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
Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, 2015The 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. Full Details, Brochure
Report on SEMRA "Walk the Long Way Round", November 29th, 2014There was a lot of support from The Galtee Walking Club for South East Mountain Rescue’s “Walk The Long Way Round” inaugural walk. Held on Saturday Nov 29th, it was an imaginative concept to run a 15km walk/run in the Comeraghs in the dark. The organisation was flawless in every way, with lots of choices for pace and whether you wanted to do it in your own group, or as part of a led group. We were blessed with the weather; dry, clear and mild for the time of year.
“Walk The Long Way Round” Route
Starting in Clonmel, at the new SEMRA base in the fire station in Haywood Road, we went downhill to the glass bridge and then along the Dungarvan road. There were a few bemused looks from some of the Saturday night pub goers! We took a left up a little byroad to bring us on to Kilmacomma Cross where we entered the wood and contoured along the side of Cannon Hill. We then dropped down to the East Munster way track, which we followed into Glenabby car park and on to Russellstown wood. We followed the bank of the river to the concrete bridge, and then proceeded uphill beside the Rhododendron tunnel to the col, followed by a traverse over to the Holy Year Cross. The view from the Cross was breath-taking. Clonmel was lit up and laid out in a magnificent carpet of light beneath our feet.
Masters of All They Survey
We dropped downhill to the East Munster track again and followed this back to the town where we crossed the glass bridge again and retraced our steps back to the base for refreshments. People started to speed up when they knew that tea, soup and cakes were on offer. The route was extremely well marked and lit. In fact the lights gave the impression that you were entering a sort of magical fairy glen. It gave us an appreciation of mountain rescue volunteers going out at night (even if they don't have lights to guide them). Having walked these mountains many times, it gave a different perspective to see the lights of Clonmel from the Holy Year and the mountains looming in the half light.
The event at the finish had a great buzz and the SEMRA mugs, (now a prized possession), and miniatures were a nice touch. Approximately 300 people took part from all over and many hoped it would be a yearly event which speaks for itself.
As walkers, we adore the wilderness of the Irish mountains. We get so much joy from the time we spend there. But there are also risks. Unlike other parts of Europe for example, we do not have many clearly defined tracks. Walking on indistinct, rough ground means that anyone can have an injury or get lost. One day you, or one of your friends or family, may owe your lives to the brave women and men of South East Mountain Rescue. They give their time as volunteers to keep us safe. Taking part in the “Walk The Long Way Round” event was a fun way to support them. We owe them a huge thank you for the time and effort that they put in to assist those who get into difficulty on the hills. So let’s put next years walk (I hope) on the list of “Things I Must Do in 2015”.
News, December 21, 2014Thanks to Eddie McGrath for the B walk from Christ the King on Sunday last in excellent weather for walking the forest tracks of Slievenamuck. Later on Sunday evening several club members attended the annual Winter Solstice climb of Slievereagh from Glenbrohane. Well done to Mary and Morgan, the Hillwalking Radio Group, the Red Cross, the Glenbrohane community and all others who contributed to this well organised event.
To round off the year there will be the traditional 2.5 hour walk on Christmas Morning with Ray Coleman, meeting at Christ The King Statue at 10am and a longer 4 hour walk on St. Stephen’s Day with Danny Bailey from Bansha Woods car park, meeting at 11:30am.
Brendan ans Sadie after the Winter Solstice climb of Slievereagh with the Limerick County Football cup which was won by Ballylanders in 2014.