Cork Mountaineering Club

Munster’s longest established Hill Walking Club

Month: January 2019

Friday 28 December 2018: Cush Horseshoe

This, the “most attractive and exhilarating walk in the Galtees” was exceptionally exhilarating today.  Six members braved the elements and had a fine day out of it. They chose the clockwise option, climbing steeply first to Cush.  Halfway up Galtybeg, it became clear that the weather gods were not going to smile, and maps and compasses were much in evidence from then on.   By the time they reached the summit of Galtymore they were fully kitted out in warm layers and raingear. Cold and navigation notwithstanding, they completed the route strongly and felt justifiably proud of themselves.

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Sunday 30 December 2018: Ballinspittle Walk

IMG-20190101-WA0003 IMG-20190101-WA0004 IMG-20190101-WA0005 IMG-20190101-WA0006 IMG-20190101-WA0007 IMG-20190101-WA0009This, the last CMC event of 2018, was threatened first by mist and then by a massive tractor rally on the way to Kilbrittain.  The walk was enjoyed by thirteen members, who were delighted with the variety of scenery and many points of interest.  The tractors soon passed on, and we set off through the village.  We tripped along a rural road to lovely Garretstown beach and, thankfully, the mist had lifted.  We passed by 18th-century Garretstown House, then crossed the road by the milk churns into Kilmore Wood where we were able to inspect the 250-year-old Deer Wall.  We circled back to Ballinspittle and dined in a local hostelry.

Sunday 16 December 2018: Winter Solstice Walk

This unique walk made a welcome reappearance on our programme this year. Ten enthusiastic souls braved the heavy morning rain and arrived at Drombeg to sun and blue skies.  Walking on quiet roads with glorious views we reached Glandore village and had our lunch overlooking the sea. We had one heavy shower on the return journey but with the light wind to our backs and the animated chatter and camaraderie, it was scarcely noticed!!!  We arrived back at Drombeg Stone Circle at 3.30 pm, so waited to see the famous sunset alignment. The weather conditions and our timing were perfect.  We were rewarded with the perfect spectacle and many dramatic photographs were taken.

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Sunday 09 December 2018: Festive Dinner

Lest anyone think that we only walk and climb, let them note that we also enjoy the occasional social outing, and even scrub up quite well.  We used this occasion to make our annual donation to Kerry Mountain Rescue.

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Sunday 09 December 2018: Mangerton via Barnancurrane

A splendid walk at any time but it needs an early start.  Fourteen walkers enjoyed a mostly dry day -although, as we finished an early lunch, we had a wintry shower with a strong northerly wind on the climb to Mangerton plateau.  The descent via the arête between the Devil’s Punchbowl and the Horse’s Glen brought us back to the bridle path.  En route, we were enthralled by the appearance of a white-tailed eagle and a pair of deer on the horizon.  All in all, a fine day’s winter walking in fine company, and back in time to join our Holly Walking friends for Christmas Dinner.  20181209_113647 20181209_114342 20181209_124425 20181209_132912 MAO_7538

Sunday 09 December 2018: Holly Walk

Twenty-six of us, including two “Hons”, gathered at Muckross to start our annual Christmas “Holly Walk”.  The hike followed a woodland trail, climbing to Torc waterfall and lunch at the “washed-away” bridge. The views from the high point at Cloghereen Upper were excellent.  We chatted our way back to Muckross along the Queen’s Drive, to finish at 3.30 – time to change into smarter clothes for Christmas Dinner.

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