January 2013 Round-Up

It has been a busy month here at Walking & Hiking Ireland and we thank you for your continued support of the website. We are always open to suggestions of what you would like to see covered. If you have any suggestions, you can get us at info@walkingandhikingireland.com.

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival

Winter Walking Festivals

Upcoming Events
We have received details of numerous events scheduled to take place throughout 2013. Everything is listed on our Events & Activities Calendar. If you know of any events due to take place that may be of interest, please send us the details and we will include them on the site.

There are some notable events coming up at the end of this month and in Feburary as follows:

The Sperrintrek Winter Hill Walking Weekend will take place in the Sperrin Mountains on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2013. The festival features graded walks in this beautiful part of Northern Ireland.

There are another couple of walking festivals scheduled for February. The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival is a 2 day event featuring 9 guided walks by the Galtee Walking Club on the Galtees and Slievenamuck Hills. The festival takes place on 2nd and 3rd February. The Dingle Walking Festival 2013 will take place on the weekend of February 15th, 16th and 17th. The festival, now in its third year,  includes some of the Dingle Peninsula’s most popular walking routes such as Mount Brandon, the Conor Pass and the Saints’ Road

January also sees the start of the Irish Mountain Running Association’s season. First up is the hugely enjoyable winter league which offers a real chance to build up your fitness for the season ahead. Check www.imra.ie for details of all the IMRA races. We will be carrying a preview of the Hill Running Season on the website over the next couple of weeks.

Walking on Achill Island - Slievemore Mountain

Slievemore, Achill Island

January Highlights
The latest article in our  ‘Walking Ireland’s Iconic Mountains’ series proved very popular. The article featured beautiful Slievemore on Achill Island and it’s fair to say that we really fell in love with both the mountain and the island. To quote the piece, “Slievemore enjoys an impossibly idyllic location, is aesthetically beautiful and is quite simply hugely enjoyable to climb”. This was the 4th article in the series and we are now looking for suggestions as to what mountain we should feature next.

We also ran an interview with Kieron Gribbon, author of the ‘Ireland’s County High Points – A Walking Guide’. In the interview, Kieron talks about his round of the County High Points and offers advice for anyone planning on taking on the challenge. If you are looking for a walking challenge for 2013, the County High Points might just be for you.

We are currently in the process of drawing up a list of people who have completed the County High Points. If you have completed the challenge and would like to be included on the list, please email us at info@walkingandhikingireland.com.

We featured a couple of quite stunning pictures in our ‘Story Behind The Photo’ series, both from the exceptionally cold winter of 2010. First up was a shot called ‘Lugnaquilla Summit Camp‘ from Paul Daly taken whilst camping overnight on the summit of Lugnaquilla, the highest mountain in Leinster. The second shot titled ‘Bearnagh Sunset‘ came from Leslie Hanthorne and features a spectacular sunset over a snow-covered Slieve Bearnagh in the Mourne Mountains. Both these beautiful images capture the sheer beauty of the Irish Mountains. If you have an image you think we could feature, please feel free to get in contact with us.

Involved With A Walking Club?
Very often, we receive a query in relation to walking clubs in a particular area. As of result of this, we are currently in the process of drawing up a list of walking clubs around the country. If you are involved in a club, we’d appreciate if you could email us at info@walkingadhikingireland.com and we’ll organise to have your club listed.

Your Photos
We asked you to send in photos of your walks during the month and the response was great as always. There was a certain wintry feel to some of the shots as snow finally arrived on the hills. Amongst the locations featured are Lugnaquilla, the County Top of Wicklow, Slieve Gullion, the highest point of County Armagh, Three Rock Mountain and The Mourne Mountains. We’ve featured some of your shots in the gallery below – click on an image to see an enlarged version.