Upperchurch Walking Festival This Weekend

The sixth annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend goes ahead this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the scenic upland village with a variety of walks to suit all levels of fitness. This year for the first time there will also be a leisurely family cycle over 25 km. And as usual the occasion will have a great social dimension with set dancing lessons, traditional music, sing songs and a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.

The sixth annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend goes ahead this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the scenic upland village with a variety of walks to suit all levels of fitness. This year for the first time there will also be a leisurely family cycle over 25 km. And as usual the occasion will have a great social dimension with set dancing lessons, traditional music, sing songs and a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.

The reception on Friday night will again have interesting and entertaining speakers on a variety of topics. Gearóid Fitzgibbon will give an account of his humanitarian work in Palestine working for the U.N., Tom Carey from Thurles will give a talk and demonstration on cycle maintenance and guidelines on what to look for when buying a bike.

A group of local walking and climbing enthusiasts including Pakie Purcell, Joan and Jerry Quinn, Tom Ryan(M), Adam Challan, Tom Quinlan, Michael Barry, Joan Carew and Cliodhna Fogarty will show slides and spill the beans about their trips to places such as Ben Nevis, Mont Blanc, the Atlas Mountains and Kilimanjaro. All entries from the primary and post primary schools poster competition will be on display over the weekend with the results being announced on Friday night.

The longest and most difficult walk will be the Hills of Upperchurch Walk over 18km on Saturday morning at 10.00 am. This walk will have several steep climbs and a rope assisted descent and is suitable only for very fit experienced walkers. Eight other walks over the weekend will provide a huge choice of less difficult walks. After recent heavy rainfall all walkers are advised to wear waterproof footwear. The organisers are grateful for all landowners’ co-operation.

Following the recent successful event for the Fighting Blindness charity, this year for the first time there will be a leisurely family cycle along the Upperchurch-Ballycahill-Ragg-Kilcroe-Metal Bridge route. Cycling is another fast growing activity and Upperchurch has the tradition of providing an unequalled social and scenic setting for outdoor pursuits.

So if you would like good company, a family day out, exercise, entertainment and a challenge, head for the hills this weekend.

Program of Events

Friday Nov. 11th. 8.30 pm. Reception and official opening in Upperchurch Hall. Guest Speakers. Poster competition entries displayed and results announced.

Sat. Nov. 12th. 10.00 am. Hills of Upperchurch Walk. 18 km 6 hrs. Steep climbs.

12.00 noon. Red Hugh and Knockalough Walks. 6 km and 10 km. 2hrs and 3 hrs.

12.30 pm. Eamon an Chnoic Loop 8 km. 2 ½ hrs.

5.00 pm. Set dancing lessons. 9.30 pm. Traditional music session.

Sun. Nov 13th. 11.00 am. Lowland Mystery Tour. Start Rosmult on Thurles-Upperchurch road. 14 km. 4 ½ hrs.

12.00 noon. Red Hugh and Knockalough Walks.

12.30 pm. Eamon an Chnoic Loop

12.30 pm. Birchill Nature Trail. Start Rosmult. 8 km. 2 ½ hrs.

1.00 pm. 25 km Leisurely Family Cycle. Start Upperchurch. Helmets compulsory. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Registration fee for all walks and cycle: Adults 10 euro, children 5 euro. Complimentary refreshments at all events.