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.