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Check our Calendar of Walks for July - Dec. 2018

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Next Walks

Aug 5th - Scarecrow Walk, Durrow, Co. Laois. Meet GAA pitch overflow carpark at 11 am. 3.5 hr walk. Leader John Delaney 0876104763.

Aug 26th - Infinity Loop 2 - B walk, 4.5 hrs. Meet at Glenbarrow carpark at 10.30 am. Leader Paul Kelly 0872545805.

The club unveiled a plaque in memory of Phil Higgins. More photos in Gallery 2018.

We had company on our Devil's Bit Walk!

Brittas Woods - the snow only adds to a lovely walk!

Walking in Glenregan/ Glendossaun Dec 2017

Click to see photos of this year's walks in Gallery 2018

The AGM was held on Fri 3rd Nov. in Kilcormac Community Centre. Officers for 2018 were elected and it was agreed to leave the membership fee at 20 for an individual and 30 per family. A walk leaders meeting in late November will arrange walks for 2018.

Our calendar of walks for the first half of 2018-
click here.

Officers for 2018 - click here.

Text Alerts

We send out text reminders of walks to members. If you are a member and don't get a text please email with your name and number and we will update our list.

View of Lough Derg taken by Joan Ahern on Moylussa Walk Oct. 2016. (More on Gallery page)

Click to see some photos of previous years' walks in Photo Archive

Link to beautiful Slieve Bloom scenes

Joining Ardara Hillwalking Club

New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining check our calendar of walks and just turn up and join on the day. If you are concerned about your level of fitness or the suitability of a walk just ring the listed walk leader and he/she will help you decide. Membership of 20 or 30 family can be paid on the day, or in instalments of 5 per walk. Waterproof walking boots will be necessary on all grade A and B walks

Fog on Forelacka

Ballyvaughan Walks
The June bank holiday weekend saw 24 members heading off to the Burren for two walks led by Joe Deering. The walks matched the brilliant weather - a 20km Black Head Loop and a 10km Lough Avalla Farm Loop walk. Everyone enjoyed the spectacular scenery and the wonderful hospitality extended to our members in Ballyvaughan. Go to Photo Archive to see images from the weekend.

Some of our members at Ballyvaughan Lodge with hosts Gerry and Pauline

Hazel Wood & Heaney's Brook Walk
Valentine's Day brought 33 very keen walkers out for John Scully's walk. Underfoot conditions were sticky but the day was good and everyone enjoyed the trek up Paul's Lane, the visit to the bronze age burial mound, strolling through the Hazel Wood and the hike up around Heaney's Brook and back to Cadamstown via the nature trail.

Along the Silver River

Grand Canal Walk

The club got the year off to a great start with a walk along the Grand Canal last Sunday. Thirty very eager walkers turned up for the 15 km walk from Tullamore to Pollagh. The walk leader was John Scully, ably assisted by his brother James. The walk was most enjoyable and also very educational - James filling in the history of the canal and the areas it passed through in his entertaining way. The walkers heard the story of Shragh Castle, they took a slight detour to Kilbride Churchyard and got the lowdown on Ballycowan Castle and how it was undermined. They passed along two aqueducts, the Huband and the Charleville, that took the canal over the Tullamore River and over the Clodiagh River. The walk finished in Pollagh where Joe and Josie Gallagher, The Pull Inn, very generously provided food and refreshments for everyone.

At Sragh Castle

Ger Moss - A Tribute

Ger Moss passed away in September 2014. He was one of the founding members of the club and one of the most popular and enthusiastic leaders the club has ever had. Fellow member and leader Pat Culleton wrote a lovely tribute to Ger which can be accessed here. The club also honoured Ger's memory with a walk in September and erecting a plaque in Glenbarrow.

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