Peaks Club hosts successful Knockmealdown Crossing

Knockmealdown Crossing

The A Walk, with leader Ken Quinlivan, heading for Newcastle on the Knockmealdown Crossing, organised by the Peaks Mountaineering Club.

The Knockmealdown Crossing, organised by the Peaks Mountaineering Club, was a day of great memories. 

The Challenge walk got off to an early start in good weather, with nearly 50 self-navigating walkers tackling the full length of the Knockmealdown range. 

The lure of Eileen Condon’s legendary stew and apple pie at the hall in Newcastle spurred them on and the first of the super fit mountaineers crossed the Melleray Road checkpoint a few minutes after 1pm. 

There was a steady stream of walkers for the next few hours, as each challenge walker was logged at the various checkpoints and finally at the finish in Newcastle. 

The two led walks were also very well supported, with over 100 walkers on the Knockmealdown Range. 

The nasty shower that fell in the afternoon wasn't a hindrance, as all the gear that the experienced mountaineer wears ably dealt with the vagaries of the Irish weather. 

The scene at Newcastle Community Hall was all action from the 6.30am start to the 7pm finish, and all staffed by the Peaks Club volunteers. 

Food was served, walkers logged off the mountain and certificates of participation signed and presented to everyone who took part. 

The Peaks Club thanks all who gave voluntarily of their time, skills and vehicles, as well as the landowners who facilitated the club in this great event of fitness and community involvement. 

Bualadh Bos to all.