Sunday 18 Oct 2020.
Dan Condren had 11 walkers out on the A walk, beginning from Cloghera bridge. They took in Farbreaga, Monavane and Lachtshanaquilla, returning over Sturakeen. Conditions were very good all day, breezy on top, but with good views all round. The walk was 12.5 km long with total ascent of over 700m.
The demand for the hills was so great that the B walk had 2 groups – Both groups one of 14 and one of 6 followed the same route. Mary Power took the high road to Cush steps and Eddie Morrissey and his group went the low road and up through forest clearing to Cush steps. Both groups maintained a physical distance from each other and lunched separately at Borheen Lough before returning to fabulous new car park at Clydagh bridge.
Mary Power led 13 walkers starting at newly, easily accessible, spacious and well designed Cush car park. Circuit via three stiles. Two leading to Cush, lunch at Borheen Lough and decent to cars via Galtymor stile. Favourable weather meant awesome views of Corrie Lakes and magnificent Galtee skyline. A very enjoyable day for all out on the mountain. Ground conditions favourable so we all had clean and dry boots !!
The Sunday Ramble group met at Christ the King statue in Glen of Aherlow to complete the Ballinacourty loop walk. Starting from the Nature Park and headed along forest trail up passing Aherlow House Hotel and following the purple route headed downhill along tarred road until sharp bend and turned right into forestry again. Continuing along flat section before turning right and then uphill through Ballinacourty woods. The loop trails along Slievenamuck mountain and rejoins loop over Aherlow House Hotel and joins tarred roadway that leads back to road for Christ the King where the group heads back into forestry and back into Nature Park and carpark.
Mid Tipp Hillwalkers priority is protecting the health of our members and their families and loved ones. With the new Covid 19 Level 5 restrictions in place from 22 Oct 2020 all walks are suspended until further notice.
The Club would encourage members to continue walking independently which is an excellent way of maintaining health and well being and to follow the HSE guidelines which currently encourages walking to mind your mental health during the current crisis. Also follow the Governments advice on walking 2 metres from others and maintaining the required social distance. So for the moment, stay safe, stay active within your 5km, social distance and wash hands everyone and we hope to see you soon on the hills.
When the restrictions have been sufficiently eased we will organise group walks that everyone can participate on.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.