Jun 032013

Mount Anglesby to Baylough Alternative Route

Mount Anglesby to Bay Lough Alternative Loop Walk

There are quite a few Mount Anglesby to Bay Lough Alternative Loop Walks, Baylough is such an attraction it seems a pity to leave it out of any walk in the area, but we particularly like this 7.3km alternative loop. Mount Anglesby is the area directly out the Cappoquin/Lismore road from Clogheen, the parking area for this walk is on the right hand side at the top of the straight stretch above the Hospital and School which leads into a number of forest trails.

Instead of taking the route directly to Baylough from Mount Anglesby, turn off to the right following forestry tracks and stream beds to the open mountain on the Tipperary side of Baylough lake.

Taking this route you will emerge at the topmost viewing area in Baylough from where you can walk down to the  more traditional route back to Mount Anglesby. The views across the Galty Vee Valley from the ridge behind Baylough are some of the best you’ll find – simply breathtaking.

Just be aware that parts of this track are quite wet so it is best avoided in wet weather and you will certainly need proper walking boots, runners won’t get you through it.

You can download the route for free here from ViewRanger and use your mobile phone to guide you along the walk. You can do this walk in reverse if you wish, just bear in mind that the track back down the mountain to the Mount Anglesby road is just a stream bed and can be difficult to find, so it is advisable to bring the route on a phone if you are doing it in this direction.

Bring proper walking boots, rain gear, a drink, snack and a fully charged mobile phone.

For a range of other walks in the area just take a look through the Walk Posts or view the Walks page.

Vee Valley from Ridge

Jun 062012

Photo of Clogheen Village from Loop WalkClogheen Loop Walk – Knockmealdown Active 

This is a new walk (officially given the status of a recognised national Loop Walk in 2011) which has been promoted by the recently formed Knockmealdown Active group.

The walk is way-marked (black posts with green markers) from where it leaves the main Lismore/Cappoquin road through the forestry roads above Clogheen, so it is relatively easy to navigate.

The walk is 5.1 miles long and should take about 1 hour 40 minutes for an average walker. There is somewhat of a climb at the start, some of it along the roadway, but nothing a regular walker would consider difficult.

The loop starts at St. Paul’s Community Centre, walking toward the Vee on the road past the Hospital, The Old Convent and the National School to the top of the straight in an area known as Mount Anglesby. On the left is the entrance to the Reigh Cemetery. Here the walk turns right onto the forestry path (the path straight ahead is a beautiful walk to Bay Lough as it is the old Cappoquin/Lismore road known as the Soldier’s Way, it is part of the Avondhu Way). From this point the loop is way-marked. The trail follows the forest roadway above Clogheen village, offering excellent views of the town (see picture) from a vantage point that many will not have seen before. It then drops down onto what is known locally as Heathfield, part of the Shanrahan loop walk, making its way by road and footpath back to St. Paul’s Community Centre (see map at bottom of page).

You can download the route to your smartphone, GPS or sat-nav for free here from ViewRanger.

Bring runners or good walking shoes/boots, rain gear, something to drink and a fully charged mobile phone.

For further information on Knockmealdown Active Walks as well as dates and times for upcoming walks contact Jim O’Brien 087 249 0089.


May 262012

Glengarra Woods Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

On Thursday evening, May 24th, the Knockmealdown Walking Club paid a visit to our neighbouring Galtee Mountains for a beautiful trek around Glengarra Woods, just outside Burncourt. The weather was spectacular for the 9Km walk, kindly led by Jim O’Brien.

Walks for the summer will be at 7pm on Thursday evenings. If you want to get involved just give Jim O’Brien a buzz on 087 628 1100.

We’ll put a map of the walk on View Ranger shortly. In the interim here are a few photos of the evening’s activities:


Apr 272012

Walk in Aid of Irish Cancer Society – April 29th 2012

The Knockmealdown Walking Club walk for next Sunday, April 29th 2012, will be held in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The walk will be in the Knockmealdown Mountains in Araglin.

Walkers will meet up at the Bally Hi pub in Ballyporeen‘s main street at 12.15pm sharp (note, this is a change from the usual 10am start for Knockmealdown Walking Club walks).

The donation per walker to the Irish Cancer Society for the walk will be €10.00.

Walkers of all fitness levels and experience are welcome.

Any queries to Jim O’Brien on 087 628 1100.

Apr 162012

Knockmealdown Crossing 2012 Photos

The Knockmealdown Crossing organised by the Peaks Mountaineering Club in Clonmel on April 14th was a great success. Here are a few photos taken on the C walk. This route departed from Loughglenbridge travelling via Bay Lough and the Bothán, around the coll at the back of Sugar Loaf Hill, into Gortacullen wood on to the Kildanogue Duck Ponds, taking the forestry road right around the back of Goatenbridge and then over the metal bridge and left on to the village to finish at the Glenview Lounge. Congratulations to all who participated and well done to the Peaks Club for their excellent organisation on the day.

Apr 112012

Walk at Gorteeshal, Ballyporeen

Gorteeshal, Ballyporeen Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

Last Sunday’s walk took us into the Knockmealdown Mountains just outside Ballyporeen. It was a really nice 7.6km track taking in forest roads, some mountain tracks and a good stretch of tarmac road to finish the route. It also includes a little stretch from the Avondhu Way route.

Many thanks to Jim O’Brien for selecting the route and ensuring we all got back to base in one piece. If you would like to be updated on what walks are taking place and when just contact Jim on 087 628 1100.

If you want to view other walks in the area you can visit posts to walks taken by the Knockmealdown Walking Club or visit the Walks section of the site which contains links to other routes – www.clogheen.net/walks.

Note: There is no walk next Sunday (April 15th) as most of those in the Knockmealdown Walking Club will be taking part in the Knockmealdown Crossing being organised by the Peaks Mountaineering Club on Saturday April 14th.

You can find the Gorteeshal route on ViewRanger here, where you can download it to your Smartphone for free.

Here are a few photos from the morning’s walk, but not very many, as the weather wasn’t as good as we’ve been used to over the past 3 months.

Apr 082012

Knockmealdown Crossing

Knockmealdown Crossing – Peaks Mountaineering Club – April 14th 2012

On Saturday April 14th the Peaks Mountaineering Club will run the Knockmealdown Crossing.

The event consists of three different walks of differing distances, differing difficulty levels and for walkers of different fitness levels along the Knockmealdown mountain range.

The walks are split into A, B and C categories. Check in for all walks is at the Glenview Lounge in Goatenbridge.

  • The A walk is 29.5km, starting on the Avondhu Way outside Ballyporeen and walking across the range to Goatenbridge. It is a self-navigated walk and would require walkers to have a significant level of fitness to complete it. It ascends 1,606m and should take 7 to 9 hours to complete. Registration 7am to 7.30am.
  • The B walk is 17km, with a climb of 1,050m, it is a lead walk but would still require a good level of fitness. It should take about 7 hours to complete. Registration 8am to 9am with bus leaving Goatenbridge at 9am.
  • The C walk starts at Loughglenbridge outside Clogheen. It is also a lead walk, will be 15km long and involves a climb of 55om. Estimate walk time is 5 hours. Registration is from 10am to 11am with the bus leaving at 11.30am.

No matter which walk you are taking, on return all walkers must check in back at the Glenview Lounge to avoid a mountain rescue call out.

On return there will be a hearty two course meal for all participants. Entry fee for the day is just €20.

You’ll find full details of all the walks here, with other updates on the Peaks Mountaineering Club website.


There will be no Knockmealdown Walking Club excursion on Sunday April 15th as most of the walkers are involved in the Knockmealdown Crossing.

Apr 042012

Knockmealdown Mountain Walks

The Knockmealdown Mountains running along the border between Tipperary and Waterford and on to North Cork, provide some of the most spectacular walking trails in the country. While some are well known and waymarked (Tipperary Heritage Way, East Munster Way, St. Declan’s Way for instance), quite a few others are not. This is a shame because there are some spectacular walks in the area running between Ballyporeen and Newcastle.

On this site you’ll find quite a few of them mapped if you look at our Walks section, but if you look around the web you’ll find many others that aren’t mapped here. You could stay walking for weeks in the Knockmealdowns and still not even come close to covering all the available trails.

If you are looking for some activity on the Waterford side of the range then you should pay a visit to our friends at Waterford’s Mountains.

Happy walking.

Apr 032012

Gortacullen Wood and Kildanogue Duck Ponds

Gortacullen Wood and Kildanogue Duck Ponds Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

This is a lovely 13km trail, starting at the Sheep dipping tank across from Graigue Pub, travelling around Gortacullen Wood, climing the nearby hill, taking a track back down and then travelling on to the Kildanogue Duck Ponds via a forest track.

You’ll want to allow 2.5 to 3 hours for this one so you’ll probably need a bit of grub and will definitely need some drinks. Just after the climb down from the hill is an ideal area for this. It’s very advisable to bring boots. Some of the area around the Duck Ponds is very marshy, no matter what the time of year.

There are sheep around the fields at the start of the walk, so dogs should be kept on a leash for this portion of the walk at least.

You can also climb down to this route from the Vee, via the Tipperary Heritage Way, which can make access a bit easier if you’re that way inclined.

You can find the route on ViewRange to download to your phone here.

Here are a few photos from the days walking:

Mar 272012
Graigue Walk – Sunday April 1st 2012

There is a slight change to next Sunday’s walk with the Knockmealdown Walking Club. It was originally to be to Bay Lough in Clogheen, but we’ve decided to hold this over until the Rhododendrons start to flower, so we’ll be taking a walk into the foothills of the Knockmealdowns at Graigue with meeting at St. Paul’s Community Centre in Clogheen at 10am on Sunday April 1st.

If you wish to join us please contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089 in case there are any (further) late changes to the itinerary, which can happen for a variety of reasons. Jim will text all interested on Saturday evening with full details of the event, meeting place, etc.

We’re normally back at base by 12.30, just in time for lunch and all the walks are comfortable for average walkers wearing runners.

For details of some of our previous excursions check out this link.

All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.

This lovely walk around Gortacullen Wood and on to the Kildanogue Duck Ponds has now been uploaded to the site, you can view it here.