The Glen of Aherlow annual walking festival commences next weekend and the club will be fielding three walks each day on Saturday and Sunday and two on Monday.
This very popular festival draws hundreds of people into the glen and the club have some lovely walks planned on open mountain and forest tracks. Members are welcome to join in and can enjoy free walks on producing their club membership cards. Since large crowds are expected, a helping hand with stewarding may also be required. There is also some great craic and music planned for Saturday night in the Forge bar at Ballyglass House hotel. We wish all a very successful festival event. Last Sunday Eddie McGrath led a lovely B walk for 14 walkers in dry and sunny conditions. Starting from Rock an Thorabh, Eddie took a novel route along the woodland path to O’Briens Well before crossing the Ballagh Road into Bansha woods where they lunched. Springtime features were all around from the fresh green of the beech, to flowering violets and wild strawberries. Circling around here, they arrived back at the Rock within four hours having covered some 17km. Well done Eddie and thanks too for that recent lovely Wednesday walk on the Ridge. These evening walks are proving very popular indeed with groups of 30 to 50 turning out and we thank all our volunteer leaders for giving their time and effort in facilitating these walks. We especially welcome Breda Ryan back to lead the June 5th walk from Lisvernane village at 7pm.
The A walkers had over 5hrs in the higher peaks and covered 21km with leader, Tom Lyons. It was cold and wet up there for walkers and winter weary sheep alike and yet there was a good sprinkling of walkers out and about. Tom’s route up was east of the Black Road, making their first ascent to point 444. Then crossing over the road, they took on Knockeenatoung and proceeded over to the air crash memorial. After a break, it was onto Galty Beag and further up to Galtymor. Following the Galty Wall and in worsening conditions, some decided to go for a shorter route home via Glounrough valley while the hardy rest pressed on in the rain to Lyracappul to take their route home via the Blackrock valley. Not for the fainthearted, but all got back safely. Salutations to Tom and his brave men. Next weeks activities; There are no scheduled walks next Sunday as members will be busy with the Aherlow festival. Some 30 members will also be away in Spain for a walk on the Camino. We wish them Buen Camino!