Let’s get the hiking boots on, and the walking poles, and do a bit of climbing to get the muscles moving and the heart pumping faster…and faster. This walk is starting near Clogheen in County Tipperary, driving through the village of Ballyporeen, (population 952) a one-street town that became famous when Ronald Regan was President of the U.S. as it was once the home of his great grandfather, and Ronald himself visited here in 1984 when he was President.
After Clogheen you drive through the village of Goatenbridge, and the walk starts not far from here, a narrow steep trail through forests on what is known as part of Saint Declan’s Way, then you eventually come out to a very welcome flat path, for about 500 meters, before the climb starts again.
In total the walk is about 12.5 km round trip, including a sit down for lunch, and once at the lunch stop the views are amazing. On a clear day…..you can see forever!
Looking back down on the Golden Vale
Thankfully, after lunch we won’t be climbing up the Knockmealdown, (794 meters) but will start the downhill trek for about two hours till we reach the cars!
We might even come across some evidence of where the turf cutters have been, cutting the turf (peat) for the winter.
And the best part of a long hike like this (apart from taking off the hiking boots and slipping in to something more comfortable) is stopping off on the way home, at a nice restaurant for a little treat after all the calories that were burnt on the climb.
Yummy roast dinner
Linked to Jo’s Monday Walk