Pilgrim Paths Walk 2017
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. In the event of poor weather the event will be held on the following Saturday, April 22nd.
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 6pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.