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Tintern Abbey didn’t disappoint as the scenic beginning to the Hike to the Hook walk on Saturday last.

Tintern Abbey didn’t disappoint as the scenic beginning to the Hike to the Hook walk on Saturday last.

Jackie McGrath, Annmarie Robb, Mary McCullagh with Teddy the dog at Saltmills during the Hike to the Hook walk.

Jackie McGrath, Annmarie Robb, Mary McCullagh with Teddy the dog at Saltmills during the Hike to the Hook walk.

Lar and Kate Banville at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Lar and Kate Banville at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Jane McWilliams and Sonya Whitty at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Jane McWilliams and Sonya Whitty at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Annette Breen and Marian Byrne at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Annette Breen and Marian Byrne at the Hike to the Hook walk.

John Kelly and Peg Wall at the Hike to the Hook walk.

John Kelly and Peg Wall at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Liz Ivers, Corina O’Brien and Annmarie Ivers at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Liz Ivers, Corina O’Brien and Annmarie Ivers at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Siobhán Neville and Lena Singer at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Siobhán Neville and Lena Singer at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Liam McDonald, Ciaran Power, Ronan and Roisín McDonald at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Liam McDonald, Ciaran Power, Ronan and Roisín McDonald at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Clare Rice, Joan Crosbie, Seán and Joan Fogarty at the Hike to the Hook walk.

Clare Rice, Joan Crosbie, Seán and Joan Fogarty at the Hike to the Hook walk.

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Tintern Abbey didn’t disappoint as the scenic beginning to the Hike to the Hook walk on Saturday last.

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More than 300 people enjoyed Hike to the Hook’s 20km walk on Saturday in beautiful autumn sunshine.

Hook Tourism were delighted to hold their annual Hike to the Hook across the Hook Peninsula along one of Ireland’s most scenic routes, starting out from the majestic Tintern Abbey and ending at the world-famous Hook Lighthouse.

The route took in the picturesque village of Saltmills with views out to Bannow Bay, then on to Fethard-on-Sea, past Fethard Castle, with a rest stop and joining point at the RNLI Boat House. For those who weren’t ready to take on the full 20km, entrants joined here with 12.5km left to go.

Walkers then headed on past the historical Baginbun, over the hill by Templetown Church, taking in the beautiful panoramic views of our coastline and all the way back inland to Sliabh Coillte.

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Now over halfway, walkers passed the infamous Loftus Hall, where a number of families joined for the final 3.5km to Hook Lighthouse for the finish where welcome refreshments were provided by the staff of Hook Heritage.

It has been a busy few weeks for the Hook Tourism team, with other events such as the Tri-the-Hook and The Baginbun Norman Festival taking place in the area recently, also. A special thanks has to go out to all the sponsors, volunteers and CE scheme/Tús workers from Hook Tourism.


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