Kilmacthomas Walking Club, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford was founded in November 2004. Jim Bowdren is the only founder member still active with the club.
The club prides itself on its friendliness and accommodates walkers at all levels. Our mantra is: “it’s not a competition” and we walk at a pace that suits our participants. We generally alternate flat and hill/mountain walks every other week. Most walks take between 2 and 4 hours.
Upcoming walks are posted on this website.
We normally meet in the car park next to the Credit Union in Kilmacthomas at 10 am on Sunday mornings and car pool from there to the walk location. It’s best to refer to the web site as we occasionally vary the time and/or the location of the meeting point.
Since Irish weather is not dependable, walks may be cancelled or changed at the discretion of the leader. If a walk is cancelled we will try to text all members with this information as early as possible on Sunday morning.
We walk primarily in the Comeragh/Monavullagh Mountains but we also go regularly to the Knockmealdowns, Galtees, Slievenamon, and elsewhere, as well as flat walks in Tramore, Carrick-on-Suir, Glenshelane etc.
It should be noted that dogs are not permitted on club walks. This is primarily due to the need to protect livestock, particularly sheep in mountainous areas. In addition, some members may be fearful of dogs and nobody wants to see dogs fighting. In certain circumstances guide dogs may be permitted.
We have a few “away” weekends each year and celebrate Christmas and the Summer with nights out. In addition, most years the club plans a walking trip abroad. Previous trips include: sections of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, Snowdonia, the Italian Alps and Nepal.
In October 2019, the club hosted the Mountaineering Ireland Autumn Gathering.
Occasionally night walks are arranged. These are dependent on the conditions being right: full moon, clear skies etc. Walks can take place within a day or two of the full moon itself. Walking is by moon light only so no torches are needed (except for emergencies and looking for items accidentally dropped on the ground).
The time and date of night walks will be notified to club members by text, a day or two in advance of such a walk taking place. The short notice given is to ensure that the conditions for a night walk are right.