Sunday was a good day for walking and Flann Real and Fiona Hegarty had a full house with 26 walkers out for the noon walk. Flann and Fiona had a loop of Knockshanhullion planned and parked their charges at Laughlin’s Bridge and set off for Baylough. On southwards pass the shrine and up the rocky trail to the woody path and a spot of lunch.
Fed and somewhat rested it was a westward course to the high spot and then a swing northwards to the tree line. Picking up the track it was civilised walking back to the end of Baylough and down to the cars after covering a taste less than 12 kilometres of open mountain. John Byrne led the early walk and he parked at Gotenbridge near the waterworks and headed up the staira aka St Declan’s Way to the coll between Knocknagnauv and Knockmealdown with a pit stop in the shelter of the wall. Onwards and upwards to the top of the big one and over to Sugarloaf and after paying their respects to Grubb they hit the road. The hard going on the tar and chips soon ended as John led in the track at the hairpin bend which dropped his crew of 15 to the Coillte bridge and the Munster way back to the cars. The height gain was over 800 meters and the distance covered in a time of 6 hours.
This was a most convivial walk with a lively exchange of views on world affairs and a lovely
introduction to Rosemary and Kevin on the wonders of the mountains and the hardy folk in
the Peaks Club. Next walks are on the Galtees and the date is the 6 th November as we have a
bank holiday in between. The early walk is led by Ken Quinlivan and the noon leader is
Anthony Doyle with Flann Real assisting. The advice is as always come equipped for a full
day on the mountains and note that if not properly attired for the task the leader can refuse
to let you join the walk.