With the unsettled weather continuing we have been lucky to get some fine conditions for walking over the past week. The rain cleared in time for Thos O’Neill’s evening walk on Wednesday, June 6, when 39 people enjoyed a 3 hour loop around the forest tracks at Ballydavid. Thanks to Thos for that and the popular evening walks continue with a climb of Temple Hill on June 13, meeting at Anglesboro Village and Cush Mountain on June 20, meeting at Clydagh Bridge.
Last Sunday’s walks were in the Comeraghs with both the A and B groups starting from the Nire car park. The 10 A walkers chose to take to the high ground heading first for Coumfea from the trailer bridge. On such a fine day the views of the lakes below were wonderful as the circled the ridge to the highest point, 792 metres, stopping for lunch overlooking the Sgilloges. A look at Coumshingaun was next before starting the return leg via the Boola Cairn and the Coum Iarthar Loughs where the opportunity for a swim could not be resisted by some of the more adventurous. In all this was a most enjoyable loop of 20km completed in 5.5 hours.
John Walsh had 17 walkers on the 4 hour B walk which looped in the opposite direction and stayed lower to get a closer look at many of the Nire Lakes. The Sgilloges were first, followed by the lakes of Coumalocha, where a stop was made for lunch, and then to the slightly higher Coumfea. The return journey brought them back by the stepping-stones and the trailer bridge. Again this was a very enjoyable walk in lovely summer conditions. Many thanks to John and welcome to Derek and Cróna on their first outing.
On Sunday next A walkers meet at Cronin’s Yard in Kerry at 10:30 where Tom Lyons will take them up Carrauntoohil. This is mainly for first-time climbers. Brendan Sheils will meet the B walkers at Ballyhooly Church at 10am for 4 hours in the Nagles and C walkers will meet in Clogheen at 11am for a trip around the Vee with Vincent Normoyle. Anyone considering doing the Galtee Challenge or Crossing on June 24 should register as soon as possible through the website or with the organisers.