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.  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)

Previous Sunday Walks

Sun 17 Sept

In lovely weather, on All-Ireland Sunday, Eileen Ryan led the C-walk with 9 walkers on a circuit up by the water works as far as Bohreen Lough and back under ...
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Sept 10 2017

Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers got off to a great start to their autumn walking programme last Sunday Sept 10 2017 with 34 walkers out. Willie Fahey led a high level walk on ...
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Sun 25 Jun

Our annual long walks Sunday was a great success last Sunday.  Willie Fahey and the A walkers completed the full crossing of the Knockmealdowns in nine hours, the B’s with ...
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Sun 18 Jun

Last Sunday in beautiful weather, the A walkers with Dick Hennessy did a loop around Lake Muskry taking in Farbreaga, Greenane and Knockstackeen, while the B walkers with Ray Creaney ...
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Sun 11 June

Michael Fewer led a terrific A walk with 10 walkers taking in Monabrack, Lyragappul and Temple Hill, and including an interesting crossing of the Pidgeon Rock river in flood.  Eoin ...
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Sun 04 June 17

Congratulation to Denise Laffan made her debut as a walk leader with Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers last Sunday, bringing a group of 10 A walkers on a circuit in the Galtees taking ...
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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 138 booking for our Autumn Challenge Weekend on October 20/21/22 in the Burren, we now have only 10 places left. If you would like to walk the fabulous Burren or explore the cave systems beneath as shown in picture, a €60 deposit will now secure one of the last few places. Book with Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles Co Tipp, 086 4009989; email; michaelsutton1949@gmail.com ...

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Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers got off to a great start to their autumn walking programme last Sun Sept 10 2017 with 34 walkers out. Willie Fahey led a high level walk on a totally new route in the West Knockmealdowns, and Ray Creaney led the B walk on a circuit taking in the slopes of Cush, Knockstackeen and Bohreen Lake in the Galtees. The Ramblers, with Brid Ryan Bourke and Tina Bourke started at the Lady Gregory we went through the Ballydrehid woods outside Cahir, enjoying some lovely views when the sun came out. We returned to the Castle carpark passing the weir on the River Suir where a grey heron stood so. The next Ramble is on Sunday 08 October.

Meanwhile, this coming Sunday (17 September), A and C walks leave from opposite the fire station in Cashel at 11am. 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 call Dan Condren at 087 2273082.
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Twelve of our members have now completed the new Irish Pilgrim Journey, with Brid Hurley being the last to do so this August. Anyone still in the process of collecting the 5 stamps can join the upcoming Kerry Pilgrim Weekend (Sept 23 and 24) which offers a guided walk of the 2 pilgrim Paths in Kerry and stamps for the Irish Pilgrim Passport. The paths are:
Cosán na Naomh Dingle, Co Kerry (Sept 23,):
Cnoc na dTobar, Cahersiveen, Co Kerry (Sept 24)
Johnny Keating, will lead the walk up Cnoc na dTobar. He can be contacted at 087 7942123. Kevin O'Shea will lead Cosán an Naomh and he can be contacted at 087 6247230. If you require only one stamp, there is no need to complete both walks. The cost for the 2 walks is €20. Advance booking is required and should be made to info@celticnature.com
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Sun 10 Sept the first ramble of Autumn 2017 the Mid Tipp Ramblers headed off on a lovely linear walk. Starting at the Lady Gregory we went through the Ballydrehid woods outside Cahir. We encountered the odd shower but not enough to dampen the spirits of the 16 ramblers out. When the sunshine arrived we enjoyed the lovely views overlooking Cahir. We returned to the Caste carpark passing the weir on the River Suir. We saw the grey heron standing so still on the weir. It was lovely to see some of our regulars and it was great to meet some new people and hopefully they will be back again for our next ramble on Sun 8 Oct if you feel like joining us, you will be very welcome. ...

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With 126 booking for our Autumn Charity Challenge Weekend on October 20/21/22 in the Burren, we now have only 20 places left. To avoid disappointment a €60 deposit will now secure your place. Book with Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles Co Tipp, 086 4009989; email; michaelsutton1949@gmail.com ...

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