The Wednesday evening walks have begun and will run in parallel with the Sunday walks until the end of June. A good turnout of 40 people attended the first evening walk of the season on April 10 and after a welcome from our chairman, Tom Lyons, Rita Hickey took them on the 2 hour Glencush loop from Clydagh Bridge.
There was no rest for Rita as she was back at Clydagh Bridge again on Sunday with a combined group of 19 B and C walkers. Weather conditions were poor with rain and strong winds so Rita wisely decided to change her original plan of climbing to Lake Curra and opted instead for the more sheltered forest tracks in the area. This gave the opportunity to some to opt for a short walk while others carried on for close to 4 hours to the sounds of the wind and flowing water. Many thanks to Rita and to George. Similar weather conditions faced the 11 a walkers on Tom Lyons’ 21km, 4.5 hour A walk following the Avondhu Way from Araglin to Clogheen. The first and highest peak of the day was Farbrega at 518 metres followed by a detour to find the waterfalls at the top of the swollen Araglin river. With the wind at their backs now the pace was lively and spirits high as they headed for Bay Lough and the descent to Clogheen. Thanks to Tom.
On Saturday, April 20, there is a Galtee clean-up, meeting at the Glen Hotel, Aherlow at 10am. This is an opportunity to give something back to the places we walk and undo some of the damage done by the thoughtless dumpers. On Sunday next, April 21, Brendan Sheils has a moderate A walk in the Nagles Mountains meeting at Ballyhooly Church Car Park at 10am. There is an optional carpool point for this walk at the Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown, at 9:30am. Roger Lonergan, on his first outing as walk leader, will take the C walkers to Lake Muskry starting from Rossadrehid Waterworks at 11am. The evening walk on April 24 meets at Christ the King statue at 7pm for 2 hours on forest tracks with Danny Bailey.