A seasoned party of 14 CMC members started out at 11.00 a.m. A 10 minute walk uphill to the forest entrance and then a rough path led us past trailing furze still drooping from the weight of recent snows before we emerged onto the forestry road that twisted unremittingly upwards. Bursts of Spring sunshine brought colour to the hillsides and the winding valley now far below. We summited at 12.20 and welcomed an early lunch break in the sun. Resuming, the trail now levelled off and contoured through maturing forestry before emerging into a jumble of broken and shattered trees left by Storm Ophelia last October. Now the roadway, rough and ever-descending, emerged into a newly-felled area with long cross-country views over the Blackwater Valley and before long we found ourselves back on the main road. A group of four horse riders overtook us then and we called out “Any tips for Cheltenham”! “SupaSunday” he said, “Runs on Thursday”. We had a super Sunday too!
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The route went by forestry tracks up from King’s Yard and then dropped down to the fast-flowing Behanagh River, from where the group of twelve climbed to Knockaterriff, aided by a following easterly wind. A chilly lunch was eaten on the leeward side, with some shelter from the arched construction. On over Knockaterriff Beg, and a stiff climb in a cold cross-wind to the top of Lyracappul. The going underfoot was firm, the Galty wall provided some respite from the chilling wind and the group continued to the foot of Galtymore. For the first time that day the compass came out to get us back directly to King’s yard via Knockduff. A very satisfying day’s walk.
The original Bernard Loop walk was modified due to wet and muddy ground conditions. 19 people completed the walk in misty and wet conditions which unfortunately meant there were no views of the Galtees or the Glen of Aherlow. The mist was clearing as the walk ended. Under foot conditions were good due to the fact that forest tracks were used. Despite the weather, it was an enjoyable day with plenty of fresh air for four hours. Most people went for dinner afterwards.
Carrantuohil via O’Shea’s Gully Only two members were brave enough to undertake this, given the heavy snow conditions as they were leaving Cronin’s Yard. However, the skies cleared as they tramped through the Hag’s Glen and the weather was much better than the forecasts predicted. Going up O’Shea’s Gully was challenging due to the deep and soft snow: it was more a scramble than a climb. The rest of the ascent to the top of Carrauntoohil was windy and icy, but there was no turning back at that stage. The descent was via the Heavenly Gates. In this case, the snow actually made coming down easier, as it was less daunting. They retraced their steps through the Hag’s Glen, returning to Cronin’s Yard in 5.5 hours.
Muisire Mór: Fourteen members gathered at the starting point. Initial flurries of wind and snow did not dampen enthusiasm, but the skies darkened quite quickly. Soon there were snow blizzard conditions and difficult driving. Some of the group turned back altogether; the remainder continued towards Macroom via the Kerryman’s Table and Millstreet Nature Park. The group then enjoyed a road walk in the Macroom area. Safety prevails!
A lovely day, enjoyed by 11 members. Having walked in the track, examined the Famine cottages and crossed the river, there was a “nice little rise” to the ridge, using the forest as a handrail. Along the ridge and down through the forest led to the Galty Castle carpark with its wonderful bridge and lookout post. The group continued under the bridge, followed the river to the road and picked up the Attychraan path back to King’s Yard.
Fourteen members climbed Crohane (659m) in fair weather and with magnificent views. It’s a grand steady climb up to the 500m contour line, when it gets a bit steeper for the final push to the summit. Even though the sky was quite cloudy, there was a rainbow all day which gave rise to conversation, as members tried to remember the colours of the rainbow. The group also spotted a sparrowhawk.
Twenty members enjoyed this walk, which started at Bweeng crossroads. They continued through forest along the Duhallow Way, then on to Bweengduff (416m), Bweeng Little, Laharan and Bailiocke mountains as far as Laharn Cross, site of the famous platform dances. Conditions had been misty to start, but it soon cleared and there were fantastic views of the North Cork plains.
Comeraghs/ Monaghvullaghs (longer route) Nine enthusiastic members (including one “newbie”) climbed from Dalligan Bridge to Barnamadra, where they stopped to examine the famous Standing Stone and ring fort. Breath recovered, they made a push for Seefin (726m) assisted by a blustery wind, and had lunch beside the ugly summit hut. The rain was well in at this stage but, as their planned route led down into the valley, they continued in relative shelter among the archaeological sites. It was too wet for detailed exploration, so they headed on down to their cars.
Comeraghs/ Monavullaghs (shorter route) Seven equally enthusiastic but slightly slower members also started at Dalligan Bridge. They climbed at a leisurely pace up to the ridge at 617m, and the sorry sight of the rusting TV cable station.
Here, they got the full force of the wind and rain, but they continued bravely to Barnamadra where they had lunch among the stone circles. At this point they were soaked to the bone, so turned and headed down. The two groups met for coffee afterwards and there was some competition as to which group had got wetter.
Eighteen members enjoyed a fine walk through forest, fields and low-lying hills in magnificent weather. Snow-clad Galtymore was clearly visible in the distance, snow dressed the branches of the trees and footsteps crunched on frozen fields. They enjoyed breath-taking views of the Galtees and of the rich, fertile countryside around. The sun shone throughout the day, bringing some warmth; however, it remained cold in the shade and some parts never thawed. A most enjoyable day!
Cush Mountain: This is an excellent example of how a route can be changed on the day, to adapt to prevailing conditions and to suit the group. Conditions were forecast to be challenging on the northern side, so the route was changed to the Black Road. This was ideal, as there was lovely winter sunshine all day although a bit on the cold side! The snow line was quite high which made for easier walking. Five members (not counting the snowman!) climbed Cnoc Beag na nGaibhlte (799m) and had lunch just below the top. Unfortunately, there was no view of the Glen of Aherlow due to the freezing fog. The poor visibility meant a lot of bad-weather navigation practice and took a return route over Knockeenatoung (601m) which provided excellent views of the surrounding mountains in good visibility.
Glencush Horseshoe: Snow conditions on the Northern Galtees were so excellent that the three gentlemen on this route must have thought they were in Scotland! They sprinted up to Lough Curra then, after a short pause for thought, scrambled smoothly up the gully to reach the col SE of Slievecushnabinnia, the base of the climb to Dawson’s Table and Galtymore. Visibility was poor, lunch was fast and freezing and views were limited. They completed the circuit in excellent time, and arrived in time for coffee with the other group.