Upcoming Walks

Walks Schedule

For the coming year 2019-2020 there will be a weekly schedule of Sunday walks rather than the fortnightly schedule as heretofore.It is hoped to update the schedule periodically to ensure that up to 3 months walks are published at any given time.

The meeting point for all walks is the front entrance to Garvey’s Supermarket in Dingle at 10am, unless otherwise indicated.

Walking Holidays & Weekends Away

In recent years we have traveled abroad as a club on walking holidays (generally of one weeks duration) to the UK (twice) Canary Islands, Austria, Italy and Slovenia and expect to continue this annual tradition for the foreseeable future.

We also have a very enjoyable club weekend away, usually in May, to explore the mountain ranges of adjacent counties and beyond, and of course feel obliged to sample the local hostelries in the relevant area
  • Easy
    Usually a lower level. Can be rough ground and ascent up to 250m.

  • Moderate
    May involve ascents up to 525m. Usually from 3 to 4.5 hours.

  • Strenuous
    Requires a reasonable degree of fitness. Climbs up to 952m. May involve some scrambling.

  • Very Strenuous
    Requires a higher level of fitness and a head for heights. May involve scrambling and/or narrow ridges. Can be as long as 7.5 hours.

.Please note if the following requirements are not met you may not be allowed to join the walk for your own safety and wellbeing

Essentials :

  • Good Hiking Boots
  • Packed Lunch and Water
  • Waterproof Clothes, Hat and Gloves
  • Rucksack

Recommended:

  • Bivi/Survival Bag
  • Gaitors
  • Small Torch
  • Extra Clothing
  • Walking Stick

Leaders should also be equipped with First Aid Kit, Map, Compass, Whistle and Torch.

JANUARY

7th

Carrauntoohil (1039m)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 860m
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    FEBRUARY

    7th

    Carrauntoohil (1039m)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 860m
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    15th

    Benbulbin (1000m)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 860m
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    MARCH

    7th

    Carrauntoohil (1039m)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 860m
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    APRIL

    7th

    Carrauntoohil (1039m)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 860m
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    MAY

    7th

    Carrauntoohil (1039m)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 860m
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    JUNE

    30th

    Caherconree -Baurtregaum - Derrymore

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 12kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 900m
  • More details to be confirmed.

    JULY

    14th

    Carrauntoohil (1039m)

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: TBC
  • Duration: 5.5 hours
  • Height gain: 1039m
  • More details to be confirmed.

    28th

    Mount Brandon (952m) from Faha

  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Length: 10 km
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 860m
  • Club members generally provide assistance to the local festival committee for this annual ascent of Mt Brandon as part of Féile Lúghnasa

    Starting from the carpark at Faha,below the newly renovated grotto area,we follow the well worn track on  a gradual ascent up towards Faha Ridge.We then skirt around the side of the ridge on a narrow track,looking down on the ribbon like features of the impressive paternoster Lakes below.Having arrived down into the valley,we cross the river and make our way to the most difficult section,known as the Éisc, which is quite steep and badly eroded with a couple of tricky “steps” to be negotiated on the way.30-40 minutes later we are greeted by the stunning vista that is the Dingle side of the Brandon range,looking down on the Three Sisters, Ballydavid and the Blasket Islands etc. From here it is a short 15-20 minute gradual approach to the summit. Taking time to appreciate the views (weather permitting) we retrace our steps carefully and return by the same route.

    AUGUST

    11th

    Connor Pass to Cuas via Mount Brandon

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 19kms
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Height gain: 900m
  • Start Point: Connor Pass Carpark – Q491057

    This is a long and arduous walk with many ups and downs requiring a high level of fitness and a head for heights.Leaving the carpark we climb to An Bhinn Dubh 478m and follow the undulating ridge line via several spot heights to Ballysitteragh 623m. Descending initially to the saddle below (397m) we climb again to Brandon Peak 840m via the very narrow ridge of An Géarán,where great care is required.We again drop down somewhat before gradually following the line of the wall to the summit of Mount Brandon 952m,our highest point of the day.

    Our descent is in a northerly direction to the ogham stone at the saddle below Más an Tiompáin,from where we follow the Dingle way to Baile an Chnocáin before breaking off to Cuas/Brandon Creek, a further 15 minute stroll, where our transport will await us.

    25th

    Glenbeigh Horseshoe

  • Grade: Easy
  • Length: TBC
  • Duration: TBC
  • Height gain: 350m
  • Note: Early Start from Dingle – Time and exact route to follow.

    This is a spectacular walk in the area of Coomasaharn Lake and has several route options

    SEPTEMBER

    11th

    Connor Pass to Cuas via Mount Brandon

  • Grade: Difficult
  • Length: 19km
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Height gain: 900m
  • Start Point: Connor Pass Carpark – Q491057

    This is a long and arduous walk with many ups and downs requiring a high level of fitness and a head for heights.Leaving the carpark we climb to An Bhinn Dubh 478m and follow the undulating ridge line via several spot heights to Ballysitteragh 623m. Descending initially to the saddle below (397m) we climb again to Brandon Peak 840m via the very narrow ridge of An Géarán,where great care is required.We again drop down somewhat before gradually following the line of the wall to the summit of Mount Brandon 952m,our highest point of the day.

    Our descent is in a northerly direction to the ogham stone at the saddle below Más an Tiompáin,from where we follow the Dingle way to Baile an Chnocáin before breaking off to Cuas/Brandon Creek, a further 15 minute stroll, where our transport will await us.

    8th

    Brandon Point – Sás Creek Loop

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 9 kms
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Height gain: 550m
  • Start Point: Brandon Point – Ref Q 527173

    A short steep accent to begin with along the start of the Siúlóid an tSás waymarked route before we branch off  to the right and traverse the northern side of An Buaicín.Our target is the bottom of the gulley where the river/stream starts to fall into the sea below@  Q 510174.Crossing the river,we face a  steep climb of approx. 150m along the ridge on the northern side of Cnoc Dúiléibhe before dropping again to another river crossing and another steep climb (250m approx.)This is where the spectacular Sás Creek(Sás = trap) comes into view. It is hard to imagine that people lived and farmed on its slopes in the early 19th century. Landslip has been a feature in the interim with much of the lower slopes in particular having been washed into the sea.

    Having absorbed the rugged beauty of the area we veer east north east and follow the ridge to the “green field” by the fence and turn NNE for home

    22nd

    Kilmore Cross – Dowdy`s Wire – Loch Cam Calláin Loop

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 8 kms
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Height gain: 550m
  • Start Point: Brandon Point – Ref Q 527173

    A short steep accent to begin with along the start of the Siúlóid an tSás waymarked route before we branch off  to the right and traverse the northern side of An Buaicín.Our target is the bottom of the gulley where the river/stream starts to fall into the sea below@  Q 510174.Crossing the river,we face a  steep climb of approx. 150m along the ridge on the northern side of Cnoc Dúiléibhe before dropping again to another river crossing and another steep climb (250m approx.)This is where the spectacular Sás Creek(Sás = trap) comes into view. It is hard to imagine that people lived and farmed on its slopes in the early 19th century. Landslip has been a feature in the interim with much of the lower slopes in particular having been washed into the sea.

    Having absorbed the rugged beauty of the area we veer east north east and follow the ridge to the “green field” by the fence and turn NNE for home

    OCTOBER

    6th

    Fán – Mt Eagle -Cruach Mharthain – Dun Chaoin

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 15kms
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Height gain: 700m
  • Start point: Fán – O.S map 70  Q351976

    For the first 1hr 15 mins approx. we follow one of the nicest sections of the Dingle Way in a westerly direction ,with spectacular views of the Blasket Islands, The Skelligs, Valentia etc together with beehive huts,Clochans etc. When we arrive on the lower slopes of Mt eagle just above Slea Head we start our climb,following an old stone wall which runs via Binn an Choma (424m) almost all the way to the summit (516m).Fabulous views abound from here in all directions so it is well worth lingering awhile to savour the moment!

    We descend along a faint track initially and then a more established one which brings us down to the road below Mám Clasach. A 20 min walk on the road leads us to the base of Cruach Mharthain at the mast,from where we start a steep climb of 220m (30-40 mins) to the top.We the descend to a rough track which leads us to the hostel at Dun Chaoin via the remains of the “Ryans Daughter “ movie village where the cobblestone street and some building foundations still remain. We will have dropped some cars at the hostel to bring us back to our starting point

    13th

    Brickany Hill

    • Grade: Easy
    • Length: 6kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 320m

    Meet garveys dingle 10 am- Lios Dana carpark Inch :10.30am.

    This route follows the Dingle Way eastwards before heading up on open mountain to the summit of 374m where you can see some items of archaeological interest.The descent is westwards back to the Dingle Way and on the the start point,partly on a paved road

    Leaders: Nuala Rigney and Mary Kiernan

    20th

    An Sliabh Glas – Loch Dubh Loop

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 9kms
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Height gain: 500m
  • Start Point: Slieveglass@ O.S. Map 70 Q 497138

    We park on a farm track with the kind permission of Brendan Greaney and walk in a WSW direction broadly in line with the Owennafeana river  while gradually gaining height as we go. The ground underfoot is somewhat rough  and rocky so some care needed. As we follow the river path we will come across various pieces of plane wreckage from the various crashes on the slopes of Mt Brandon in the period 1940 – 1943 including a German Focker Wolfe in which all 6 crew survived. We then head NW until we reach Loch Dubh from where we loop around and descend by the ridge leading eastwards and back to Slieveglass, passing some more bits of wreckage en route.

    27th

    Baile Breac - Mt Brandon- Ballinahow

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 10kms
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Height gain: 800m

    Start Point:  Baile Breac

    Route details to follow

    November

    3rd

    Dún Chaoin Loop - Club Open day Taster walk

    • Grade: Easy
    • Length: 7kms
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Height gain: 200m

    Start Point: Blasket Centre Carpark.

    We follow the tarmac road in a northerly direction along the Dingle Way with very slight height gain in the first 15-20 mins. We emerge on the main Slea Head drive route  and walk past Louis Mulcahy Pottery and on to Clogher Beach,where we leave the Dingle Way route.Heading south west along a cliff path we aim for Ceann Sraithe(Clogher Head).This section is not suitable for anybody who has not got a good head for heights or who suffers from vertigo.( walkers will have been advised of an alternative route prior to reaching this point).From Ceann Sraithe we descend a narrow track to another cliff top path which we follow until we pick up the last section of the “Lúb na Cille” trail and back to our start point via the old ruin of the “Ryans Daughter” schoolhouse

    10th

    Glens to Dingle

    • Grade: Moderate
    • Length: 8kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 470m

    Start Point:Glens Dingle:O.S Map70-Q440065

    Gradual initial ascent throught the forestry to the saddle north of  Ballysitteragh marked 397m.A steep boggy ascent follows to Ballysitteragh itself (623m) and onwards to spot height 600m where we turn in a south westerly direction down the spur to pick up the track at Scragg and into Dingle town.Weather permitting there will be great views of Brandon,Connor Pass,Blaskets,Three Sisters and Dingle town itself,with the Reeks also coming into view if the day is any way clear

    DECEMBER

    8th

    Brandon Point - Más an Tiompán(762m) - Teer

    • Grade: Moderate/Difficult
    • Length: 13kms
    • Duration: 6 hours+
    • Height gain: 900m

    Start point: Brandon Point:Q526 173.

    Leader: Mossie o halloran 0877942136
    Co leader: Lorraine Curran.
    This is a long walk and only suitable for club members. Our first 3km is a gradual ascent of 300m to Sàs creek. After another 2 km there is our 2nd climb of our hike to Más an Tiompán 762m. ( 1½kms and 450m ascent)  our return hike to Teer is all downhill from there,following the Dingle Way from the ogham stone at  Arraglen.

    15th

    Christmas Lunch Walk –Scragg towards Ballysitteragh

    • Grade: Easy
    • Length: 10kms
    • Duration: 3.5 hours
    • Height gain: 300m

    Start Point: Garveys Supervalu Dingle: 

    We walk from our start point to Goat Street from where we follow the “New Line” track at Scragg and head towards Ballysitteragh Mountain.This is very easy and pleasant walking being on relatively flat terrain for approx an hour.At this point there is the option to start climbing towards Ballysitteragh for as far as time will allow and then returning by the same route, or just returning  from here.

    Venue and time of Christmas lunch in Dingle to follow!

     

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