Jo’s Monday Walk : Up in the Hills

Background hills

Background hills

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.

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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… can see forever!

Looking back

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!

Blue skies on the hills

Knockmealdown  Mountain

Autumn hills

Autumn hills

We might even come across some evidence of where the turf cutters have been, cutting the turf (peat) for the winter.

Turf cutting

Turf cutting

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

Yummy roast dinner

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dendymactoodle
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 19:38:44

    Beautiful scenery and the most yummy roast dinner !



  2. restlessjo
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 20:10:40

    Bless you, Joan- this is lovely! 🙂 Aren’t the views fabulous? I was walking on the moors this morning and the bracken colours are beautiful. Many thanks for joining me. 🙂



  3. ledrakenoir
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 21:28:58

    Wonderful walk, tumbs up for the captures – impressive nature… 😉

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  4. womanseyeview
    Oct 14, 2014 @ 02:40:00

    I’m a little winded but that was a great walk! Thanks



  5. KerryCan
    Oct 14, 2014 @ 10:03:15

    Wow–that’s quite a walk! You certainly justified eating a treat (and a roast!) after that!

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  6. the dune mouse
    Oct 14, 2014 @ 16:27:19

    I’m virtually hungry after that beautiful hike!! Lovely photos Joan!! Autumn is upon us on the west coast of Canada too!

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  8. pommepal
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 11:13:30

    What beautiful scenery I love the way the fields fade into the distance in a patch work pattern. What a treat that dinner would be after a long hike.



  9. Heyjude
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 17:57:40

    That looks like a lovely walk, though I am glad we didn;t have to climb Knockmealdown! And that roast dinner has made me very hungry… pity the butcher has closed otherwise I’d be straight up there 🙂



  10. VioletSky
    Oct 20, 2014 @ 20:57:12

    It looks like you had quite a variable day weather-wise for your hike. The views are breathtaking.



  11. belshade
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 22:12:59

    Thanks for following my blog. I hope you will get pleasure from it. I gather you live in Ireland and like being in the hills! I lived half my life in Ireland. With a friend, Joey Glover I was co-founder of the NWMC (North West Mountaineering Club) almost 60 years ago. They are still going strong – Derry and Donegal. Have been a keen B&W photographer. Have spent the second half of my life in New Zealand. I led a walking tour many years ago in Sognefjord/Nordfjord areas. A great experience! Des.

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  12. belshade
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 07:27:57

    Background Hills – that was real Paul Henry style – really painterly. Des.



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