Galtee walkers take to the mountains and woodlands

Galtee Walking Club pre Christmas walks tempted many away from pressing domestic business to enjoy some peace, tranquillity and exercise in the mountains and woodlands.

Galtee Walking Club pre Christmas walks tempted many away from pressing domestic business to enjoy some peace, tranquillity and exercise in the mountains and woodlands.

First out at 10am, for a four and a half hour hike, was Cliona Tuohy with a band of 14 walkers. Leaving Clydagh Bridge, they ascended to the Grassy Knoll where they had their first banana! Then they took the ice road to the lovely Lake Curra where they had a second banana, before climbing up the gully and making their way across to Galtymore. Though weather conditions were mild, the winds on the higher grounds were gale force and it was a ‘bent over experience’ to summit the big one. But they found shelter to enjoy Cliona’s home made flapjacks before taking on Galtybeag and Cush Mountain. Then it was homeward bound to Clydagh Bridge and back on time for the rugby fans. Well done Cliona for a manageable and enjoyable A walk.

Our website wizard, David Stapleton, provided a lovely extended 3hr woodland walk for 28 C walkers in the Clonmel hills. This was a loop walk, which rendezvoused at Woodies car park and took in Cannon Hill and the Holy Year Cross where great views of Clonmel were enjoyed by all. Along the way they noted some farmhouse ruins as well as enjoying a seasonal show of beautiful red-berried holly. Their route back was via the Glenary River and apart from a few showers, they arrived back to their start point in great spirits having covered a distance of some 10km. We are grateful to David for this and for his great effort with this group over the past year.

And so it’s Christmas and if you want to get out for a short walk on Christmas day, join Ray Coleman at 10am at Christ the King for two hours on the ridge. Then on St Stephen’s Day, our President, Danny Bailey will be at Bansha Woods car park at 11.30 for a four-hour forest path to ‘walk the turkey off’ hike. We wish all our members a very happy Christmas and hope to see you on the peaks in 2013. See our website for New Year walks.