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Welcome to Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club

The Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club is one of the main hiking and hillwalking clubs in the Cork area having been established in 1982. The club’s chief aim is to encourage and promote hiking, hill walking and mountain climbing in a fun environment. We have 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 see our walk programme on the “Calendar” tab.

Backpackers taking a break from hillwalking on the wall at Coomakista Pass near Waterville, Co. Kerry

New Walkers are welcome to join us for a trial hill walk by signing up online or in person at Counihan’s Pub, Pembroke Street, Cork on the Wednesday before the walk from 9.00pm. The meeting point for walks is the South Mall, opposite the Imperial Hotel on Sundays at 8.45am where we car pool. 

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Why join our hillwalking club?

Whether you are new to or have experience in mountaineering or hill walking this is the club for you. We have four grades of hill walks (see walk grades above) designed to suit all levels of abilities and fitness. The emphasis at all times is on participation and enjoyment of all club activities.

Hiking to Carrauntoohil via O’Sheas Gully

On bank holidays the club arranges weekends away to enable members to 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 club awards the Four Peaks Challenge Certificate is awarded to all members who succeed in climbing the highest mountain in each of the four provinces.

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. The club has an active social calendar with regular nights out, parties, treasure hunts, barbecue, weekends away etc.

The club is affiliated to and insured through Mountaineering Ireland.



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