Earlier this year, the famous and much-loved broadcaster Micheál O’Muircheartaigh launched the upgraded Lough Derg Way and at the time he commented that “You have this wonderful asset near you, it’s no good having an asset near you unless people know about it”. NATIONAL TRAILS DAY on the 2nd of October is your opportunity to get to know your local walks and whether you’re an ambler or a rambler, North Tipperary Trails Group has organised a series of guided walks for you to choose from.
Walks planned for National Trails Day by the North Tipperary Trails Group and communities are;
1.Knockanroe Loop in the Silvermines. Leaving at 12p.m, the meeting point for this walk is at the trailhead which is located 2Km’s from the Silvermines village. Following the signs for Stepp viewing point you will eventually come to the trailhead at the top of the hill. The walk is approximately 5Kms in length and the estimated time to complete the trail is between one and a half to two hours. The trail is a scenic walk offering splendid views of surrounding counties and Lough Derg. 2.The Devil’s Bit Loop in Templemore. Leaving at 10a.m, the meeting point for this walk is at the trailhead in the village of Barnane which is approximately 6Km’s from Templemore . The walk is 5Km’s in length at a moderate grade. While the trail offers views of surrounding counties and countryside, there is a white cross erected in 1953 at the summit which stands forty five feet high and has a span of twenty five feet and is presently illuminated at night. 3.Upperchurch National Looped Walk (Birch Hill Loop). Leaving at 11a.m, the meeting point for this walk is at Dempsey’s Pub in Rosmult, 3 Km’s from the village of Upperchurch. This is a moderate walk of 7Km through forestry and agricultural land. The folklore of the area tells of a Robin Hood figure that roamed the hills of West Tipperary in the 17/18th century and was known as Eamonn a Chnoic (Ned of the Hill). His ancestors were extensive landowners, whose lands were confiscated and Eamonn a Chnoic became one of a band of rapparees who championed the cause of the poor, dispossessed natives and harassed the English planters. Many legends are told of these men and their deeds. This loop explores the area around Birch Hill, which may in times past have sheltered Eamonn and his ‘merrymen’! 4.Kilcommon Pilgrim Trail. Leaving at 11a.m, the meeting point for this walk is at the trailhead in Kilcommon village by the community centre. The walk brings you along the old mass path to the lower slopes of Mother Mountain and from there it will loop back to the village of Kilcommon. It provides beautiful views of the countryside and lots of fresh hilly air. It is a moderate walk of 7Km’s in distance.
5.Lough Derg Way – Garrykennedy to Dromineer, Walk & Cruise! Leaving from the trailhead in Garrykennedy at 11a.m which is opposite Ciss Ryan’s pub, this is your opportunity to undertake some of the Lough Derg Way. The distance of this section of the National way marked way walk is 20Km’s and should take approximately four hours to complete. The walk finishes in Dromineer with the opportunity for walkers to take a lake cruise back to Garrykennedy Harbour to collect their cars. (€5 to take the cruise)