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.

Feb 252012

Knockmealdown Walking Club – Galtee Mountain Walk Sunday February 26th

The Knockmealdown Walking Club will take a brief foray away from the Knockmealdowns toward the Galtee Mountains across the valley on Sunday February 26th. The group will meet at the Bally Hi pub in Ballyporeen at 10am and then take a short drive to where the walk will commence.

Bring appropriate walking gear, weatherproof clothing, a drink and a snack.

For further information contact Jim O’Brien on 087 249 0089.

Feb 202012

Flemingstown, Shanrahan Walk - the Foill Dearg, ClogheenFlemingstown, Shanrahan Walk – Knockmealdown Walking Club

On Sunday, February 19th 2012 the group took on a lovely local walk in the Shanrahan/Flemingstown area known locally as the Foill Dearg (this could well be a mis-spelling, it’s an educated guess as I can’t find an online reference to it anywhere, so if anyone knows the proper spelling they might pass it on).

The start of the walk is on the right hand side on the Araglin road about a half mile past Shanrahan graveyard (forestry entrance after the third road turning to the right). There is normally a closed metal forestry barrier there.)

On the day we walked from the forestry entrance uphill along the Araglin road, turning off this road at the Sheep Pen (you’ll see a sign there for the Knocklugga Loop) and taking the forestry road back to the start.

It’s a lovely walk, just under 10km long, and the weather was exceptional for walking – crisp, dry and with some lovely sunshine.

You can find and download the walk on ViewRanger here (use the drop down to show Google Maps or Satellite, it will be more accurate than OpenStreet map which has put in an extra non-existent road for some reason. The map in the picture above is from Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) but you can’t view this unless you buy the rights to view OSI maps from View Ranger – it costs €24 for 50 sq. km.).

Below are some photographs taken on the walk.

Feb 162012

Shanrahan Walk – Feb. 19th, 10am – Knockmealdown Walking Club

A very successful walk took place in Goatenbridge last Sunday where the group took on the Knockballiniry Loop walk (see some pictures below).

This Sunday February 19th all interested walkers and strollers are asked to meet up at Shanrahan Cemetery car park outside Clogheen at 10am.

Walkers of all levels of interest and fitness are welcome. Please bring suitable footwear (runners or walking shoes/boots), a drink & snack and some waterproof clothing in case we encounter inclement weather conditions.

For further information contact David Slattery on 086 280 8188.

Feb 062012

Knockmealdown Walking Club Formed

At the Knockmealdown Active Loop walk of Clogheen on February 5th 2012 the Knockmealdown Walking Club was officially unveiled. For further information contact Jim O Brien 087 249 0089.

The group hopes to take on a range of walks in different areas around the Knockmealdown Mountains, and further afield, each weekend. If you keep an eye on the Knockmealdown Active Facebook Page (click on ‘Like’ and it’s updates will show up on your Facebook page) or sign up for our updates in the ‘Follow Clogheen’ box on the bottom right of the page and you’ll receive updates each time there is a new post put on this Clogheen website.

Next Sunday, February 12th 2012, the group is to meet up in Goatenbridge at 10am to take on one of the many loop walks this lovely area has to offer. There will be full details on this site later in the week.

Here are some photos from yesterday’s walk, which was the new loop walk in Clogheen: