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 2017

Autumn/Winter Season 2017

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.

 New walkers are very welcome to come along (see below)

     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 2pm.  (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.  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

New members are welcome. 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

Mick Fewer

Sunday, 26 November was a sad day for Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers when our dear friend and colleague, Mick Fewer became suddenly ill and died on the Comeragh mountains in the company ...
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November 19 2017

Joan and Tom Lysaght led 9 out for a great B walk in the Galtees. They parked in kings yard then up by the Attychrann river then onto Knockeenatoung where ...
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November 10, 11, 12 2017

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers supported the 12th Annual Upperchurch walking festival last weekend 10th, 11th and 12th November 2017. Friday night had 2 road walks starting from the village - both ...
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November 5 2017

The walking gods created a fab day for all out and about on the hills. Dick Hennessy led the "A" walkers. The group of 13 walkers, including one new walker, ...
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October 29 2017

Mid Tipp walkers had 20 walkers out. Both groups enjoyed the beautiful views of the autumnal colours on the hills. Ollie Walsh led the A walk starting near the Nire ...
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October 20, 21, 22 2017

Last weekend October 20th, 21th and 22nd Mid Tipp Hill Walkers enjoyed the 19th Annual Autumn Charity Challenge based in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co Clare. With the arrival of ...
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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. 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 new comers. 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 car park in Thurles at 620pm and leave at 630pm sharp.

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

The Friday walking season begins on May 26th, 2017

 

Previous Friday Walks

25 August 2017

Alas all good things come to an end. Aug 25 we had 29 people out on our last Friday evening walk of 2017. We had a beautiful evening as we ...
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Aug 18 2017

August 18 our Friday evening walk was fabulous. Weather was dry and spirits high among the 20 hikers up on Knockalough Upperchurch. We had the pleasure of a couple from ...
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Aug 11 2017

Friday 11th great turnout for walk in Grange, 28 very happy walkers enjoyed the beautiful forest, tracks and fabulous views. A big thank you to Susan Lawlor from Durrow for ...
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4 Aug 2017

Fri 4th Aug we travelled to Durrow to complete the 2nd half of the leafy loop. 32 walkers enjoyed exploring around Durrow which looked splendid in the evening sunshine. Lovely ...
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28 July 2017

Great walk  Friday 28th, with 20 walkers turning out, for the little challenges of the Silvermines Ridge. We were lucky with the weather as we had no rain and hencefore ...
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July 21 2017

21 July our Friday evening walk series continued and despite the rain and fog, 12 turned out for our visit to the Devil's Bit. While views were none, the fog ...
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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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With 80 booking for our Kerry Charity Challenge, on April 13/14/15 in the 4 Sneem Hotel, we are now well over half full.To avoid disappointment a €60 deposit will secure your gateway to some of the finest walking in the Southwest. Book with Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles Co Tipp, 086 4009989; email; michaelsutton1949@gmail.com ...

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Walking in a winter wonderland was the order of the day for the 3 groups out on Sunday 11th Feb.

The A group of 9 hardy souls led by Matt Joy took on the wintry conditions of the Galty Mountains from the northern side. They made their way up the "Ice Road" to Lough Curra in all its winter glory, following a brief pause to absorb the beautiful scenery as they made their way up the ramp, the going was steady and they soon broke out on top to beautiful sunshine. On their approach to Galtymore and lunch they traversed below the summit to avoid the ferocious wind. After lunch they "danced on ice" as they made their way to Galtybeg here they were pummelled by wind, hail,snow and sleet making navigation difficult. They made their way down the Gated steps before letting the "inner child" loose and sliding down the slopes on their bums to the lowlands full of the joys of a truly wonderful winter experience

7 walkers braved the elements on the B walk led by Dick Hennessy up to Lake Muskry The walk proceeded up towards Greenane in beautiful sunshine with lots of snow underfoot. On returning to Knockstaicen the weather suddenly changed to blizzard conditions which forced the walk back on to the outward track . The winter scenery was panoramic and the walk was enjoyed by all.

The Sunday Ramble group of 9 headed to Dundrum Woods Bishopswood. It was their first Ramble to Dundrum and it was so special to see the trees covered in their veil of white and the thick blanket of snow underfoot. The sound of the crunch as they walked was music to their ears. Weatherwise they had sunshine and heavy snowfall so much as they retraced their earlier footsteps their footprints had been covered over. After 2.5 hours of a ramble the group felt they had truly experienced an unique walk in west Tipperary again only half hour from Thurles.

Next Ramble March 11 leaving Slievenamon Road Carpark at 10am sharp. This coming Sunday (Feb 18), A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am.

Make 2018 your year to get out and 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 Cashel every Sunday 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.
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Sunday Feb 4 2018 lovely spring weather for walking.

Ollie Walsh led the A walk and they headed for the Black Road and Galtymore. The group of 8 had a great day out enjoyed by all.

Josephine Tobin led the C walk where 13 walkers headed up to Sgillogues from Nire valley. Ground conditions very squishy on way up. They made a new friend Mrs Fox who followed them and then joined them for lunch at the lake. The group headed up to the snow line and completed a circuit and returned to the cars after nearly 4 hours. Good walk and highlight seeing Fox up close.

This coming Sunday (Feb 11) A and B walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. There is also a Ramble leaving Slievenamon road carpark Thurles at 10am.

Make 2018 your year to get out and 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 For further information, visit the website or call Willie Fahey at (087) 222 8062
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Great walking conditions on Sun 28 Jan 2018.
Eoin Wolahan led the A walk on to the Gap and the Knockanaffrin Ridge where they had lovely sheltered lunch. Then headed for Lough Mohra, up through a wood and over to Coumdoola Lough. A 4.5 hour walk in warm dry conditions.

The B walk had seven out, the walk took them from the trailhead to Counduala Lough. They traversed the western side of the lake which involved some nice scrambling before climbing the ramp to gain the Knockanaffrin Ridge. The views of Coumduala were absolutely stunning yesterday, and they had sheep galore by which to navigate! For the most part, they had lovely views all round on what was a great day out.

This coming Sunday (Feb 4), A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am.

Make 2018 your year to get out and 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 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.
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Sunday 21 Jan Josephine Tobin led the A walk, with 9 out starting from the Nire valley car park, up Coomlara, across to Coum Iarthair, down in gusty wind to lower lake, out to Gap and up to viewing point before descent to car park, about 10 miles in total.

Denise Laffan led the C Walk up east side of Knockastakeen in very wet and windy conditions taking in views of Cush and semi snowcaps of Galtybeg and Galtymore. Weather improved and a lovely lunch was had by all at Lough Muskry and after enjoyed a gentle walk back through the forestry.

This coming Sunday (28 Jan), A and B walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am.

Make 2018 your year to get out and 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 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.
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