This walk is on Saturday the 15th October. Check in for walkers starting at Ticknock Forest park is between 9:30 and 10:00 and for those who might prefer a shorter route from Kilternan Education Centre it’s at 11:00.
The walk essentially follows the route of the Dublin Mountain Way as far as Brady’s Pub in Shankill.
The route will be fully marshalled to help with navigation decisions.
We remind people to wear suitable clothing and foot gear as some of the route is on trails. We also recommend a light snack and plenty of water. It is about 3.5 hours duration and is 18Km long.
The objective of the walk is to encourage people to get out and walk in company and to experience some of the more rural aspects of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown.
And we will offer complimentary refreshments in Brady’s as well as a free shuttle bus back to Ticknock Forest Park - there really is no reason not to register now
Online registration is required at www.mountains2cdownhillchallenge.evetbrite.ie
Summer 2016 Celtic Walking Pilgrimages
Greetings from Brigid's Way!
This summer we are offering a different way for people to experience the Brigid’s Way Celtic walking pilgrimage in Ireland.
For the past three years, the Brigid’s Way pilgrimage has been walked over 9 consecutive days starting from Faughart. Co. Louth and continuing through Ardee, Slane, Tara, Kilcock, Robertstown, Milltown and Pollardstown Fen into Kildare town.
In July 2016, Brigid’s Way will offer an opportunity for people to experience a shorter version of this pilgrimage. We are hosting two weekend opportunities, which will allow pilgrims to have a deep and rich experience of the two places most often associated with Brigid, her birth place Faughart, Co. Louth and Kildare town, the home of her monastery.
It is also possible to join either of these pilgrimages for 1 day.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July Weekend Pilgrimage from Faughart to Ardee
We invite you to join us at Faughart, Co. Louth on Saturday and Sunday July 2nd and 3rd. On day 1 of this weekend pilgrimage we begin at Brigid’s Well on Faughart Hill where we hold a blessing and prayer ceremony at Brigid’s well invoking her presence during our pilgrimage. We will then walk to Brigid’s Healing Shrine, spending time at the stream, the wonderful beech trees and the healing stones, allowing time to experience the beautiful peaceful energy of Faughart in it's "Summer Glory". After a picnic lunch at Faughart we will walk to Dundalk via Kilcurry, Toberona, up to Mount Avenue and into the beautiful lands of Lisnawilly (part of the ancient pathway) and into Dundalk town. On Day 2 we will walk from Dundalk to Ardee visiting the famous Cuchulainn stone and enact a dialogue that might have taken place between Brigid and Cuchulainn if they ever met! We visit the Brigid stain glass window in Knockbridge village before having lunch on the village green. We walk on to the beautiful village of Tallonstown and then into Ardee where our pilgrimage finishes. Dinner is available each evening and must be pre-booked.
Cost: €15 per day or €25 for 2 days
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July Weekend Pilgrimage from Robertstown, Co Kildare to Kildare town.
We invite you to join Karen and Lynda on Friday evening at Robertstown Cottages after 5.30pm for a Circle Gathering Meditation to meet Brigid, Goddess and Saint after a vegetarian dinner. On Saturday 23rd we will walk along the beautiful Canal banks past the Hill of Allen stopping for a picnic lunch (bring own) to arrive in Milltown and have a well deserved drink followed by dinner in the local restaurant (buy own). Following a lift back to Robertstown Cottages we will gather in Circle to celebrate the Full Moon and share our experiences of the day. On Sunday 24th we will drive / get a lift to the magical Pollardstown Fen to start our Pilgrimage walk across the Curragh to Brigid's Fire Temple, onto her Healing and Garden Wells and finishing with a very welcome cup of tea at the Solas Bhride Centre.
Cost for full weekend €150-€120 for further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org (only for full weekend)
You are very welcome to join us to walk either 1 or 2 days. Cost €15 per day OR €25 for days walking only. For further information and bookings email: email@example.com Telephone Karen McDowell on 087 460 9006
Full details will be emailed to participants on receipt of their bookings and payments. Paypal option available.
"Arise and go now..."
Trek 34km from Dromahair, Co. Leitrim to Coolaney, Co. Sligo and discover the Sligo Camino.
The Camino will follow the Sligo Way through some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland. The route is a challenging mixture of tracks, trails, forest paths, finishing with 8km of country lanes around the Annaghmore Estate.
Bishopstown Hillwalking Festival 21st 22nd May 2016
The Bishopstown Hillwalking Festival will take place over the weekend of Sat 21st and Sun 22nd May 2016 to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Bishopstown Hillwalking Club.
The festival will include walks to the Galtees and Knockmealdown Mountains.
The Kilbeheny Community Centre will be the event centre for all walks. Registration will take place at the Kilbeheny Community Centre from 1 hour prior to the bus departure up to 15 minutes prior to the bus departure for any particular walk.
The walks will be graded as follows. A Walk : Fast Pace, Strenuous, Duration up to 7hrs, Total Ascent up to 1400m, Distance up to 25km. B walk : Tough, Good Pace, Duration up to 6hrs, Total Ascent up to 1000m, Distance up to 18km. C walk : Moderate, Moderate Pace, Duration up to 5hrs, Total Ascent up to 600m, Distance up to 14km. D Walk : Easy, Easy Pace, Duration up to 4hrs, Mainly on the flat, tracks and paths. All walks are guided and will have leaders and co-leaders appointed by BHC. All participants in the walks are asked to follow the instructions of the walk leaders at all times.
Proceeds to SEMRA.
Download your entry form by visiting their website here
Kildare Walking Destical 10th -31st July 2016
This year the Kildare Walking Festival includes a Grand Canal Challenge and for those interested you can already register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free transport back to the start point, for each stage of the six day challenge. The bus is free and is available to the first 50 people registered for each walk. Walking the canal is flat easy and relaxing. Walks are as follows:Kildare Sports Partnership host this event. The bus will fill up quickly!
Sunday July 17th meet @ 3 pm – Stage 1: Hazelhatch to Sallins
Distance 13km. approx. Meeting point: Hazelhatch Canal Bridge, free parking at Mc Evoys Pub
Wed July 20th meet @ 11 am – Stage 2: Sallins to Roberstown
Distance 11.5 km. approx. Meeting Point: Sallins Canal Bridge
Sunday July 24th meet @ 3pm - Stage 3: Roberstown to Rathangan
Distance 12.5 km. approx. Meeting Point: Roberstown Canal Bridge
Tuesday July 26th meet @ 11am - Stage 4: Rathangan to Monastervan
Distance 10.5 km. approx. Meeting Point: Rathangan Canal Bridge
Thursday July 28th meet @11am - Stage 5: Monastervan to Vicarstown
Distance 11.5 km.approx. Meeting Point : Monasterevan Train Station
Sunday July 31st meet @ 3pm - Stage 6: Vicarstown to Athy
Distance 11 km. approx. Meeting Point : Vicerstown Canal Bridge
For more details check out Kildare Sports Partnership's Facebook Page
Leenane Mountain Walking Festival 30th April – 1st May 2016
This May is the 8th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival and it takes place on from the 30th April – 1st May bank Holiday.
The festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level plus geology & archaeology fieldtrip. This year the programme includes the firm favourite Mweelrea as well as the Maamtrasna and the Sheeffry Hills. Michael Gibbons is back by popular demand with another fascinating archaeological walk.
Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides and covered by public insurance. Another unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea/coffee & scones at various local businesses at the end of each day.
The festival will kick of with a talk from Mary Young on her recent trek in Nepal on the Friday night, with the finale been the much loved Ceili on the Sunday to finish the weekend off with a bang. Keep an eye on their facebook page for more details.
The committee would like to thank all the landowners for giving us permission to use their land for the weekend. Leenane Mountain Walking Festival is organised by a group of locals who want to help make this amazing part of the country accessible to everyone, give people a chance to see what the West of Ireland has to offer and also help bring business to the local community.
Book online at www.leenanevillage.com
The Bishopstown Hillwalking Festival will take place over the weekend of Sat 21st and Sun 22nd May 2016 to mark the 22nd anniversary of the
Bishopstown Hillwalking Club with walks in the Galty and Knockmealdown Mountains.
Event Centre Kilbeheny Community Association.
Proceeds to SEMRA.
Further details at www.bishopstownhillwalkingfestival.net/
Bishopstown Hillwalking Festival Sat 21st and Sun 22nd May 2016
Killarney's Ultimate High Peaks Challenge 9th July 2016
Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge is an exhilarating and unique 1 day event in which participants will self navigate their way along a pre-planned route across the highest mountain range in Ireland – The majestic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. During the course of this memorable day participants will trek over 25km of wild and rugged mountain terrain ticking off many of Ireland’s highest summits with a total height gain of almost 2500 metres.
This is not a race but a challenge event where participants will test their personal navigational skills, fitness, determination and stamina… Have you got what it takes?!?!?!
Numbers are strictly limited for this event and they are flying in so book early to avoid disappointment!
Dublin Walking Festival takes place this Easter weekend the 25th to the 27th March
These hills are made for walking
The second annual Dublin Walking Festival takes place this Easter weekend the 25th to the 27th March.
The festival takes in a selection of routes across the Dublin Mountains, and with walks categorised as easy, moderate or strenuous, there should be something for almost everyone.
“This walking festival has been designed for cater for almost everyone, be they young, old, novice or experienced”, said Terry Lambert of Hilltop Treks, the organiser of the festival. “We are using great trails in the Dublin Mountains such as the Dublin Mountains Way, and our friends at Trails and Tales will guide the walk at Bohernabreena and its beautiful reservoir. And with the kind support of South Dublin County Council we have been able to provide family friendly routes for young children too.”
Highlights of the festival include a hike to Seahan Mountain for the experienced walker, a Full Moon Walk overlooking the lights of Dublin and the Irish coastline, a photography walk, and the historical walks of the Hell Fire Club and Massy’s Woods with local historian Frank Tracy. “Dublin is blessed to have such great walking areas and access routes on its doorstep”, said Terry. “It’s great fun for everyone and a great excuse to enjoy the great outdoors that Dublin has to offer.”
Whilst registration takes place at the location of some of the walks, other walks such as the Bohernabreena reservoir walk or the Dublin Mountains Way Trail 1 & 2 start at the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght where buses will be provided to get walkers to the walk and back.
Walkers are advised to bring walking boots/ shoes, rain gear, packed lunch, water, sun cream and camera. Those interested in taking part can pay for walks separately or avail of the weekend walk pass, and prices are related to the grade rating of each walk. There is also a 50% discount for family walks.
For further details and prices visit http://www.hilltoptreks.com/walking-holidays/dublin-walking-festival
Oughterard Trails Festival June 24th - 26th 2016
Oughterard, steeped in history and full of unique character is simply the best place to begin your voyage into Connemara. This inaugural walking festival has it all, a fun filled weekend walking programme for all the family on the beautiful shores of Lough Corrib. Come along and see what Oughterard has to offer, all only 20 minutes from Galway City.
Oughterard Trails Festival - €25 Per Adult / €30 per Family for the Weekend Festival - Covers all walks
Walks can be paid for individually on the day:
See www.discoveroughterard.com/oughterard-trails-festival.html for more details of all the walks or check them out on facebook here
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