch.

After a short briefing, by Jeremy and Paul (fundraising managers), we set for our walk with Mariate and Alex (Caminoways) and I closing up the group. We had 3 kids with us, age 3,5,8.

We set under a shining sun, slightly uphill, following the Famous Wicklow way. After 20min, we took a left turn on a tiny grassy track, with sheep and lambs. Leah, my 3yo daughter was crazy. She wanted to pet them and to take them home.

Once at the summit of our ridge, and 1 hour down our walk, we stopped for a short break and a chat, and resumed the walk, downhill, with views on the lake, surrounding mountains and old mines below. There at the ruined church, we has our picnic, with rhythmic sound of the river.

45min later, we were ready for the most challenging part of the walk with 500m steep asc, with almost no footpath. Tough.

At the top, we were rewarded by superb views on Glendalough, and a short shower… Cold. But the sun was back, and we had everybody laughing again.

The end of the walk, a beautiful and easy hike downhill on the ridge, above the upper lakes, with patched Oakes trees along the way.

Finally, we reached the pub for a pint, chips and the Olympic Games on TV. Such a day! Ready for tomorrow!

Roland. CaminoWays Director and outdoors fanatic :)

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