19, 20, 21 Oct 2018

Last weekend October 19th, 20th and 21st the Mid Tipp Hill Walkers supported the 20th Annual Autumn Charity Challenge based in Hotel Westport, Westport, Co Mayo.
To facilitate the large numbers who attended the Autumn Challenge in Westport, there was a walk to suit everyone.

Mweelrea – led by Josephine Tobin and Joan Quinn.
The highest mountain in Connaught at 817 m offered one of Ireland’s finest walks. The approach followed the shores of spectacular Doo Lough and then ascends an impressive ridge to Ben Lugmore before crossing Ben Bury to Mweelrea’s summit where there are great views of the Connemara and Mayo coasts. It was however, a demanding walk suitable only for walkers who have a reasonable head for heights
and some experience of ascending mountain ridges.

The Glendahurk Horseshoe – led by Dan Condren and Kate Fahey.
Located in the Nephin Mountains, regarded as Ireland’s last great wilderness area,
this outing offered some of the best views in Ireland. Beginning with an ascent of Ben
Gorm (582m) and on to the high point of the day, Corranabinnia (721m) and then a traverse over a narrow knife edge ridge to Corranabinnia’s South West Top before a gradual descent to the start point.

Croagh Patrick and West Ridge – led by Winnie Flynn and Tom Lysaght.
Climbing from the ridge that leads to the summit of Croagh Patrick, – Ireland’s most sacred mountain – and descending to Murrisk car park. It offered splendid views particularly over Clew Bay to the Nephin mountains.

Clare Island walk was led by Mayo man, John Lynagh. Clare Island which was home of Granuaile. The walk’s peak is Knockmore Mountain(462m) and a section of the group completed that and others completed some of the loop walks on the Island. Views were limited with dull weather conditions.

Tochar Phádraig – John G O’Dwyer and Carmel Needham led day one of this ancient pilgrim route following the Tochar Phádraig from Ballintubber Abbey to Boheh. It offered a very scenic but extended low-level walk through a great variety of ever-changing Mayo countryside. Excellent views of Croagh Patrick along the way.

On Sunday Brid Ryan Bourke and Joan and Tom Lysaght led day two of the pilgrim route from Bohea to Murrisk crossing the shoulder of Croagh Patrick. This outing offered a very scenic low-level excursion. Those completing the Irish Pilgrim Journey had their passport stamped in Campbells pub, Murrisk. We had 5 people with all 5 pilgrim stamps who will receive their Teastas Oilithreachta (Completion Certificate). Weather conditions were excellent and a lovely end to the weekend. Thanks everyone for a great day out.

Westport Nature Trail – Beautiful walk led by Jimmy Duggan.
This was an easy, low level walk starting at the hotel and continuing through the beautiful woodlands of Westport House. Along the way, heritage expert Jimmy Duggan imparted his knowledge of the surroundings.

The Sunday Ramble on Bertra Strand was a very scenic beach walk in the shadow of Croagh Patrick. Tina Bourke and 18 others enjoyed the ups and downs of the dunes before coming back onto the beach. It was lovely to hear laughter and chat over the roar of the sea, photographs were taken, hair was all over the place with the wind, names written in the sand and of course the beautiful shells and coloured stones had to be admired, leaving everyone longing to stay longer, but home was beckoning us. A fab walk as always.

Date for the diary April 5th 2019 Spring Challenge Tralee.