Large numbers of walkers from the four corners of Ireland as well as overseas visitors took part in the ninth annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend recently.
While the unsettled weather may have discouraged some, nearly seven hundred people participated over the three days.
Heavy rain in the preceding hours resulted in lower numbers than usual for the two night walks on Friday night but the weather held fine throughout for the 120 who took part. The hardest walk of the weekend started out on Saturday morning with 70 of the very fittest traversing the hills, valleys, woods, rivers and ravines of the 18 km Hills of Upperchurch walk. Two shorter walks later in the day drew over 170 to the scenic hills.
The two new walks on the Sunday were also very successful. A group set off from Hollyford on an 18 km tour in the Red Hill area which included visits to a cave where the outlaw Eamon an Chnoic is reputed to have hidden out and to the monument to his memory in Curraheen.
The only linear walk of the weekend began with a tour of Farney Castle before heading into the grounds of Crossogue House. This was followed by a section along the banks of the Clodiagh before heading for the heights of Gortkelly and descending to Upperchurch village. Three other walks on the local National Loops and cycling events also drew big numbers.The organisers would like to thank all the landowners and volunteers who helped at the event.
Walk This Sunday
There will be a walk in Upperchurch on this Sunday Nov. 16th in aid of the Nenagh Ormond Search Unit and the Irish Red Cross.
The walk will be on the Eamon an Chnoic Loop with a choice of 6 km or 8 km routes. Start time is 12.30 p.m. with registration in the community centre beforehand.