Friday 1 December 2017

December Newsletter

Thursday C Walkers Walk in Glorious Mud at Fenor Lakes

On Thursday, November 2nd, Elizabeth Twohig led a gang of 17 Thursday C walkers around Fenor Lakes. It was what you might call an Indiana Jones walk, with lots of mud to squelch through and branches to climb over. There were a couple of unexpected twists and turns thrown in to keep us on our toes. We climbed up to an outcrop, which gave us stunning views of Tramore and the valley around Fenor. We then walked towards Ballyscanlon Reservoir and then took the Carrigavantry route before returning to the cars for Jaffa Cakes and brack.

Club Holiday to Austria

For next year’s international escapade, the plan is to return to Austria, but to another part called Maria Alm. The holiday will take place from 1-8 September 2018, and you fly to and from Munich, out of Dublin. There will be five guided walks on the trip. The holiday costs €759, to include flights, seven nights in a hotel with half-board, guides and transfers. If this floats your boat, contact Tony Fitzgerald on 087 2588171.

Sneem Weekend– May 2018

Closer to home, the club weekend away is in Sneem in Co. Kerry on 11 and 12 May, and we’ll be staying at the Sneem Hotel. The cost of this weekend is €149 per person, including two nights B&B and an evening meal. There’s the possibility of renting houses at €55 per house per night, but meals aren’t included. If you’d like to come on this weekend, contact Dave Byrne on 087 7971697.

Mulled Wine Walk 17 December

This year’s Mulled Wine Walk is on Sunday 17 December. It leaves the Park Hotel at 1pm, and you can also meet it in Ardmore at 1.30pm. It will be led by Richard. Erich will supply the mulled wine and Ronagh will be making mince pies. Much thanks to them, and to all involved in organising this walk. This year, proceeds from the collection after the walk will be donated to two charities, Dungarvan Lions Club and West Waterford Hospice.

A further note: the Christmas party has been cancelled for this year, but we’re optimistic it’ll be revived next year.

Walk Report: C Walk, 5 November, Coumduala Loop. Walk Leader: Ann Mangan


The C walkers enjoyed a walk of just over 7km around the Coumduala Loop in Rathgormack in classic November weather, bright and clear. The twelve walkers enjoyed stunning views and watched a farmer and his dog herd a sheep downwards. They enjoyed lunch in the shadow of wind turbines and Sliabh na mBan. Starting at the Trailhead, the walkers climbed towards Knockanaffrin Ridge and the glacier that formed Coumduala Lough. After lunch, they climbed 500m to the Gap, and then followed the Staighre trail down to the woods. The walk lasted just under 3.5 hours. Thanks to Ann Mangan for this report.

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