Walks in the Knockmealdown Mountains, Tipperary
Glengarra Wood Walk – March 9th 2013
On Saturday March 9th at 2pm a walk is being organised by South Tipperary Tourism Company at Glengarra Wood, 12km south-west of Cahir on the old Dublin/Mitchelstown road. The route taken will be that of the lovely looped Millenium Walk, through much of the forestry planted for the Millenium celebrations in 2000. The theme on the day is the flora and fauna of this historical mixed woodland. This walk is of moderate difficulty on forestry track at all times, it is 7km long and should take 2 to 2.5 hours to complete. Please bring trekking shoes/boots, raingear, a fully charged mobile phone and fluids. Further information can be obtained from John Egan on 087 0556465.
St. Declan’s Way Pilgrimage – July 24th to 28th
The big walking event in the Knockmealdown Mountains region in 2013 is the St. Declan’s Way Pilgrimage Walk, which will journey along St. Declan’s footsteps from the famous Rock of Cashel to Ardmore in Co. Waterford between July 24th and 28th. Click on the link to visit the St. Declan’s Way Walk page, part of The Gathering Ireland 2013, You’ll find more information on the walk, updates, newsletter and you can sign up to take part if you wish.
Other Walks in the Knockmealdown Mountains, Tipperary
If you are into hillwalking, or even a nice scenic walk along a tarmac road, then the world is your oyster all along the Knockmealdown Mountains running from Newcastle to Ballyporeen. All along the Knockmealdown mountain range is a hill walker’s dream with mountain trails, forestry tracks and mountain climbs in abundance. There are more walks than the average walker could handle even in an extended stay so, if it’s a walking holiday you’re looking for, then look no further. Contact one of the premises on our Accommodation page, book in for a few days and enjoy all this picturesque area has to offer.
We’re currently in the process of updating this page so check back regularly and we hope to have more information for you.
There are literally hundreds of walks to choose from and, if you spend some time here, you’ll come up with some of your own favourites. Here we’ll list a few, but do be aware that this is a mere drop in the ocean, there are plenty of walks for the beginner on the flat, or right up the Knockmealdown, Comeragh or Galtee Mountain ranges. Take your pick, there are walks for everyone and enough variety to fill your whole week with walks of sufficient variety to appease the appetite of even the most demanding walking enthusiasts.
See here for a list of up to date walking posts on the site.
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The Knockmealdown Walking Club club was officially formed in February 2012, but walks had been informally arranged for some time before this formal inauguration. The club was formed in response to an increasing demand for regular local organised walks. It caters for walkers of all ages, fitness levels and experience in the participating towns of Clogheen, Ballyporeen, Goatenbridge, Newcastle & Ardfinnan. Members also travel further afield for organised walks and to meet up with other walking clubs from time to time. For further information contact Jim O Brien on 087 249 0089.
- Gleann Beag Loop – National Waymarked Trail.
Thanks to the Forbairt Caisléan Nua na Siuire committee for the following four suggestions:
- Tullaghmeelan Walk
- Knockperry Walk
- Liam Lynch Memorial Walk (Newcastle) – From Newcastle, not the same as the Liam Lynch Loop from Goatenbridge, although both take in the monument.
- Deisc Walk
These are both National Waymarked Trails (you’ll find post markers along the route to guide you):
- Knockballiniry Loop – up mountain road at crossroads.
- Liam Lynch Loop – Same start point as previous walk, not the same as the Newcastle Liam Lynch walk.
Mount Melleray Abbey Walk
Mount Melleray Cross – On the other side of the Knockmealdown Mountains you’ll find a lovely 7Km walk to the Cross behind Mount Melleray Abbey.
The Tipperary Heritage Way – 56km route starting at the Vee gap
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- Clogheen Loop Walk – initiated by the Knockmealdown Active Group: St. Pauls Community Centre – Mount Anglesby – Forestry Roadway – Shanrahan (1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours).
- Knocknaclugga Loop – National Waymarked Trail
Thanks to the Galty Vee Valley Group for these four suggestions:
- Walk 1 – Mount Anglesby – Glounliagh – Kilballyboy Wood (1.5 to 2 hours)
- Walk 2 – Kilballyboy Wood – Bay Lough (2.5 to 3 hours)
- Walk 3 – Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountains (2 hours)
- Walk 4 – Heathfield, Shanrahan (1 hour) – simple walk all on footpath and tarred roadway.
Other Clogheen Walks:
All these routes are mapped with ViewRanger so you can download the route to your phone. You’ll have to register for full route details, but it’s free.
- Summerhill – nice gentle 7.13 Km walk out the Clonmel Road from Clogheen and into the countryside.
- Shanrahan/Flemingstown – Araglin Road from Clogheen – part tarmac, part forestry track. 10km walk with a moderate climb to the summit. There is a very shallow water crossing.
To see all local routes uploaded to ViewRanger on a map click on this link.
Walks Around Baylough Lake:
There are several trails around Bay Lough Lake, on the Lismore/Cappoquin road from Clogheen. The most obvious is the trail to the lake accessed from the Waterford side via one easy to walk pathway from the car park. This walk is downhill to the lake and has a bearable incline on the return, so it is suitable for families. There are numerous other trails from Loughglenbridge, Kilballyboy Wood and Mount Anglesby on the Tipperary side which lead over the hill to the lake. It can also be accessed from the Sheep Pens on the Shanrahan to Araglin road, walking to the top of Knockshanahullion and onward to the lake from there.
Mountain Views Reviews
Here are links to some peaks in the Knockmealdown Range:
If you are looking for a challenge, the highest peak in the range is Knockmealdown itself, behind Goatenbridge and Newcastle.