Ha Ha Cottage lies about an hour south of Dublin city in the Wicklow Mountains - half way between the villages of Laragh and Rathdrum 4km away.
This is on the edge of The Wicklow National Park, which covers an area of 200 square kilometres - much of upland Wicklow – and includes multiple mountain trails.
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The distinctive Wicklow landscape is the result of glacial erosion, during the last ice age some 11,700 years ago, glaciers formed corries and carved deep valleys, leaving a legacy of glacial lakes, huge granite boulders and rocky debris throughout the mountains.
Walking and trekking is the predominant visitor activity in this neck of the woods, and The Wicklow Way, snaking from the suburbs of Dublin and into County Carlow, is the oldest and busiest long-distance walking trail in Ireland. It is 127 km long, and typically takes between 5 and 7 days to complete – most hikers just do a section.
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Nearly as popular as hill walking is cycling, and one of the most popular routes is across the Sally Gap - the highest point along what is known as the Military Road. Originally constructed by the British army at the start of the 19th century, the road affords spectacular views of upland blanket bog, and is the backdrop to many a movie.
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