Galtee Walking Club

The weather held and a good day was had by all three groups who took to the hills last Sunday.

The weather held and a good day was had by all three groups who took to the hills last Sunday.

The ever popular C group drew 27 members for a glorious outing in the Comeraghs with Liam and Shane Doheny. Meeting in Kilsheelan village, they car pooled into the foothills of Knockanaffrin to make their way along forest tracks to the lovely Lough Mohra. Disturbed only by the feeding activities of fish on insect, the still calm waters of the lake were a meditative experience as the group lunched under Knockanaffrin, taking in the panoramic vista which stretched out to the horizon over Waterford. After a round of the lake, Liam led the way back through ever extending circles of forest path to the pick up point. The afters are still to be reported on, where many took up Marion’s invitation to tea and cake down the road. Thank you Marion and Liam and Shane for all your effort and for a unique outing in the Comeraghs.

A change of plan saw Ann O’Donnell lead the B group out from Galtee Castle car park and into the lovely Blackrock Valley. Enjoying relatively balmy weather conditions, the first leg of the journey took them down to the Two Rivers and then along by the old famine wall. Taking the Zig Zag from there, they ascended to point 609 and took a break for lunch. From here they circled around to make their return journey home in high spirits, well pleased with this alternative outing. Paul Ryan’s A walk was led by our esteemed chairman Tom, who stepped into the breach at the last minute to navigate a novel route of the Horseshoe in the Galtees. Starting from Clydagh, they took the path along by the river to ascend the north face of Galtee Mor. It was clear and warm on top, so a welcome lunch was enjoyed for a change!

Then it was across to Galty Beg where they bid farewell to the ‘two seniors’ who decided to head back via the usual route of Cush and Clydagh. The ‘more youthful’ rest continued on to point 786 and then north to Knockastakeen. The final push was onto Cush and finally, with legs beginning to falter, they made it back to Clydagh after 6 hours of true A style endeavour. Well done all and thank you Tom.

Next weeks walks Sun: 26nd May, Joe Brown will meet the A walkers at 10am at Galtee Castle car park for a hike in the Galtees. The B group will meet at 11am at Rock an Thorabh for a round of the Ridge with Eddie McGrath. Wednesday evening walks continue as scheduled.