Silvermines the venue for Living Links fundraising treks

Willie Keane
THE Xl Challenge 2013 is based at the Silvermines village north Tipperary on Saturday, April 6, in aid of Living Links organisation, which provides assertive outreach support to the suicide bereaved.

THE Xl Challenge 2013 is based at the Silvermines village north Tipperary on Saturday, April 6, in aid of Living Links organisation, which provides assertive outreach support to the suicide bereaved.

Founded in Cloughjordan in 2002, Living Links now offers its service across the country.

On April 6, the XL Challenge 2013 will bring walkers on a choice three Silvermines hikes to raise money for Living Links.

The challenge will consist of a longer hike: Hike A for the fitter experienced hill walkers and will take five to six hours. Participants in Hike A will take a bus from Silvermines village to Ballyhourigan woods, from there they will climb Keeper Hill, the highest point in North Tipperary. Participants will descend Keeper to the remote valley of Glenculloo and continue across the Silvermines Mountains before descending to the finish in Silvermines.

Hike B will take three to four hour starting and finish in Silvermines village. It will include a hike through old mining areas before climbing to the highest point in the Silvermines mountains. There are fine views over the surrounding countryside.

Walk C is a two-hour not too arduous walk around the Silvermines area that will visit the historical mining sites of the 19th and 20th century. Included in the tour will be a visit to the recently conserved 1861 engine house at Ballygowan.

Registration for all walks at Hickey’s Pub, Silvermines, County Tipperary. A hike 9am - 9.30am; B hike 10am - 10.30am; C Walk 11am - 11.30am

Boots and suitable hill walking gear required. For further details contact Willie Keane (087) 6633577 or visit website www.xlchallenge.ie