2018 marks the momentus reopening of the 104km long St. Declan’s Way Pilgrim Path from Cashel to Ardmore (or Ardmore to Cashel, depending on which way you choose to approach it).


To mark the occasion, and in association with Pilgrim Paths Week 2018, Knockmealdown Active is organising a five stage guided walk of the entire route. The quintet of walks starts on Saturday, March 31st. To facilitate those wishing to take part, the walk will not be over consecutive days but in 5 Stages on the last Saturday of March, April, May, June and July. For most people this will means no time off work for a historic chance to be part of the first group to fully walk this restored route.

Stages are approximately 20 km each and run on the last Saturday of the month and are as follows:

First Stage: March 31st – Cashel to Cahir (park in Cahir, bus to Cashel, walk to Cahir) – Completed

Second Stage: April 28th – Cahir to Goatenbridge (park in Goatenbridge, bus to Cahir, walk to Goatenbridge) – Completed

Third Stage: May 26th – Goatenbridge to Lismore (park in Lismore, bus to Goatenbridge, walk to Lismore) – Booked Out (while stocks last you can book a replacement space to replace any cancellations below if you wish). 

Fourth Stage: June 30th – Lismore to Aglish (park in Aglish, bus to Lismore, walk to Aglish) – limited availability. 

Fifth Stage: July 28th – Aglish to Ardmore (park in Ardmore, bus to Aglish, walk to Ardmore) – limited availability.


Participants must:

  • Be over 16 years of age.
  • Be in a fit physical condition.
  • Have reasonable walking experience.
  • Have wind and waterproof clothing & wear suitable footwear.
  • Bring a fully charged mobile phone.
  • Sign in at the start and finish check points on the day.
  • Pay the entry fee in advance (booking is online only, see booking options below).
  • No dogs allowed – unfortunately we are not in a position to cater for them.

The payment covers buses to take walkers from their cars to the walk start, team leaders and medics on hand during the event. It also includes food at the end of each stage. Walkers should make sure to bring snacks and drinks for the duration of the walk.


Any accommodation participants may need is not included in the event price. If you are booking accommodation be sure to book it at the destination for the day’s walk, otherwise you will have to organise transport to bring you back to where the walk began, e.g. for stage one on March 31st, book accommodation in Cahir, not Cashel (the bus will leave from the car park behind Cahir House Hotel and the walk will return there in the afternoon).

You can find a list of available accommodation along the route on this link. Note, this accommodation list is not vetted or promoted by Knockmealdown Active in any way, it is simply provided for the convenience of those who may need the information.

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Keep up to date with what has been happening along the various stages on Twitter and Instagram. You’ll find us at @KMDActive on both platforms using the hashtags #StDeclansWay and #PilgrimPaths.

Tickets can be purchased as follows (prices include bus and food at the end of each stage):

Note: Payments are processed by PayPal. You can pay using Debit/Credit card without a PayPal account but you will need to do so on a PC as the service is not available on mobile platforms.

Replacement Place – Goatenbridge to Lismore

or you can book one or more of the remaining stages:

A Single StageFinal Two Stages



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St. Declan’s Way Christmas Walk – December 27th

Knockmealdown Active will host a Christmas walk on Wednesday December 27th along a section of St Declan’s Way from where it crosses the the Dungarvan to Cork Road (N25) at Grange to Knocknaskagh beside Ballinameela church.

The walk is free, if you do not require transport you can just show up and participate. A donation on the day to defray costs would be appreciated, but is not obligatory.

Walk Details

The start of the walk is at Grid reference 172814 about a 1/2 km on the Youghal side of Grange church.

The finish of the walk is at grid reference 149945 at Knocknaskagh cross roads just off the R671 near Ballinameela church.

Both start and finish ref points are on sheet 82 ordinance survey map.

The walk starts at 11.30am.

The walk is all flat and is half on back roads, half on boreens and newly renovated walking tracks (renovated as part of the St. Declan’s Way upgrade for its inclusion as a waymarked National Trails Office (NTO) route). This walk is approximately 20 kms in length.

This is a led walk as way markings are not yet in place. It is the first section of St Declan’s Way to be de-vegetated in the re-establishment of this ancient route.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page in case there are changes due to inclement weather conditions. Like and share the page to receive updates.

Bus Transport

Booking for bus transport is now closed.

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‘Knock ME Down’ Adventure Challenge – September 16th 2017

Knock ME Down Challenge 2017

This Event is Now Fully Booked

The 2017 event is now fully booked. If you would like to be notified for next year’s event please leave your email address on the PopUp subscription form and you’ll receive an email when the event starts booking.


Following the success of the 2016 event, we are very much looking forward to the Knock ME Down Challenge 2017 which takes place on Saturday September 16th.

This multi-disciplinary event 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 10.30am to 12.30pm. 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:





Get Ready, Get SET……….GO!

Full Event Description:

At 10.30am the first 20 competitors will be set off on their bikes. At 10.45 the next 20 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.) There is also a water stop at each changeover point.
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 minutess 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 16th 2017

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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.

*** Book Now ***


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.


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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