Join us on our Hill Walking Open Day on Sunday May 10th. There will be a choice of walks to suit different levels of fitness. Walks will vary from an easy walk at a relaxed pace lasting 3 to 4 hours, to a demanding walk with plenty of climbing at a good pace lasting 5 to 6 hours. Walks may be varied depending on weather conditions on the day. You can sign up online: https://www.corkbackpackers.ie/walk-registration/ or in our pub venue The Ovens Bar, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork on Wednesday evenings from 9.00pm.
Torc Waterfall, Old Kenmare Road, Torc Mountain, Mangerton Mountain
The Hill Walking Open Day gives potential members the chance to experience a typical hillwalk with other newcomers to hillwalking. There are a range of walks available to suit different ambitions and varying levels of fitness.
Typical Hill Walking Open Day Outline
Participants should meet at the South Mall opposite the Imperial Hotel at 8.45am. We car pool from there and leave at 9.00am. We will drive to Killarney and go to Killarney National park on the Kenmare Road. Before the walk there will be a stop in the Garden Cafe attached to Muckross House for tea, coffee and scones. Following this the different walk leaders will assemble their groups in the car park. Some of the walks will be starting from there whilst others will have a short drive to the starting point. On the walk there will be plenty of stops to allow walkers to enjoy the views, catch their breath and take photographs. Halfway through the hike there will be a longer stop for lunch. Walkers should bring a packed lunch and hot drink etc. At the end of the walk back at the cars walkers can change their clothes and then we will go for a bite to eat in a pub on the way back where we will meet walkers from the other groups. Following that we head back to the South Mall in Cork city.
Intending participants should be reasonably fit and have suitable outdoor wear and sturdy footwear, and carry a packed lunch and drinks. Remember the weather on Irish mountains can be severe and extremely changeable and you must dress accordingly. A change of clothes for afterwards is also advisable.
For a full list of recommended clothing and gear see “Walking Gear” on the Membership tab on the Home page: