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

Galtee Challenge/Crossing,  Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The Galtee Walking Club's Challenge (self navigating) and Crossing (guided walk) are 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. Both events cover the same route. The direction this year is west to east, starting in Anglesboro, Co. Limerick and finishing at Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Full details and registration.

The Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking Festival, June 3rd - 6th, 2016

The three day Glen of Aherlow Summer Walking Festival takes place in the Galtees and the Glen over the June Bank Holiday weekend. There is a total of nine graded walks over the Saturday, Sunday and Monday with walk leaders provided by the Galtee Walking Club. Groups, Clubs and individual walkers are welcome. There is excellent accommodation available in the area and nightly entertainment will be provided for walkers.  
For brochures & accommodation rates contact:
The Glen of Aherlow Fáilte Society Ltd. Coach Road, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary
Tel: 062 56331 or 086 8314443       e-mail: info@aherlow.com       www.aherlow.com
Festival Brochure

Kerry Camino, May Bank Holiday weekend, 2016

Kerry Camino
A group from the Galtee Walking Club walked the Kerry Camino, a journey of 57km in 2 days over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 2016.  27 photos

News, May 1st, 2016

On Sunday next, May 8, Mike Moroney’s ‘A’ walk meets in his home village of Lisvernane at 10am. Mike is not revealing in advance what he has planned but whatever his route it’s sure to be enjoyed by all who attend.
The ‘B’ and ‘C’ groups will travel to Co. Laois to explore the Leafy Loop walks around the village of Durrow and along the banks of the Nore. There is a meeting point in the centre of Durrow at 10:30am and also at the Market Yard, Tipperary, an hour earlier at 9:30am for anyone who wants to avail of car pooling.
The evening walk on Wednesday, May 11, is from Rock an Thorabh car park, meeting at 7pm, after which Eddie McGrath will take the group around the forest tracks in that scenic area.
Thanks to Mary Ryan for last Wednesday's walk to Darby's Bed from Galbally and a special thanks to Henry Fraser who entertained the walkers to beautiful tea and sandwiches after the event.

The Views from Lyracappul 

A poem by Rody Tierney

From the little Assaroola stream that joins the River Aherlow
I will climb to Lyracappul and survey all below
It is to the beauty of our precious glen that I will treat my eyes
Then ponder on the Shrough Dolmen where an ancient chieftain lies
Now with my back to the famine wall I gaze out further north
Beneath the gentle Phelims where three great warriors fought 
O’Sullivan Beara an Patrick Sarsfield to name the recent two
And before their time the King of Munster - the legend Brian Boru
Peeping from above the Phelims is Keeper Hill and Mathair Sliebh
Where Eamon an Cnoic was hunted and found refuge in a cave
I can just make out the Devil’s Bit to my right in the distant haze
But not the view from Toomevara where I grew up and played
Alone, alone and directly east stands lovely Slievenamon
Where Grainne raced up to the summit and won her sweetheart Fionn
Charles Kickham used your name to title his fine song
And lose, draw or win Tipp men will sing about you Slievenamon
To the south is steep Bengower, the Glounreagh valley and Seefin
The Blackrock river and Knockaterriff above the pigeon rock sweet glen
Looking west on this fine clear day - I can see the Kerry reeks
But nearer still is Temple Hill with that large cairn on its peak
Now as I have left you Lyre na Cappal and your beauty spots galore
I will pause and bless myself at the cross on Galteemore
Then scamper over Galteebeag and down the Geisha steps
And battle up the slope of Cush – it will surely put me to the test
My pleasant trek is over now and I must make my way on home
The hills and valleys I’ll leave behind for another day to roam
To Bianconi’s coach road pub I’ll call and drink a pint or two
Then before I cross over Slievenamuck I might sing a song for you

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