Galtee Walking Club notes

The regular club walks are back on track again after the very successful Slievenamuck Marathon and a break for Easter.

The regular club walks are back on track again after the very successful Slievenamuck Marathon and a break for Easter.

On Sunday last 24 B walkers joined Anthony O’Brien at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel for a most enjoyable 4 hour, 11.5km loop. For many participants this was an introduction to an unfamiliar part of the Galtees making the walk all the more interesting. Taking forest paths from the hotel, Anthony’s route brought the group on to open mountain and down to cross the Glennyreea river at a carefully chosen point above a waterfall. Everywhere the colours were various shades of beige and brown with not a green blade of grass to be seen following the recent harsh weather. From the river the group moved west to visit the ruins of an old lime kiln and what was, in its day, a substantial stone built house. Then it was back in an easterly direction to cross the river again with some climbing to pick up tracks back to the forestry and the hotel. To make the day complete Kilocoran Lodge had laid on tea, coffee and biscuits in a private room for all the walkers. Thanks to Anthony and the Cahir gang for all the work in preparing a new walk and to Kilcoran Hotel which makes an excellent base for walks in the area.

Patricia Butler had 20 C walkers on her 3 hour loop on Red Hill starting from the village of Hollyford. The gender balance may have been a bit tilted with 17 women and 3 men but all enjoyed the lovely scenery and views in ideal walking weather. Thanks and well done to Patricia and Pat.

On next Sunday, April 14, the A walk is a linear trip from Araglin to Clogheen over the western Knockmealdowns meeting at Clogheen Church at 10am for a bus to the start. Contact Tom Lyons if you plan on going. Rita Hickey leads a combined B and C outing to Lake Curra meeting at Clydagh Bridge at 10am. The 2 hour evening walk on April 17 starts from Aherlow House at 7pm with Ray Coleman.