Welcome to the Galtee Walking ClubHello and failte to the Galtee Walking Club, Cnocadóiri na Gaibhlte, based in and around Tipperary in Ireland. Our club has been in existence since 2003 and was started initially by a core group of hill walking enthusiasts who were born and raised around the foothills of the Galtee mountains and the Glen of Aherlow in South Tipperary. Since then, it has grown and diversified and currently has a membership of over 150, drawn from all over Munster. We offer a number of different graded walks on a regular weekly basis throughout the year which are available to new members or to those wishing to join us for a one off sample hike. more
Beara-Breifne Way Weekend
A weekend trip to
West Cork to walk the first 3 sections of the Beara-Breifne Way is
planned for March 15th to 17th.
Saturday March 15, Dursey to Castletownbere. Distance 25.8 Km. Total height gain 1100 metres.
Sunday March 16, Castletownbere to Adrigole. Distance 22 Km. Total height gain 952 metres.
Monday March 17, Adrigole to Glengarriff. Distance 17 Km. Total height gain 835 metres.
Shorter walks for C walkers possible.
It is planned to walk the entire length of the route on possibly 10 long weekends during the next few years.
See the Beara-Breifne Way page for more details, contact information, maps and accommodation lists.
Mountain Meitheal work day on Curra stile track
The first MMSE work day of 2014 will be Saturday 29 March in the Galtees.
MMSE will be working on the Curra stile track, which leads up towards Lough Curra, lopping off low-lying branches, looking for stones, laying out brashing, and covering specified areas with stone chippings. No special skills needed, so don't be shy - come along and give a little back.
Meet at the Coach Road Inn (O'Brien's Bar),
Newtown, Glen of Aherlow, (at the junction of the R664 and the R663),
where transport will be organized. It will be necessary to
limit the number of cars travelling to site.
Please meet at 10.30am sharp. Come prepared for a day in the hills, be prepared for all weathers, for safety and comfort wear appropriate footwear. A packed lunch is advisable, including a hot drink. A change of clothes is recommended for the homeward journey. Bring gardening gloves if you have them; otherwise they will be supplied.
Mountain Meitheal will provide the tools. Why not bring a friend – new comers are always welcome.
For more information on Mountain Meitheal check out www.pathsavers.org.
Galtee Clean-up DayThe annual clean-up in the Galtee, Slievenamuck area takes place on Saturday, April 5th next. The meeting point is the now closed Glen Hotel, Aherlow at 10am. The work should take around 3 to 4 hours. Please bring suitable gloves and footwear.
Slievenamuck Marathon, 2014The annual Slievenamuck Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 over the full length of the Slievenamuck Ridge starting from Rock an Thorabh car park. (more)
Galtee Challenge/Crossing, 2014
This year's Galtee Challenge and Crossing takes place on Sunday, June
29th, 2014. It is a 31km traverse of the entire Galtee Mountain range,
taking in all major peaks with a total height gain of 1700 metres
approx. and a maximum altitude of 919 metres. (more)
The Fei Sheehy Challenge, 2014The Fei Sheehy Challenge is a 3-day self navigating challenge walk, taking place on August 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2014, which traverses the Comeragh, Knockmealdown and Galtee Mountains. Participants can choose to undertake any one, two or all three day walks. This charity fund-raising event is supported by the Peaks, Nire Valley Bogtrotters and Galtee walking clubs. (website)
News, March 09, 2014The promise of more settled weather brought many of our walkers back onto the hills with over 50 people out overall to enjoy mild and dry conditions. The C group, led by Cecelia O’Heney, had 24 eager trekkers and they certainly got their lagging fitness levels back on track after 3 hours on the Bane foothills with plenty of fallen tree obstacles to navigate. Cecelia navigated along and across the track levels, which offered relatively clear circular views over the hinterlands of Cahir, Clonmel and Cashel. A highly sociable outing with plenty of chat and mini breaks and always a helping hand from Cecelia to get the group around or over the fallen trees. Much appreciated.
Gerard Ryan had his inaugural walk as leader with the club when he navigated 19 walkers across the Slievenamuck Ridge from Rock an Thorabh car park to Lisvarinnane and back. This was a fast paced B walk covering over 12kms in under three hours. Some novel routes were taken in as they made their their way past the Mass rock, up onto Slievenamuck, past the Shrough dolmen, down into Lisvarinnane. A sociable break was had here and the flavour of the day was wine gums all round, courtesy of Gerard! Then back via Ballinacourty and the long and challenging road end up to Aherlow House.
Owen Ryan's A walk was in the Comeraghs. After meeting in Ballymacarbery the group of 8 began the walk from the Nire car park in fresh, windy and foggy conditions by following the waymarked route to the Gap. They made the steep ascent to the plateau and the cairn over Crotty's Lake. Here the visibility was down to 10 meters and getting worse requiring good navigation skills. From the cairn the group headed in a south-westerly direction taking in spot points of 743 and 751 and circled around the cliff tops above Coumfea. They descended the ridge at Lyremountain to the stepping stones and a Nire river crossing by the trailer bridge. In all this was a demanding 18km loop with 835 metres of height gain completed in under 6 hours. Owen would like to extend best wishes to Noreen who suffered an accident during the walk and thanks to Diarmuid O'Grady who provided assistance with his 4x4.
Notice: The committee met last week to agree the new schedule of walks, now on this website. Preparations for the up coming marathon on April 13th were also put in place. Helpers will be needed for this event. Note too that a group from the club will be on their way this weekend to complete the first three sections of the Beara- Breifne Way from Dursey to Glengarrif. We wish them all the very best. No local walks are scheduled for this weekend.
A walkers on the Comeragh Plateau on Owen Ryan's Nire loop, Sunday March 9th, 2014. 2 photos
Taking a break in Lisvernane on Gerry Ryan's B walk on Slievenamuck, Sunday March 9th, 2014. bigger photo
C walkers on a slippery slope during Cecelia O'Heney's walk from the Lady Gregory on Sunday March 9th, 2014