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25th Oct 2019

Nine Brisk And Easy Dublin Walks To Tackle This Autumn

James Fenton

Here in Dublin, we’re very fortunate to be surrounded by so many gorgeous locations to go for a walk.

From the mountains in the south of the county to the hills of Howth, there’s no shortage of places to give your legs a workout while getting some fresh air. At this time of year though, with things starting to get chilly, most of you are probably looking for something a bit quick and easy. We’ve got you covered.

Throw on your big coat, enjoy the sound of the crunchy leaves and get stuck into one of these brisk and easy walks this weekend.

The Royal Canal

Stretching from Spencer Dock and making its way west through Drumcondra, Castleknock and Blanchardstown, there are many starting points where you can jump in (not literally of course.)

If you’re near the city centre, why not start at Drumcondra and take a short stroll to Broombridge? You can then hop on the Luas back into town.

More information here.

The Grand Canal

The Royal Canal’s southside cousin. Ideal for a short autumn stroll in the city centre.

Have a gawk at all the boats along the canal before grabbing a coffee nearby.

Botanic Gardens

Back over on the northside, the Botanic Gardens offer plenty to look at while you’re on your walk.

With over 20,000 plants it’s a great spot to enjoy a bit of nature in the city and the kids will love it too.

Bushy Park

You might recognise this Terenure park from driving past but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Take a walk along the river, play a bit of tennis or, if you’re there on a Saturday, grab some grub at the Bushy Park market.

Phoenix Park

The sheer size of the Phoenix Park means that there are multiple walks you can undertake.

Grab a selfie outside Áras an Uachtaráin, take on the stretch alongside the Conyngham Road or stick to the Ashtown area and grab some food at this delightful pub.

Of course, no trip to the Phoenix Park is complete without rolling down the hill at the Pope’s Cross.


Hop on the DART and breathe in the sea air along Clontarf prom. If you fancy a slightly bigger workout, head towards Bull Island.

Malahide Castle

Head north of the city and wander around the immaculate grounds of this historic castle.

The woods will provide plenty of autumnal vibes and the on-site Avoca restaurant has everything you need to fill your belly afterwards.

Sandymount Strand

One of the easiest coastal stretches in the city. Your furry friend will love having a dip in the sea while you enjoy the view of Poolbeg.

St. Stephen’s Green

Arguably the prettiest spot in the city during autumn. Instead of rushing through, as many do during the working week, take some time to appreciate the mixture of colours at a slow pace.

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(header pic: @venus_ap_ on Instagram)