Sli na Slainte

 

Slí na Sláinte walking routes are a nationwide initiative by The Irish Heart Foundation in partnership with local communities, Sports Partnerships, the HSE, Walking Leaders, Tidy Towns Committees and workplaces.

The aim is to promote better health and fitness by encouraging people to walk  on a regular basis.

Marked by bright colourful signposts situated at 1 km intervals, you’ll find
Slí na Sláinte walk routes at the following locations.

 

Arklow

Emoclew Slí na Sláinte – 3km

The Emoclew Slí na Sláinte is 3km in length and starts at the roundabout at the top of Upper Main Street. The route continues along the Wexford Road for just under 1km and turns right onto the EmoclewRoad. Passing the Arklow Town Soccer Field and the Cemetery, the route turns right at the t-junction onto Coolgreany Road. Follow the route back to the starting point at the roundabout to complete the 3km walk.

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Avondale

The Avondale Slí – 2.8km

The Avondale Slí begins at Avondale House where you’ll find a map board and the first Km post. Turn left across the grass onto the Great Ride, a beautiful tree lined stretch. At the Stone Cairn you’ll get stunning views of Avondale Valley.Turning left again, onto the path keep going until the second km post. The Slí follows the track up the hill, turning right bringing you back past Avondale house.

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Bray

Bray Town Slí – 7.9km

Alternatively, the Bray Town Slí forms a circuit, which follows Quinsboro Road, Herbert Road, Kilbride Lane, Boghall Road,
Vevay Road and Putland Road. Upon reaching Bray promenade turn left. Continue to the end of the promenade, walking under
the railway bridge to return back to Quinsboro Road.

Bray Coast Slí – 14km

The Bray Coast Slí follows the Old Dublin Road, Castle Street and Quinsboro Road until it joins the coast. The route then follows the promenade along to the Old Bray Head Hotel and onto the cliff walk for a further 3km.

On returning to the Old Dublin Road you will have completed a 14km walk.

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Bray Emmets

Bray Emmets GAA Slí na Sláinte – 1.2km

A short track around the Bray Emmets GAA pitches starting from in front of the clubhouse. Try 3 circuits for a good healthy walk.

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Carnew

Bells Lane – Slí na Sláinte 3.8km

The Brook – Slí na Sláinte 3.7km

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Roundwood

Ballinastoe Slí na Sláinte – 5km

Lower Vartry Reservoir Slí na Sláinte – 7.2 km

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Wicklow Town

Wicklow Town Slí na Sláinte (unmarked) – 2.6 km

Starting & Finishing in front of the County Buildings, this circuit takes in Chruch Hill, Parnell bridge and the river walk. Continue past the train station and swimming pool, back to the County buildings again.

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Woodenbridge

Woodenbridge Slí na Sláinte 6km Return

The Slí na Sláinte walk begins at Woodenbridge, which takes it’s name from several timber bridges that were swept away by the flood of 1770 and replaced with the stone bridge. View the granite parapets where the train once passed on the way to Shillelagh, the remains of the station can still be seen from the road, it was built in 1865. Pass by the Woodenbridge Golf Club which is the second oldest golf club in Ireland. The field beside the golf club is where John Redmond made his historic Woodenbridge speech in September 1914, which resulted in a split in home rule. Passing by the short stone walls, the words Sigfried/Maginot can be seen, this is a reminder of past history when the Second World War dominated. The entrance on the left is for Avoca Manor which was built in 1919. On the left, the ancient graveyard and church of Castlemacadam that dates back to 1717,the new church was built in 1870. Walking under the mature mixed tree canopy you can view the fine specimen of 150 year old beech trees under Black Dog House.

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