Spring is in the air, and our walking groups have embraced the outdoors with relish! After the cancellation of the Mount Hilary hike (due to snow), our walkers were eager to get out, come rain or shine.
The amble in Doneraile Park on 14th February was well attended, and it was great to catch up as we walked along, as well as over the welcome lunch. Thanks to Nora Farrissey for leading this amble.
On Tuesday 19th, a group of 20 hillwalkers met at Cuskinny, on Great Island, for a coastal walk, along the shore and through Marlóg Wood. Mary O’Brien was our local guide and with the help of Deirdre Ryan, shared lots of interesting facts about the history and topography of the area. Once again, the company was great and we enjoyed the chat as we trekked along, hardly noticing the rain!
On Wednesday 17th October, the RTAI Hill walkers had an invigorating hike in the Knockmealdown mountains, ably led by Veronica Curran.
As is now established custom, we assembled in Barrons Bakery, Cappoquin for tea and scones prior to the hike. Then we drove to our starting point at Bay Lough. From our scenic parking spot we could anticipate the wonderful views that awaited us as we climbed higher.
After a steep and challenging ascent, we levelled off to a gentler climb, with plenty of opportunities to stop to admire the panorama below us. We were straddling three counties: Waterford, Tipperary and Cork. For quite a distance we followed a fence which divides County Cork from County Waterford. Veronica pointed out landmarks along the way, showing that she knows the hills like the back of her hand.
We stopped at the summit (630m), for our “sos beag”, and after refuelling we were glad to move down from the windy height!
As usual, there was lots of chat along the way, as well as opportunities to walk in silence, appreciating the privilege of being far removed from the busy world below us, just enjoying being one with Mother Nature.
One could surely say that this was a loop walk, as we finished where we started – back at Barrons Bakery! We thoroughly enjoyed the delicious soup and sandwiches that were laid on for us. Thanks to RTAI for subsidising the cost of lunch!
Tuesday 4th of September was the day to catch up with retired friends for our two day outing in Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh beach and hills around to be precise. Meeting up in the afternoon with the group was tricky, as most were so bronzed and fit after our amazing Summer, they were barely recognisable…. Anyhow, we had a super sunny walk around Rossbeigh beach, full of fascinating facts supplied by our great guide and photographer, James!
James shows the way!
The wreck peeps through the waves!
Information about the Sunbeam wreck.
A very reasonably priced and enjoyable dinner in the Towers Hotel that night allowed for more catch-up and anticipation for the next morning’s trek over the mountain around the bay.
Again, James guided us around our much longer walk with skill and learning opportunities, giving us frequent ministops for photo ops. The mist which had threatened to obscure the stunning views finally lifted and a rainbow beckoned us to look over the bay to Inch beach away in the distance. Sustenance was provided by wonderful conversation and stuffing our faces with blackberries, (at least I did!) on the road downwards and home to the Rossbeigh beach below.
This walker feels energised and ready for more enjoyable gatherings this Autumn , in the friendly company of the RTAI Amblers and Hillwalkers. Go raibh maith agaibh go leir…..