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

The Mid Tipp Hillwalkers club has been in existence now for 20 years, founded back in 1991. Over the 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 2 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 Mountains, and usually a major away trip in the latter half of the year.

Sunday Walks

Sunday Walks 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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)

  1. 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.  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 annual membership fee.

Other Sunday activities

  1. 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.

  1. July/August Sundays

There will be no regular Sunday walks from Cashel after 17 July or during the month of August.  Instead, walks may be organised 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.

Previous Sunday Walks

Sunday walk 11th December 2017

This year’s Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers’ Holly Walk in the Glen of Aherlow was a really successful and enjoyable event, blessed by glorious weather.  Over 70 people of all ages took part ...
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Sunday walk 27th November 2017

Meanwhile, last Sunday, the A walk began on the southern slopes of the Galtees and the B walkers on the northern slopes.  The two met in the col between Cush ...
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Sunday walk 15th January 2017

In very contrasting conditions last Sunday, Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers had 44 walkers on their three walks. The Sunday Ramblers went to Cadamstown with Brid Ryan Bourke and Tina Bourke where, in ...
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Devil’s Bit Walk

Many couples will choose a traditional form of entertainment, such as a wedding singer, a wedding band or perhaps a disc jockey, when planning entertainment for a wedding reception. Music, ...
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King’s Yard to Galtymore

Last Sunday, over 30 walkers took to the hills in beautiful walking conditions – cold with snow underfoot, but crisp and dry – with Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers. Bridget Browne led a ...
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The Holly Walk

Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers annual Holly Walk led by John G O’Dwyer will take place on Sunday week, 11 December. This is a relaxed walk on forest track suitable for walkers of ...
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Friday Walks

Friday Walks

Friday Night Walks May to September

These are low-level walks, mostly on forest track.  They leave from the Slievenamon Car Park in Thurles Friday evenings at 6.30pm and usually end up with tea and sandwiches afterwards.

Previous Friday Walks

The Autumn Challenge.

The Gods smiled and the sun shone on our annual Autumn Challenge in the Burren last weekend (12-14 October 2012) as 105 participants enjoyed the conditions walking, rock-climbing and caving. ...
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Indoor Rock climbing

Friday night last, 17 of our rock climbers heading off to Limerick for a club night of indoor climbing. Participants got in several hard climbs with some on lead. Over ...
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Other Activities

17th Annual Kerry Challenge 2013

115 walkers joined us Killarney for what was a very enjoyable and successful – though also windy and wet – Kerry Challenge. On Saturday, a range of walks of varying ...
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We organise indoor and outdoor climbing events on a regular basis. Usually, all climbing equipment is provided. In this section, we will have reports about past events and news about upcoming ones.

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Weekends Away

We regularly organise weekends away for our members. In this section, we will have reports about previous trips and news about upcoming trips.

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International Trips

Mid Tipp Hillwalkers usually have one or two foreign trips per year. You will find details of these trips here.

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Other Activities

In this section, we will have details of everything else that does not fit into the previous sections.

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News from our Facebook Feed

On Sunday 23rd April, our orienteering day in the Galtees was a brilliant success enjoyed by all. Over 20 participants took part and successfully negotiated a great course organised by Matt Joy. In beautiful weather, it was great fun and also a good exercise in navigation in mountain and forest terrain.
This coming Sunday, 30 April, A and C walks will leave Cashel at 11am. As always new walkers are welcome to come 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. For further information about all upcoming events, including summer rock-climbing which will begin shortly, call Dan Condren at 087 2273082.

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Pictures from last night's launch of John G O'Dwyer new guidebook to the Irish Pilgrim Paths. The book, which contains details of 2 pilgrim walks located In Co Tipperary, is available from Bookworm, Thurles and other good bookshops nationwide. ...

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This Sunday 23rd April, our annual Orienteering day takes place, organised again by Matt Joy. This has been a very enjoyable event in the last two years, so I hope there will be a big turnout on Sunday. If you have OSI Map no 74, please bring it along (if not, there will be some copies available). For details of the event contact.
Dan Condren +353 87 2273082
Mid Tipp Hillwalkers

The orienteering event planned for next Sunday (23rd April) will begin at the usual meeting time in Cashel (11 am). The plan will be to divide into small groups for either the high level (Tracks and open Mountain approximately 10 ½ km and 600m highest point) or low level course (tracks and some open mountain approximately 7 km and 450m highest point). See email sent from Dan with attachment document for detailed information. I would like one or two volunteers with navigation skills to make themselves available to accompany less confident navigators if required on the day, see you all there.

Kind regards Matt

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Advance copies now off the presses of John G O’Dwyer new guidebook to the pilgrim paths of Ireland which is set to be launched by Commandant Michael Walsh of the Irish Camion Society and former Aide de Camp to Uachtarán na hÉireann. Launch takes place in Linnane's of Liberty Square, Thurles on Thursday, April 20, at 8.30pm with Jim Finn as master of ceremonies. The new book contains up to date information along with route details and maps of the 20 best pilgrim walks in Ireland including the 5 paths for the new Irish Pilgrim Passport. Described within the book are two pilgrim walks in County Tipperary: the Rian Bo Phádraig of St Declan’s Way and Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop. Centre point of the evening will be a recording of a Tipp FM, Down Your Way Programme with Eamon O'Dwyer. All are welcome for what promises to be a very sociable evening with plenty of music and song throughout. ...

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News from Upperchurch walking trails

Upperchurch - Drombane.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Mass: This Easter Sunday, 16th April, instead of a Prayer service and walk in Moakland there will be a Sunrise Mass in Ballyboy. Walkers will leave Upperchurch Village at 6 a.m. sharp and walk to the Ballyboy Lookout (approx 1.5 km) to attend an open air Mass celebrated by Fr. Tony Ryan. Transport will be provided for people who are unable to walk. Please note however that cars need to be left in Upperchurch Village as there will be no parking facilities at the site. Drivers are requested not to come via Ballyboy or Gortkelly in order to avoid parking and traffic problems. Breakfast afterwards in Upperchurch Hall. All are welcome!

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