Wordless Wednesday : A Steep Descent

A long way down

Wordless Wednesday : Taking a Hike!

Looking across at the Galtees

Galtee Mountains

Wordless Wednesday : A Long Way to Go!

Co Tipperary

Hillwalking in County Tipperary

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…..you 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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Weekly Photo Challenge : Endurance

For exercise, we all like to do things occasionally that test our endurance, whether it is running a marathon,  or even harder again, taking part in a triathalon, swimming or walking or climbing high mountains.   My own particular form of torture exercise is hillwalking, and there have been times when the hill in front of me has seemed very daunting, but faced with the choice of turning back half way through, or continuing on, most times the upward option wins out, and I eventually get to the top…sometimes vowing never to try again!   Here are some photos taken on a hike of Galtymore, in County Tipperary last year.

 

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The Ogham Stone : Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters

Ogham is an early medieval alphabet, said to have originated many many years ago,   in the 4th century.   It is the oldest form of writing in Ireland, and used mainly to write the medieval Irish language.   It consists of a series of strokes along a straight line, and was written on stone.   There are still about 400 Ogham stones to be found in Ireland, and we came across this one in the Glen of Aherlow, in County Tipperary, which the inscription says had been found over 100 years ago, close to where it is now displayed, at Aherlow House Hotel.

 

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Hiking the Hills

These photos were taken last year, mostly in the Galtee Mountains, Co Tipperary, and show some of the beautiful countryside we have here in Ireland, it is so great to get out on a dull or fine day, and to be able to climb a mountain medium sized hill!

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On the way up the Galtee Mountains

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Galtybeg, Co Tipperary

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Reaching the top

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And the mists came down

This Old House….

While we were driving towards the very scenic Glen of Aherlow, in County Tipperary, on a bend of the road was this very old run-down cottage and outbuildings, and it was a case of ‘stop the car, quick’ so that a photo opportunity was not missed!   It looks like the occupants have long since departed, and the cottage was in quite a sad state, though it must have been a very cosy home in earlier times.

 

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