Roscrea Thursday night free walkers

Last Saturday the free walkers headed to the Wicklow mountains and the beautiful surrounds of Glendalough.

Last Saturday the free walkers headed to the Wicklow mountains and the beautiful surrounds of Glendalough.

Despite some early mist and rain the group headed out by the Monastery, up by the lower/upper lakes, onto the miners village and then onto Spink Mountain. The area was busy with hikers and tourists and it is no wonder as this is a spectacular area to visit. The large group had no problem with the 4hour 11km hike and were rewarded with stunning views from the top of Spink Mountain. And then it was back to the car park for a picnic with tea coffee and treats.

Joining us for the day were members of the newly formed Borrisoleigh walking club who had no problem keeping up with the strong pace set by the more mature members of the group, no matter what type of walk is put before them they simply take it in their stride, So well done to all who joined us for the day. Thanks also to the members who brought food and Declan Rambsbottom and Gemma Collins for helping out on the day.

There will be no evening walk this Thursday April 17th. Our next trip away will be a tough climb on the holy Mountain Croagh Patrick. As with all our walks, all are welcome young and old. Photos of our trip to Wicklow have been posted onto Facebook you can have a look on Cathal McNicholas’ account. If you would like to receive text notification of these walks please send a text to either Cathal on 086 3399193 or Declan on 087 6769143. They hope to see you on their next walk. Meanwhile, this year’s Slive Bloom Challenge will take place on Saturday May 24th. All the profits from this year’s challenge will go to Pieta House for suicide awareness and self-harm. The challenge is a 30 km hike from Glenbarrow car park to Gurteen wood on the other side of the Slieve Blooms.

Contact Cathal (above) for full details.