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

May 252013

Galtymore Climb 2013

The Annual Galtymore Climb 2013 from Kingsyard, just outside Kilbehenny, takes place on Saturday June 8th. Along with the main walk, which starts at 2pm, there will be a family walk with a talk on the history of the surrounding area at 2.30pm in King’s Yard. The whole adventure finishes up with a Barbeque at the EcoBus.

The price is a very affordable €7 per person, with all proceeds going to Skeheenarinky school, so it is a very good cause. Kids are free.

For more information visit www.kingsyard.wordpress.com.

Galtymore Climb 2013

Galtymore Climb 2013

Feb 112013


Knockmealdown Crossing 2013

There is nothing quite as highly anticipated in Knockmealdown Mountain events as the Knockmealdown Crossing 2013, an annual event hosted by the Clonmel based Peaks Mountaineering Club. It will take place on Saturday April 20th 2013.

Registration is at the Glenview Lounge in Goatenbridge at the following times:

  • ‘A’ Walk – 29.5km – 7:00 am 7:30 am – walk will take 7 – 9 hours – self-navigating, for seasoned walkers only.
  • ‘B’ Walk – 17km – 8:00 am 9:00 am – walk will take 7 hours approx. – lead walk, but requires walking experience.
  • ‘C’ Walk  – 13km -10:00 am 11:00 am – walk will take 5 hours approx. – lead walk, requires a good level of fitness.
  • Family Walk – 6.7km – 11am – New this year – walk will take about 2 hours – easy walk from Vee to Glenview Lounge via forest paths.

*Walking Boots essential for all walks.

Full details below:

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Dec 192012

Clogheen Loop Walk – St. Stephen’s Day 2012

Christmas can be a period of inactivity both at work and in a personal capacity. Well it does not have to be that way if you’re living in Clogheen. There are so many beautiful walks and cycle routes available that it is a wonderful place to be if you’ve got some time to spare -as many of us do over the Christmas period.

If you fancy a nice walk on St. Stephens Day why not pop over to St Paul’s Community Centre, Clogheen. We will be taking on the Clogheen Loop Walk (out the Vee road, across the bottom of the mountain via forest tracks and back down at Heathfield road, Shanrahan. The walk, which covers just over 5 miles, will leave at 12 noon and refreshments will be available on the journey home. The walk generally takes between 1.5 and 2 hours to complete depending on your level of fitness. There will be walkers of all competencies and fitness levels taking part on the day so you will be sure to find other walkers of similar capabilities.

Bring something to drink, good walking shoes (runners are fine if it is dry), a rainproof jacket and a fully charged mobile phone.


For further information contact P.J. English 087 798 4929.

Oct 112012

Walks Awareness Training Programme - October 15th 2012, NewcastleWalks’ Awareness Training Programme

Knockmealdown Active will hold an Information Evening in the Community Hall, Newcastle, Co. Tipperary on Monday, October 15th 2012 at 8pm.

This programme is for individuals who are interested in developing walking and walking related products/enterprises in the Knockmealdown and surrounding areas.

The programme will consist of

a)    Mountain navigation course

b)    Safety on the mountains

c)     Idea generation and developing walking related enterprises


For further information contact:        Kevin O’Donnell, Programme Co-ordinator; 086 3541700, kodonnell1@eircom.net.

Sep 252012

Tipperary Loop Walk – Oct. 7th

A Tipperary Loop Walk will take place on Sunday October 7th, 2012 (National Trails Day) around the Clogheen Loop. Registration will take place from 1.45pm with the walk starting at 2pm from St. Pauls Community Centre. The walk is 5.1 miles long and, presuming the weather is fine, can be easily done in runners or comfortable walking shoes. We would like everybody to come a long and enjoy. For further information contact P.J. English on 087 7984929.

Sep 202012

Concern Fundraising Walk – October 7th

Five people from Limerick will travel to Uganda this November with Concern. In order to raise funds and highlight the work undertaken by Concern they are organising a walk up Keeper Hill, outside Limerick city, on Sunday October 7th, 2012.

The organisers are hoping to get at least 100 people involved in the walk so they are looking for walkers and members of walking clubs around the region to join them. It will be an opportunity to see some other Munster walks in mountain ranges outside of the Knockmealdowns, Comeraghs and Galtees, which are the closest to us here in Clogheen.

It should be great day out, as all outings organised in the past have been. The organisers would also appreciate any help on the day with guiding walkers.

If you would like to take part please contact Joanna Clifford on 087 945 8850 as the club will be organising food after the event so it will need to have an idea of numbers becoming involved.

Aug 222012

Coronation Walk – Cahir Castle to Swiss Cottage 

This is a lovely easy 4km walk to do if you are in the environs of Cahir, about 15 minutes from Clogheen. It is, by far, the most popular walk for people living in or visiting Cahir.

Go to the back of Cahir Castle Car Park and follow the path southwards (downriver) to the Swiss Cottage then returning by the same route. The tarmac route now runs about 1km past the Swiss Cottage so you can continue the walk on either side of the bank until you can walk no further if you wish. The walk is tarmac all the way and extremely flat. Unless it has been raining heavily you should be fine wearing runners. The tarmac can be a little bumpy in places, but apart from that it would also be fine as a walk to do with a child’s buggy.

The Swiss Cottage site was once part of the Butler-Charteris Estate; the family named the walk for the coronation of George IV in 1821, in whose inner circle they socialised.

This walk runs behind the GAA & Soccer pitches, along the back of Cahir Park Golf Club and then along the bank of the River Suir to the Swiss Cottage which is on the opposite bank of the river, crossed by a bridge at the cottage.

The walk is surrounded by native broadleaf woodland, planted from the 1790’s, including mature beech, oak, Spanish chestnut, sycamore, laurel, rhododendron and elder. The area contains quite a bit of wildlife. Swans, duck and cormorants are common, as well as red squirrel, pheasant and woodcock.

You will find the walk here on ViewRanger so you can download it to your phone if you wish. It is, however, a very straight walk so you won’t need a map to help you.

Cahir Coronation Walk Map

Jul 202012

St. Declan's Way SignpostsSt. Declan’s Way Walk – Ardfinnan to Ardmore – August 4th, 5th & 6th 2012 

Following a very successful walk to Ardmore over St. Patrick’s Weekend 2012, termed An Camino in honour of the famous Spanish mountain pilgrimage, Kevin & Ber O’Donnell are responding to demands for a similar event in the summer.

This event will take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend from Saturday 4th to Sunday 6th, 2012.


Walk & Accommodation: €220 per person sharing to include 3 nights B/B, 2 dinners, transport (from Kilmaneen Farmhouse to walk and back) and guides.

Walk Only: €60 per person to include transport and guides for the 3 days.

All enquiries to Kevin O’Donnell at Kilmaneen Farmhouse, 052 6136231 (intl + 353 52 6136231), Mobile: 086 3541700 & 083 3351090 or email info@kilmaneen.com. You can also find Kilmaneen Farmhouse on Facebook.

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.