Welcome to the Galtee Walking Club

Hello 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

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, 2015

The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival takes place over the weekend of January 30th to February 1st, 2015 with two days of walking on Saturday and Sunday and a welcome evening on Friday. A total of seven walks are available ranging from the relatively easy to the more strenuous. The areas covered are the Galtee Mountains and Slievenamuck on either side of the scenic Glen of Aherlow.
Current paid up members of the Galtee Walking Club can take part in any of the walks free of charge.
 Full Details,  Brochure

Stewards Needed
Stewards from the club are needed for all the walks in the Festival. Members wishing to volunteer should contact the leaders whose names are beside the walks on the Festival page.

Wednesday Evening Walks, April to August, 2015

The schedule of Wednesday evening walks for next summer will soon be prepared. The organisers are looking for any suggestions for new walks, new people to lead walks and any ideas on how the experience can be improved for the walkers taking part. If you were on the Wednesday evening walks last summer or over the past few years your opinions would be particularly welcome. Which walks did you enjoy most and would like to see continue this year? Contact Danny Bailey on 085 1316995 or you can use the Contact Page or the Messageboard Page on this website.

Slievenamuck Walking Marathon, Sunday March 29th, 2015

This very successful walking marathon and half-marathon, held annually on Palm Sunday since 2009, provides a unique opportunity to traverse the whole of the ancient Slievenamuck Ridge over 42km. The figure of eight route is largely forest track, forming two loops, east and west, and taking in both the north and south sides of the ridge, with some gentle ascents of no more than 360m at the highest. Registration begins at 8:00am and the Marathon gets under way at 9:00am. The cost to register is 10 euro. For full details see the Marathon Page.

News, January 25th, 2015

The club’s full attention is now focused on the Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, which takes place next weekend. Based at Aherlow House Hotel and run in conjunction with Aherlow Failte, the event has a total of seven walks over the two days covering all levels of ability from the strenuous A walks to Galtymore to the more gentle C walks at lower levels. People will travel from all over Ireland and beyond so we hope the local people will also come out and support the event and we look forward to seeing many of you there.
There were two club walks on Sunday last on a day of good walking conditions with just a little for on high ground. Owen Ryan’s A walk saw the group of six cover 16 km in the Galtees with a total height gain of 977 metres. Starting at Cush car park they contoured around the north side of Cush Mountain, climbed Knockastackeen and traversed the shelf over Lake Muskry before returning by the col over Lake Borheen and Galtybeag.
Amelia Ryan’s group of 22 B walkers completed 17.5 km on the forest tracks of Slievenamuck and Bansha Woods on what could have been mistaken for a Spring day. Thanks to both our walk leaders, Owen and Amelia and also Danny and Rody for their help. 
Amelia Ryan's B walk from Rock an Thorabh car park on Sunday, January 25th, 2015. Photo taken by George Keogh at Kilshane car park.

Galtee Walking Club

Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free.
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea.
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken is gold in the sun.
And cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done.
Gordon Smyth