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Monday 5 December 2016

Dublin trail makes 'most scenic' list in new book

View over South Dublin from the Dublin Mountains. Photo: Rob Durston/Fáilte Ireland
View over South Dublin from the Dublin Mountains. Photo: Rob Durston/Fáilte Ireland

The Dublin Mountains Way has been listed among the most scenic walks in the world in a new book.

The trail, which runs through the Dublin Mountains to finish in Sean Walsh Memorial Park, Tallaght, is featured in the illustrated 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die.

The 43km Dublin Mountains Way has been listed alongside the Appalachian Trail and Africa's Rift Valley in the book.

Stretching from Shankill to Tallaght, the walk covers mountain trails, country paths and rural roads.

Strenuous

The trail was established in 2009 to improve the recreational experience for Dubliners who regularly walked in the mountains. The guide, which has been curated by travel writer Barry Stone, grades the trail as "strenuous".

Mark d'Alton, the Dublin Mountains Initiative representative on the Dublin Mountains Partnership board, said it was a huge credit to all those who had the vision and the persistence to make this happen.

"The initial plans date from the 1980s - when JB Malone and Dublin County Council went a long way towards making it happen," he said.

"As the text in the book's description says, this is a testament to passion - and to hard work."

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