Club Programme 2022
1. Sunday Walks 2022
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 the Spring and Autumn Challenges.
a. A Walks every Sunday (except late July/August)
These are high level walks leaving Cashel at 10am 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. 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 10am every second Sunday.
c. 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 10am every second Sunday (alternate to the B walks)
d. Sunday Rambles every fourth week, January-December
Sunday Rambles are low-level walks, mostly on forest track, and are approx. 2-2½ duration, and take place every fourth Sunday. Gathering point is either 10 am at Ely’s car-park, Slievenamon Road in Thurles or directly at the starting point for the walk.
Other Sunday activities
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.
b. 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.
2. Friday Night Walks 13 May – 02 Sept
These are low-level walks, mostly on forest track. Meeting point is usually at the starting point of the walks, mostly at 7pm. Walks usually end up with tea and sandwiches afterwards.
3. 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.
4. Training in leadership, safety and navigation
We will offer navigation training (beginners and refresher) during March or April and in first aid (refresher) in the autumn. Details to be finalised very soon
5. Orienteering Day
Our orienteering day will be on 24 April. This will be a fun event for the whole club with different levels and will replace the scheduled walks for that Sunday. It will provide an opportunity for everybody to try out their navigation and map-reading skills and teamwork.
6. Litter Pick
A litter pick will be organised in April or May. Details to follow.
7. Foreign Trips / Other Trips
The club trips organised by John Lynagh and by Ollie Walsh/Dan Condren will not take place this year due to so many uncertainties concerning the Covid virus.
If other club members wish to organise trips they are of course welcome to do so. The steering committee will facilitate these if they can be of assistance.
To date, one group of 22 has organised a trip to Saas Fee in Switzerland for a week in August.
8. Night Walks
A night walk to Galtybeg took place on 25 February and was most enjoyable.
A second night walk is planned for mid-June.
9. Nature Walk
This walk organised by environmental officer, Bridget Browne, will be held in May. Details to follow
10. Long Walks Sunday
A crossing of the full Knockmealdown Range will take place on 17 July, our final Sunday of scheduled walks before the summer break. On the same day, there will also be a long B walk and a long ramble.
11. Spring Challenge, April 29,30 and May 01
This year’s spring challenge is to Tralee in Co Kerry, based in the Rose Hotel Tralee. Walks available include the Coumloughra Circuit (taking in Ireland’s three highest mountains), the Derrymore Circuit, Mount Brandon, Cosán na Naomh (pilgrim path), the Dingle Way and the North Kerry Way nature walk.
12. Autumn Challenge
Details of this year’s annual Autumn Challenge will be announced in April
13. Holly Walk
December 11. Family day out – details to follow.