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Programme for Upperchurch Walking Weekend

Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 2:50pm
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Programme for Upperchurch Walking Weekend

The 12th annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend goes ahead this weekend with a wide selection of walks for all levels of fitness and top class entertainment to while away the evening hours.

The event kicks off on Friday evening with two road walks to stretch the sinews. The corresponding walks last year were held in a downpour but still saw over a hundred take part,  so hopefully there will be more clement conditions and a larger participation this year.

On Saturday morning the long, gruelling Hills of Upperchurch walk leaves at 10am. This walk is only for the very fit and experienced and should not be attempted by beginners. There are three much easier and shorter walks later in the day starting in Upperchurch and Rosmult. This latter walk along the Birchill Nature Trail passes through an ash plantation, which may not exist in future years due to Chalara (ash dieback) infection.

On Sunday a new one-off walk from Borrisoleigh to Upperchurch is eagerly anticipated by many locals, even to whom the route will have some of the characteristics of a mystery tour. Suffice it to say that there will be fields, farm roads, bye-roads and, most appealingly of all, a few almost forgotten old laneways.

In Hollyford there will be a fairly easy but long walk with excellent views taking in sites of interest along the way, while in Upperchurch the ever popular Eamon an Chnoic walk will be held.

Also in Upperchurch there will be a 5km Fun Run and walk around the local bog track. And of course the famous Upperchurch stew will be waiting at the end of your exertions on Saturday and Sunday.

Due to recent rain, walkers should bring sturdy waterproof footwear, especially on the Borrisoleigh to Upperchurch and Birchill walks. Off the roads and trails there will be set dancing and music in the local pubs. The Culture Night on Saturday has items such as drama, singing, music, short films, a craft demonstration and talks. The Upper Limits Climbing wall will give a demonstration on Saturday afternoon.

Full details and brochure are available on or phone 086-0518934. The organisers would like to express their sincere gratitude to the local landowners without whose help the event could not take place.

Programme of events

Friday 10th Walks: Upperchurch-Knockane road walk, 12km, and Moher-Gortkelly road walk, 7km; both start Upperchurch village, 7.30pm.
Saturday 11th Walks: Hills of Upperchurch walk, 18km, start Upperchurch, 10am, Birchill Nature Trail walk, 8km; start Rosmult on Thurles-Upperchurch road, 12 noon. Knockalough-Red Hugh walk, choice of 6km, 10km and 12km; start Upperchurch 12.15pm; Slí Éamoin an Chnoic walk, 8km, start Upperchurch 12.30pm.
Sunday 12th Walks: Borrisoleigh to Upperchurch walk, 12km, start Shanahan's Topaz Centra, Borrisoleigh 11am; Hollyford- Red Hill walk, choice of 14km or 18km, start Hollyford village, 11am; Slí Éamoin an Chnoic walk, 8km, start Upperchurch, 12.30pm; Fun Run around Bog Track, 5km, start Upperchurch village 2pm.
Friday: Reception and Official Opening, 9pm in Upperchurch Hall; Seisiún Mór at Kinane's, 10pm.
Saturday: Climbing Wall demonstration, 4pm; Set Dancing in Oliver Ryan's, 4pm; Culture Night in Pa's Bar, 8pm; Traditional Music in Jim o' the Mill's, 10pm.

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