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Tag Archives: walks

Killarney September 2014

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Twenty six walkers headed to the Kingdom for this wonderful weekend. We were based in the Gleneagle Hotel and as well as walking, there was fine food, dancing and even Dickie Rock.

On the Friday an advance party of 10 people ascended Mangerton. Mangerton is sometimes described as Ireland’s biggest mountain (biggest but not highest). This was a straightforward climb in good weather. It took about 4 hours. The highlights were the views of the Devil’s Punchbowl and the Horses Glen.

The weather was even better on the Saturday. A hardy crew of 5 headed off early on the A walk. This was a memorable 7.5 hour hike along the Kerry Way. This was a 14 mile trek through the National Park, the Black Valley and the Bridia Valley finishing near Lough Accoose. The views were fantastic. Truly this was Kerry at its very best.

The B walk was almost as good. 18 people trekked along the Old Kenmare Road and also enjoyed the views from the top of Torc Mountain.

We then had a wonderful evening in the hotel – good food, music and dancing. Many thanks to Willie and Maura for organising this great weekend.

Lake Muskry May 2014

Thirteen walkers headed for the Galtees on this joint A and C walk. We parked near Rosadrehid and followed the waymarked route up to the lake. Unfortunately the cloud was down and views were limited. After lunch together at the lake the C walkers returned to their cars, while Aidan lead the A walkers on a steep climb up to Greenane West. At 785 metres this would be one of Irelands higher mountains, but is really just a spot on the Galtee ridge. Conditions were poor at this stage, with a cold northerly wind and limited visibility.

We altered our plans and descended back down the ridge and then up Knockastackeen (585 metres) and back to the cars. Total walk was nearly 5 hours. Unfortunately May doesn’t always guarantee fine weather on Irish mountains.

Templederry January 2014

Twenty two walkers turned out on a wet and windy, winters day. We parked at Ormond Stile at the entrance to Ballinacarra woods. The first mile or so was on tarred roads, then through a gate and onto a farm track. This brought us up Knockadiggeen. There is a fine view off this hill of 402 metres.

We descended back down the hill and across the road onto another forest track which brought us up to our second objective of Ballincarra hill. The last stretch of this is off-track and up through the forest. At 403 metres it is a fraction higher than its neighbour. We descended back through the woods and were soon back at our cars. The walk took about 3.5 hours. We has mixed weather – everything from sunshine to hail stones. All the group were properly dressed for the weather, so everyone was very comfortable.  This was an enjoyable outing on a day most people were hudddled indoors.

This was a Grade B walk. Click here to find details on how we grade walks.

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