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

Galtymore with Enda

I recently had the pleasure of guiding a group of 12 walkers from Co Mayo to the summit of Galtymore which for them was their first time. The route chosen was from Cush middle car park onto forest track via Saunders Lodge to the Galty stile. We then climbed to the ridge above Lough Diheen and dined for a while. We ascended across the north face to the cross at the summit on what was a beautiful calm sunny day. All of the group summited including An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who was totally enjoying the experience and all had a toast to mark the occasion. We descended to the wall and onto the coll above Lough Curra to the stoney man, grassy knoll, Curra stile and back to the car park for liquid refreshments. A great day was had by all and a great pleasure for me as a member of the Galtee Walking Club to help An Taoiseach to the summit of our beloved Galtees.
Owen Ryan

Taoiseach on Galtymore
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Galtee Walking Club Chairman, Owen Ryan on the Summit of Galtymore on April 7th, 2015.

Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking Festival, June Bank Holiday Weekend

The 3 Day Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking Festival takes place on the weekend of May 29th - June 1st 2015, the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
Groups, Clubs and individual walkers welcome
Guided Walks each day
Excellent Accommodation available
Nightly Entertainment
For more information see the Festival page or the Festival Brochure.

Galtee Challenge/Crossing, Sunday, June 28th, 2015

The annual Galtee Challenge and Crossing, a 31km traverse of the entire Galtee Mountain range, takes place on Sunday, June 28th. This year the direction is east to west, starting in Cahir and finishing in Anglesboro Village. Details are on the Challenge/Crossing Page.

News, April 26th, 2015

Temperatures dropped on Sunday last as cold air from the north spread down over Ireland but this had the advantage of producing clear blue skies and crystal clear visibility, perfect for the two club walks on the day. Willie Delahunty’s ‘A’ walk was on the eastern Galtees, starting from Kilcoran. The recent fires on the mountain provided bare ground underfoot, making walking easy on the 15km loop which took in parts of Farbreaga and Greenane as well as a visit to the ruined farmhouse.
Gerry Ryan took his ‘B’ group to the top of Keeper Hill after meeting in Newport. Thanks to both Willie and Gerry for their excellent leadership and thanks also to Rody for his help with the 'A' walk.
There are no club walks on Sunday next as the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival is on over the weekend and many members will be participating in some of the wide variety of walks. On the following Sunday, May 10, the ‘A’ walkers meet in Cappawhite at 10am with Liz Breen, the ‘B’ group meets at Galtee Castle Car Park, also at 10am, with Anne O’Donnell and Mary O’Riordan’s ‘C’ walk to Lake Muskry starts from Rossadrehid Waterworks at 11am.
The popular Wednesday evening walks continue with starting points on April 29 at the Silver Sands and on May 6 in Galbally Village, both at 7pm.

Clean-up day

The annual clean-up day in the Galtees and the Glen area took place on Saturday, April 11th in perfect weather conditions for the job. Members of the Galtee club joined the team from Limerick Climbing Club to clean the main parking areas such as Cush, Rossadrehid, Rock an Thorabh and the Ballagh Road.

Clean up day

Slievenamuck Marathon, March 29th, 2015

Last Sunday’s main event on the walking calendar was the Slievenamuck Marathon on its now familiar figure of eight route overlooking the scenic Glen of Aherlow and the Galtee Mountains. The seventh running of the event saw a total of 98 people arrive at the start early in the day, despite the damp weather and the clocks going forward. Luckily the rain cleared before Galtee Walking Club president, Danny Bailey cut the tape to get everyone on their way. Runners and walkers headed off through the Nature Park and east to Bansha Woods before returning to the base at Rock an Thorabh car park. Those doing the Half Marathon ended here while the Full Marathon participants completed another 22km loop westwards as far as Moor Abbey. From mid-day on a steady stream of people with tired legs and happy faces crossed the finish line, each having completed their own individual challenge.
As usual there are many people to thank, not least all the club members who gave of their time over the past days and weeks. We also thank Helen and the Civil Defence, the Radio Group, Coillte and the generous local landowners.

Start of the Slievenamuck Marathon, Sunday, March 29th, 2015.
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St. Declan’s Way

Knockmealdown Active have published the eighth edition of 'Friends of St. Declan’s Way' newsletter which can be read here.

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