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10th Upperchurch Walking Weekend

  • Ten Years of Walking in Upperchurch
  • Ten Years of Walking in Upperchurch

Upperchurch Walking Weekend - Ten Years of Walking

Upperchurch Walking Weekend celebrates it's10th Anniversary this year and details of this year’s events on November 6th, 7th and 8th have recently been announced. This year there will be an expanded program which will include emigration and reconnecting with the local diaspora as an associated theme.

There will be ten walks to celebrate the ten years of the festival along with several associated events such as traditional set dancing and music, a race night, and organised cycles. The weekend provides a great opportunity to renew old acquaintances and in keeping with the focus of welcoming home our emigrants there will be a lecture and discussion on the history of emigration from the area. The 2015 Upperchurch-Drombane Historical Journal will also be launched during the event.

It is evident that walkers in general have become fitter in recent years and that demand for longer and more challenging walks has increased. While the usual eight to ten kilometre walks on the the three local National Loop Walks and nightime walks on the roads will again be held, it is the specially organised one off longer walks that catch the interest of the more experienced walkers and those looking for a challenge.

The flagship walk will again be the 18 km Hills of Upperchurch walk which is strictly for the very fit and experienced. The 15 km Farney Castle to Upperchurch walk drew a large crowd last year and will be held again with an opportunity for a tour of the castle beforehand. Likewise the Hollyford - Red Hill walks will be of similar length with visits to the hiding place and grave of Eamon an Chnoic included. A completely new walk this year will be a 12 km walk starting at Drombane GAA field and going over the top of Knockalough to finish in Upperchurch.

Even if you are a completely unfit beginner there is no need to be overawed as the level, recently gravelled 1 km bog walk beside the village can be used. This facility is also suitable for wheelchair users. But mostly the weekend is about making and renewing friendships, seeing nature and the countryside close up, forgetting your cares for a few hours, working up an appetite and maybe a thirst, in short having a mini holiday without the stress and expense, so be sure to put Nov 6, 7 and 8 in your diary.

Brochures are available from the Community Centre in Upperchurch and other local outlets or can be downloaded from Walking in Upperchurch. Phone enquiries to 087 0518934.