Sunday Aug 22 2021, two groups of Mid-Tipp hillwalkers travelled east to Wicklow to complete the A and B walks, while the C walk completed the Dolmen Loop in Lisvarrinane.
Willie Fahey led the MidTipp A walk in the Wicklow mountains. The trip to climb the highest point in Leinster (Lugnaquilla 925 m) was organised by Ollie Walsh and was a most enjoyable and successful day out for all who travelled.
The loop walk started at Baravore car park in the Glenmalure valley and ascended to Lugnaquilla via the Fraughan Rock Glen. The group returned via Clohernagh – 800m and descended by Arts Lough. It was a beautiful day for hiking, which was mildly spoiled by poor visibility at the top. Everyone appreciated the near normality of being able to travel once again and this added to the enjoyment experienced by all. The A and B groups dined in the Glenmalure Lodge (excellent fare) while watching Limerick coast home against Cork in the All Ireland Hurling Final.
Ollie Walsh led 14 people on Lugnaquillia. The Walk started at Baravore carpark and up Fraughan Rock Glen – with beautiful scenery down the Glen. Lunch was enjoyed on top (with no views), but soon below top views opened up and the return was via Art’s Lough to the cars with dinner at Glenmalure Lodge.
The C walk with a bakers dozen started the Dolmen Loop in Lisvarrinane. Shortly after passing the Church, the group turned left into Carrolls Bohereen where the loop really begins. After a short walk along this roadway, there was a right turn into a laneway to follow the red arrow or route. This laneway ascends to reach a forestry track, where it joins the Ballyhoura Way. The group followed the Ballyhoura Way for a short distance and on to join an old laneway (this was the old road to Galbally). The group paused here for a while to admire the stunning views of Temple Hill, the Galtees with fabulous gullies and Cush. After a short distance, the group left the Ballyhoura Way and followed the red arrow heading up Monour Mountain and then on to the summit of Slievenamuck. Here you pass close to the Dolmen and have superb views of the Golden Vale, Glen of Aherlow and the Ballyhoura Mountains. Lunch was enjoyed at the Dolmen. With one eye on the clock as the All Ireland hurling final approached, the group left the views and headed back down and reached the forestry road to join a T-junction and turned right. The last section of the loop follows surfaced roadway to emerge at a T-junction at the top of Lisvarrinane village – turning right here the group returned back to the cars in the village. Brid Ryan Bourke led but was greatly assisted by Marie McAteer on her maiden C walk who knew the route and all the high points on a most enjoyable walk.