Welcome to Mid Tipperary Hillwalkers Website

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers offers outdoor activities at all levels including mountaineering, rockclimbing, hillwalking and rambling. The group welcomes all lovers of the outdoors at whatever fitness level while also raising funds for worthy charities.

About Us

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers has been in existence since founded by John G O’Dwyer back in 1991. Over these years, hill walking has fast become one of the most popular pastimes in Ireland. The best, safest and most enjoyable way to enjoy the mountains of Ireland is to join a hill walking club. By joining our club, you can benefit from the guidance of experienced hill walkers and, at the same time, meet and make friends with like-minded people. Hill walking offers breathtaking views of valleys, snow-capped peaks, and corrie lakes. The tranquility that you will find in the ruggedly beautiful Irish mountain ranges is second to none. You cannot help but be relaxed in and inspired by the exhilarating fresh air and the peaceful surroundings, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. From an exercise point of view, hill walking is a great way of getting fit and offers a good general workout. It can be a very strenuous activity, so it is very important to start off slowly and build your fitness up gradually. All beginners are welcome and we offer guided walks suitable for all fitness levels; from low-level rambles to challenging high-level mountain routes and rock climbs. Our group organises several away events each year including two annual charity challenges to the best of Ireland’s mountain ranges. There are also regular winter climbing trips to Scotland, a June meet to the UK a visit to the high mountains of Europe later in the summer.

Sunday Walks

Sunday Walks

The club has four grades of Sunday walks, A, B, C walks in mountain terrain and Sunday Rambles mostly on track.  There are walks most Sundays of the year.  Exceptions will be late July and August, and the weekends of the Upperchurch Walking Festival, and the Kerry and Autumn Challenges.

      A Walks every Sunday (except late July/August)

These are high level walks leaving Cashel at 11am every Sunday.  High level walks are approx. 4-5½ hour in duration.  They will take in the highest summits and may include some scrambling or easy / moderate gullies.

     B Walks every second Sunday (except late July/August)

These are hill walks of 4-5 hour duration on mountain terrain, perhaps reaching high peaks but at a slower pace than the A walks.  They leave from Cashel at 11am every second Sunday.

     C Walks every alternate Sunday (except late July/August)

These are hill walks of 3-4 hour duration on mountain terrain, but will not be aiming for high mountain summits.  They leave from Cashel at 11am every second Sunday (alternate to the B walks)

     Sunday Rambles every fourth week, September – May

The Sunday Rambles leave at 10am from the Slievenamon Road car-park in Thurles every fourth Sunday.  These are low-level walks, mostly on forest track, and are approx. 2-2½ duration.  The aim is to be home by 2.00 or 2.30pm.  (Sunday Rambles will not take place during the summer when they are replaced by the Friday night walks)

New Walkers

New walkers are always welcome to come along and join us (see note below). Just being sturdy boots, suitable clothes including rain gear and a packed lunch. A change of clothes and particularly footwear for after the walk is also strongly advised.  You are advised that hill-walking carries risks and that every walker is responsible for their own safety. The leader’s responsibility is simply to lead the walk (see important note for new walkers below).  We hope that you enjoy the experience and will come again.  On the third walk, we would ask you to become a member of the club by paying the €10 which is the annual membership fee.

Other Sunday activities

     Gullies

Occasionally on a Sunday, an additional walk taking in a challenging gully will be organised.  This will require helmet and harness (which it may be possible to borrow) and may involve rope-work.

     July/August Sundays

There will be no regular scheduled Sunday walks from Cashel after 17 July or during the month of August.  Instead, walks may be organised at different times or to different parts of the country (e.g., Kerry, Wicklow, Galway etc).  If any club member would like to organise or lead any such walk, or has an idea for such a walk, please let us know.

 

Sunday Walks Organiser is  Eoin Wolahan (087) 978 6405

 

Important Note for New Walkers and All Club Members

Mid Tipp Hill Walkers recognises that hill walking activities come with a danger of personal injury or death and does not provide professional mountain leadership.  Leadership and guidance given by members is in the tradition whereby a novice will learn from more experienced members.  Leaders are not technical experts but amateurs with some experience they are prepared to share.  Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and are responsible for their own actions and involvement.  Anyone participating in group events should recognise that any advice given is on this basis and that the onus of responsibility remains with the individual.  Members/guests are responsible to ensure appropriate clothing and footwear when walking and if in difficulty or have concerns, should alert another club member or the walk leader.  A member/guest under the age of 18 remains the responsibility of his/her parent/guardian.

Previous Sunday Walks

16 June 2019

Sunday June 16 2019 Dan Condren led the combined A & B walk which was an exploration of the area above the Mahon falls, taking in Knockaunapeebra and Fascoum and ...
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9 June 2019

Sunday 9 June 2019 Denise Laffan led the A group and headed to the Comeraghs where they started from Scouts Hut, then walked up alongside of Shauneenabreaga with lovely views ...
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2 June 2019

Sunday 2 June 2019 Josephine Tobin led 5 A walkers taking in Temple Hill via the tumbiing river in Pigeon Rock glen ,Knockaterrif beg to Black rock valley where they ...
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26 May 2019

Sunday May 26 2019 Ollie Walsh led the A walk with 7 walkers in northwest galtees on a beautiful walking day up easy gully with a few slippery steps to ...
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19 May 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019 Denise Laffan led the 9 enthusiastic A walkers up Knockastakeen, from there headed to Lake Borheen or The Teardrop Lake as it's commonly known, lunch was ...
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12 May 2019

Sunday 12th May 2019 a group of eight led by Matt Joy began their A walk from the upper car park at Glencush and proceeded up Cush in glorious sunshine. ...
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Friday Walks

Friday Walks

Friday Evening Walks May to September

These are low level walks, from May to September of 2 – 3 hrs duration, mostly on forest track.  If you want to get out and about in the countryside, meet new people, and make new friends, just come along. We explore paths and trails off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. We offer an easy introduction to off-road walking for anybody considering taking it up.

All we ask is that you come prepared with sturdy footwear, rain jacket, drink and snack. Everyone welcome, old friends and plenty of room for newcomers. The walks are very sociable and usually we end our Friday evening walk by heading for a cup of tea and sandwich. 

We meet every Friday evening at Slievenamon Road car park in Thurles at 6.20pm and leave at 6.30pm sharp.

Walks are organised by Carmel Needham, Tina Bourke and Brid Ryan Bourke.

The Friday walking season begins on May 25th, 2018

 

Previous Friday Walks

14 June 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 14 June 2019 the group of 19 headed to Latteragh. This walk on forestry paths and woodland tracks brought them to viewing area where the group ...
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7 June 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 7 June 2019 we travelled to Queens County to walk the beautiful Killamuck Loop Bog walk in Abbeyleix Co Laois. This walk on minor roadways, forestry ...
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31 May 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS Friday 31 May 2019 we headed to Dundrum to Bishop`s Wood. The Earl of Montalt owned the estate up until 1905. The gamekeepers lodge which is about ...
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24 May 2019

FRIDAY EVENING WALKS We commenced our 2019 series of walks on Friday 24 May heading for our first every outing and guided talk around the walls of Fethard. Our group ...
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31 August 2018

The Friday Evening walk season of 2018 has concluded. Aug 31st we had 23 people out on our last Friday evening walk of 2018. The weather reflected our mood of ...
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24 August 2018

Friday 24th August 2018 we returned to the lovely village of Upperchurch to complete the Knockalough loop. The group of 17 chatted happily as we tracked along the route. The ...
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Activities

Climbing

Our rock-climbing season this year begins in Ballykeefe Amphitheatre on Tuesday, 09 May.  This contains one of the finest quarry climbing walls in the country, with sport and trad climbs at all levels.  Departure point (weather permitting) is from opposite the Horse & Jockey Hotel on Tuesday evenings at 6.15.  New climbers are welcome (we do have some spare equipment for those new to the activity, but they may need to share it with others during the evening).  While we do not offer formal training, we will introduce newcomers to the use of basic climbing gear, safety matters and climbing techniques.

We also organise an annual day-trip to the Burren which can include climbing, walking and caving.

NB: Good practice makes climbing quite a safe practice, but risk is never totally eliminated, and climbers must be willing to be responsible for accepting this risk.

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Weekends Away

Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers support the annual Kerry Charity Challenge Weekend which takes place in March or April each year, and the Autumn Charity Challenge Weekend which takes place each October.  In each of these, six different walks are provided, with levels to suit everybody, with our club providing leaders for most walks.  We also support the annual Upperchurch Walking weekend in November.  No Sunday walks are organised from Cashel during these three events.

The club also organises occasional day or overnight trips to places like Kerry, Wicklow, the Burren, Galway, Mayo or the Mourne mountains for walking, scrambling or climbing.  These are notified to members in advance.  Members have also been involved in the Pilgrim Path walks, and quite a few have completed the ‘Irish Camino’

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International Trips

The club organises a number of international trips every year, with activities to cater for everybody.  The 2017 trips are to walk the West Highland Way with a group of 18 in June.  In August, we will walk, climb and do via ferratas with a group of 19 in the Dolomites in North-East Italy.  While there, we hope to climb Marmolada, the highest peak in the range.  In 2016, we had a winter mountaineering trip to the Sierra Nevada in Spain in February, to the Yorkshire Dales in June and to Seefeld in Austria in August.  In 2015 we were in the Scottish Cairngorms in February, then walking Hadrian’s Wall and visiting the Pyrenees in the summer.  Other notable trips in recent years included ascents of Mont Blanc by about 14 club members; the trip to Morocco where we climbed Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa; and the ascent of Pico d’Aneto, the highest point in the Pyrenees.

Meanwhile, other groups from the club have completed sections of the Spanish and Portuguese Camino, as well as walks along the Cornwall Coast and in central England.

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Other Activities

Other outdoor activities are organised on occasion by the club.  These include the annual orienteering day, usually in April, which is a fun day out for all with the bonus of observing and taking part in map reading and navigation.  The annual Holly Walk takes place shortly before Christmas and is an easy, very sociable event for all.  Every summer, an opportunity is provided to members to climb some of the finest ridges in Ireland, e.g., Howling Ridge, the East Ridge, FM Ridge (in the Mournes)  and Carrot Ridge (in the Twelve Bens).  Our annual visit to the Burren usually includes a caving expedition which is very exciting for anyone who has never tried it out.  Night walks are also organised from time to time.  We have a “Long Walks Sunday” each summer where each walk is much longer than the usual Sunday walk; e.g., in 2017, the A walkers crossed the full length of the Comeraghs, taking 10 hours.  Some years, a “Carry on camping” night is held and is great fun – this event, however, is weather permitting.

Finally, the club offers training in navigation and mountain leadership to all interested members.  There is also instruction in basic techniques and safety in rock climbing.

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Sunday June 16 2019 Dan Condren led the combined A & B walk which was an exploration of the area above the Mahon falls, taking in Knockaunapeebra and Fascoum and the Mahon river. The group of 10 enjoyed great weather and views for the first hour followed thereafter by persistent rain and cloud for the rest of the day, but a lovely walk all the same.

This coming Sun (Jun 23) A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. All welcome. Wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear and bring a rain jacket and a packed lunch. Walking is a great way to get fit as well as being a great way to meet new friends and see new places. Give it a go as new walkers are welcome to come along, so, for a healthy, sociable and enjoyable activity, feel free to join us in Cashel at 11am. Just bring boots, suitable clothes and a packed lunch. A change of clothes and particularly footwear for after the walk is also strongly advised.

For further information call Denise Laffan at (087) 925 3049 for any query re walks.
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FRIDAY EVENING WALKS
Friday 14 June 2019 the group of 19 headed to Latteragh. This walk on forestry paths and woodland tracks brought them to viewing area where the group enjoyed views of Lough Derg and the rolling hills of Silvermines and Templederry. With thunder showers forecast, the weather was kind as the group enjoying a lovely dry evening. Latteragh is a location walked often by the group and each time visited, more trees have been felled, and replanted so it is interesting to see the changes. Thanks to Stapleton's Bar Borrisoleigh for the beautiful refreshments to finish off the evening.

Friday 21 June 2019 we are heading to Upperchurch to compete The Eamon an Chnoic loop walk. Meeting in Upperchurch village near Kinnane's Pub at 7pm. This loop explores farming country north of Upperchurch village through fields and on old laneways and minor roads with sections along forest boundaries. There are tremendous views of the Comeraghs, Knockmealdowns, Galtees, Sliabh na mBan and the Devil’s Bit. Hope you can come and join us. . Walking is the easiest way to get moving, get active and fit with friends and to have a chat & a laugh. We are leaving Slievenamon carpark 6.30 SHARP to arrive at Upperchurch at 7pm. Contact Brid 086 8071753.

Friday evening walks are low level walks, of 2 – 3 hrs duration, mostly on forest track. If you want to get out and about in the countryside, meet new people, and make new friends, just come along. We explore paths and trails off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. We offer an easy introduction to off-road walking for anybody considering taking it up. All we ask is that you come prepared with sturdy footwear, rain jacket, drink and snack. Everyone welcome, old friends and plenty of room for newcomers. The walks are very sociable and usually we end our Friday evening walk by heading for a cup of tea and sandwich. We meet every Friday evening at Slievenamon Road car park in Thurles at 6.20pm and leave at 6.30pm sharp.
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Sunday 9 June 2019 Denise Laffan led the A group and headed to the Comeraghs where they started from Scouts Hut, then walked up alongside of Shauneenabreaga with lovely views and then onto Knocksheegowna where a few drops of rain fell but cleared very quickly, the group of 10 had lunch on Knockanaffrin in beautiful sunshine, from there descended down with views to the right of Coumduala Lough and then contoured over to the forestry which led the group to Lough Mohra and back through the forestry to the cars.

Joan Lysaght and Maura Creaney led the C walk. The group of 14 started in kings yard and made their way to the black rock valley via forest tracks had rain at the start of the walk but clearing soon after. They had lunch at the base of the zig zags and then travelled up the zig zags to the col between monabrack and bengower after that dropped down to the glounreagh river and back to the cars via the woods had very heavy rain on way back very enjoyable day on the hills.

This coming Sun (Jun 16) A and B walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. All welcome. Wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear and bring a rain jacket and a packed lunch. Walking is a great way to get fit as well as being a great way to meet new friends and see new places. Give it a go as new walkers are welcome to come along, so, for a healthy, sociable and enjoyable activity, feel free to join us in Cashel at 11am. Just bring boots, suitable clothes and a packed lunch. A change of clothes and particularly footwear for after the walk is also strongly advised.

For further information call Denise Laffan at (087) 925 3049 for any query re walks.
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FRIDAY EVENING WALKS

Friday 7 June 2019 we travelled to Queens County to walk the beautiful Killamuck Loop Bog walk in Abbeyleix Co Laois. This walk on minor roadways, forestry paths, old bog tracks, old railway line and peaceful wooded lanes brings you through different environments around Abbeyleix from old buildings (like the Old South School and Church of Ireland Church) to the Lord's Walk, from woodland to bogland to old railway line and through an area managed as a wildlife habitat. It has much of historical interest to offer. It was a beautiful evening as our group of 34 enjoyed the woodland track & the boardwalk protecting the bog and it’s fabulous flora & fauna. Afterward 30 walkers headed to Benny’s Bar in Abbeyleix where we enjoyed refreshments.

Next Friday 14 June 2019 we are heading to Latteragh. This walk on forestry paths and woodland tracks brings you to viewing area where we can see Lough Derg and views towards Nenagh and Templederry. Hope you can come and join us. Did you know that walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health? Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn't require any special equipment or training. Walking is the easiest way to get moving, get active and fit with friends and to have a chat & a laugh. We are leaving Slievenamon carpark 6.30 SHARP to arrive at Latteragh at 7pm. Contact Tina 086 3565134.

Friday evening walks are low level walks, of 2 – 3 hrs duration, mostly on forest track. If you want to get out and about in the countryside, meet new people, and make new friends, just come along. We explore paths and trails off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. We offer an easy introduction to off-road walking for anybody considering taking it up. All we ask is that you come prepared with sturdy footwear, rain jacket, drink and snack. Everyone welcome, old friends and plenty of room for newcomers. The walks are very sociable and usually we end our Friday evening walk by heading for a cup of tea and sandwich. We meet every Friday evening at Slievenamon Road car park in Thurles at 6.20pm and leave at 6.30pm sharp.
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Sunday 2 June 2019 Josephine Tobin led 5 A walkers taking in Temple Hill via the tumbiing river in Pigeon Rock glen ,Knockaterrif beg to Black rock valley where they crossed the river before climbing steeply to Carrigean col and our third valley the scenic Glounreagh and the comforts of Kings Yard awaiting.

Eoin Wolahan led 11 B walkers in a lovely loop walk which started at the "old Ballydavid Hostel " area near Rossadrehid. Heading up to the "mast point" taking in wonderful views of Sturrakeen and other surrounding areas. They walked through forestry paths in glorious sunshine passing by some rivers and steams. This was a most enjoyable walk and was especially suited for windy conditions as they had good cover throughout.

Tina Bourke and 5 Ramblers enjoyed a great walk on the Devils Bit. They headed up from Barnane side, past the tower and up to the cross. The day was so nice it was unanimous decision to head down and go the long way round and come back to the trig point via Borrisofarney by climbing up the chimney. From the highest point the group happily made their way back down to the cars. Some of the group enjoyed lovely refreshments at Mulrooneys Service Station Templemore. Thanks to the staff for treating them so well.

This coming Sun (Jun 9) A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. All welcome. Wear outdoor clothing and suitable footwear and bring a rain jacket and a packed lunch. Walking is a great way to get fit as well as being a great way to meet new friends and see new places. Give it a go as new walkers are welcome to come along, so, for a healthy, sociable and enjoyable activity, feel free to join us in Cashel at 11am. Just bring boots, suitable clothes and a packed lunch. A change of clothes and particularly footwear for after the walk is also strongly advised.

For further information call Denise Laffan at (087) 925 3049 for any query re walks.
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