Thursday 18 February 2016

Ballyhoura Mountains Thursday 25th Feb

Thursday 25th February Day out to Ballyhoura Mountains.
Meeting at 10:00 outside the Park Hotel.
Travelling to Glenosheen approximately 1 hour 30 mins
Car pool fee of €10
Black Rock Loop is the main C Walk and 11km in length. The route is over minor roads, forest tracks and paths. Height gain is only 300m.
A 7km Alternative walk is available near by.
A 4km Nature walk is also available.

Stopping for Pub / Hotel dinner in Caher Castle Hotel on way back

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Walk Report

B Walk Report.                  17th January 2016.           Knockanaffrin Ridge.

One of the things about leading a walk is that you have to turn up at the TSB car park, regardless of any bad weather just in case someone turns up. Most Leaders have a sixth sense and can usually judge when there will be no takers for the days walk.
How wrong can you be, a low cloud base, drizzle with a fair breeze and rain forecast for later on in the day, 12 walkers arrived eager to do battle with the elements.
Starting from the Nire car park we headed north to the Glennanore horseshoe valley and slowly climbed to about 500metres contouring around the valley to maintain our height.
Visibility was getting worse as we approached Knocksheegowna at 678metres, but we managed to find a bit of shelter on the lee side and had a quick lunch break, it was good to see 3 other walkers also braving the weather.
The plan was now to turn southwards and follow the ridge to Knockanaffrin at 755metres, on to the gap and then return to the Nire. The weather now got wet, foggy and windy but we battled on to the view point above Coumduala where we cut down the Carrigeen ridge to the car park, shortening the walk to 12 kilometres.
The walk was quite demanding but we all made it safely off the mountain and into Doocey’s bar for refreshments and a warm around the stove, well done to all.
I think it does us all good to endure bad weather every now and then to test ourselves, our equipment, and to remind us how harsh the mountain environment can be, and not to take any chances.
Safe walking


February News letter


Before I begin, I would like to thank Derbhile Graham who very kindly took over the role of PRO while I was away for a few weeks over Christmas and New Year. She did an excellent job. Well done Derbhile.

Ballyhoura Day trip.

We intend to have a day out to the Ballyhoura mountains on Thursday 25th February.
Starting at 10:00 from the Park hotel, we shall car share to the venue and choose from 2 different length walks. And we can stop for some dinner on the way back in Cahir.


Money is now due for our Wicklow trip, please arrange payment of €130 via Richard, Erich or Ann.

  • We shall arrange for a coach to and from Dublin Airport
  • We can also take money for the Austrian trip.
  • Insurance is available from Topflight if required, more details later.

Take care when out walking this time of year, it is exceptionally slippery and wet under foot at the moment and also with high winds, it makes the easiest walk quite a bit harder.

If you’ve got a walk report or piece of news the club should know about, drop an email to Marie Jennings on

Comeragh Crossing

This year’s crossing is on Saturday 2nd July. It will soon be time to give some thought to the design of the event. Any ideas welcome.

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