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Blessington Greenway
Blessington, Co. Wicklow
Free to visit
Ideal for all walking levels and age groups, this 5.5km greenway connects the pretty town of Blessington with 18th-century mansion, Russborough House.

This nifty 90 minute walk guides you through some of County Wicklow’s renowned beauty spots.

Leading you from idyllic Blessington along the southern shore of the magnificent Blessington Lakes/Poulaphouca Reservoir, you’ll explore verdant forest and woodlands.

Easy underfoot and flat all the way, this lush linear greenway’s terrain is a mix of forest roads, boardwalk, tarmac and gravel paths. It also includes a short section of footpath along the N81.

Enjoy exceptional lakeside and Wicklow Mountain views and keep your eyes peeled for where the Blessington Greenway crosses paths with an ancient Medieval ringfort.

Finishing at Russellstown Bay, adjacent to historic Russborough House, the Palladian mansion’s tea rooms are just the place to reward yourself with a hot drop after your walk.

Trail details

Dogs allowed:
    Time:1 hour 30 minutes
    Nearest town start:Blessington
    Nearest town finish:Blessington
    Start point:Avon Rí Outdoor Pursuits Centre
    Finish point:Russeltown carpark opposite Russborough House
    Waymarking:Green arrow on white background
    Facilities:Car parking, shops, restaurants, pubs, accommodation
Why we like it
  • Along the shores of the Blessington Lakes/Poulaphouca Reservoir, you may spot some beautiful local birdlife. The area is a protected wildfowl sanctuary.
Contact details
Blessington Greenway, Red Lane, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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