Wicklow Way named Irish walking trail of the Year

County Wicklow claimed two awards in the Ireland Walking Awards 2020.

Though not many managed to walk it last year the Wicklow Way has claimed the title of “Irish Walking Trail of the Year” for 2020.

A total of 1,159 walkers took part in the 2020 Ireland Walking Survey last month, and the Wicklow Way received more votes than any other National Waymarked Trail in Ireland.

The Wicklow Way runs from Marley Park in County Dublin to Clonegal in County Carlow crossing the Wicklow Mountains covering a distance of 131 kilometers.

The Wicklow Mountains also claimed the “Irish Upland Area of the Year” title.


Each year, the Ireland Walking Survey is used to identify award winners across the widest range of all-Ireland recreational walk-related categories. The 2020 award winners were as follows:

Irish Upland Area of the Year

Wicklow Mountains

Irish Coastal Area of the Year

North Dublin Coast

Irish Parkland of the Year

Castletown House, County Kildare

Irish Woodland of the Year

Clonbur Wood, County Galway

Irish Beach of the Year

Curracloe Beach, County Wexford

Irish Island of the Year

Clear Island, County Cork

Irish Mountain of the Year

Galtymore Mountain

Irish Walking Trail of the Year

Wicklow Way

Irish Walking Guide Book of the Year

The Mourne & Cooley Mountains – A Walking Guide” by Adrian Hendroff

Irish Map of the Year

Galtee” by EastWest Mapping

The Ireland Walking Awards will return again in 2021. Keep an eye out for the 2021 Ireland Walking Survey form. It will be available from 1st December.

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