Graiguenamanagh Walking Festival

2017-11-16 14.36.50Graiguenamanagh Walking Festival – Information

From Historical walks, family friendly strolls, informative talks, local heritage trails with local experts or 3/4 hour treks to Brandon Hill, Graiguenamanagh walking festival is an exciting event that includes walks, trails and treks to suit everyone from the beginner to the more advanced walker.
An event not to be missed! – for further information on any of the walks  contact  Margaret – 083 893 3954

 

 

Brandon Hill Walk 

www.hiddentrails.ie
Provider: Hidden Trails – Patrick Lawlor
Saturday 18th + Sunday 19th
Time: 10am Allow 3.5-4 hours
Distance: 13 km approx.
Equipment Needed: Good Walking Boots | Rain Gear |Packed Lunch
Cost: Reduced Rate for this event only €10/adult €10/child over 10yrs
Book with Patrick If you are interested in coming along please message Patrick on 086 0233533
Discover some of the natural beauty and flora and fauna with a guided walk of Brandon Hill. The qualified guide Paddy can take you on some hidden trails and make sure you are safe and happy along the way.
Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible activities available to us, whether it is to build up fitness, get out into the natural beauty that surrounds us, or just to clear the head.
With some local history and folklore, and information on the native flora and fauna along the way, you are guaranteed an invigorating and interesting experience!  Tea and coffee and biscuits provided before and after walk

Heritage Trail of Graiguenamanagh

Provider: Historical Society
Saturday 18th + Sunday 19th Time 2pm
Cost: Free
Fascinating look at the rich history and stories of Graiguenamanagh and environs.
 A huge hit every year, don’t miss it! Given by the Local Historical Society
This tour will start at the and finish at the Outdoor Activities hub – tea and coffee and biscuits before and after walk. – No booking required

Tour of St Mullins + Walk to Graiguenamanagh  

Provider: Pat Murphy – No booking required
Sunday 19th    Time 11am Meet at the gate of St Mullins Graveyard
Cost of Tour: €5
Tour of St Mullins Graveyard and surrounds where the history of Ireland has been literally written in stone over the centuries. The Talk will cover Ancient pagan times and mythology associated with
St Muillins – Cu Chulainn and Suibhne Geilt. The 7th Century Monastic Settlement of St Moling, The coming of the Vikings. The arrival of the Normans, Medieval Pilgrimages, Burial of Art King of Leinster -1417,
Penal times and Penal Altar,1798 Rebellion and burial place of rebels and leaders, War of Independence. Tour of Museum – a social and cultural history.
After Talk a leisurely walk to Graiguenamanagh by the beautiful barrow and conclude with a picnic lunch at the outdoor activities hub in Graiguenamanagh.

Cushendale Woolen Mills  

https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/woollen-mill-talk-tour

Provider: Philip Cushen
Book in advance as capacity is limited to 15 people per tour.

18th August only
Time: 11am – 11:45am or 3pm – 3:45pm
To book contact:  info@cushendale.ie   085-7371646
Cost: Free
Take a stroll to Cushendale Woollen Mills – Mill Road, Graiguenamanagh.
And gets a tour a unique experience to see one of Ireland’s oldest working woollen mills where you will learn about Graignamanagh’s link with wool since 1204, Hear about the Cushen family history since early 1800s and their unique process and see in operation a 1900s spinning mule.

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Trail Kilkenny Outdoor Festival

The Trail Kilkenny Outdoor Festival

The Trail Kilkenny Outdoor Festival is designed to spur you to get your friends and family together this summer and get outdoors! This year’s Festival features two whole weeks of bustling adventures and action-packed activities. Get active and explore the stunning and world renowned Kilkenny countryside, our rivers, hills, treks and trails, with the help of some of Kilkenny’s most experienced outdoor activity providers. Why not try an activity you have never tried before? Be adventurous, but most importantly, enjoy it! So come along, connect with like-minded adventurers and be inspired! We reckon there is something for absolutely everyone!  Go to the Trail Kilkenny Outdoor Festival website for more details.

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Jerpoint Sale!

 

saleDont Miss it!
Jerpoint Annual Seconds Sale starts Friday 16th February.
For nine days all stock will be greatly reduced across all lines!

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The Best Outdoor Escape/ Outdoor Provider Award 2017 – Your Chance to Vote

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 10.31.42We are absolutely delighted to announce that Go with the Flow River Adventures has been nominated this year for Best Outdoor Escape Provider by Outsider Magazine.
The winner is decided by a public vote and we would greatly appreciate your vote! Make sure and click submit!

 
Please take a second and CLICK here to vote: http://outsider.ie/outsider-awards/best-outdoor-escape/

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Tory Hill: Great Walk, Fantastic Scenery

Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 12.57.29For a great walk this weekend, Tory Hill, Mullinavat has splendid scenery.  It will take you about a hour and half to complete.  Totally worth it!

 

TWO LOOPS

The loops follow forestry roads and woodland tracks in Carrickinane Woods and takes you to near the top of Tory Hill with views of the countryside below.

Tory Hill – Sliabh Greine Loop

This loop is the shorter of two developed on the hill through the Trail Kilkenny Programme. the other walk at Tory Hill is Frochans loop.

A-B. Starting from the car park, enter Carrickinane Woods through a metal barrier. Follow the green (and purple) arrows along the forestry track for 500m to reach a downhill track on the left. This is the point from which the loop ‘proper’ begins and to which you will return on your homeward journey. Continue straight ahead.

B-C. Continue to follow the green and purple arrows – ascending gently along the forest roadway for a further 1.5km to reach a left bend near the top of Tory Hill. The more challenging Tory Hill Loop (purple arrows) turns left here onto a grassy path heading to the summit. You stay on the forest roadway following the green arrows.

C-D. After 200m you reach a Y-junction where you veer left and, after 500m reach the end of the forestry road at large concrete foundations. These were put in place for masts that were proposed at this site some time ago but were not erected. You rejoin the purple loop here as it descends from the summit of Tory Hill and turn right onto a grassy downhill track.

D-A. Follow the grassy track downhill and turn left when it joins a forestry track. After another 200m you rejoin the forestry road you left on your outward journey (see B above). Turn right here – it’s only 500m to the trailhead.

 

Tory Hill – Frochans loop:
A-B. Starting from the car park, enter Carrickinane Woods through a metal barrier. Follow the purple (and green) arrows along the forestry track for 500m to reach an uphill track on your left. This is the point from which the loop ‘proper’ begins and to which you will return on your homeward journey. Continue straight ahead.

B-C. Continue to follow the purple (and green) arrows – ascending gently along the forest roadway for a further 1.5km to reach a left bend near the top of Tory Hill. The easier green loop continues straight here – you turn left following the purple arrows along a grassy path heading to the summit.

C-D. The loop ascends quite steeply now to reach the large cross which marks the summit. From here take the narrow track which leads downhill to reach the end of a forestry road and concrete foundations (these were for masts that were previously proposed at this site). You rejoin the green loop here and continue straight onto a grassy downhill track.

D-A. Follow the grassy track downhill and turn left when it joins a forestry track. After another 200m you rejoin the forestry road you left on your outward journey (see B above). Turn right here – it’s only 500m to the trailhead.

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Notice: Maintenance work on the Freshford Loop 4th-9th December

The Freshford Loop will be closed all next week due to maintenance work (4th – 9th of December 2017)

Any queries:  Contact Harry Everard – 086 048 5553

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Notice: 23rd November- One Day closure for some trails

The following walks/trails will be closed for one day only (23rd November)

  • Kilmacoliver Loop
  • Freshford Loop
  • Gathabawn Loop
  • O’Gorman’s Lane Loop
  • Nore Valley Walk: Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge
  • Nore Valley Walk: Thomastown to Inistioge

Any queries:  Contact Harry Everard – 086 0485553

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Walk , Talk and Eat Success!

IMG_3433[1] IMG_3445[1] 20171031_143735[1] The October Bank Holiday Weekend in Kilkenny is renown for its Savour Food Festival.

This year the Tyndall Mountain Club partnered up with Trail Kilkenny to deliver a joint food and walking experience – WALK, TALK, EAT. The WALK was the iconic stretch of the River Nore between Kilkenny and Bennetsbridge.

This is an extremely popular walk in Kilkenny following tight up against the bank of the river for approx. 10km. The TALK was provided by Jimmy Heally , Chairman of the Tyndall Mountain Club. Jimmy has a wealth of knowledge covering the local natural, built and social history. As we progressed along the route we were entertained by a variety of interesting and amusing tails. Then there was the EAT.This was provided by the Corner House pub in Bennettsbridge. Two events were held; one on the Saturday morning starting with brunch in the pub and walking back to Kilkenny City Centre to join in the Savour Festival.

The other, an afternoon start, on the Bank Holiday Monday walking out to Bennettsbridge for an artisan food producer inspired meal and a glass or two.

IMG_3439[1]The events attracted over 50 walkers who demanded more of the same. So we shall – WALK, TALK , EAT -Brandon Hill, Graiguenamanagh, WALK, TALK , EAT – Nore Valley Walk, Thomastown coming soon.

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Caution to Trail Users: Potential Fallen Trees on Trails

Caution Trail WalkersNote to Trail Walkers:

Trail Kilkenny would like to notify all trail users on to exercise caution when walking trails. Due to the past storms, there is the possibility of fallen trees along the trails and lanes.  The Trails Team is in the process of inspecting trails for damage.

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Savour Kilkenny at Highbank Orchards & Distillery

Fats: Facts & Fictions

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Learn more about the role of fat in our diet during the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2017!

You will explore the three fats butter,  rapeseed  oil and olive oil and hear their story from the three fat advocates Darina Alleen, Ben Colchester and Karen Cryan, scientifically supported by nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe. You will also have the chance to sample some of these fats, don’t miss out!

Venue: Highbank Orchards & Distillery, Cuffesgrange

Date: Thursday, 26th October

Time: 18:30

Tickets: 9€

To book: https://biabeag.com/fats/ T: 056 772 9918

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