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 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 (see important note for new walkers below). 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
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.
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)
Important Note for New Walkers
New members are welcome. Mid Tipp Hill Walkers recognises that hill walking activities come with a danger of personal injury or death and does not provide professional mountain leadership. Leadership and guidance given by members is in the tradition whereby a novice will learn from more experienced members. Leaders are not technical experts but amateurs with some experience they are prepared to share. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and are responsible for their own actions and involvement. Anyone participating in group events should recognise that any advice given is on this basis and that the onus of responsibility remains with the individual. Members/guests are responsible to ensure appropriate clothing and footwear when walking and if in difficulty or have concerns, should alert another club member or the walk leader. A member/guest under the age of 18 remains the responsibility of his/her parent/guardian.