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

Club Christmas Party 2015

This year the Club Christmas meal and party will be held in conjunction with the Beara-Breifne Way walks taking place in Co. Galway on the weekend of December 12th and 13th. The Christmas Meal will take place in Le Bouchon restaurant, Portumna on the evening of Saturday 12th, with the party afterwards in a local pub. Breda Ryan is organising accommodation and bus transfers for the people doing the walks and also accommodation on the Saturday night for anyone who just wants to attend the meal and party. To book a place and for more details contact Breda on 086 3946048.

Club Membership Payments

Membership payments are now being accepted for the next club year which ends on October 31st, 2016. New people who join now will become members immediately and their membership will also be valid until October 31st, 2016. Application and payment can be made online through this page or a printable application form is available here.

News, October 11th, 2015

Last Sunday began with fog and poor visibility at first but brightened to clear skies and warm autumnal sunshine as the day went on. There were two club walks on the day, led by Tomás Ó'Briain and Goretti Campbell. Goretti’s ‘C’ walk began at Clydagh Bridge in the Glen and was on a forest track loop in the shadow of Cush Mountain and the higher Galtee peaks. Tomás was in the Ballyhouras with his ‘B’ group, covering 18km of wonderfully varied territory, starting from Glenanaar and taking in Seefin, the highest point in the range at 528 metres. This is his report.
The group of 15 met at Ballyorgan and car-pooled to the car park of the Canon Sheehan Loop. There were 14 members of the club and one prospective member. From there we followed the Óigín River to where it meets the Ár. Crossing the bridge we headed north to the Glenanaar Stile at O'Sullivan's Boreen. We crossed into evergreen forestry here and continued north to Long Mountain. We went as far as the cairn overlooking Castle Oliver and returned to Seefin for lunch. Following the Black Ditch we came to the Map Board car park and turned south. On reaching the forestry we turned south and then east until we came back to Glenanaar Stile again.  We reversed our route then to the bridge at the meeting of the Ár and Óigín. At this point the party divided with 5 returning to the Canon Sheehan car park and 10 following the Canon Sheehan Loop Walk to the top of the steps and returning to the car park from there. This latter was an addition to the original planned walk due to the exceptionally good weather.
Thanks to all who took part, it was an exceptionally lively group and good fun. Thanks to Brendan Sheils for his kindness and advice. 
Thanks and well done to both leaders.
There’s a full schedule of walks on Sunday next. Willie Delahunty’s ‘A’ walk starts from Kilcoran Lodge Hotel at 10am, the ‘B’ walk under the guidance of Margaret Hayes meets at Clydagh Bridge at 10am and Therese Roche’s ‘C’ group will meet at Rock an Thorabh Car Park at 11am. The club AGM will take place in the Excel Centre, Tipperary Town, on Thursday, October 22 and all members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

B walk
Tomás Ó'Briain's B walk in the Ballyhouras on Sunday October 11th, 2015.

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