For those wishing to push themselves a little bit further, we have a pair of 25km Challenge Walks, both starting from Clogheen, the home of Siul Eile.
Firstly is the Knockmealdown Loop, starting in the village picking up the Blackwater National Waymarked Trail (168km trail from Clogheen to Shrone, Co. Kerry), after 2km the trail then veers left to first pick up the East Munster National Waymarked Trail (75km trail from Clogheen to Carrick-on-Suir) and then combining with yet another National Waymarked Trail starting in this area the Tipperary Heritage Way (56km trail from The Vee to the Rock of Cashel) to bring us under the renowned beauty spot The Vee, from here we leave the National Waymarked Trails and start to make our ascent, giving stunning views of the Galty Vee Valley.
We will gradually make our way to the top of the Sugarloaf peak to give fabulous views of Tipperary, gaze across to the Galtees, then to Keeper Hill jutting up behind them, Devil’s Bit is also easily picked out as are Slievenamon and the Comeraghs to the east. The trail will then follow along the county boundary wall separating Tipperary and Waterford, first we head for Knockmoylan peak to admire the fantastic scenery of the Nire Valley from a high, then onto Knockmealdown, the highest peak in County Waterford with great views of the Blackwater Valley, the Celtic Sea and all the other peaks of the Knockmealdowns. We then begin our descent towards the Charles Bianconi stagecoach hut, passing the cross in memory of the 1987 aircrash victims on the way. We then head to the corrie lake Bay Lough via the Blackwater Way and if we escape the clutches of the witch Petticoat Loose who resides in the lake we will follow the trail back to Clogheen.
To finish the day a homecooked dinner and desert will be provided to all participants to replenish the lost energy!!
Distance: 25 km | Ascent: 991 metres | Duration: 6-7 hours
Walk Start Time: 10am
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