Walkers from all round the country will converge on the Glen of Aherlow next weekend for the annual Walking Festival organised by Aherlow Failte in conjunction with the Galtee Walking Club. Members will be busy leading and stewarding the ten walks, which take place over the course of the three days. There is a grade to suit every walker and it provides the perfect opportunity for the people of Tipperary in particular to get out and enjoy their own Galtees and the hills around the Glen. More details are available on our website, galteewalkingclub.ie.
There were three club walks on Sunday last, May 27, in perfect conditions to be out on the hills. The A and B groups were in the Knockmealdowns and their paths crossed at one stage on the summit of Knockshanahullion, providing an opportunity for a chat and some photos. Catherine Russell lead the linear 20km A walk from Araglin to Clogheen taking the Avondhu Way for the most part with detours to the peaks of Farbreaga, Crow Hill and the highest point, Knockshanahullion, at 652 metres. On reaching Bay Lough car park the group of 12 divided with 6 heading for the summit of Sugarloaf and the rest content to take the shorter route to Clogheen. Thanks and well done, Catherine.
The B walk started at Bay Lough car park from where Paddy Bourke led the group of 9 upwards and west along the Tipperary, Waterford border as far as spot-height 551 and then on to Knockshanahullion for a lunch break and the encounter with the A walkers. Heading east from there they picked up the Avondhu Way for the return to the start. Thanks to Paddy for this 4-hour, 8km loop taken at a leisurely pace.
There was a leisurely pace, too, on David Stapleton’s C walk to Lake Muskry in preparation for the Aherlow Festival. The group of 26 took a direct route across open hillside and most decided to extend the walk with a circuit of the lake and the smaller Lake Farbreaga behind it while the others remained on the sunny lake shore to await their return. The Wednesday evening walks continue, meeting at Texaco Garage, Cahir on May 30 and Ballydavid Hostel on June 6.