Dec 082016

Clogheen Christmas Night Time Walk

Clogheen Christmas Night Time Walk – a great way to get the Festive Season off to a flying start. Meeting at St. Paul’s Community Hall on Sunday December 18th at 6pm. No booking necessary, just show up and take part. €5 for adults, under 16’s go free.

Clogheen Christmas Night Time Walk

Mar 082016

Easter Saturday Walk<

Join the group on March 26th, Easter Saturday 2016 as they retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the third annual National Pilgrim Paths celebration (which has now developed from Pilgrim Paths Day to become Pilgrim Paths Week), Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the St. Declan’s Way route.

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Distance: The Melleray to Goatenbridge walk is 14 km long and will take about 3 hours to complete. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday Martch 26th 2015 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at Goatenbridge, at 9.30 am from where they will get a bus to Mount Melleray – busses will depart at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see booking links).

At 11am the walkers will take the route from Mount Melleray, following St. Declan’s original footsteps over over Bearna Cloch an Buideál (Bottleneck Pass) back to Goatenbridge where there will be light refreshments for all participants.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear. Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Note: This is a led walk, for insurance purposes it is important that all walkers stay within the group for the duration of the event. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question.

Cost: €20 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Melleray to Goatenbridge and light refreshments on return. Participants should bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday March 25th so that numbers for bus transport can be calculated.

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Phone: Kevin O’Donnell – 086 354 1700

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Easter Saturday Walk

Jun 042015

Family Walk – June 7th

St. Pauls Community Centre will host a Community walk on June 7th 2015. All participants are welcome. This walk was originally meant to take place on June 1st but weather conditions were very poor so it was re-scheduled.

Walkers will meet at St. Paul’s community hall at 5.30pm, taking a bus to Bay Lough and then taking the return walk on picturesque forest paths to Clogheen.

This is a free event there is no charge.

Light refreshments will be served in St. Paul’s Community Centre afterwards.

Please bring walking shoes and wet gear in case of rain.

May 112015

Family Walk – June 1st

St. Pauls Community Centre will host a Community walk on the 1st of June 2015. All participants are welcome.

Walkers will meet at St. Paul’s community hall, taking a bus to the Vee and then taking the return walk on picturesque forest paths to Clogheen.

This is a free event there is no charge.

Light refreshments will be served in St. Paul’s Community Centre afterwards.

Aug 282013

Ballyporeen Family Walk August 31st

The Concern Four County Challenge takes place on August 31st from Baylough to Ballyporeen and then on to King’s Yard outside Kilbehenny. For those in the local communities  who would like to get involved and  would rather a  shorter walk, why not walk the last 10km  in a local fundraising walk which is being held on the same day?  A bus will leave King’s Yard at 1.15pm on Saturday, August 31st transferring walkers to the start point near Ballyporeen.

This walk will cross the valley which links the Knockmealdown and Galty Mountains on country roads and forest tracks. It will take about 3 hours at a leisurely pace and will be led by members of the Knockmealdown Ramblers.

Insurance is provided under the Get Ireland Walking Scheme, you can download the insurance form here. The local walk is a fundraiser for the Galty Steering Group which seeks to promote activity based tourism in the area (much as Knockmealdown Active does for the Knockmealdown Mountains).

There is a €10 entry fee on the day which will include a snack bag and bus transfer.

Parking at King’s Yard costs €2. Come on and join in, put the Galty and Knockmealdown Mountain areas on the map.

Children must be over 8. Not suitable for buggies.

Ballyporeen Family Walk August  31st

Aug 022013

Concern Four County Challenge

Concern Four County Challenge Walk

Concern, one of Ireland’s best loved charities, launches the first Four County Challenge Walk and you are invited.

The walk, which will take place on Saturday August 31st, showcases an off the beaten track region of Ireland. It starts in the Knockmealdown Mountains which straddle Waterford and Tipperary. It passes through Cork and finishes in the Galtee Mountains on the Limerick side at Kings Yard.

Walkers register at the end point of the walk in the Galtees. A bus then transfers them to the start point in the Knockmealdowns. The walk starts near the Vee at the beautiful corrie lake known as Baylough. The route meanders along the Avondhu Way taking in parts of Tipperary, Waterford and Cork.

Mountain track changes to quiet minor roads near Ballyporeen and from there the trail heads to the Galtees entering at Galtee Castle near Skeheenarinky. It hugs the Attycran River and finishes at the foot of Galtymore at Kings Yard. Once you cross the bridge you are in County Limerick. The total distance is 33km. There will be an option to finish near Ballyporeen also in which case the distance is 24km. As the terrain is on good quality track and minor roads it is possible to do it in a good pair of runners.

This walk is for everyone – from walkers of moderate fitness to mountain runners

For more information and to book your place please see Concern’s website on

Concern Four County Challenge Map:

Four County Challenge Map

Concern Four County Challenge FAQ:

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Concern Four County Challenge Hike Kit List:

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Jul 292013

Clogheen Walking Tour

Clogheen Community Council will launch the ‘Walking Trail of Clogheen’ at the Hermitage Restaurant, Clogheen, on Wednesday night July 31st. Launch will be at 7.30 followed by a walking tour led by Mark Rylands of Clogheen, UCC and South Tipp Development Company. Then it’s back to the Hermitage for Cheese and Wine Reception.

Clogheen Walking Tour

Jun 212013

Irish Walks July 2013

July is a month for walking in Ireland. The weather is generally conducive to the activity (although not always) and there are many festivals around the country which means visiting is generally worthwhile.

Irish Walks July 2013 – St. Declan’s Way

From July 24th to 28th Knockmealdown Active will host the first organised full length walk of St. Declan’s Way from Cashel Co. Tipperary to Ardmore, Co. Waterford. The walk will stop off in Cahir, Ardfinnan, Lismore and Aglish along the way, finishing in Ardmore at the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival on Sunday July 28th.

It will appeal to walking enthusiasts but also to visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route.  There is a strong traditional link between St. Declan and emigrants who have left West Waterford in particular. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.

Irish Walks July 2013 – Book Now

It promises to be a great event so why not nip over to their website where booking is taking place online. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Irish Walks July 2013

Irish Walks July 2013

Jun 152013

Baylough Rhododendron Loop Walk

Ever wondered what is the best route to take to view the Rhododendron when in full bloom around Baylough and Loughglenbridge? Well this walk is certainly a contender for the crown. It is simply stunningly beautiful, any time of the year, but most especially when the Rhodendron is blooming.

Baylough Rhododendron Loop Walk – Route

This walk departs from Mount Anglesby, parking your car at the top of the straight above the Hospital and school on the right hand side.

The walk takes an alternative scenic route to Baylough, turning right along the traditional track and walking the ridge to the north of Baylough, arriving to the lake from the highest viewing point giving stunning views. The ridge before Baylough gives the best views you will get of the valley toward Clonmel, Slievenamon, Cahir, Cashel and the Galtees.

From Baylough the route takes you back down to Loughglenbridge, across the bridge, then down the far side of the glen. There is a waymark along the way that will tell you to go straight ahead, but it is for a different walk, here you can go left, across the glen on a lovely little wooden bridge, then down the road and left in to Kilballyboy Wood.

From here you cross the road, walk back up to the road from Mount Anglesby to Baylough and then back this route to your car at Mount Anglesby.

It’s a beautiful 8.5km walk at any time of the year but if you want to see the true beauty of the flowering Rhododendrons from mid-May to mid-June this is most certainly the walk to take. Simply stunning.

Bring walking boots (you will not be able to do parts of this in runners as it can be quite wet on the climb off the normal track), a drink, shower proof jacket and a fully charged mobile phone.

It is not advisable to take this route after heavy rain or when there has been a lot of recent bad weather as parts of it use stream beds to climb the path.

Baylough Rhododendron Loop Walk – On Your Phone

You can find the full walk on ViewRanger here, so you can download it to your phone for free and let it guide you along the route. Here’s  map of the route to let you know what it entails. Underneath you’ll find some photos from this loop walk during full bloom in fine weather.

Baylough Rhododendron Loop Walk

Some Photos taken on this walk during full bloom:


View of Clogheen with Galtee Mountains in the background.


View to Galtee Mountains with Gorse and Rhododendron


This is where you emerge to Baylough – never fails to impress.


View across the valley with a full show of Rhododenron blooms.


The annual spectacular show of blooms at Loughglenbridge, just below the Vee and Baylough.


Blooms at Loughglenbridge from higher up the mountain.


Picture of Blooms taken from the bridge crossing the glen below Loughglenbridge, the dent in the mountain is Baylough.

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