What better way to raise money for one of the country’s respected charities, than to get out and about in some of the country’s most beautiful mountains.
The inaugural Concern Four County Challenge Walk has been launched and takes place on August 31, taking lovers of the great outdoors to the peaks of Tipperary, Waterford, Cork and Limerick.
The challenge starts in the Knockmealdown Mountains which straddle Waterford and Tipperary. It passes through Cork and finishes in the Galtee Mountains on the Limerick side.
The walk has the dual benefit of raising funds for Concern and highlighting the splendour of the region. The idea is that visitors will walk it for the first time but also that local people will discover the beauty that is on their own doorstep.
On the day walkers will register at the end point of the walk in the Galtees. A bus then transfers them to the start point in the Knockmealdowns. The walk starts near the Vee at the beautiful corrie lake known as Baylough. The route meanders along the Avondhu Way taking in parts of Tipperary, Waterford and Cork.
Mountain track changes to quiet minor roads near Ballyporeen and from there the trail heads to the Galtees entering at Galtee Castle near Skeheenarinky. It hugs the Attycran River and finishes at the foot of Galteemore at Kings Yard. Once you cross the bridge you are in County Limerick. Kings Yard is a farm tucked into the glen, overlooked by Cooper’s Wood and Knocknagalty Hill where the Attycran river meets the Glounreagh river and they in turn become the River Funcheon.
The total distance is 33km. There will be an option to finish near Ballyporeen also in which case the distance is 24km. See www.fourcountychallenge.com