Welcome to the Galtee Walking Club

Hello and failte to the Galtee Walking Club, Cnocadóiri na Gaibhlte, based in and around Tipperary in Ireland. Our club has been in existence since 2003 and was started initially by a core group of hill walking enthusiasts who were born and raised around the foothills of the Galtee mountains and the Glen of Aherlow in South Tipperary. Since then, it has grown and diversified and currently has a membership of over 150, drawn from all over Munster. We offer a number of different graded walks on a regular weekly basis throughout the year which are available to new members or to those wishing to join us for a one off sample hike.  more

Mountain Skills course dates, message from Mark Britton

Hi All,
There has been a lot of demand for more mountain skills courses so I have set out the below dates for mountain skills one and two courses.  It will be booked on a first come first served basis however if there is the demand I can run some further courses during the summer.
The mountain skills two course will be an overnight as there is some night navigation as part of the course.  Usually I suggest we stay locally to reduce driving and we can start at an earlier time the second morning so it is worth keeping that in mind when thinking about the dates.
Initially the next dates for courses are:
9th + 10th March - Mountain skills one FULL
23rd + 24th March - Mountain Skills two FULL
13th + 14th April - Mountain Skills one SPACES
27th + 28th April - Mountain Skills two SPACES
As mentioned above if there is the demand I can run further courses however it will more than likely be in June/July due to time constraints.  If you have any queries feel free to drop me an email and I will come back to you as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and I hope your all keeping well and still out walking,
Regards,
Mark Britton
brittonoutdoors@gmail.com

C walks wanted for next schedule

If anyone is interested in doing a C walk during the months of April, May and June please contact Eddie on 087 9711796.

Sunday February 17, 2019

17 February 2019 17 February 2019

Sunday February 10, 2019

10 February 2019

Sunday February 3, 2019

3 February 2019 3 February 2019

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival 2019

The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival took place over the weekend of January 26 and 27, 2019. The event featured A, B and C walks on Saturday and B+, B and C walks on Sunday. The festival base was Aherlow House Hotel.

Photos from the Festival

Festival Brochure

Sunday January 27, 2019. Winter Walking Festival.

27 January 2019

Saturday January 26, 2019. Winter Walking Festival.

26 January 2019 26 January 2019

The Views from Lyracappul

A poem by Rody Tierney

From the little Assaroola stream that joins the River Aherlow
I will climb to Lyracappul and survey all below
It is to the beauty of our precious glen that I will treat my eyes
Then ponder on the Shrough Dolmen where an ancient chieftain lies
 
Now with my back to the famine wall I gaze out further north
Beneath the gentle Phelims where three great warriors fought 
O’Sullivan Beara an Patrick Sarsfield to name the recent two
And before their time the King of Munster - the legend Brian Boru
 
Peeping from above the Phelims is Keeper Hill and Mathair Sliebh
Where Eamon an Cnoic was hunted and found refuge in a cave
I can just make out the Devil’s Bit to my right in the distant haze
But not the view from Toomevara where I grew up and played
 
Alone, alone and directly east stands lovely Slievenamon
Where Grainne raced up to the summit and won her sweetheart Fionn
Charles Kickham used your name to title his fine song
And lose, draw or win Tipp men will sing about you Slievenamon
 
To the south is steep Bengower, the Glounreagh valley and Seefin
The Blackrock river and Knockaterriff above the pigeon rock sweet glen
Looking west on this fine clear day - I can see the Kerry reeks
But nearer still is Temple Hill with that large cairn on its peak
 
Now as I have left you Lyre na Cappal and your beauty spots galore
I will pause and bless myself at the cross on Galteemore
Then scamper over Galteebeag and down the Geisha steps
And battle up the slope of Cush – it will surely put me to the test
 
My pleasant trek is over now and I must make my way on home
The hills and valleys I’ll leave behind for another day to roam
To Bianconi’s coach road pub I’ll call and drink a pint or two
Then before I cross over Slievenamuck I might sing a song for you







 

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Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free.
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea.
Where the rivers run clear and the bracken is gold in the sun.
And cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done.
Gordon Smyth