The car parks in the Knockmealdowns were deserted on Sunday last as only a hardy few braved the elements to take to the hills. Apart from some mountain bikers, the only people to be seen were five of our more determined A walkers taking part in the club’s second leaderless walk. Investigating routes new to some of them, they followed a track which brought them from Grubb’s towards Clogheen and along the Tipperary Way before turning to follow St. Declan’s Way to Lough Moylan. A climb of Sugarloaf was next before descending to Bay Lough and returning to the cars to complete a 15km loop. Well done to all who participated.
Pat Butler’s B walk started from Kilcommon Village and followed the waymarked Pilgrim Loop which winds through fields, dark forest paths, open hillside and country roads in the area. To extend the walk, Pat took in the spur to Mauherslieve, where the panoramic views from the top were sadly lost in the mist. A slight detour on the descent took in the historic Mass Rock. Underfoot conditions were soft in many places for the 10 participants but all enjoyed the varied walk. Many thanks to Pat.
Ray Coleman lead 17 C walkers on a 2 hour loop through forest tracks to the north of Cush Mountain, starting from Clydagh Bridge. Again rain and fog meant that views were limited but the chat and conversation along the way more than compensated. Thank you Ray and it’s good to see you back walking again.
The A walk on Sunday next is the western section of the Marathon Route with Rody Tierney, meeting at Rock an Thorabh car park at 10am. Willie Ryan is in Ballyhoura Country for a 4 hour B walk, meeting at Ballyorgan School, also at 10am.