Thank heavens for warm Septembers – makes it easier to say goodbye to summer. Mind you I have a friend or two counting down the days to Christmas, and looking forward to drawing the curtains early to sit before a cosy fire. The very thought gives me the shivers. I’m not a huge sun worshipper, but I dread the loss of light that comes with October and November. It’s just dark now at half past eight, and not a minute earlier will my curtains close!
I must admit though that I love the changing colours of the autumn. It’s such a great time to get out in the fresh air. There’s still time to do so in the evenings, especially for those who must toil during the day.
Somebody recommended a walk to me recently which I so enjoyed that I thought it was worth sharing. The walk takes you from the Avon Rí Hotel, near Blessington, Co. Wicklow, to Russborough House, also in Co. Wicklow.You will walk it in about 70 minutes, each way that is. If you start at the Avon Rí, then you could stop for lunch, or a coffee, at the restaurant in Russborough – or take time to browse, in their lovely gift shop. Or you could start at Russborough and have a break at the Avon Rí, where you can enjoy beautiful views over the lake, from their bar/restaurant. I have done it both ways, and so enjoyed it.
The path is very dry at the moment. I’m told that when the weather’s wet it’s best to wear hiking boots or shoes, as some spots near the lakeshore can get rather squelchy.
So, on with the directions then.
View from the Hotel
Starting from the Avon Rí, go through the gate behind the tennis courts. Continue straight ahead. Do not take any turns to the left. As you walk the lake will always be on your left.
After about 10 minutes or so, you will see a gate ahead. Just before that you will see green railings on your left, go through the opening there. Continue on, until you come to the main road. You will have been walking for about 25 minutes by now.
Turn left when you come to the road, and follow the footpath for about 100 metres. Take the first turn left. This road will soon become a gravel path. When you come to a gate walk through the gap to the left of it, and then just continue until you come to a T shaped junction on the path. Go right. You will soon see the lake ahead of you. The path will take you close to the lake shore again.
When you come to a minor road, cross it and continue on the path. You are now about two thirds of the way there.
Keep walking, until you come to a car park. Keep right, and you will soon see the main road ahead of you. Go straight through the crossroads and continue on. The house is less than 10 minutes away. The entrance to the driveway will be on your left. Enjoy!
(Please note: if visiting the lakes in Blessington, do not go in the water. They are extremely dangerous.)