Glendalough Valley 360 Guide and User Information
The kernel of the 360 guide was born from having a personal connection with the venue, receiving requests for information about the rock climbing and a desire to promote awareness regarding access. Access to the beautiful places we climb in is never set in stone therefore at the heart of this guide is the idea of promoting understanding regarding best practice principals and continuing to build upon the good relationship with those working to maintain and protect the Glendalough Valley environment.
Glendalough Valley contains some of the most beautiful and impressive rock climbing in Ireland. The routes are generally linear following crack systems on slabs, through overhangs, roofs and on aretes. The rock is pristine weathered granite enveloped within the magnificence of the Glendalough Valley. Simply put, Glendalough Valley is a must visit for all Irish and International traditional climbers.
The rock climbing in the Glendalough Valley is exclusively traditional therefore there are no bolts or artificial structures.
The Valley also contains some of the best bouldering in Ireland. Users of this guide are encouraged to use the excellent Bouldering in Ireland guidebook as there are no topos or problem info contained within the 360 guide.
The Glendalough Valley is also home to many flora and fauna exiting in a diverse and unique habitat. The Valley contains beautiful woodlands, uplands heath & grasslands, sika deer, feral goats, peregrine falcons to name but a few of the inhabitants. The 360 guide is peppered with information about the environment and its inhabitants.
The Glendalough Valley, Glendasan Valley and the Glenmalure Valley also contain a rich mining history dating back to the early 1800’s.
I encourage all users of the 360 guide to put on your headphones, enjoy the sounds of nature and go explore.