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

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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8 July 2018

Sunday 08 July 2018 was the Final Sunday walks from Cashel until September. The A level walk started from the Nire Valley in the Comeragh Mountains. A party of eight ...
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1 July 2018

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers held their Long-Sunday walks on July 1st 2018. The B group led by Kate Fahey walked for 5.5 hours and covered a distance of 17.5 kms. They ...
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24 June 2018

Sunday 24th June 2018. Willie Fahey led the A walk. The group of 10 completed the Knockshane, Knockmealdown, 4.5 hour circuit. Knockshane was a challenging climb in the heat but ...
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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

A change has been made to one of the walks for the upcoming Autumn Challenge in Westport. The Croagh Patrick walk with Ray Creaney will now start on the west side of the mountain and follow the lovely west ridge (pictured) to the summit, before descending the usual route to the main carpark at Murrisk. The time should be about four hours. The change is to facilitate those who would like a good mountain walk, but do not want the challenge of Nephin or Mweelrea.
Also, there is now just one room remaining in the hotel before a wait list applies.
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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 mins inclusive of a Birthday Party for Dick celebrating with a bottle of champagne and a chocolate cake.

As majestic Autumn sun shone gloriously on sixteen C walkers, they made their way to summit the mighty Cush at 639 meters. Traversing the ridge with ease then downhill and headed up to the tear shaped Borheen Lough. Return journey yielded views of glacial erosion which resulted in formation of Lough Dineen and Curra. Our imaginations almost led us to totally believe they were used as washing basins by giants of our folklore. We contoured around Cush to downward path. A great day out on the Galtees led by Mary Power. The A & C walkers met at final stile and chatted about great day out before both groups returned to their cars.

This coming Sunday (Sept 23rd) A and B 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
Dan Condren at 087 2273082 for any query re walks.
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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 forecast was for good weather so reluctantly in wet gear we set off on the chosen loop that would take us down into the valley of Glown and back up to the carpark again. From the Coillte map, we took the forestry road to the right going through the barrier, walked along then left and headed down through the forestry. The track fell away towards the valley. We had a full view of Keeper. At the next junction we stopped noting that the loop walk branched upwards but we were continuing down to the valley. Heading downhill we came through the last barrier at the bottom. We were out on the Killoscully to Glenculloo road. Walking in the lovely valley of Glown with the Mulcair River on our right we paused to view the old limekiln at the gated entrance to Glenculloo Lodge. Continuing on we crossed the bridge to a view of the old schoolhouse and the sound of the river. Continuing on the winding valley road, with the river now on our left, we crossed another bridge and took the uphill trek which had a steep incline that slowed our pace. The route known locally as ‘Harrington’s Lane’ tested us. We received our second soaking of the day and from the there we were back up to the forest track and after a ramble along the forest track returned to the carpark at the top. Great day enjoyed by the group and back in Thurles for 2pm.

The B walk, 16 strong and led by Ray Creaney, headed out to the Galtees today. Up to Knockanuss and on towards Lyracappol before dropping down and heading back to Jim Finn's knoll. Splendid weather if a bit windy plus a lot of friendly banter added up to a great day out. All returned happy and content to their cars looking forward to the next day out.

Ollie Walsh led group of 7 on the A walk to north west Galtees in perfect walking conditions went up very scenic assaroole glen by stream and nice waterfalls then east to lyracappul for lunch then down lyraveg glen and back to assaroole glen.

This coming Sunday (Sept 16) 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
Dan Condren at 087 2273082 for any query re walks.
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3 weeks ago

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers

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 sadness as we had a misty evening as we completed the circuit of Cooneen Hill Templederry. We entered the glen of the Nenagh river near Longjohnshill and made our way up to Poul an Ass and the sound of the waterfall. We climbed up the meandering country road to the forest track entrance. The views were limited in the mist as we walked along the track and just before we got back to our cars we got a brief view of Lough Derg and the Nenagh town lights. 21 of our group were spoiled with delicious fare in Stapletons Pub in Borrisoleigh.

A big thank you to everyone who walked with us from May 25 to August 31. We had 14 Fridays and visited a different location on 12 evenings. We had in total nearly 350 people out over the 14 Friday walks. We are very lucky to have such beautiful walks and hills on our doorstep. We enjoyed showing our newcomers what Tipperary walking has a lot to offer and to our many regulars who have become friends enjoying the chat and banter as we walked and climbed the hills and valleys. Hope that now the fitness levels have increased that people will continue walking with the club and also come out on the Sunday rambles.

Sunday Sept 2nd 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 they ascended the mountain mist prevailed. The fern crop is very dominant this year possibly the best ever seen and this made the walking challenging on paths often taken in the past with relative ease. Also the heather is high and especially beautiful this year. Unfortunately both plants are useless to farmers. Walkers love a challenge! Rain, wind and ferns whet their appetite. All enjoyed the day.

A group of fifteen hillwalkers participated in the first ‘C’ walk of the season. The group which included three new hillwalkers left Cashel and assembled with their leader Eddie Morrissey in the Nire Valley car park where they embarked on the Coumduala Loop. This was the proverbial walk of two halves. It was t-shirts, sun cream and fabulous scenery as the group crossed the river and headed up past the Sgilloges and Coumlara and on to the Gap. In freshening conditions lunch was enjoyed on the hillside near the Gap. As the group headed up towards the viewing point overlooking Coumduala the clouds rolled in and the mist turned to rain as the group dug deep in their gear bags to give the rain gear the first outing of the season. At this stage the views had disappeared, and so had the goats on Carrignagower, as the group made the downhill journey to the cars before returning in high spirits for a review of the day over a ‘coffee’ in Cashel.

This coming Sunday (Sept 9) 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 is heading to the Silvermines to complete a loop walk.

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 or Facebook. For further information visit the website or Facebook or call
Dan Condren at 087 2273082 for any query re 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.

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.
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We now have 106 booking, for the 20 Autumn Charity Challenge in Westport, Co Mayo from October 19 to 21.in the award-winning Hotel Westport (pictured) with walks on offer to suit all fitness levels. This means there are only 24 places remaining. To avoid disappointment book now with Michael Sutton tel 086 4009989 or email; michaelsutton1949@gmail.com. The rate for the weekend is €199 per person sharing which includes 2 B&B and 1 evening meal with use of leisure facilities including pool and spa . ...

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