2019 Walking Season

 Next Sunday March 17th - Free Sunday

Kilsheelan Woods standing stone on Sunday March 10th

Vernon has forwarded to me the arrangements for the Hanora`s Cottage Trip (Below)

Hanoras Cottage arrangements:

1.We leave for Hanoras Cottage on Saturday Mar 23 at 2.30 pm from the old Scout Hut ( Map Board at the approach to Loch Mohra). It's a B walk via Knockanafrinn ridge and should take about three and a half hours. We will stop for a "sos beag" somewhere on the ridge before descending to Hanoras.

2. It's not advisable to leave cars at the entrance to Loch Mohra overnight, so it might be appropriate  to arrange lifts. If anybody wishes to leave a car overnight, the safest place is probably the Hiking Centre. There will be a lift from the Hiking Centre from 2 pm to bring people to the start of the walk. Baggage can also be left in Emilys car at the Hiking Centre from 2 pm for later transport to Hanoras. Arrangements will be put in place to transport baggage back to Rathgormack on Sunday afternoon.

3. We will leave Hanoras at 11 am on Sunday morning. There's mass in the church at 10 am - some people may wish to attend. In view of the excellent breakfast - hopefully - we'll take a "sos an-bheag" somewhere along the way. We will return to the Scout Hut (again, a B walk) around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. There will be lifts to bring people back to the Hiking Centre, should this be necessary. 

Dates of Upcoming Club Trips

Hanora`s Cottage: March 23rd and 24th
Sheep`s Head and Bantry: April 12th to 14th.
Nerja: May 18th to 25th.

Knockmealdown Crossing
The Knockmealdown Crossing is organized by the Peaks Hill Walking Club. It takes place this year on Saturday April 13th. A self-guided challenge walk of 29 km, a led walk of 22 km and a led walk of 17 km are available. The entry fee is 25 euro, which covers transport and a meal, and registration takes place in Newcastle Community Hall. Go on to the Peaks website for more details.

Connemara Mountain Walking Festival
This takes place in Leenane on the weekend of May 3rd to 5th. There is a choice of at least 3 walks from easy to strenuous each day. For more information or to book google connemara mountain walking festival.

Saint Declan`s Way 2019

Saint Declan`s Way now has its own website, well worth a look - www.stdeclansway.ie.
The Way is now way-marked from Cashel to Ardmore and was opened officially in 2018. Knockmealdown Active are organizing a five stage guided walk of the entire route in 2019, starting with stage1 on Saturday April 27th. Stages 2 to 5 will be completed on the last Saturday of months May to August. Each stage costs 25 euro and includes transport each day to the start point of the stage. There is a discount available for people who book the whole 5 stages. Online booking is now available from the Saint Declan`s Way website and there is also more detail on how the walks will be organized.

Knock Me Down Challenge and Knock Me Down Mor
These challenge events, which involve cycling, running and kayaking, are organized by Knockmealdown Active. This year`s events take place on Saturday September 7th. The cost is 65 euro. More information can be got by going on to the Knockmealdown Active website.

Some Walks already done this year
September: Lachtnafrankee, Slievenamuck Hills, Knockmoylan in Knockmealdowns.
October: Boolas, Melleray, Kilcash Hills.
November: 792, Kilsheelan Woods, Slievenamon.
December: Knockannafrin Ridge, Anne Valley, Crough Wood.
January: Farbréaga, Knockmealdown Mór
February: Crotty`s, Liam Lynch Loop, Com Éag.

How GDPR affects members
Rathgormack Ramblers reminds all its members that your personal data re name, address,email address and mobile number, has been forwarded to Mountaineering Ireland for registration purposes. Furthermore, the club regularly posts photos from its walks on its website and whatsapp photo share. If any member wishes to have a photo removed please inform the website administrator.

New Members
New members are welcomePlease contact Vernon (club chair) at 086-3059830 or Lillian (club secretary) at 087-9025144 or Mick (club walks` coordinator) at  087-2927077 or Emily at 086-6784094. Club rules allow 2 walks with the club before making a commitment to joining. Suggest intending members start with a couple of easy/short walks to acclimatize. Club rules and guidelines are posted on the site.

Grading of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For our club purposes they are:
Grade A: 5-7 hours – to the plateaux and ridges. Strenuous. May be some scrambling.
Grade B: 3-5 hours – to the coums and lower hills. Rarely above 600 metres.
Grade C: 1-3 hours – on forest paths and back roads. Rarely over 10 km long.

Meeting Points and Times
All walks will start at approx 10.30. Meeting time is usually 10.00. Car pooling is encouraged for environmental reasons. If we meet for car pooling we will allow for travelling time. Most walks will be looped/horseshoe walks. Posted on the site using this formula: Date/Grade/Area/Meeting Point and Time and Leader.

Walk Changes due to weather etc.
Check with the designated leader  - Mick 0872927077 or Irene 0872359598 or Rens 0860473150 or John 0863398759 or Vernon 0863059830.

Ramblers` Walking Schedule 2018-19

  Date        Grade         Mt Range           Meeting Pt                 Leader  
March 17th       Free Sunday
Mar 23/24  Hanora`s Cottage Sat + Sun walks + overnight   Vernon
Mar 31st   A/B   Venue later            Info later                         Irene

Apr 7th    A/B    Venue later            Info later                         Rens
Apr 13-15th  Bantry Weekend         Info later
Apr 21st   Easter Sunday - Free Sunday
Apr 28th  A/B    Venue later            Info later                         Irene
Rathgormack Ramblers
Rathgormack is a small village situated in County Waterford in the foothills of the Comeraghs about 10 kilometres south-west of Carrick-on-Suir on the R678. Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club was founded in 2008. The club provides it`s members with an opportunity to partake in rambling and hill walking, mainly in the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns. The club particularly urges it`s members to be aware of the need for safety on the hills and of the need to respect the communities and environments of the mountains.
We are a small club with a membership of about 40. We are affiliated to the Mountaineering Council of Ireland. All our members are insured both for personal accident and personal liability insurance. The personal accident cover is limited to very serious injuries and members should have their own more comprehensive cover.
Rules/Guidelines for club members of
Rathgormack Ramblers

1 Introduction
Rathgormack Ramblers Hill Walking Club is totally committed to the safety of its members and
considers it good practice to operate in accordance with the following guidelines.

2 Club Activities
(A) Club activities are recognised as being those which:
Are published at a club meeting.
Are published on the club website.
Are funded by the club.
Require group transport through the club.
(B) Organisers of Club Activities are bound by the conditions of the Club`s Constitution and Rules.

3 MCI Warning
(A) The Mountaineering Council of Ireland recognises that mountaineering and climbing are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept this and be responsible for their own actions.
(B) Each club member is insured under the same insurance as all MCI affiliated clubs. If you require further information please contact the MCI.

4 Grades of Walks
Grading walks can be very subjective. For the purpose of our club walks:
Grade A Walks: 5-6 hours duration and over 12 km in length. Will reach 700 metres in elevation and traverse ridges and mountain tops and may involve some scrambling. A good level of fitness required.
Grade B Walks: 3-4 hours duration and 8-12 km long. Usually on lower hills or to the mountain lakes, rarely reaching over 500 metres. A reasonable level of fitness needed.
Grade C Walks: 1-3 hours duration and less than 10 km long. Usually on forest tracks,minor roads or along river banks with the odd moderate climb.

5 Club Rules/Guidelines
Car pooling is advised.
Respect private property and observe the Country Code.
Park carefully and don`t obstruct laneways, gates, traffic etc.
Members are responsible for their own actions.
Members are advised to select a walk that matches their fitness level.
If you are on medication or suffering from any condition that might affect you on the walk, you must inform the walk leader before the walk starts.
Walkers should bring with them the following essential items:
strong walking boots with good ankle support; gaiters; a hooded waterproof coat with waterproof trousers; plenty warm clothing including gloves and a hat (don`t wear jeans); sufficient liquids and food.
Walkers should consider the following recommended items:
relevant map; compass; whistle; watch; torch; first aid kit; some form of personal I.D. and the name of someone who can be contacted in the event of an accident.
All members must comply with club rules.
All members must sign walk registration form prior to each walk.
All members must follow instructions of leader at all times.
For everyone`s safety the group should stay together for the duration of the walk. A group should travel no faster than the speed of its slowest member.
Accidents should be reported to the leader immediately.
The leader has the right to refuse anyone not adequately equipped.
The leader may extend, curtail or alter the route. He/she sets the pace and walkers are expected to follow at this pace.
If you go ahead of the leader you are no longer considered to be part of the group and you are responsible for your actions and for those who follow you.
Inform the leader if you are feeling tired or if the pace is too fast for you.
Inform the leader if you wish to stop for whatever reason.
Prospective members may participate as guests on two walks.
By signing the Walk Registration Sheet at the beginning of each walk, participants-both members and visitors-agree to abide by these rules.
The Committee of Rathgormack Hill Walking Club asserts that no walk leader can be held responsible for the welfare of individuals who ignore these rules.
Week-Ends Away: Only members and their families and friends may take part in our club weekends away.

6 Insurance
As a members of Mountaineering Ireland all members of Rathgormack Ramblers have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance in Ireland and Britain and within the European Union. This gives protection to members from being sued for negligence.
Members also have some Personal Accident Insurance - 75.000 euro to cover permanent loss of a limb or an eye, permanent loss of hearing in one ear, permanent loss of speech, permanent and total disablement from employment.
However, members do not have accident and emergency cover under our MI Insurance. We are advised to get this insurance if travelling on a walking holiday. The MI does organise a Travel and Activity Insurance through the British Mountaineering Council. At the very least members should carry their European Health Insurance Card with them on holiday within the E.U. This entitles you to free emergency and medical care in any public hospital in the E.U.