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Welcome to Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club

The Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club is one of the most active and foremost hiking and hillwalking clubs in Cork. The club’s chief aim is to encourage and promote hiking, hill walking and mountain climbing in a fun environment. We have four different grades of hill walks to suit all levels of fitness and abilities. Cork city is our base although members come from all over the county and beyond. We go hiking every second Sunday and you can view our walk programme on the “Calendar of Events” button below.

Calendar of Events

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The Sheeps Head Peninsula | July 2017

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula | Moderate Walk | July 2017

New Walkers are welcome to join us for a trial hill walk by signing up for the “D” Walk on their first time out with the club. You can sign up either online or in person in Counihan’s Pub, Pembroke Street, Cork. We meet there for our Sign Up & Social Nights from 9.00pm on the Wednesday before the walk. The meeting point for walks is the South Mall, opposite the Imperial Hotel on Sundays at 8.45am. To facilitate non-drivers, we carpool from there and leave at 9.00am sharp.

Easter Weekend  New Hillwalkers

Hill Walking Gear   Our Next Hill Walk      

Why join our hillwalking club?

Whether you are new to or have experience in mountaineering or hillwalking this is the club for you. We have four grades of hill walks [Walk Grades – a Guide] designed to suit all levels of abilities and fitness. The emphasis at all times is on participation and enjoyment of all club activities.

The Sheeps Head Peninsula | Short Walk July 2017

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula | Short Walk  | July 2017

On bank holidays the club arranges weekends away so members can go climbing mountain ranges throughout Ireland.  Every year the club organises the Four Peaks Challenge Walks where members get an opportunity to climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces.  The Four Peaks Challenge Certificate is awarded to all members who succeed in climbing the highest mountain in each of the four provinces. Further information here: Four Peaks Challenge 2017 

Other Activities

Although the main focus of the Club is hillwalking and mountaineering, various members are also involved in other activities such as cycling, orienteering, rock climbing, kayaking, camping and trips overseas. In conclusion the club has an active social calendar with regular nights out, parties, treasure hunts, barbecue, film nights, weekends away etc.

The club is affiliated to and insured through: Mountaineering Ireland

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