With only a few weeks to go to the seventh annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend the organisers have announced a schedule of events which includes two extra walks and some new features. The weekend will begin on Friday Nov. 9th with a torchlight road walk over 7 km on the Moher-Gortkelly route.
A few songs are anticipated at the Ballyboy lookout. The brief opening reception will be at 9.00 pm in the community centre where the results of the schools poster competition will also be announced.
On Saturday morning Nov. 10th the tough 18 km Hills of Upperchurch walk commences at 10. 00 am. This walk takes six hours and is only for fit experienced walkers. Later on Saturday and also on Sunday at 12.15 and 12.30 pm there will be other walks over 6, 8, and 10 km on the usual loops starting in Uppercurch village. There will be set dancing lessons at 5.00 pm and musical entertainment later in the evening.
On Sunday Nov. 11th a new addition is the 10 km walk on the Kilcommon Pilgrim Trail starting at Kilcommon, 7 km west of Upperchurch, which includes visits to the Prayer Garden and the Mass Rock. This walk begins at 11.30 a.m. Meanwhile, back at Rosmult on the Thurles- Upperchurch road at 11.00 am, the 14 km Lowland Mystery Tour commences. The intention this year is to walk from Rosmult to Upperchurch, though the exact route is still a mystery, even to the organisers! The walks over the local loops from Upperchurch village again start at 12.15 pm and 12.30 pm.
This year the local cycling club have come on board with cycling trips over 25 km, 50 km and 75 km to suit all levels of ability. These all start from Upperchurch at 12.00 noon on Sunday. Complimentary refreshments will be provided after all events. Except for the Friday night walk and reception which are free, for all other events there will be a registration charge of 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children.
Brochures for the weekend are available from the usual locations and details are on the www.upperchurch.ie website. Telephone enquiries may be made to 0504 54443 from 10 to 2 weekdays or to 0504 54284 or 086 0518934 at other times.