The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way, all the way from Cashel to Ardmore, will take place from Wednesday, July 24th to Sunday, 28th. This follows last year’s very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore. The walk, 56 miles long, is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so participation from all corners of the globe is encouraged.
St. Declan’s Way is a well-known Christian pilgrimage route. Participants will walk an average of 20km per day over the five days. The walk departs Cashel for Cahir on Wednesday, July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short leg to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday, July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) and on to Lismore – this is the most difficult leg of the route. From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday, July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally on Sunday, July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival.
This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts, locals and visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.
Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk are currently being taken on www.kmdactive.com. Please book soon if you are interested, as numbers are limited.