OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
My research of possible walks suitable for buggies in Wicklow brought us to the Railway Walk in Tinahely. This was a girls day out with Aideen and I taking Nana Maggie out to mark our Mother’s day together. What a day we had! Check out the details and history of the walk here.
As we were travelling from Dublin an hour and a half was the assumed journey time. However I took a wrong turn at Arklow (driving too far in the first place) taking us on an unplanned detour of the Parnell Drive. In the end it was worth it as the scenery was beautiful but it meant a pit stop was required. Thankfully we found our way to Avoca and The Mill in the village. Baby fed (and adults too) we continued on our journey to Tinahely. Worried that finding the Railway Walk would be difficult we were delighted to see a large orange sign posted at the Top Garage as you enter Tinahely. A left turn here brought us down to a very well marked car park for visitors to the Railway Walk.
- 3km linear walk in the direction of Tomnafinnogue Wood
- Parking – free
- Picnic benches in the car park and one on the trail
- Path suitable for buggies and bikes but not scooters
- Benches dotted along the path
- No toilets or changing facilities
You can search for more buggy friendly walks in Wicklow here.
This walk took 1 hour to complete out and back, including time taken for photos and of course observing our surroundings. The path is gravelly so not suitable for scooters. Also those a bit tentative on bikes might need some assistance navigating the number of tree roots sprouting up along the path.
This walk runs parallel to the Derry River and at times is quite exposed so extra care with wandering children is needed here. Finally the starting point at Kilcommon Bridge is marked by four large rocks. The gap for buggies/wheelchairs is not wide enough at all so we had to lift ours over them. This is not ideal and hopefully will be rectified in the future. Otherwise a truly magical walk, worth the journey and getting lost!
Thankfully the drive home was much quicker as we took a more direct route through Aughrim and Rathdrum, on into Wicklow Town. Here we stopped off in Phil Healy’s Pub/The Dairy for our dinner. This venue was buggy friendly, with highchairs and a kiddies menu available, served fabulous food with a very friendly service. Certainly worth the visit.
There are more walks to explore in Wicklow so we look forward to our next adventure there.