Category Archives: Walks

May 21st – Walk in aid of Parkinson’s Sufferers

The route being walked on May 21st is the newly launched ‘Knockmealdown Trail’, one of the projects developed by Knockmealdown Active to link up the villages along the Knockmealdown Mountains from Ballyporeen to Newcastle.

The trail consists of 3 walks accommodating every level of fitness and ability.

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Distance             Time (approximate)             Ascent
Walk A.           Ballyporeen to Newcastle 32km                         7hrs                                     700mts
Walk B.           Clogheen to Newcastle 15km                         4.5hrs                                  420mts
Walk C.           Goatenbridge to Newcastle 8km                           2.5hrs                                  150mts
Check-in times on May 21st

Walk A –        Check-in 8am – 9am

 

Depart by bus for Ballyporeen at 9.15am

Walk B –        Check-in 10am- 11am Depart by bus for Clogheen at 11.30am
Walk C –        Check-in 12 noon – 1pm Depart by bus for Goatenbridge at 1.30pm

 

All walks cost €20 to participate. All finish at the Community Hall Newcastle where refreshments will be served.

It is very important to sign-in on your return to Newcastle.

  • All walks are accompanied by a leader but if you want to move on at your own pace the route is fully waymarked with red arrows.
  • Runners or walking boots and clothing appropriate to weather conditions must be worn.
  • All are welcome but children & young adults under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed on this walk.

The launch of the Knockmealdown Trail will take place at the start of the C Walk near the trailhead at Goatenbridge where local resident, Tom Ahearne, will cut the tape.

Booking now at www.KMDAct.com/walking-events.

For further information please contact – Kevin O’Donnell at 086 3541700

Pilgrim Paths Walk 2017

Booking for this Event has now Closed

Join us on April 15th, Easter Saturday 2017 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the fourth annual National Pilgrim Paths celebration (which has now developed from Pilgrim Paths Day to become Pilgrim Paths Week), Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the St. Declan’s Way route.

Details:

Distance: The Melleray to Ardfinnan walk is around 18km and should take about 3.5 to 4 hours to complete, depending on fitness levels. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday April 15th 2017 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at the Green in Ardfinnan, at 9.30 am, where there will be ample parking.  From there participants will take a bus to Mount Melleray – busses will depart at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below).

At 11am the walkers will take the route from Mount Melleray, following St. Declan’s original footsteps over over Bearna Cloch an Buideál (Bottleneck Pass) back to Ardfinnan where there will be light refreshments for all participants.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear. Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Note: There are two options on the day, you can Self-Navigate or participate in a Led Walk. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question.

Cost: €20 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Ardfinnan to Melleray and light refreshments on return. Participants should bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event.

Note: Booking Closes at 5pm on Friday April 14th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

Location of Ardfinnan Community Hall: Google Maps – http://bit.ly/2lkwswJ or EIRCODE – E91 TH94

 

For more information please contact us;

Please direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

 

Below is a map of Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths, many of which will be holding events over the Easter Festival.

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

Pilgrim Paths Walk 2017

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‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge – September 10th 2016

‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge - September 10th 2016

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The Knock ME Down Adventure Challenge takes place on Saturday September 10th 2016. It involves Cycling, Running, (or walking) and Kayaking. As multi-sport events go, this is well suited to anybody with a reasonable level of fitness. The entire course is on roads and forestry tracks so getting lost will not be an issue. The start and finish of the challenge is at the GAA field in the village of Newcastle, not too far from the towns of Clonmel and Cahir, Co. Tipperary. You can find an outline of the course below.

Sign-In on the morning of the event will be 30 minutes prior to the starting time slot you choose. Starting time slots are available in 15 minute intervals from 11am to 12.15pm. There are changing and shower facilities available at the GAA grounds.

The breakdown of the event is as follows:

• 15km Cycle from Newcastle to Kilballyboy Wood car park/picnic site on Vee Road outside Clogheen
• 2.5km run/walk from Kilballyboy Wood to Bay Lough
• 0.5km kayak around Bay Lough
• 2.5km run/walk from Bay Lough to Kilballyboy Wood car park (different return route)
• 15km Cycle back to Newcastle

Here’s the route:

Knock-ME-Down-Challenge-Route

 

Get Ready, Get SET……….GO!

Full Event Description:

At 11am the first 15 competitors will be set off on their bikes. At 11.15 the next 15 will begin the challenge, and so on until all competitors are on their way. Time slots are available on a first booked, first served basis – when a time slot is fully booked it will become unavailable on the system. You must have appropriate footwear for the event and a proper cycling helmet must be worn for the cycling section. The type of bike used is up to you. With all cycling on tarred surfaces, a racing bike will probably be the fastest, while a mountain bike with off-road tyres probably being the slowest! It’s your choice but it must be road worthy at the very least!

The Bike Part

After the first 15km cycle you will be at your first time point which is located in the Kilballyboy Wood car park/ picnic area along the Vee road outside Clogheen. There will be bike stands set up here where you simply hang your bike by the saddle on a bar and off you go on your scenic 2.5k run to Bay Lough lake. Don’t worry about your bike, there will be plenty of marshals at this location to keep them safe (and there will be a service vehicle available should you have any mechanical difficulties.)
Up At The Lake…..

The 15 minute interval starting time slots are to avoid a time delay waiting for Kayaks at the Bay Lough section. All Kayaks and associated safety equipment will be provided by the Knockmealdown Active team. Everybody will get a single ‘sit on’ Kayak to paddle around the lake. There will be floating markers placed around the lake which you will have to stay inside. Local folklore dictates that the lake is bottomless. You may also need to keep a lookout for a lady called ‘Petticoat Loose’ who, if the stories are to be believed, will come up out of the lake and pull you under……. So best keep as close as you can to the edge, just in case! If anyone gets in trouble out there we have a Cahir River Rescue team on standby so there is really nothing to worry about. If you really don’t fancy the Kayak section you can skip it entirely. On doing this you will get the slowest Kayak time on the day, with another 10 mins added to cancel out any advantage you may gain with all that extra energy saved! The Kayak section should take, on average, about 7 mins to complete.

What Goes Up………

As you get out of your Kayak… with your hands crying out for a break, its time to get back onto the tracks and start your run/walk back down to the Kilballyboy Wood car park. It’s a different track down so keep following the signs and follow instructions from the friendly marshals.
Home Straight

Once you get back to the Bike Park at Kilballyboy Wood, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you now have a 1.5km descent towards Clogheen to look forward to before you cycle the remaining 13.5km of a generally flat road back to Newcastle. A cool-down massage will be available for all competitors, along with shower facilities and changing rooms. So you’ll have no excuses when heading to the local community hall,

Here you can claim your Knock ME Down Challenge goodie bag, enjoy a well earned BBQ and maybe sample a refreshing beer from our event sponsors, the ‘Eight Degrees’ brewing company, while you await results.

‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge - September 10th 2016

‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge – September 10th 2016

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2016

Pilgrim Paths Day 2016

Booking is now Closed

Join us on March 26th, Easter Saturday 2016 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the third annual National Pilgrim Paths celebration (which has now developed from Pilgrim Paths Day to become Pilgrim Paths Week), Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the St. Declan’s Way route.

Details:

Distance: The Melleray to Goatenbridge walk is 14 km long and will take about 3 hours to complete. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday Martch 26th 2016 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at Goatenbridge, at 9.30 am from where they will get a bus to Mount Melleray – busses will depart at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below).

At 11am the walkers will take the route from Mount Melleray, following St. Declan’s original footsteps over over Bearna Cloch an Buideál (Bottleneck Pass) back to Goatenbridge where there will be light refreshments for all participants.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear. Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Note: This is a led walk, for insurance purposes it is important that all walkers stay within the group for the duration of the event. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question.

Cost: €20 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Melleray to Goatenbridge and light refreshments on return. Participants should bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday March 25th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

Location of Goatenbridge: 52.274° N -7.872° W – Irish Grid Reference: S 088 136 – EIRCODE – E91 H662

 

For more information please contact us;

Please direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

 

Below is a map of Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths, all of which will be holding events over the Easter Festival.

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

Pilgrim Paths Day 2016

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‘Thanks to the brave souls who turned up for our second-last walk of the year last Saturday. It was miserably cold, wet and windy, but once you got going it was worse !

This Saturday, the 19th, is our last morning walk of 2015. To celebrate the walks and to add a festive element, Kevin will lead the 1.5 hour walk through the woods from Goatenbridge to Newcastle and when we reach Newcastle he has promised mulled wine and mince pies for everyone. We’ll meet at 10 O’Clock in Newcastle Church car-park and even if you haven’t joined us for a walk this year, come along on Saturday for the craic. After the recent rains it might be a bit muddy in places so make sure to bring appropriate footwear with you.

Looking forward to seeing you there and we will have you home by lunchtime’.

Mark Rylands

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Knockmealdown Mountain Walks

Saturday Morning Knockmealdown Walks

Knockmealdown Active would like to invite you to join us on Saturday mornings in Autumn/Winter 2015 to walk and explore the many Waymarked tracks and trails in this beautiful area. See list of upcoming outings at the bottom of this post.

Our plan is to build the fitness levels of walkers over a period of time, so don’t worry if you are a bit unfit.

The first series of walks will be approximately 6k taking between 1 and 1.5 hours to complete. We aim to get you back in time for lunch.

A moderate level of fitness is required. Good footwear and raingear are essential. Bring a fully charged mobile phone, some drinks and snacks if you wish.

The walks are led and are FREE to anyone who wishes to participate.

Upcoming Walks:

Sat. Nov. 14th – Clogheen Loop – Assemble at St. Pauls Community Centre, Clogheen for departure at 10 am. Walk should take around 2.5 hours.

Sat. Nov. 21st – Lakes loop . Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge . Start Trail head.

Sat. Nov. 28th – Knockroe loop. Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge. Start Trail head.

Sat. Dec. 5th – Combination loop. Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge. Start Goatenbridge.

Sat. Dec. 12th – Liam Lynch loop. Time 10 am. Meet Goatenbridge. Start Goatenbridge.

Sat. Dec. 19th – Christmas Themed Mulled Wine walk. Time 10 am. Start Newcastle and walk KMD WAY to Goatenbridge.

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For a full list of the meetings keep an eye on this page, visit our Knockmealdown Active Facebook Page or drop an email to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

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St. Declan’s Way Walk – Stage 2 – September 12th 2015

Due to Unforeseen Circumstances Knockmealdown Active regrets that it has had to postpone this event.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for updates on when we will run the next event.

The Knockmealdown Active Team.

 

 

 

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St. Declan’s Way Walk – July 25th 2015

St. Declan's Day Walk

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On Saturday July 25th Knockmealdown Active will be organising a walk along a portion of St. Declan’s Way (the entirety of which runs from Ardmore, Co. Waterford to Cashel, Co. Tipperary over the Knockmealdown Mountains).

This 20km walk will take a scenic route from Cashel to Cahir. We will gather in Cahir at 9am in the morning in Cahir Day Care centre car park (this is located between Cahir Credit Union and Cahir Catholic Church on the Ardfinnan road out of Cahir). Registration is in the Cahir Day Care centre.

At 10 am we will get buses to Cashel

At 11 am  we will then begin our walk from Cashel back to Cahir on mainly scenic back roads. Estimated walk tim ei s 4 to 5 hours depending on fitness levels and weather conditions.

The walk will complete at Morrissey’s Bar (across from Cahir Castle) where there will be refreshments available.

 

Note:

We recommend trekking boots or sturdy runners for this walk. Remember, a good deal of it will be on tarmac roads.

Bring appropriate wet gear, this is summer in Ireland, there is always a chance of rain.

Bring a Fully Charged Mobile Phone – this is very important.

Bring any snacks or lunch you will need along the way, there are no shops on the route.

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Cost for the event is €20 which includes buses, walk leaders, first aid & refreshments at walk end. Booking early online will earn you a €5 reduction so if you book now online it will cost just €15 – don’t delay, this is a limited time offer.

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We are really looking forward to your company for this event.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates, this is important as, with all outdoor events, weather issues can affect arrangements.

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Rhododendron Walk – Clogheen – June 7th 2015

Walking-Trails

This walk was due to take place on bank holiday Monday, June 1st, but the weather was unforgiving on the day so it has been rescheduled for Sunday June 7th 2015.

Walkers will meet at St. Paul’s Community Centre in Clogheen at 5.30pm where a bus will take them to the start of the walk at Bay Lough.

The walk is entirely downhill so it will be suitable for walkers of all types. It follows flat forestry paths and tarmac so runners or good walking shoes should suffice. Please do bring wet gear in case of rain.

This is a free event and is guaranteed to be fun for all the family.

There will be local club stands set up in St. Paul’s Community Centre hall after the walk for those participating to see what the community has to offer.

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Newcastle Family Walk – Sunday May 24th 2015

Newcastle Family Walk Day

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 Photos

The Pilgrim Paths Day event held on Saturday April 4th 2015 was a huge success. 225 participants from all over the country descended on South Tipperary and West Waterford to take part in the annual event, walking part of St. Declan’s Way from Mount Melleray (outside Cappoquin) to Ardfinnan, along the banks of the river Suir.

Below you will find some video and photos of the day’s events. If you have photos you would like us to include please forward them to knockmealdowntipp@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to post them.

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Address before the off for Pilgrim Paths Day

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015 - St. Declan's Way

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

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Join us on Saturday April 4th, Easter Saturday 2015 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the second National Pilgrim Paths Day, Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the St. Declan’s Way route.

Details:

Distance: The Melleray to Ardfinnan walk is 18 km long and will take about 4 hours to complete. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday April 4th 2015 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at Ardfinnan, at 9.30 am from where they will get a bus to Mount Melleray – busses will depart at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below).

At 11am the walkers will take the route from Mount Melleray, following St. Declan’s original footsteps over over Bearna Cloch an Buideál (Bottleneck Pass), via Lady’s Abbey, back to Ardfinnan community centre where there will be light refreshments for all participants.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear. Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Note: This is a led walk, for insurance purposes it is important that all walkers stay within the group for the duration of the event. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question.

Cost: €15 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Melleray to Ardfinnan and light refreshments on return. Participants should bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday April 3rd so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

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For more information please contact us;

Please direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

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Below is a map of Ireland’s Pilgrim Paths, all of which will be holding events over the Easter Festival.

Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2015

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St. Declan's Day

St. Declan’s Way – July 26th 2014

On Saturday July 26th – which is, very fittingly in the same week as St. Declan’s Day – Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk over the Knockmealdown Mountains from Mount Melleray, Co. Waterford to Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary.

The 23Km walk will be undertaken along two separate routes

  • the A Walk is considered Moderate to Difficult and is only recommended for experienced walkers. Also, because it crosses over the Knockmealdowns between Goatenbridge and Lismore, the numbers are limited to just 30 participants. Walking boots and weatherproof gear are a requirement for the A Walk.
  • The B Walk is considered Easy to Moderate, should suit most experience and fitness levels and there is no restriction on numbers. The climb is not as steep as it is in the A Walk. If the weather is fine runners will suffice for this walk. Please bring appropriate weatherproof gear.

Both walks will register from 9am at the Green in the centre of Ardfinnan where participants will leave their cars. Busses carrying walkers will leave Ardfinnan at 10am with the walk beginning from Mount Melleray Abbey in Co. Waterford at 11am.

The €15 payment covers buses to take walkers to the walk start, team leaders and medics on hand during the event. It does not include food. Walkers should make sure to bring snacks and drinks for the duration of the walk. The Parlour Café is across from the Green in Ardfinnan for those who wish to finish the walk with some refreshments.

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2014

Pilgrim Paths Day 2014

Join us on Saturday April 19th, Easter Holiday Weekend 2014 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Day, Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the route on Saturday, April 19th. The group will assemble in Mount Melleray, then taking the provided busses to Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary where the walk will commence. Having crossed the Knockmealdown Mountains behind Newcastle the walk will finish at the Cistercian monastery of Mount Mellary Abbey on the southern slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains. The walk will follow the path below:

Pilgrim Paths Day Map

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Walk details:

Distance: The Goatenbridge to Mellary walk is 17 km long and will take about 4 hours to complete. It involves a height ascension of 604 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday April 19th 2014 in Goatenbridge. Walkers will assemble at Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, from where they will get a bus to  Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary – departing at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below). The walkers will then take the route from Goatenbridge, via Newcastle to Mount Melleray, where their cars are parked.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear.  Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Cost: €15 which covers walk leaders and bus transfer from Mount Melleray back to Goatenbridge. Participants must bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event. There is a Café in Mount Melleray where walkers can purchase refreshments on their return.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday April 18th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

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The entire route of St. Declan’s Way can be viewed here.

For more information please contact us;

Please direct any queries to info@knockmealdownactive.com.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/knockmealdown

Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

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Pilgrim Paths Day 2014

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Family Walk August 31st

The Concern Four County Challenge takes place on August 31st from Baylough to Ballyporeen and then on to King’s Yard outside Kilbehenny. For those in the local communities  who would like to get involved and  would rather a  shorter walk, why not walk the last 10km  in a local fundraising walk which is being held on the same day?  A bus will leave King’s Yard at 1.15pm on Saturday, August 31st transferring walkers to the start point near Ballyporeen.

This walk will cross the valley which links the Knockmealdown and Galty Mountains on country roads and forest tracks. It will take about 3 hours at a leisurely pace and will be led by members of the Knockmealdown Ramblers.

Insurance is provided under the Get Ireland Walking Scheme, you can download the insurance form here. The local walk is a fundraiser for the Galty Steering Group which seeks to promote activity based tourism in the area (much as Knockmealdown Active does for the Knockmealdown Mountains).

There is a €10 entry fee on the day which will include a snack bag and bus transfer.

Parking at King’s Yard costs €2. Come on and join in, put the Galty and Knockmealdown Mountain areas on the map.

Children must be over 8. Not suitable for buggies.

August 31st Family Walk

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St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 – Video

Kevin O’Donnell introduces St. Declan’s Way Walk

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Joanne Hughes introduction in Cashel

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St. Declan Looks on as Pilgrims pass through Cashel Sallyport.

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Mark Rylands gives a short speech before Day 3 Walk from Ardfinnan to Lismore

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St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 – Photos

We have lots of photos from the St. Declan’s Way Walk which took place from July 24th to 28th 2013. These are small ones resized specifically for the internet, if you want any of them full sized just email us at info@knockmealdownactive.com and let us know which ones you want, we’ll forward the full sized versions.

Also, if you’ve got any photos of the event you’d like to share with others just email them to us and we’ll put them up here so others can see them.

Photos come from many sources, some are from participants on the walk but quite a few are from Tom Meehan who was on the walk for the 5 days, Conor Ryan who coordinated the whole event, Diarmaid Condon who is KMD Active PRO and Paddy Geoghegan who took many photos in Lismore.

There are quite a few more photos at www.facebook.com/knockmealdown.

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St.-Declan-&-Lord-Mayor-of-Cashel

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St.-Declan's-Way-Walkers-at-Swiss-Cottage

Ardmore comes into view

 

 

 

 

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Chow at Cotters

 

D, Kim, Tom, Kevin in Lismore

 

Dromana Bridge

Filing into Waterford

Kevin Playing Hurling

Mary-Rose-Chilling-at-Cotters

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PJ Blowing his horn

Steve-&-Kevin-in-Cappoquin

 

 

Walkers Enter Ardmore

Waterford Refreshments

Welcome to Aglish

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St. Declan's Way Gathering 2013 Walk

St. Declan’s Way – The Gathering 2013 Walk

The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore took place from July 24th to 28th 2013. 110 walkers from around the world participated in the event which was support by the Gathering initiative.  This followed on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival. The walk is being organised in conjunction with our friends in the Knockmealdown Forum on the Waterford side of the Knockmealdown Mountains and is a part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 festival.

This was the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It appealed to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers had the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wished.

Photos-2013-Link

Accommodation

Should you wish to walk St. Declan’s Way yourself, below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points which was used for the 2013 walk.

If you can’t see the document you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 200KB)

You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: Tipperary & Waterford.

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Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

Note: If you can’t see the bus timetable below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

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Galtymore Charity Walk

The Annual Galtymore Charity Walk from Kingsyard, just outside Kilbehenny, takes place on Saturday June 8th, 2013. Along with the main walk, which starts at 2pm, there will be a family walk with a talk on the history of the surrounding area at 2.30pm in King’s Yard. The whole adverture finishes up with a Barbeque at the EcoBus.

The price is a very affordable €7 per person, with all proceeds going to Skeheenarinky school, so it is a very good cause. Kids are free.

For more information visit www.kingsyard.wordpress.com.

Galtymore Charity Walk

Galtymore Charity Walk

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Knockmealdown Active Walkers at Bay Lough

Mount Anglesby – Bay Lough Alternative Loop Walk

Today’s walk featured a small group due to the sponsored cycle in Ballyporeen. We took a very nice alternative looped walk from Mount Anglesby to Bay Lough and then across the mountain, through the forest, onto a forest track and back to the cars. You can download the walk on ViewRanger here.

This is an 8.75km loop walk and a nice alternative to the well walked, and spectacularly pretty, waymarked trail you can take to the lough, returning via Loughglenbridge and Kilballyboy Wood picnic area.

This version climbs to the ‘lookout’ point at the far side of the lake, then walks along the ridge behind this point and takes a well walked track along the wall at the forest break crossing two glens before returning down to a forest track through the forest.

Don’t take this route if it has been raining heavily as it will be almost impossible to cross one or both of the glens. The ground underfoot will also be very boggy later in the track.

This is the track as we took it:

Bay Lough Walk Map

And here are a few photos from the outing:

Path to Vee Valley

Vee Valley View

Path over Bay Lough

Clogheen and Galtee Mountains

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First Wacky and Wonderful Knockmealdown Family Walk

On Saturday April 20th the first wacky and wonderful Knockmealdown Family walk will take place, unsurprisingly, in the Knockmealdown Mountains.

This is an all gain & no pain way to get your kids, and possibly better halves, to gain an appreciation of what the Knockmealdown Mountain range has to offer one and all.

It will also be a fun way to introduce kids to the great outdoors, being like a ski run without the snow – ok so it’s just a downhill walk.

In essence: A bus takes you to the top and you walk to the bottom. What’s not to love? As if that were not enough at the end there’s a yummy two course lunch for all the family so there’s no need to cook for the hungry little hikers when you get home.

The details

1. Save the date – it’s Saturday April 20th 2013

2. Check in at the Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge between 11 am and 12pm. 

3. Costs €10 euro per person (includes 2 course lunch). Kids under 12 walk, talk, eat and pretty much everything else for free!

4. Registration 11am to 12 noon. Bus leaves Glenview Lounge at 12 and winds its way up to the Vee.

5. Having checked out the amazing views you can skip along mountain paths and through the forest

6. No need for any special gear. A waterproof jacket and runners are fine, a fully charged mobile phone is also advisable.

7. Guides from the Peaks Mountaineering Club in Clonmel will be with you all the way – in case you need some help down the mountain.

8. Once you hit Goatenbridge on the return it’s chow time.

9. Chill out for the rest of the day feeling very pleased with yourself.

The Route: The Vee to Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge. Distance.6.7 km. Ascent 69m. Descent 277m. (Yippee!!!)

Time 2Hrs.approx.
A pleasant walk from the panoramic Vee along the Heritage Way on mountain and forest path.

DIRECTIONS to The Glenview Lounge Goatenbridge

From Clonmel:

Take R671 (sign-posted Dungarvan). Travel to Ballydonagh Crossroads (petrol pumps on left), and turn right (sign-posted Newcastle). At next junction turn right, brings you straight into Newcastle Village. . From Newcastle take Clogheen Road for approx. 4k. Turn right in village of Goatenbridge, over bridge, Lounge on R-H-S. 

From Cahir:

Take R670 to Ardfinnan. At junction turn right, travel through Village to The Hill Bar. Travel uphill, signposted Goatenbridge. Travel this road for approx. 3k. The Glenview Lounge is on your L-H-S.

From Dungarvan:

Take N25. At “Master McGrath” junction turn right onto the R672. Travel to Ballymacarbry Village. Go straight through village and approx. 1.5 miles out turn left (sign-posted Four Mile Water). Pass church on left and at next crossroads, go straight through to Newcastle Village. From Newcastle take Clogheen Road for approx. 4k. Turn right in village of Goatenbridge, over bridge, Lounge on R-H-S.

Please pass this invite along to any future explorers


Helen Shanahan
Amenities and Activities Animator
Galtee and Knockmealdown Regions
Mobile 087 9478985 office 052 7441473

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Liam Lynch Monument

Liam Lynch Memorial Walk – April 6th

Momentous moments in history happen in ordinary places and even after the passing of time some places and experiences can still be caught. Many are aware of the final movements of General Liam Lynch on April 10th 1923. But what of his movements the previous day, when he walked from Glasha near Fourmilewater Church to Croan, between Newcastle and Goatenbridge? You can walk the route most likely taken on this day by General Lynch and his men, experiencing what it would have been like to travel quiet country roads in early Spring, knowing that every sound in the distance could very likely be troops searching for you.

A group will be taking this route from Fourmilewater to Croan on Saturday April 6th. The group will meet in Newcastle Village Community Centre at 12.30pm and will be bussed to Fourmilewater at 1.00pm. The walk is approximately 14km and should take about 4 hours, ending at the site of Bill Holuihan’s house, wjhich Lynch left to start his walk over the Knockmealdown Mountains. There will be a bus from this point back to Newcastle.

The walk will be predominantly on roads and tracks. Bring good footwear, raingear, a fully charged mobile phone, food, water and a sense of adventure. Soup will be served at the end of the walk and there is a small fee to cover the bus and refreshments.

For further information contact Michael Desmond on 087-2977334 or email newcastlefas@gmail.com.

Liam Lynch Memorial Walk – April 6th

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Glengarra Woods Walk

South Tipperary Tourism Company invites you to come on a guided Glengarra Woods Walk. Glengarra is located along the old Mitchelstown Road outside  Cahir in South Tipperary.

Route: This Glengarra Woods Walk will take the Millenium Trail, a wonderful looped walk around this spectacular wooded environment.

Theme: Nature. The Flora and Fauna of this historical mixed woodlands will be the theme of this Glengarra Woods Walk.

Date and Time: Saturday March 9th at 2pm

Meeting Point: Glengarra Woods carpark, 12km south west of Cahir on the old Dublin to Cork/Cahir to Mitchelstown road (i.e. not the M8 Motorway, although you can take the motorway to Exit 11 if you wish and then travel past Kilcoran Lodge, you’ll find Glengarra Woods entrance further along the road on your right hand side, it is well signposted).

Glengarra Woods Walk Length/duration: 7km/2 to 2.5 hours

Minimum Gear: Trekking shoes/boots, raingear, a fully charged mobile phone and fluids.

Level of Walk: Moderate

Website for further information: www.discoverireland.ie/thetipperary 10

Contact: John Egan 087 0556465.

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Knockmealdown-Crossing-2013

Knockmealdown Crossing 2013

The much anticipated Knockmealdown Crossing 2013, an annual event hosted by Peaks Mountaineering Club, will take place on Saturday April 20th 2013.

Registration is at the Glenview Lounge in Goatenbridge at the following times:

  • ‘A’ Walk – 29.5km – 7:00 am 7:30 am – walk will take 7 – 9 hours – self-navigating, for seasoned walkers only.
  • ‘B’ Walk – 17km – 8:00 am 9:00 am – walk will take 7 hours approx. – lead walk, but requires walking experience.
  • ‘C’ Walk  – 13km -10:00 am 11:00 am – walk will take 5 hours approx. – lead walk, requires a good level of fitness.
  • Family Walk – 6.7km – 11am – New this year – walk will take about 2 hours – easy walk from Vee to Glenview Lounge via forest paths.

*Walking Boots essential

Full details below:

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Comeragh Bogtrot 2013

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013

The Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 will take place on Saturday March 30th 2013. Participation for the Bogtrot is by pre-registration only, please find form at end of the post.

***Note – All walkers must have suitable hill walking clothing, boots, plenty of drinks and a fully charged mobile phone.***

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – A Grade Walk

  • This walk is approx. 8 hours in duration, 28 kms distance and has a total height gain of approx 862m.
  • Sign in at Ballymacarbry community Centre at 6.30am, bus departs at 6.50am and will reach the start point of Mauma Road at 7.30am.
  • This walk is for self-navigating walkers only as a very high level of fitness and mountain skills is required. This walk is limited to 20 walkers on the basis of the first 20 registrations received.
  • Starting near the Standing Stone ascend the slope towards Coumaraglin Mountain continue on to Seefin, Coumfea (1st Check-in Point), Curraghduff, Carrignagower, descend to the Gap (2nd check-in point). From the Gap you ascend Knockanaffrin Ridge and after Coumdualla Loch you descend for Glenanore village. From here you follow directional signs which will guide you by stream and on mostly track past the Nire Church (Check-in Point 2), and on through Turraphucca and Knockalisheen woods to the finish at Ballymacarbry village.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – B+ Grade Walk

  • This walk is approx. 7 hours in duration, 22 kms distance and total height gain of approx 686m.
  • Sign in at Ballymacarbry community Centre at 7.00am, bus departs at 7.30am and will reach the start point of Mahon Falls at 8.15am.
  • This walk is for self-navigating walkers only as a very high level of fitness and mountain skills is required. This walk will be limited to 40 walkers on a first registration received basis.
  • Ascending the shoulder to the left of the Mahon Falls and head for the highest point of the Comeraghs 792mts. Continue on to Coumshingaun (see pic above), Carrignagower, descend to the Gap(1st Check-in point) where sign-in at the first check point is required. From the Gap you ascend Knockanaffrin Ridge and after Coumdualla Loch you descend for Glenanore village. From here you follow directional signs which will guide you by stream and on track, past the Nire Church (Check-in Point 2), and on through Turraphucca and Knockalisheen woods to the finish at Ballymacarbry village.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – B+ Grade Walk

  • This walk is approx. 7 hours in duration, 17 kms distance and has a total height gain of approx 580m.
  • Sign in at Ballymacarbry community Centre at 7.30am, bus departs at 8.15am and will reach the start point of Graigavalla, Rathgormack at 9.00am.
  • This walk will be led by local walking club and a high level of fitness is required.
  • This walk will follow the marked trail to the Gap where after sign in at the 1st check-in point it will ascend Knockanaffrin Ridge. After Coumdualla Loch you descend for Glenanore village, crossing the stream into Knocknaree woods following directional signs which will guide you by stream and on track, past the Nire Church (Check-in Point 2), and on through Turraphucca and Knockalisheen woods to the finish at Ballymacarbry village.
  • Note – All walkers must have suitable hill walking clothing and boots.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – Entry Fee

The entry fee is €20 which can be paid on the day. The fee covers Bogtrot entry, bus transfer to start, soup & roll (after walk) and showering/changing facilities.

Comeragh Bogtrot 2013 – Registration Form

Pre-registration is required by downloading the registration form (.pdf document – see below) and returning it no later than 22nd March 2013 to mikejwall1@yahoo.co.uk or by post to The Comeragh Bogtrot, An Corr Eisc, Knocknaree, Nire Valley, Clonmel, Co. Waterford.

***Note – All walkers must have suitable hill walking clothing, boots, plenty of drinks and a fully charged mobile phone.***

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Ireland's best walking destinations

Ireland’s Best Walking Destinations

The world has many, many fantastic hiking destinations. Here in the Golden Vale we like to think that the Knockmealdown Mountains is among the elite of Ireland’s best walking destinations.

You won’t yet find it listed among Ireland’s best walking destinations destinations in any book or website that we know of, but that may all change in the very near future. The area is being seen for the wonderful walks, climbs and unspoilt amenities it possesses. So now is a great time to visit. Get in before the secret that is the Knockmealdown Mountains in South Tipperary and West Waterford is known far and wide. Be one of those that can say they walked the fantastic and famous Knockmealdown Mountains before they became ‘the place to be’ when it comes to mountain walking activities. It is truly among Ireland’s best walking destinations. 14 mountains worth of wonderful climbs along with absolutely spectacular scenery to the Golden Vale, the Vee Valley and down to the coastline to the sea in Waterford.

Please feel free to browse around the site and see some of our Walks (not for the dedicated walker, but a nice selection of walks for those who just like a ramble through the mountains and foot-hills, mostly on pre-defined trails.)

Ireland’s best walking destinations – Where to Eat and Stay

All the world’s best hiking destinations depend on an excellent selection of accommodation and food. Man does not live on bread alone – but it helps – the Knockmealdown Mountain Region is no different. Along with being one of Ireland’s best walking destinations, we believe that this is also one of Ireland’s best destinations for food and drink. Take a look at our Dine page for a list of your refreshment options all along the Knockmealdown Mountain region. If you want to stay over for a day or two, and we can pretty much guarantee you will, then you’ll need to have a look at our accommodation page.

Ireland’s best walking destinations – Come See Us Now

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Challenge Walks in Ireland

Challenge Walks in Ireland

Looking for challenge walks in Ireland? Then look no further, you’ve found a fine five day walk taking in the historic route from Cashel in South Tipperary, across the Knockmealdown Mountains to the home of St. Declan in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013.  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

Challenge Walks in Ireland – Pilgrim Route Challenge

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Note: Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 close on July 1st, 2013.

Challenge Walks in Ireland – Book Now

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St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

Note: If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 331KB)

Challenge Walks in Ireland – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 200KB)

You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

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Challenge Walks in Ireland – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

Note: If you can’t see the bus timetable below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

Challenge Walks in Ireland

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Walking in Ireland

If you are interested in Walking in Ireland then this event will certainly be of interest to you. The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013.  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

Walking in Ireland – What is St. Declan’s Way?

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival. The walk is being organised in conjunction with our friends in the Knockmealdown Forum on the Waterford side of the Knockmealdown Mountains and is a part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Note: Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 close on July 1st, 2013.

Walking in Ireland – Booking

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*** BOOK NOW HERE ***

St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

Note: If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 331KB)

Walking in Ireland – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 200KB)

You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

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Walking in Ireland – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

Note: If you can’t see the bus timetable below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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Walking in Ireland - Routes

Walking in Ireland

Walking in Ireland

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Guided Walks in Ireland

Guided Walks in Ireland

If you are interested in Guided Walks in Ireland then this will certainly be something you will wish to attend. The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013.  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

Guided Walks in Ireland – St. Declan’s Way

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival. The walk is being organised in conjunction with our friends in the Knockmealdown Forum on the Waterford side of the Knockmealdown Mountains and is a part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Note: Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 close on July 1st, 2013.

Guided Walks in Ireland – Booking

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*** BOOK NOW HERE ***

St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

Note: If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 331KB)

Guided Walks in Ireland – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 200KB)

You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

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Guided Walks in Ireland – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

Note: If you can’t see the bus timetable below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 46KB)

 

St. Declan's Way Map on Google

Guided Walks in Ireland – Booking

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Irish Pilgrim Routes

Irish Pilgrim Routes

Irish Pilgrim Routes are famous the world over. One of the most recently revived routes is St. Declan’s Way, which is an Irish Pilgrim Route that runs from Cashel in Co. Tipperary to Ardmore, Co. Waterford in southern Irealnd.

The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013 (scroll further down the page for booking).  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

Irish Pilgrim Routes – About St. Declan’s Way

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival. The walk is being organised in conjunction with our friends in the Knockmealdown Forum on the Waterford side of the Knockmealdown Mountains and is a part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Irish Pilgrim Routes – Booking St. Declan’s Way Pilgrimage Walk

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St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

Note: If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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Irish Pilgrim Routes – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 200KB)

You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

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Irish Pilgrim Routes – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

Note: If you can’t see the bus timetable below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

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Irish Camino Routes

Irish Camino Routes

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is the name given to a network of very famous pilgrim routes leading into Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. While there are no official Irish Camino Routes, a number of routes in Ireland lay claim to being part of the Camino network. Essentially, any pilgrim route can be part of the Camino should it so wish. St. Declan’s Way, from Cashel in Tipperary to Ardmore in Waterford, has already had an unofficial Camino leg in 2012.

Irish Camino Routes – St. Declan’s Way Walk

The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013.  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival. The walk is being organised in conjunction with our friends in the Knockmealdown Forum on the Waterford side of the Knockmealdown Mountains and is a part of the Gathering Ireland 2013 festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Irish Camino Routes – Booking

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St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

Note: If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 331KB)

Irish Camino Routes – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 200KB)

You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

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Irish Camino Routes – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport

Note: If you can’t see the bus timetable below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

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Ireland Walks 2013

Ireland Walks 2013

Ireland has a wonderful selection of walks any time of the year you choose to visit. Ireland Walks 2013 are no different, there are plenty of them. Right now we’re promoting a well worthwhile walk in South Tipperary and Waterford. The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013.  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.

Ireland Walks 2013 – What is St. Declan’s Way?

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford. This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Note: Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 close on July 1st, 2013.

Ireland Walks 2013 – Booking St. Declan’s Way Walk

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*** BOOK NOW HERE ***

St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

Note: If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 331KB)

Ireland Walks 2013 – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

If you can’t see the form below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

Download (PDF, 200KB)

You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

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Walks Ireland 2013 – Bus Travel from Dublin Airport:

Note: If you can’t see the bus timetable below you may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Reader – it is available for free from Adobe. Reload this page once you’ve downloaded the reader and you should be able to view the content. There is also a download link underneath to save it to your own computer.

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St. Declan's Way Map on Google

Ireland Walks 2013

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Walks Awareness Training Programme Photos

Here are a few shots from the Walks Awareness Training Programme held by Knockmealdown Active in November and December 2012. The whole programme was a great success and we hope to hold more such courses in the not too distant future.

If you would like more information or to be updated when such opportunities arise please don’t hesitate to drop us a line on info@knockmealdownactive.com.

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Newcastle Halloween Walk Success

The walk organised by Knockmealdown Active on Halloween night (October 31st) in Newcastle was an exceptional success with almost 200 children and adults taking part in the evening’s entertainment. Here are some photos from the event:

Witches watch the pumpkin

Crowd at Newcastle Hall

 

Halloween Walk in Newcastle – October 27th

On Saturday October 27th a Children’s Haloween walk will take place in Newcastle from 7.15pm to 8.30pm.

Meeting is at the Community Hall in the centre of Newcastle.

The walk is 1km approx. and will involve story telling, prize for most original fancy dress and a ‘guess the weight of the giant pumpkin’ competition.

Wellies & suitable outdoor clothing are essential for the walk. Children must be accompanied and supervised by parents

The walk is free, but all donations to Knockmealdown Active would be gratefully appreciated.

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Walks Awareness Training Programme - October 15th 2012, Newcastle

Walks’ Awareness Training Programme

Knockmealdown Active will hold an Information Evening in the Community Hall, Newcastle, Co. Tipperary on Monday, October 15th 2012 at 8pm.

This programme is for individuals who are interested in developing walking and walking related products/enterprises in the Knockmealdown and surrounding areas.

The programme will consist of

a)    Mountain navigation course

b)    Safety on the mountains

c)     Idea generation and developing walking related enterprises

 

For further information contact:        Kevin O’Donnell, Programme Co-ordinator; 086 3541700, kodonnell1@eircom.net.

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St. Declan's Way Walk, August Bank Holiday Weekend 2012

St. Declan’s Way Walk – Ardfinnan to Ardmore – August 4th, 5th & 6th 2012 

Following a very successful walk to Ardmore over St. Patrick’s Weekend 2012, termed An Camino in honour of the famous Spanish mountain pilgrimage, Kevin & Ber O’Donnell are responding to demands for a similar event in the summer.

This event will take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend from Saturday 4th to Sunday 6th, 2012.

Packages:

Walk & Accommodation: €220 per person sharing to include 3 nights B/B, 2 dinners, transport (from Kilmaneen Farmhouse to walk and back) and guides.

Walk Only: €60 per person to include transport and guides for the 3 days.

All enquiries to Kevin O’Donnell at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, 052 6136231 (intl + 353 52 6136231), Mobile: 086 3541700 & 083 3351090 or email info@kilmaneen.com. You can also find Kilmaneen Farmhouse on Facebook.

Book the 2013 event here.

St. Declan's Way Signposts
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Knockperry Walk, Newcastle

Length: 9 Kilometres (6 miles). Time: Under 3 Hours

This walk will take you south east from Newcastle, gently rising up into the foothills above the village. There are various options, both on foot and by bike, but the most interesting is to take to the Heathery slopes of Knockperry and a fine viewing point.

Thanks to Forbairt Caisléan Nua na Siuire for the map and text.

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Knockperry-Walk-Map

You can download the map and text as a PDF file here.

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Tullaghmeelan Walk, Newcastle

Length: 14 Kilometres (9 miles). Time: Under 4 Hours

This walk will lead you along the quiet back roads north of Newcastle Village visiting Molough Abbey and Tullaghmeelan churchyard. The walk never deviates too far from the River Suir. It is an easy walk, mostly along narrow country roads. The alternative route, taken near Tullaghmeelan, may be a bit muddy however. It is also a suitable route for a short cycle tour.

Thanks to Forbairt Caisléan Nua na Siuire for the map and text.

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Tullaghmeelan-walk-Map

You can download the map and text as a PDF file here.

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Deisc Walk – Newcastle

Length: 14 Kilometres (9 miles). Time: 4+ Hours

This walk follows many narrow boreens (small roads) and old bog tracks to the area of the Mass Rock near Doonageeha (Fort of the Wind). You will essentially be following the river valley of Gleann a Cath (the Glen of the Battle). It can be wet underfoot in places.

Thanks to Forbairt Caisléan Nua na Siuire for the map and text.

Deisc Walk Newcastle, Text

Deisc-Walk-Map

You can download the map and text as a PDF file here.

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Liam Lynch Memorial Loop Walk (Newcastle)

Length: 17 Kilometres (11 miles). Time: 5+ Hours

The Liam Lynch memorial (see Irish Identity and Wikipedia for more information on General Liam Lynch) lies on the wooded slopes of Crohan Mountain. This walk is quite long and hilly, so be prepared to set out in the morning and take a packed lunch. The route can be wet underfoot in places.

This track, which begins and ends in Newcastle, is not the same as the Liam Lynch Loop Walk, which is a National Waymarked Trail that begins and ends in Goatenbridge (you’ll find it listed in the Goatenbridge section of the Walks page). The reason for the confusion is that the monument is located between Newcastle and Goatenbridge and can be reached equally easily from both.

Thanks to Forbairt Caisléan Nua na Siuire for the map and text.

Liam Lynch Loop Walk Description

Liam-Lynch-Loop-Walk-Map

You can download the map and text as a PDF file here.

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Walk at Gorteeshal, Ballyporeen

Gorteeshal, Ballyporeen Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

Last Sunday’s walk took us into the Knockmealdown Mountains just outside Ballyporeen. It was a really nice 7.6km track taking in forest roads, some mountain tracks and a good stretch of tarmac road to finish the route. It also includes a little stretch from the Avondhu Way route.

Many thanks to Jim O’Brien for selecting the route and ensuring we all got back to base in one piece. If you would like to be updated on what walks are taking place and when just contact Jim on 087 628 1100.

If you want to view other walks in the area you can visit posts to walks taken by the Knockmealdown Walking Club or visit the Walks section of the site which contains links to other routes – www.clogheen.net/walks.

Note: There is no walk next Sunday (April 15th) as most of those in the Knockmealdown Walking Club will be taking part in the Knockmealdown Crossing being organised by the Peaks Mountaineering Club on Saturday April 14th.

You can find the Gorteeshal route on ViewRanger here, where you can download it to your Smartphone for free.

Here are a few photos from the morning’s walk, but not very many, as the weather wasn’t as good as we’ve been used to over the past 3 months.

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Knockmealdown Mountain Walks

The Knockmealdown Mountains running along the border between Tipperary and Waterford and on to North Cork, provide some of the most spectacular walking trails in the country. While some are well known and waymarked (Tipperary Heritage Way, East Munster Way, St. Declan’s Way for instance), quite a few others are not. This is a shame because there are some spectacular walks in the area running between Ballyporeen and Newcastle.

On this site you’ll find quite a few of them mapped if you look at our Walks Posts, but if you look around the web you’ll find many others that aren’t mapped here. You could stay walking for weeks in the Knockmealdowns and still not even come close to covering all the available trails.

If you are looking for some activity on the Waterford side of the range then you should pay a visit to our friends at Waterford’s Mountains.

Happy walking.

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Gortacullen Wood and Kildanogue Duck Ponds

Gortacullen Wood and Kildanogue Duck Ponds Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

This is a lovely 13km trail, starting at the Sheep dipping tank across from Graigue Pub, travelling around Gortacullen Wood, climing the nearby hill, taking a track back down and then travelling on to the Kildanogue Duck Ponds via a forest track.

You’ll want to allow 2.5 to 3 hours for this one so you’ll probably need a bit of grub and will definitely need some drinks. Just after the climb down from the hill is an ideal area for this. It’s very advisable to bring boots. Some of the area around the Duck Ponds is very marshy, no matter what the time of year.

There are sheep around the fields at the start of the walk, so dogs should be kept on a leash for this portion of the walk at least.

You can also climb down to this route from the Vee, via the Tipperary Heritage Way, which can make access a bit easier if you’re that way inclined.

You can find the route on ViewRange to download to your phone here.

Here are a few photos from the days walking:

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Graigue Walk – Sunday April 1st 2012

There is a slight change to next Sunday’s walk with the Knockmealdown Walking Club. It was originally to be to Bay Lough in Clogheen, but we’ve decided to hold this over until the Rhododendrons start to flower, so we’ll be taking a walk into the foothills of the Knockmealdowns at Graigue with meeting at St. Paul’s Community Centre in Clogheen at 10am on Sunday April 1st.

If you wish to join us please contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089 in case there are any (further) late changes to the itinerary, which can happen for a variety of reasons. Jim will text all interested on Saturday evening with full details of the event, meeting place, etc.

We’re normally back at base by 12.30, just in time for lunch and all the walks are comfortable for average walkers wearing runners.

For details of some of our previous excursions check out this link.

All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.

This lovely walk around Gortacullen Wood and on to the Kildanogue Duck Ponds has now been uploaded to the site, you can view it here.

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Ronga Walk in the Knockmealdown Mountains, TipperaryRonga Walk, Clogheen – Knockmealdown Walking Club

On Sunday March 25th the club took on a lovely 7.75km walk at Ronga (first left after Shanrahan crossroads travelling from Clogheen to Ballyporeen, just after right turn for Burncourt at Killeatin). Take the left turn and you’ll cross a metal bridge 50 yards down the road. Parking is along the side of the road just after the bridge, it is only big enough to take about half a dozen cars.

You’ll find a map of the walk here on ViewRanger. The walk involves some tarmac, some forest tracks and even a smidgen of mountain track – but not a lot. You should be able to complete it comfortably in 1.5 to 1.75 hours. The walk passes the well known EcoBooley accommodation run by Eamonn Looby.

Many thanks to Jim O’Brien for mapping out the walk and looking after us on the day.

Next week’s walk will very likely be to Bay Lough in Clogheen, with meeting at St. Paul’s Community Centre at 10am on Sunday April 1st. If you wish to join us please contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089 in case there are any late changes to the itinerary, which can happen for a variety of reasons. Jim will text all interested on Saturday evening with full details.

Here are some photos from yesterday’s walk (or you can view them using Google+ here):

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Lyrefune Walk Ballyporeen

Lyrefune Walk, Ballyporeen – Knockmealdown Walking Club

This is a lovely walk with not too many climbs. There is a slight detour of a few hundred yards that brings you to the most wonderful views to Mitchelstown and the Galtee Mountains across the valley. We were blessed with glorious weather for this one, which makes all the difference on a Spring walk.

The starting point can be reached by leaving Ballyporeen via the Araglin road. The first right turn on this road, a few miles out will take you quickly to the starting point which is the first forest road to the right.

Most of the walk is on forest tracks, but there is a long stretch of concrete roadway close to the start.

Bring walking boots/shoes or runners, some weatherproof clothes a drink and a snack.

The walk is about 10km, it is not at all difficult and should take in the region of two hours to complete at a moderate pace.

You can find the route on ViewRanger here.

Weather permitting next week’s walk (Sunday March 25th) will be on Slievenamon at Clonmel. Meeting at Ardfinnan at 10am. For further details or to find out more about the walking club contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089.

These arrangements have been changed as underfoot conditions on Slievenamon are not conducive to walking yet so walkers will meet up at the Bally Hi pub in Ballyporeen at 10am on Sunday morning instead. In order to be kept up to date with any late changes to itinerary, register with Jim O’Brien on the phone number above and you’ll receive text notification the evening before the event.

Here are some photos from the day’s walking action.

 

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Walk in the Knockmealdown Mountains close to Araglen

Araglen Walk – Sunday March 11th

On Sunday March 11th 2012 the Knockmealdown Walking Club took on a  lovely walk in the Knockmealdown Mountains on the road from Ballyporeen to Araglen. The walk takes in much of the hills over the Araglen region and the views are absolutely exceptional. The walk takes in some of the tracks on the Avondhu Way, a national waymarked trail.

The route is 11.5km in total and takes a little over 2 hours to complete with some moderate climbs along the way.

Many thanks to Jim O’Brien for planning the route and organising the walk on the day.

You’ll find the route as uploaded to ViewRanger here. If you sign up for an account you can download the route to your own phone to guide you if you want to take the same route. There are a lot of crossroads and forks along this route so you won’t want to take it on without a map unless you know the area well.

Below are a few pictures from the morning’s activities.

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Knockmealdown Walking Club – Walk to Galty Castle & Kings Yard

We had a very nice walk yesterday (Sunday Feb. 26th, 2012), which started just outside Kilbehenny village, walking toward the Galtee Mountains, turning off for Galty Castle and then walking onward to the Kings Yard. This is a wonderful facility for walkers that you would not expect to find in the midst of the Galtee Mountains. Please do visit their site and utilise the facility if you are walking in this region of the Galtee Mountains, it is a very worthwhile project. The weather wasn’t ideal, as it was a little misty, so the wonderful views the area had to offer weren’t on view. It was, however, still a very nice morning for a walk.

The Kings Yard, look for the signs to the left just beyond Kilbehenny when travelling from Mitchelstown, is a farm tucked into the glen overlooked by Coopers Wood and Knockngalty Hill.  Here the Attycran river meets the Glounreagh river and they in turn become the river Funcheon River which flows through Kilbehenny.  The Kings Yard provides a full range of services for all climbers and walkers in the area.

In case you are actually expecting to encounter Galty Castle, it is actually no longer there. Built in the late 1700’s as a hunting lodge for the second Earl of Kingston, it was demolished in 1940 and the stone used to build the Catholic Church in Glanworth. This loop provided spectacular views into the Galtee Mountains, many thanks to Jim O’Brien, our walking guide on the day.

The walk on the day wasn’t actually the Attychraan Loop, but it is quite similar and this Discover Ireland link to the loop will give you an idea of what we encountered on the day. Unfortunately the tech wizz with the GPS software on his phone (me) inadvertently stopped tracking our walk half way through so I can’t upload it here. Another day perhaps. I put it down to changing my phone during the week, others to innate stupidity – take your pick.

There is no walk next week, Sunday March 4th, but we’ll be back again on March 11th.

Here are some photos from the morning’s walking activities:

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Knockmealdown Walking Club – Galtee Mountain Walk Sunday February 26th

The Knockmealdown Walking Club will take a brief foray away from the Knockmealdowns toward the Galtee Mountains across the valley on Sunday February 26th. The group will meet at the Bally Hi pub in Ballyporeen at 10am and then take a short drive to where the walk will commence.

Bring appropriate walking gear, weatherproof clothing, a drink and a snack.

For further information contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089.

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Tipperary Walks

If you are looking for walking trails in Tipperary (or anywhere in Munster for that matter) then Clogheen, located at the Southern tip of South Tipperary, is the ideal location.

Whether you enjoy long, short, difficult, easy, steep or flat (low level) walks Clogheen has got them all. It is also very well equipped to cater for the cyclists among you.

Located at the base of the Knockmealdown Mountains, Clogheen is the ideal location for walks of every type. With walking access to the spectacularly beautiful areas of the Vee and Baylough the area is blessed with some of the best walks in the country. These are just the headline areas around Clogheen, if you take a look at the Walks Section of our website you’ll see that there are many other walks in the area so you’ll never get bored, no matter how long you stay. If you want to be kept up to date on walking posts, which are regularly updated, then click on the Tipperary Walks section to the side of the page.

So there’s no time to delay, it’s time to grab your walking boots (or runners) and, as the advert goes, ‘Be Active, Be Alive’.

If you’re not sure how to get here, it’s very easy – check out our Location page and it’ll tell you all you need to know.

If you want to stay around for a while the area is also blessed with some fine establishments in which you can eat, drink and stay. Check out our Accommodation page.

If you are looking for some companions with whom to walk then you can get in touch with the Knockmealdown Walking Club which organises regular walks over a variety of difficulty levels. It’s not a strictly regimented group, all the walkers are there simply for the enjoyment of a ramble in the wonderful countryside, so all comers are welcomed.

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Flemingstown, Shanrahan Walk - the Foill Dearg, ClogheenFlemingstown, Shanrahan Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

On Sunday, February 19th 2012 the group took on a lovely local walk in the Shanrahan/Flemingstown area known locally as the Foill Dearg (this could well be a mis-spelling, it’s an educated guess as I can’t find an online reference to it anywhere, so if anyone knows the proper spelling they might pass it on).

The start of the walk is on the right hand side on the Araglin road about a half mile past Shanrahan graveyard (forestry entrance after the third road turning to the right). There is normally a closed metal forestry barrier there.)

On the day we walked from the forestry entrance uphill along the Araglin road, turning off this road at the Sheep Pen (you’ll see a sign there for the Knocklugga Loop) and taking the forestry road back to the start.

It’s a lovely walk, just under 10km long, and the weather was exceptional for walking – crisp, dry and with some lovely sunshine.

You can find and download the walk on ViewRanger here (use the drop down to show Google Maps or Satellite, it will be more accurate than OpenStreet map which has put in an extra non-existent road for some reason. The map in the picture above is from Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) but you can’t view this unless you buy the rights to view OSI maps from View Ranger – it costs €24 for 50 sq. km.).

Below are some photographs taken on the walk.

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Shanrahan Walk – Feb. 19th, 10am – Knockmealdown Walking Club

A very successful walk took place in Goatenbridge last Sunday where the group took on the Knockballiniry Loop walk (see some pictures below).

This Sunday February 19th all interested walkers and strollers are asked to meet up at Shanrahan Cemetery car park outside Clogheen at 10am.

Walkers of all levels of interest and fitness are welcome. Please bring suitable footwear (runners or walking shoes/boots), a drink & snack and some waterproof clothing in case we encounter inclement weather conditions.

For further information contact David Slattery on 086 280 8188.

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Goatenbridge Walk – Sun. Feb. 12th – 10am – Knockmealdown Walking Club

The newly formed Knockmealdown Walking Club held its third walk since its establishment, in Clogheen last Sunday.

A very healthy figure of 23 walkers assembled at St Pauls Community Centre at 10am and headed off on the Clogheen Loop walk. The distance of the Loop is 5.1 miles.

Our youngest walker on the day was 9 year old Jason O Gorman. Well done to all who attended.

Upcoming Walk:

Next Sunday Feburary 12th, a walk is organized for Goatenbridge, meeting at the Shop at 10am.

For further information contact Jim O Brien 087 2490089.

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Knockmealdown Walking Club Formed

At the Knockmealdown Active Loop walk of Clogheen on February 5th 2012 the Knockmealdown Walking Club was officially unveiled. For further information contact Jim O Brien 087 249 0089.

The group hopes to take on a range of walks in different areas around the Knockmealdown Mountains, and further afield, each weekend. If you keep an eye on the Knockmealdown Active Facebook Page (click on ‘Like’ and it’s updates will show up on your Facebook page) or sign up for our updates in the ‘Follow Clogheen’ box on the bottom right of the page and you’ll receive updates each time there is a new post put on this Clogheen website.

Next Sunday, February 12th 2012, the group is to meet up in Goatenbridge at 10am to take on one of the many loop walks this lovely area has to offer. There will be full details on this site later in the week.

Here are some photos from yesterday’s walk, which was the new loop walk in Clogheen:

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Photo of Clogheen Village from Loop WalkClogheen Loop Walk – Knockmealdown Active 

This is a new walk (officially given the status of a recognised national Loop Walk in 2011) which has been promoted by the recently formed Knockmealdown Active group.

We currently have no map to go with this walk, but will include one here as soon as there is one available.

It is, however, way-marked (black posts with green markers) from where it leaves the main Lismore/Cappoquin road through the forestry roads above Clogheen, so it is relatively easy to navigate.

The walk is 5.1 miles long and should take about 1 hour 40 minutes for an average walker. There is somewhat of a climb at the start, mainly along the roadway, but nothing a regular walker would consider difficult.

The loop starts at St. Paul’s Community Centre, walking toward the Vee on the road past the Hospital, The Old Convent and the National School to the top of the straight. Here it turns right onto the forestry path, from where it is way-marked. The trail follows the forest roadway above Clogheen village, offering excellent views of the town (see picture) from a vantage point that many will not have seen before. It then drops down onto what is known locally as Heathfield, part of the Shanrahan loop walk, making its way by road back to St. Paul’s Community Centre on the roadway.

Bring runners or good walking shoes/boots, rain gear, something to drink and a fully charged mobile phone.

For further information on Knockmealdown Active Walks as well as dates and times for upcoming walks contact P.J.English 087 798 4929.

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Knockmealdown Active loop walkKnockmealdown Active Walk – Sun Feb 5th

Knockmealdown Active will hold a walk around the newly formed loop at the back of Clogheen on Sunday February 5th.

Walkers will meet at St. Paul’s Community Centre at 10am. The walk is a leisurely 5 miles with an estimated completion time  for an average walker in the region of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Depending on the weather you should bring some comfortable walking footwear (runners are fine if it is dry – the walk is mainly on forestry roadway so it could be a bit messy if it is raining), something to drink and some waterproof clothing – just in case Irish weather hits.

If you’ve been watching RTE’s Operation Transformation you’ll be aware how essential exercise is for a healthy mind and body.

You should safely make it back in time for lunch with your day’s exercise completed.

All are welcome.

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St. Declan's Way Gathering 2013 Walk

Irish Pilgrimage Walks – St. Declan’s Way

St. Declan’s Way is a well known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland linking Cashel in Co. Tipperary and Ardmore in Co. Waterford.

The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way all the way from Cashel to Ardmore will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013.  This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012.  The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.This particular walk is being organised to coincide with St. Declan’s Feast Day in Ardmore with participants walking an average of 20km per day over five days. The walk will depart Cashel and visit Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short route to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) at Goatenbridge to Lismore – this is the most difficult walk on the route.  From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside and villages of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival.

This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Note: Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 close on July 1st, 2013.

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St. Declan's Way Walk Booking

If you would rather book manually please print out the form below (download link at the bottom) and send it to the address on the form with the appropriate fee:

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Irish Pilgrimage Walks – St. Declan’s Way – Accommodation

Note: Accommodation is not included as part of the St. Declan’s Way Walk Package – it must be booked separately. Below you’ll find a list of accommodation at the various stop points. The document can be downloaded with the link underneath.

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You’ll find details of the St. Declan’s Way Gathering 2013 Walk initiative at the following two links on the Gathering Ireland 2013 website: http://bit.ly/UEE26f & http://bit.ly/UEEqBA.

Irish Pilgrimage Walks – St. Declan’s Way – Map

St. Declan's Way Map on Google

Irish Pilgrimage Walks – St. Declan’s Way

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St. Declan’s Way Wanderung: 24– 28 Juli 2013

Nach einer sehr erfolgreichen Wanderung 2012 von Ardfinnan nach Ardmore, findet vom 24. – 28. Juli 2013 die erste organisierte Wanderung des „St. Declan’s Way” von Cashel nach Ardmore statt. Die Wanderung wird im Zuge des Irland weiten “Gathering 2013” organisiert und wir hoffen auf Teilnehmer aus aller Welt.

St. Declan’s Way ist ein bekannter christlicher Pilgerweg im Süd-Osten von Irland. Auf diesem Weg werden die Teilnehmer über fünf Tage hinweg im Durchschnitt täglich 20km zurücklegen. Die Wanderung beginnt mit der Strecke Cashel nach Cahir am Mittwoch den 24. Juli. Am zweiten Tag (25. Juli) wandern wir auf einer relativ kurzen und ebenerdigen Strecke nach Ardfinnan. Von hier aus beginnen wir am Freitag den 26. Juli bei Goatenbridge den Aufstieg der Knockmealdown Mountains. Der Weg führt uns über den Bottleneck Pass (500m) und nach Lismore. Dies ist der schwierigste Teil der Strecke. Von Lismore geht es wieder auf ebenerdiger Strecke voran und am Samstag den 27. Juli schlendern wir gemütlich nach Aglish. Am Sonntag den 28. Juli, wander wir durch die friedliche Landschaft von West – Waterford und erreichen schließlich das Meer bei Ardmore, wo gleichzeitig das Ende des Ardmore Pattern Festivals stattfindet.

Das ist die erste organisierte Wanderung dieser Route seit vielen Jahren. Es soll die Begeisterung von Wanderfreunden, Einheimischen und Besuchern wecken, die mit einer der vielen Städte und Dörfer entlang der Route eine Verbindung haben. Es gibt die Option für Wanderer auch nur einen Teil der Strecke mitzulaufen.

Reservierungen für die St. Declan’s Way Wanderung 2013 können unter www.kmdactive.com gemacht werden. Bitte buchen Sie so früh wie möglich, da die Teilnehmerzahl begrenzt ist.

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Ein Stück über den St. Declan’s Way geschrieben von dem Journalisten Christopher Somerville (Für die Förderung der Veranstaltung mit seinem vollen Einverständnis wiedergegeben)

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Irische Wanderfreunde hatten schon immer eine Faszination mit Heiligen und Sündern die in der Vergangenheit durch das Land gezogen sind und es gibt wohl kaum jemanden der heiliger oder ehrwürdiger ist als der Heilige Declan von Ardmore.

Heutzutage ist es der Heilige Patrick, der den ganzen Dank dafür bekommt, dass er im 5. Jhdt. den Samen der Christlichen Lehre in Irland gestreut hat. Es kann jedoch gut sein, dass der Heilige Declan ihm in Wirklichkeit zuvor kam. Declan war ein großer Wanderer, er reiste nach Rom und in ganz Irland umher und deshalb ist es nicht verwunderlich, einen so langen Pilgerweg zu Ehren dieses hoheitlich–geborenen, energetischen Heiligen zu finden.

Der St Declan’s Way erstreckt sich über 56 Meilen durch die Grafschaften Tipperary und Waterford, von der atemberaubenden historischen Stätte des ‘Rock of Cashel’ – gespickt mit Rundtürmen und alte Kirchen – bis nach Ardmore an der Küste Waterford’s. Hier steht eine wundervolle kleine Kirche, an der Stelle, wo Declan vor rund 1600 Jahren sein Kloster gegründet hat.

Der Weg führt durch eine der schönsten Landschaften Irlands, einschließlich der hügeligen Knockmealdown Berge und das grüne Tal des Flusses Blackwater.

Dank der Bemühungen der einheimischen Wanderfreunde ist der einst überwachsene, über Jahrzehnten in Vergessenheit geratene St. Declan’s Way jetzt wieder begehbar. Als Teil der diesjährigen großen Feierlichkeiten in Irland, bekannt als “The Gathering”, wird die erste Wanderung entlang der gesamten Pilgerroute organisiert. Die Wanderung wird von erfahrenen Wanderern geführt, die sich bestens mit der Route auskennen. Die Wanderer treffen sich am Mittwoch 24. Juli in Cashel – der Festtag des Heiligen Declan – und sie kommen am Sonntag 28. Juli in Ardmore an. Auf dem Weg kommen wir durch die Ortschaften Cahir, Ardfinnan, Lismore und Cappoquin.

Die gesamte Strecke kann in 5 Tagen zurückgelegt werden, Sie können aber auch kürzere Abschnitte wählen. Die Veranstalter können den Transport organisieren und ihnen Informationen über Unterkunftsmöglichkeiten entlang der Strecke geben. Wenn Sie an dieser historischen Wanderung durch das schöne Irland in der Sommerzeit teilnehmen wollen, dann buchen Sie Ihren Platz über die Knockmealdown Active Website www.kmdactive.com.

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World's Best Hiking Destinations

World’s Best Hiking Destinations

The world has many, many fantastic hiking destinations. Here in the Golden Vale we like to think that the Knockmealdown Mountains is among the elite of the world’s best hiking destinations.

You won’t yet find it listed among the world’s best hiking destinations on any book or website that we know of, but that may all change in the very near future. The area is being seen for the wonderful walks, climbs and unspoilt amenities it possesses. So now is a great time to visit. Get in before the secret that is the Knockmealdown Mountains in South Tipperary and West Waterford is known far and wide. Be one of those that can say they walked the fantastic and famous Knockmealdown Mountains before they became ‘the place to be’ when it comes to mountain hiking activities. It is truly among the world’s best hiking destinations. 14 mountains worth of wonderful climbs along with absolutely spectacular scenery to the Golden Vale, the Vee Valley and down to the coastline to the sea in Waterford.

Please feel free to browse around the site and see some of our Walks (not for the dedicated hiker, but a nice selection of walks for those who just like a ramble through the mountains and foot-hills on pre-defined trails.)

World’s Best Hiking Destinations – Where to Eat and Stay

All the world’s best hiking destinations depend on an excellent selection of accommodation and food. Man does not live on bread alone – but it helps – the Knockmealdown Mountain Region is no different. Along with being one of the world’s best hiking destinations, we believe that this is also one of the worlds best destinations for food and drink. Take a look at our Dine page for a list of your refreshment options all along the Knockmealdown Mountain region. If you want to stay over for a day or two, and we can pretty much guarantee you will, then you’ll need to have a look at our accommodation page.

World’s Best Hiking Destinations – Come See Us Now

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Ballyporeen Loop Walk on January 1st 2012

Knockmealdown Active is hosting a 6.2 mile (10km) loop walk in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2012 at 1pm in aid of South Tipp Hospice.

A donation bucket will be available before walk commences.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

For more info, contact Jim O’Brien 087 249 0089 or Billy Hale 086 8175 626.

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Clogheen Loop Walk – National Trails Day – October 2nd

Clogheen Tidy Towns, in conjunction with Knockmealdown Active, will hold a walk on October 2nd to coincide with National Trails Day.

The walk will commence outside St Pauls Community Centre at 2. 00pm (there is also a longer hike from 12.30 see here)

The walk is 6 miles long and should take about 1 hour 30 minutes for an average walker. There is somewhat of a climb at the start, but nothing a regular walker would consider difficult. The loop starts at St. Paul’s, walking toward the Vee on the road past the School to the top of the hill. Here it turns right onto the forestry path. The trail follows the forest roadway across the top of Clogheen village, offering excellent views of the town (see picture) that many will not have seen before. It then drops down onto what is known locally as Heathfield, part of the Shanrahan loop walk, making its way by road back to St. Paul’s Community Centre.

Bring runners or good walking shoes/boots, rain gear, something to drink and a fully charged mobile phone.

For further information contact P.J.English 087 798 4929.

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St-Paul's-Community-Centre, Clogheen

St. Paul's Community Centre, Clogheen, Co. Tipperary

Clogheen Nature and Leisure Walk

In association with Knockmealdown Active, a guided walk on the newly formed loop walk that starts at the square in Clogheen and proceeds to the lay-by on the road to the Vee at Eamonn Keating’s house (top of the straight section of the road heading out of Clogheen toward Lismore/Cappoquin before it turns to the left), turning right through the wood to Shanrahan and back to Clogheen (4 miles approx.) on Saturday July 30th 2011.

Assemble at St. Pauls Community Centre (see left) at 2pm.

Following completion, light refreshments will be available at the Hermitage House, for anyone who wishes to purchase them.

All are welcome.

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For information on some of the many walks available around Clogheen click here or view the Tipperary Walks section to the left of the page.

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