Tuesday 18 June 2019

Tinahely Walking Club holding special introductory day

Sara Gahan

Tinahely Walking Club will be holding a special introductory walk on Sunday, January 6, aimed at encouraging people to take up hillwalking for the New Year.

The walk will be easy for first timers and there is no obligation to join the club straight away. The club will meet at Market Square in Tinahely, at 10.30 a.m.

If interested in joining after the walk, then membership is €35 per year which includes a subscription to Mountaineering Ireland magazine and discounts at a range of outdoors shops nationwide.

The club was founded in 2009 and includes members from a wide area around Tinahely. They hold walks on most Sundays of the year, ranging from undemanding strolls in the immediate locality to longer, more challenging walks a little further afield, with the focus on counties Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow.

All walks are graded according to length and difficulty and members are, of course, free to pick and choose those which suit them. In addition, the club organises a walking weekend in autumn - Donegal, The Mournes and Killarney being examples of recent venues. Talks on subjects relevant to hillwalking are occasionally arranged and the annual Christmas dinner is always one of the highlights of the year.

The club usually meet in Tinahely where members can then car share. For the more distant walks, a second meeting place is also arranged, meaning that members living close to the destination do not need to come to Tinahely first.

The emphasis of the club is on simply enjoying the beauty of the outdoors in an easy going and relaxed fashion and in good company. Each walk is led by a club member familiar with the route, which means that this is a great way to get to know places to which you may otherwise never venture.

Remember to wear suitable footwear and clothing, pack some raingear and bring a bit of food and drink with you. For more information please contact Fionbar Lyons ( or check out the Tinahely Walking Club Facebook page.

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