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

Invitation from Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club

Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club have issued an invitation to Galtee club members to take part in their Ballyhoura 6 Peaks Challenge on Sunday, August 10th next. This is a strenuous 5 to 6 hour walk suitable for 'A' level walkers and should serve as a good introduction to the Ballyhoura Mountains for those not too familiar with the area. The meeting point is Darragh Bridge on the Mitchelstown to Kilfinane road at 9.30 am for a car pool to the start. Anyone planning to attend should give their name in advance to event organiser, Declan Clancy on 087 7118560.

Wicklow Weekend, July 12th and 13th, 2014

“Happiness is heading for the mountains with friends” Paddy’s weekend in Wicklow was surely that.
The base for the weekend was Lynham’s Hotel in Laragh.
Paddy organized a bus for the Saturday morning to take the group of 25 to the starting point on the Military Road. This road was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century to provide access for the British Army in the wake of the Irish 1798 Rebellion. This historic road now allows visitors to explore some of Wicklow’s fantastic natural beauty.
Luggala Mountain (595m) was the first challenge of the day. Through a rocky and boggy terrain and an early morning fog we made for the top of the mountain and could just about make out Lough Tay down in the valley. The Guinness family and now the Vikings TV series are all connected with this area.
We zigzagged down Luggala through a maze of fern and rambled on through a very inviting landscape of hills, valleys and forests until we reached Lough Dan. The atmosphere here was magical with the Lough’s white beach; some of the club members could not resist a dip. We continued walking through ruined dwellings from times past which blended into the surrounding landscape.
After a 5 hour hike all were ready for a bus ride back to Laragh and a good rest.
A small group decided to make their way back to Laragh by foot. Led by Proinsias De Paor, the group headed for Kanturk Mountain (524m). From there the group made their way across the ridge to Scarr Mountain (641m). This area is in the very heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the views are breathtaking.  A long descent through beautiful mixed terrain brought them back to Laragh. Thank you Proinsias for your help and knowledge of the area.
On Sunday morning cars headed for Greystones railway station. The group of 27 made their way to Bray by train. Using the coastal path with its great views the group walked back to Greystones. A little café on the sea front in Greystones made for a perfect finish for a perfect weekend.
Thank you Paddy for a great weekend.
Report by Goretti Campbell
Wicklow weekend
On the way from Bray to Greystones on Paddy's weekend trip to Wicklow, July 13th, 2014.  16 photos

Galtee Challenge/Crossing 2014,  Tenth Anniversary Event

The last Sunday in June marked the tenth anniversary of the club’s biggest annual event, the Galtee Crossing/Challenge. The brain child of our late president, Bob Noonan and the Ryan brothers, the event has gone from strength to strength, with 120 participants this year taking on this 31km traverse of the entire Galtee range. Over 50 people opted for the self guided Challenge while the remainder were guided across by chairman, Owen and sweepers, Pat, Thos and Noel. The route bore west from Anglesborough, across all the major peaks, ending in Cahir. Organized meticulously by the Ryans and a band of core club members, no detail was overlooked, from early morning registration with Ann, Breda, Helen and Mary, to the three manned stations on the route and a party of helpers at the half way point to take people down should the case arise. The weather was splendid, with spectacular views but welcome cloud cover and cooling breezes too.
Average time taken for this traverse was approximately eight hours with David Kiely streaking into Cahir in just five! But however long it took, all participants arrived safe and jubilant at journey’s end, where each received a medal, a certificate and a handy clip on towel from Breda. An evenings celebration with dinner was held afterwards at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, where Breda’s 10th anniversary cake was cut and shared and a special presentation made to the four members for whom it was their 10th Crossing. Congratulation, Sheila, Thos, Pat and Owen. Something to aspire to for Sadie, who completed her first ever Crossing! Well done Sadie. A special thanks to the many unsung heroines/heroes who provided essential backup services for this event, from Denny and his radio crew, car porters, Mary, Paddy, water bearers, Una and Liz, and special support on the hills from President Danny, George, Tom and many other willing hands. Thank you all. Not least was Cahir Council who made a special effort to facilitate vital early morning toilets on the day. A day to be proud of for the club and for all who took the Challenge.

Galtee Crossing 2014
Sadie who completed her first Crossing with Vinny and Alice,   7 photos

Walk for Mary Lowe, RIP. July 1st, 2014

Members of Oola parish choir, led by Gerry Ryan took a short walk along the Mass Rock trail with the Lowe family from Oola, in memory of Mary Lowe who died recently, RIP. Mary was a dear member of Oola choir and a former member of the Galtee Walking Club. Danny Bailey joined the special event at the invitation of the choir to represent the condolences of the walking club membership. It was a uniquely special occasion and the current sadness at the loss of Mary was temporarily lightened by the camaraderie of the group, and the beauty of the Glen of Aherlow on a glorious summer's evening.

Walk for Mary Lowe, RIP

Walk for Mary Lowe, RIP

Next sections of the Beara Breifne Way

Members of the Galtee Walking Club and the Ballyhoura Bears walked the first three sections of the Beara Breifne Way earlier this year on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day. It is now planned to cover the next sections over the weekend of September 6th and 7th. Details of the walks and a list of accommodation will follow later.

The Fei Sheehy Challenge, 2014

The 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

Friends of St. Declan's Way Newsletter

The 6th edition of the Friends of St. Declan's Way Newsletter has been issued. It can be read here.

Attention Walkers
It has been brought to the attention of the club alternative walks have been ongoing on Wednesday's nights. Any walks being organised or advertised on club website by club members must have committee approval.

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