The first organised full-length walk of St. Declan’s Way, all the way from Cashel to Ardmore, will take place from July 24th to 28th 2013. This follows on from a very successful walk from Ardfinnan to Ardmore in 2012. The walk is being organised part of the nationwide celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013 so we are encouraging participation from all corners of the globe.
St. Declan’s Way is a well-known Christian pilgrimage route in the south-east of Ireland. In this route participants will walk an average of 20km per day over the five days. The walk departs Cashel to Cahir on Wednesday July 24th. Day two (July 25th) takes a relatively short leg to Ardfinnan on what is predominantly a flat route. From here on Friday July 26th the walk will ascend the Knockmealdown Mountains at Goatenbridge, passing over Bottleneck Pass (500m) and on to Lismore – this is the most difficult leg of the route. From Lismore the walk is back on flat terrain on Saturday July 27th with a pleasant amble to Aglish. Finally, on Sunday July 28th the walkers will stroll through the tranquil countryside of West Waterford, reaching Ardmore on the coast on what is, very fittingly, the end of the Ardmore Pattern Festival.
This is the first organised full-length walk of the route in many years. It will appeal to walking enthusiasts, locals and visitors who have a connection with one of the many towns and villages along the route. Walkers will have the option of joining the walk for portions of the route if they wish.
Bookings for the St. Declan’s Way Walk 2013 are currently being taken on www.kmdactive.com. Please book soon if you are interested as numbers are limited.