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The posts are not ed and are situated at 1 km intervals. The disused railway line, now known as the Westport Greenway offers users traffic free walking and cycling and a gentle gradient not greater than 1.


The Backpackers is one of the most active and longest established hiking clubs in Cork having been founded in The Club always welcomes new hillwalkers; so here are a few notes about what to expect regarding the Cork Backpackers Hill Walking Club and its activities.

The Club organises a day walk every two weeks on Sundays throughout the entire year to various locations in Munster including Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford. When available, new hillwalkers and non-drivers will be ased to a deated driver and car for the day.

This driver will be on the same level walk as you so that you both finish the walk at about the same time. As well as being environmentally friendly, carpooling is beneficial because quite often parking may be limited at the hillwalking start point.

Walkers should bring a packed lunch and sufficient water 1 litre minimum to be consumed during the walk.

In cold weather, a flask with a hot drink is recommended. Remember also that chocolate is a great source of instant energy.

Walkers should bring a change of clothes including a towel to change into after the walk. These can be left in the car during the walk. Following the meal walkers should ensure they pay for their food and drink before departure. Because of the changeability and unpredictability of weather on the Irish mountains, proper weatherproof clothing is essential.

for recommended walking gear: Hillwalking Gear. Prior to the commencement of a walk you are advised to alert the Walk Leader of any medical condition you have, for example, asthma, diabetes etc. Note: Walkers participate at their own risk.

New hillwalkers

The following walk grade descriptions are guidelines only. Please be aware that the time taken for a walk will be influenced by other factors e. In general, all walks will be of a shorter duration during the winter months. These are at an easy pace with frequent breaks, a total ascent of m and distance of 6 to 8 kms.

The terrain is normally tracks or paths with gradual ascents and descents. Duration hours. A reasonable pace with regular breaks covering an average distance of 12 kilometres with a height gain of m approx. The walk takes place in the mountain environment and does require a reasonable level of fitness. Good pace with few breaks, total ascent of m approx and a distance of 12 to 16 kms. This walk requires a good level of fitness. Strenuous, fast pace, a total ascent of 1,m or more and a distance of up to 18kms.

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This grade of Westport hillwalking club requires a high level of fitness. If you do tend to walk a little ahead of the main group please be aware that you may be leading the group off the intended route; this can be very dangerous in poor visibility!

You are not only responsible for yourself, but also for anyone who may go off with you! Check In. Car sharing is the normal means of transport. Please inform your Walk Leader if you have any Medical condition or injury which may affect you during a walk. The format of the weekend usually consists of a choice of walks on the Saturday, with the option of a further walks on the Sunday. Other members might choose to go for a cycle, do some kayaking or simply visit the various sites in the area that we are staying in. If you enjoy the active as well as the social side of things you will probably find yourself pretty tired by the end of the weekend!!

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Socially the club is also quite active and holds a Christmas party and summer barbecue as well as the occasional pub quiz and Friday night out etc. Members are encouraged to assist the club whenever possible and to volunteer to the committee.

Each year the club organises trips abroad including places such as Camino de Santiago de Compestello in northern, Spain, Snowdonia in Wales, the islands off the coast of Croatia etc. Members have completed climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and ascents to the base camp of Everest.

The Club is affiliated to Mountaineering Ireland which confers a of benefits. These include:. As the Cork Backpackers Club is a not for profit organisation, any monies remaining are used to cover the running costs of the Club. Members will pay a deposit for the use of these items and they will receive a refund on the safe return of the equipment.

For those of you with e-mail, the Club now has a mailing list.

To send an e-mail message to everyone on the list, send the message to info corkbackpackers. Please note that this is NOT a mailing list on an internet server; the club stores the e-mail list on a private computer. The Cork Backpackers Hill Walking Club is one of the main hiking and mountaineering clubs in the Cork area having been established in The club is based in Cork City and goes hiking every second Sunday. All are welcome. The meeting times are published on the walk -up form.

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New Hillwalkers. Packed Lunch.

Change of Clothes. Hiking Gear. Mountaineering Ireland. About The Cork Backpackers Hill Walking Club is one of the main hiking and mountaineering clubs in the Cork area having been established in Contact info Corkbackpackers.

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All the mountains South and West of Westport provide wonderful climbing and magnificent views of Clew Bay and the Connemara mountains.