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 have been in existence now for 26 years, 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 bring boots, suitable clothes 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 Willie Fahey (087 2228062)

 

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

7 Oct 2018

Bridget Browne led the A walk group of 9 to the Galtees. They headed towards O'Loughlin's Castle via the Burncourt River. Climbed up the shoulder in windy conditions, getting colder ...
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30 Sept 2018

On Sunday 30th of September, the A Group of 8 was led by Denise Laffan, starting at King's Yard and then began the steep climb onto Temple Hill, with good ...
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23 Sept 2018

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers. Sunday 23rd Sept 2018 Eoin Wolahan led the A walk. The group of 10 started from the Nire Valley car park taking them around Coumlara and up ...
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16 Sept 2018

Sunday 16th Sept 2018 Josephine Tobin led a great walk in the Galtees, Grouo of 8 A walkers completed Lough Curra, Galteemore, Galteebeg and Cush circuit. Approx 4 hours 40 ...
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9 Sept 2018

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers on Sunday 9th Sept 2018 had 35 walkers out. Tina Bourke & Brid Ryan Bourke led 12 walkers on the Ramble which headed to Silvermines. The weather ...
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2 Sept 2018

Willie Fahey led the A walk taking 8 walkers on high terraine in the East Knockmealdowns. The day began in wonderful sunshine and high temperature for early September. Later as ...
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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

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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17 August 2018

Friday 17th August 2018 a happy group of 22 walkers completed the Crag Loop Walk in Grange topped off with wonderful refreshments in Hogan's Bar.... a big thank you to ...
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10 August 2018

Friday 10th August 2018 had a great turnout of 25 for the walk around the Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop in ideal weather conditions for rambling. Later, the fare in Kinnanes was ...
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3 Aug 2018

Friday 3rd Aug 2018 the Friday evening walk headed to Durrow. In ideal walking conditions the group of 37 enjoyed glorious sunshine as they chatted traveling along the forest tracks ...
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27 July 2018

Friday 27th July 2018 the Friday evening walk headed to Upperchurch to complete the Eamon an Chnoic Loop. Weather conditions were not favorable for the 11 walkers but very welcome ...
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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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News from our Facebook Feed

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Mid Tipp Hillwalkers

Sunday 14th October 2018.

Dan Condren led the A walk. The group of twelve headed to the Knockmealdowns, taking in the peaks of Dyrick, Knocknagnauv and Knockmealdown. Conditions were terrific for walking; it was like a warm summer’s day with blue skies and very gentle breezes. And remarkably, after the heavy rain of the previous days, underfoot conditions were dry and firm, an indication of how dry the mountains must have been beforehand. And, despite ethical questions relating to attempted bribery by apples provoking accusations of favouritism!, a great day was had by all.

John G O'Dwyer led the C walk. The group of 8 headed to Kilcash. In glorious weather they followed the clear track leading all the way to the summit. From the start the views were extensive. Slievenamon attracts people for different reasons. The group met several walkers on their track but met a gentleman who passed them at speed - he was a man on a mission to glide off the heathery gentle green countryside,

Slievenamon is a mountain of history and mystery of legends. Its name means the ‘Mountain of the Women’ and the story is told how all the fairest women raced to the top to claim the hand of the warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhail. Fionn secretly fancied Grainne, the daughter of the High King of Ireland, so he advised her how to win the race!

The group lunched at the cairn and enjoyed views of the surrounding countryside. As it was a lovely day and on previous visits the group had fog or mist they decided to explore the western side of Slievenamon. The group completed their walk around the hill crossing the river at very low levels twice and returned by the timber cross erected in 2000. They made their way back to the cars along the stoney laneway chatting about the fabulous day out in Slievenamon. Hard to believe the group never sang Slievenamon during the walk. Will have to remedy that before hurling championship begins.

Next weekend October 19th, 20th and 21st Mid Tipp Hill Walkers will be supporting the 20th Annual Autumn Charity Challenge based in Hotel Westport, Westport, Co Mayo.
There is no scheduled walks from Cashel next weekend.
The full programme of walks is now on our website at www.midtipphillwalkers.ie For further information, visit the website.
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To facilitate the large numbers attending our Autumn Challenge in Westport, we have added another walk which will be led by Mayo man, John Lynagh.The walk is of B standard and will take place (weather permitting) on beautiful Clare Island (pictured), which was home of Granuaile . The walk will summit Knockmore Mountain(462m) and also circuit much of the Island.
We should now have a walk to suit everyone
A LEVEL
Mweelrea
The Glendahurk Horseshoe
B LEVEL
Croagh Patrick and West Ridge
Clare Island
C LEVEL
Tochar Phádraig
EASY
Westport Nature Trail
At present there is one room available in the Hotel Westport
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Due to hotel cancellations, we have now accommodated all 149 participants for our upcoming Autumn Challenge in Westport on the weekend after next, The cancellations mean that there is still one room available in the hotel, which will be offered on a first come first served basis. If interested contact Michael Sutton at 086 4009989 ...

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Mid Tipp Hillwalkers

Sunday 7th October 2018
Bridget Browne led the A walk group of 9 to the Galtees. They headed towards O'Loughlin's Castle via the Burncourt River. Climbed up the shoulder in windy conditions, getting colder as they climbed. Lunch at O'Loughlin's Castle very windy! Then continued on their way to Galty Beag where they descended to the Black Road, Knockeenatong and back to their cars. Four hour round trip in excellent company.

Joan Lysaght and Maura Creaney led B walk group of 13. They went up glenmoylan then up to Lough moylan from there they went up a gully to the Coll between the sugarloaf hill and knockmealdown. They then hiked up to knockmealdown 794 meters. On the the way up they had a strong south westerly wind on reaching knockmealdown they went the east side of the mountain where they had lunch. They had great views from there. After lunch they headed back towards the sugarloaf hill and descend back down to the vee by the grub monument. The walk took 4 and three quarter hours great company and craic as usual.

The Sunday ramble led by Tina Bourke and Brid Ryan Bourke headed to the Slieve Blooms and to Cadamstown. The group of 17 enjoyed a lovely walk - up the lovely green path of Paul's Lane to the fabulous beech trees and back down to the waterfall and walk by the Silver River. Something very soothing walking by the sound of the river. Great to meet the Roscrea Ramblers enroute and compare walks and how lucky we are to be out and about enjoying all that nature has to offer. Returning to the trailhead we explored the Dolmen behind the Mill house. Great ramble enjoyed by all.

This coming Sunday (Oct 14) A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am.

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.

The full programme of walks is now on our website at www.midtipphillwalkers.ie. For further information visit the website or Facebook or call
Willie Fahey at (087) 222 8062 for any query re walks.
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2 weeks ago

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers

The AGM of Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers takes place Wednesday, 03 October at 730pm in Templemore College. Members who wish can renew their club and Mountaineering Ireland memberships after the meeting.

On Sunday 30th of September, the A Group of 8 was led by Denise Laffan, starting at King's Yard and then began the steep climb onto Temple Hill, with good winds, we then made our way in sunshine onto Knockaterriff Beg and had lovely views from Knockaterriff and from there returned to King's Yard.

Ger Fewer led the C walk - 14 walkers started from Glencush carpark, walked along forest tracks, out onto moorland, then upwards and joined the path, known as the Ice Road, to the Lough Curra.
Weather was breezy on the way up with a smattering of rain as they reached the lake. They found a lovely sheltered spot beside the lake for lunch and watched as 3 shepherds and their dogs herded sheep on the mountainside. As they walked back down the weather cleared sun came out giving them stunning views of the Galtees.

This coming Sunday (Oct 7) A and B walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. There is also a Sunday Ramble leaving Slievenamon carpark Thurles at 10am. The Sunday ramble will head to the Slieve Blooms and to Cadamstown Trail Head Silver River Walk, Paul's Lane. Meet at Cadamstown around 11am.

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 Thurles at 10am or 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.

The full programme of walks is now on our website at www.midtipphillwalkers.ie. For further information visit the website or Facebook or call
Dan Condren at 087 2273082 for any query re walks.
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