Register now for the Ballyhoura Walking Festival

Register now for the Ballyhoura Walking Festival

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The longest running walking festival in Ireland is back this May Bank Holiday weekend. Hundreds of hikers are expected for the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival 2017 to explore the stunning mountains around the area in Limerick.


Throngs of walkers will descend on the many towns and villages of Ballyhoura Country over the May Bank Holiday weekend for the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival 2017. The event, now in its 24th year, is expected to attract walkers throughout the weekend from all over Ireland and abroad.

 

The festival provides an opportunity to explore some of Ballyhoura Country’s stunning countryside in the company of guides from the Ballyhoura Bears Walking Club. It features a packed programme of walks for all abilities, from the enthusiastic well-equipped walker who relishes the challenge of the longer A and B walks on the Saturday and Sunday morning, to the gentle ramblers who are out to enjoy pleasant guided walks in the company of local experts with knowledge around the area's heritage, archaeology, history, flora and fauna. This year, the big A walk is a Galty Mountain Climb that's fundraising for the Carebright Dementia Hub. Sponsorship cards are available through Carebright.
 

 

Registration for Saturday & Sunday A walks will take place at the Kings Yard, outside Mitchelstown and also at Murroe N.S from 9.30am. Both walks will start at 10am. The nature walk registration starts at 11.30am at the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park giving you the opportunity to explore the tracks and trails of the Ballyhouras. The facilities at the trailhead provide secure parking, toilets and shower facilities and also provide an opportunity for walkers to see the great bike routes, trim trail and nature trail there. After the Galty Mountain Climb, there will be a relaxing, restorative yoga class in the Kilbehenny Community centre to ease weary muscles.
 

This year, the walking festival line up also includes a new and exciting singles walk along the Keale River from Darragh to Ballyorgan. This is an over 18’s hike as a drink or two may be on the menu at the bars at the start and end of it. The event also involves a bus transfer from Kilfinane , a film screening at the Church of Ireland Kilfinane, and a potentially romantic moon walk on the Friday night.



There will also be opportunities to find out about the history, folklore and archaeological walks at Lough Gur, a heritage walk at Doneraile park, and historical walks in Kilfinane. All walks will provide great insights into some of the areas finest historical, heritage and archaeological attractions. 


Here's a full rundown of all the walks for the festival. You can also check out more information and be sure to register as soon as you can on (063) 91300 or email reception@ballyhoura.org.


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