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Hike Programme

MARCH - APRIL 2017

MEET:          Corner of Burgh Quay and Hawkins St
DEPART:     Sundays at 10.00 am (unless stated otherwise)
BUS:            Private bus (unless stated otherwise)
COST:          €15 (unless stated otherwise)

2nd pick-up point: On the outward journey, the bus will stop briefly to collect walkers at the pick-up point. Should the bus be full on departure from Burgh Quay, this facility cannot be offered. 

2nd drop-off point: On the return journey, where indicated, the bus will stop near the outward pick-up point to drop off any hikers. We regret this is not possible on all hikes.

If you wish to avail of the 2nd pick-up point, it advisable to contact the hike leader or someone else who will definitely be on the hike, to let them know.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To avoid possible embarrassment please ensure you have your current club membership card with you on all club hikes - no card - no hike


Sunday 5th March 2017

Leader: Dave McCann

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Stump of the Castle * Cronybyrne/Trooperstown Hill * Trooperstown Bridge * Laragh East * Paddock Hill * Wicklow Way * Laragh

Distance: 16-18 km 
Ascent: 600 m  
Map: OSI 56, East West Mapping (Wicklow East)


Sunday 12th March 2017

Leader: Tom Kenny

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Lead mines car park * Brockagh mountain * Tonelagee * Wicklow gap ** Turlough hill * Camaderry * Glendalough visitor centre car park 

Distance: 18 km 
Ascent: 850 m  
Map: OSI 56, East West Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West)


Sunday 19th March 2017

*** Introductory Hard Hike ***

Leader: Tom Hennessy

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop before roundabout at Loughlinstown

Route: Laragh * Wicklow Way * Derrybawn * Mullacor * Drumgoff 

Distance: 19 km 
Ascent: 720 m  
Map: OSI 56, East West Mapping (Lugnaquilla & Glendalough)


Sunday 26th March 2017

Leader:
 Brian Madden

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop before roundabout at Loughlinstown

Route: Aghowle (GR 224 951) * Carrick Mountain * Ballinastraw * Cronybyrne * Trooperstown Hill * Trooperstown CP 

Distance: 17 km 
Ascent: 570 m  
Map: OSI 56 East West Mapping (Wicklow East)


Sunday 2nd April 2017

Leader: Udo Sap

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop at Loughlinstown roundabout

Route: Laragh turn-off * Paddock Hill * Scarr * Kanturk * Oldbridge *Wicklow Way to Parking Place at R 759

Distance: 18.5 km 
Ascent: 700 m  
Map: OSI 56, East West Mapping (Wicklow East)


Sunday 9th April 2017

Leader: Ruadhri O’Connor

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Maldron Hotel, Tallaght

Route:Snugborough Bridge * Sugar Loaf * Lobawn * Corriebracks * Church Mountain * Drumreagh * St Kevin's Way * Hollywood
Village (Hollywood Inn). 

Distance: 18 km 
Ascent: 700 m  
Map: OSI 62 & East West Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West)


Sunday 16th April 2017

Easter Sunday
No Sunday hike


Sunday 23rd April 2017

*** Introductory Hard Hike ***

Leader: Chris Byrne

**Walk in the Cooley Peninsula**
**No second pick-up and drop off point**
**Normal €15 bus fare **

Route: Windy gap * Foxes Rock * Ravens rock * Split Rock * Eagles Rock * Carlingford Mtn * Slieve Foy * Barnavave * Famine Village * Rooskey Loop * Carlingford 

Distance: 15 km 
Ascent: 700 m  
Map: OSI 36


Sunday 30th April 2017

Leader:
 Tom Milligan

**Dinner at Wicklow Heather**
**€20 for dinner & €15 bus fare **
**Club Members Only **
** Late return to Dublin**

2nd pick-up & return drop-off point: Bus stop before roundabout at Loughlinstown

Route: Ballinafunshogue CP (T:080 928) - Rebels Cave - Lugduff - Glenealo Bridge - Camaderry - Lead Mines - St. Kevin's Road - 
Wicklow Way - Laragh. 

Distance: 19 km 
Ascent: 1140 m  
Map: OS56 & EastWest Mapping (Wicklow Mountains West, Lugnaquilla & Glendalough)




General Hike Notes

PARTICIPATION Mountaineering is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks. People who take part in our club activities do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own actions and involvement.

CO-ORDINATION
 If necessary, tickets are given out on Sundays to ensure that participants reserve a bus place as they arrive.

LEADER
 The leader has the right to refuse anyone who is not adequately equipped (e.g., without appropriate boots, rainwear, food, torch, hat, gloves, etc). The leader may alter the route from that described in the program. The leader sets the pace of the hike and walkers are expected to obey the leader’s instructions at all times.

EQUIPMENT
 It is essential to bring good rain gear (both jacket and over-trousers) and to leave cotton t-shirts and jeans at home! Boots must be sturdy with proper ankle support and a rigid non-slip sole such as Vibram.

WALKING STICKS AND RUCKSACKS
 Remember that walking sticks and rucksacks cannot be brought onto the bus and must be stowed away in the boot during the journey.

Hiking in Winter - While the hike leaders try to ensure that hikes finish in good time, there will be days when unavoidable delays occur. As the days grow shorter it is important that we prepare for evenings when we may finish our hikes in poor light or even darkness. So, along with your normal winter hiking gear, please bring a suitable head or hand held torch with you on the hikes.


Introductory Hard Hike
The Hillwalkers Club offers an Introductory Hike, usually on one Sunday per month. Guests are welcome to join us on this hike, as long as you provide your name, address and contact details for our records, which will be taken on the day of the hike. There is no need to book a place in advance, just turn up on the relevant Sunday morning. You are allowed only one hike with the club after that you must join the club if you want to continue hiking with us.

Even though the name of these hikes is ‘Introductory Hike’, they should not be considered to be an introduction to hiking, but rather as an introduction to the Hillwalkers Club and its hillwalking activities. Therefore, participants need to have a good level of personal fitness and ideally have some prior experience of hillwalking. All intending participants should be aware that hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or even death. By walking with the club, they are aware of and shall accept these risks. Moreover, they acknowledge that they wish to participate in club activities in a voluntary capacity and that they shall be responsible for their own actions and involvement. An assessment of their personal health in their ability to hike is the responsibility of the guest. Please note as a guest of the club, they do not enjoy personal accident insurance, which is otherwise offered to club members through Mountaineering Ireland. Further details are available from Mountaineering Ireland:

(www.mountaineering.ie/membersandclubs/Insurance/default.aspx)


For further enquiries contact 086 356 3843


2017 Hillwalkers Club