Over 40 walkers assembled at the bottom of Shannon’s Lane for the club’s annual introduction to hillwalking. With the first pause at the World War II bomb site on the lane, the group proceeded uphill until the turn down to the Aughnabrisky River which all forded withoute mishap; then the climb to Clorogue Mor was accomplished in good time where an early lunch was enjoyed with a spectacular panorama thanks to the excellent visibility – a bonus for new walkers who had not been on the mountains previously.
The group then split into those who were keen to go all the way to the top of Mt. Leinster and those who were happy to aim for Stoney Top which provided a taste of the more normal conditions on Irish hills with a stiff breeze blowing.
Descent towards the cars was by the track from Stoney Top with a sos beag on the way ; both groups were reunited at Bowe’s in Kiltealy.
General satisfaction was expressed at the day even if there were admissions of stiff joints!
A big thank you to the club walk leaders and members who accompanied the prospective members in what may be the first of many walks on Irish uplands!