Walks in Clogheen, Tipperary
If you are into hillwalking, or even a nice scenic walk along a tarmac road, then the world is your oyster while in Clogheen. Located at the foot of the Knockmealdown mountain range, right at the bottom of Knockshanahullion and the Sugar Loaf, it is a hill walker’s dream. There are more walks around the town than you could shake a big stick at so, if it’s a walking holiday you’re looking for, then look no further. Contact one of the premises on our accommodation page, book in for a few days and enjoy all this picturesque area has to offer.
There are literally hundreds of walks around Clogheen and, if you spend some time here, you’ll come up with some of your own favourites. Here we’ll list a few, but do be aware that this is a mere drop in the ocean, there are plenty of walks for the beginner on the flat, or right up the Knockmealdown, Comeragh or Galtee Mountain ranges. Take your pick, there are walks for everyone and enough variety to fill your whole week with walks of sufficient variety to appease the appetite of even the most demanding walking enthusiasts.
The Knockmealdown Ramblers is a loose affiliation of similarly minded walkers taking a variety of routes along the Knockmealdowns, Galtees and Comeragh Mountains since early 2012, but walks had been informally arranged for some time before this formal inauguration. The group came about in response to an increasing demand for regular local organised walks. It caters for walkers of all ages, fitness levels and experience in the participating towns of Clogheen, Ballyporeen, Goatenbridge, Newcastle & Ardfinnan. Members also travel further afield for organised walks and to meet up with other walking clubs from time to time. For further information contact Jim O Brien on 087 249 0089. If you sign up for the Clogheen newsletter (where it says Follow Clogheen) on the bottom right hand side of the page you’ll be kept up to date on when walks are taking place and where they will be.
Galty Vee Valley Walks
Thanks to the Galty Vee Valley Group for these four suggestions:
Walk 1 – Mount Anglesby – Glounliagh – Kilballyboy Wood (1.5 to 2 hours)
Walk 2 – Kilballyboy Wood – Bay Lough (2.5 to 3 hours)
Walk 3 – Knockshanahullion, Knockmealdown Mountains (2 hours)
Walk 4 – Heathfield, Shanrahan (1 hour) – simple walk all on footpath and tarred roadway.
Knockmealdown Active Walks
Clogheen Loop Walk – St. Pauls Community Centre – Mount Anglesby – Forestry Roadway – Shanrahan (1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours).
All these routes are mapped with ViewRanger so you can download the route to your phone. You’ll have to register for full route details, but it’s free.
Summerhill – nice gentle 7.13 Km walk out the Clonmel Road and into the countryside.
Shanrahan/Flemingstown – part tarmac, part forestry track. 10km walk with a moderate climb to the summit. There is a very shallow water crossing.
To see all local routes uploaded to ViewRanger on a map click on this link.
There are several trails around Bay Lough Lake, accessed from the Waterford side via one easy to walk pathway from the car park. This walk is downhill to the lake and has a bearable incline on the return, so it is suitable for families. There are numerous other trails from Loughglenbridge, Kilballyboy Wood and Mount Anglesby (and alternatives from Mount Anglesby such as this and this) on the Tipperary side which lead over the hill to the lake. It can also be accessed from the Sheep Pens on the Shanrahan to Araglin road, walking to the top of Knockshanahullion and onward to the lake from there.
Walks from Discover Ireland
The Tipperary Heritage Way – 56km route starting at the Vee gap
Mountain Views Reviews
These are the 3 peaks closest to Clogheen:
If you are looking for more of a challenge, the highest peak in the range is Knockmealdown itself, behind Goatenbridge and Newcastle.