CHALLENGE WALKS CALENDAR

CHALLENGE WALKS 2014  
Calendar 2014
    Welcome to the Walkers Association of Ireland Challenge Walks Calendar 2014
    NB  Information on walks are updated on an ongoing basis as they are received (usually in the first three months or so), otherwise the previous years details are given.  

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JOYCE COUNTRY CHALLENGE
19th July 2014
Distance: 30 km. Total Ascent: 1,936m.

Organising Club : Lake District Hillwalking Club.

A beautiful walk which takes the walker on a wonderous, delightful day consisting of mountain plateaus, arêtes, incredible views and a lovely “Lake Loop”.

The day has an "A", "B", "C" and "D" walk

FEI SHEEHY CHALLENGE
1st - 3rd August 2014
Distance: 95 km. Total Ascent: 4,200m.
A mighty Challenge over three days to cross the Galty, Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains. Organised in association with Galtee, Nire Valley Bogtrotters and Peaks Hillwalking Clubs - There are three variations of walks over three great mountain ranges! .

MOURNE SEVEN SEVENS
2nd August 2014
Distance: 29 km. Total Ascent: 2,495m.
The Mourne Seven Sevens Walk takes in amongst others the seven higher mountains of the Mourne Mountains. It allows walkers to choose their own routes, which for the most part will consist of summiting Slieve Donard 850m first and then either a clockwise or anti-clockwise route that will have one meeting ones counterparts going the opposite way later in the day. An “unsupported” walk but definitely a nice clean walk which for the most part follows well worn trails and stone tracks that in places trace the incredible Mourne Wall.

MARATHON WALK WESTERN WAY
19th August 2014

Distance: 42 km. Total Ascent: 258m.

(Half-marathon option available)

Organising Club : Galway Walking Club
This delightful walk journeys along the Western Way on both road and track taking in the beautiful Killary Harbour and Máuméan Pass.

A full day but with a gentle incline.

BURREN PEAKS WALKING FESTIVAL
12th - 14th September 2014
WALKS FROM 4 - 8 hrs DURATION

Organised by The Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club

There is a choice of Grade A, B & C Guided walks which can enjoy this wonderfully rich limestone pavement...the land of the fertile rock with its precious and delicate terrain..

CARLOW AUTUMN FESTIVAL
October 2014
Distances from 7km to 20km.
This Festival includes combinations of "A,B and C" walks on both days, there truely is something for all on this Walking Festival.
Distances vary from 7km (taking an hour or two)
to 20km (taking up to 8 hours) and include river walks, forest parks and mountain treks.

THE NORTHERN WALKING PARTNERSHIP
Throughout 2014

Organised by the Northern Walking Partnership.

Multiple and varied range of walks for all levels of fitness. Enjoy spectacular scenery and views over unspoiled landscapes, open hillsides, marshy uplands, forest tracks and coastal paths in Northern Ireland.

THE COMERAGH BOGTROT
March 2015
Distance: 32km. Total Ascent: 1010m

The beautiful Nire Valley plays host to the ever popular Comeragh Bogtrot which takes the walker up and over to the highest point of the Comeraghs.

There are also two shorter "B" Walk options starting at the Mahon Falls and Graigavalla.

MAUMTURKS CHALLENGE
April 2015
Distance: 24 km. Total Ascent: 2,336m.

The Maumturks Challenge Walk is one the strongest tests of endurance in the years calendar. It is for very experienced walkers only.

The walk is organised by the NUIG Mountaineering Club, and takes place each Spring, usually during the month of April. It stretches from the foot of Corcogmore near Maam, all the way to Leenane over the length of the Maumturks.

The route is known for rapidly changing weather and poor visibility so good navigation skills and appropriate equipment are absolutely essential.

SLIEVENAMUCK MARATHON
April 2015

Organised by the Galtee Walking Club Club.

A walk that traverses a the beautiful Slievenamuck mountain ridge that wonderously gazes accross to the mighty Galtees.

There is both a full and mini marathon on the day which covers road and track.

This walk talks place on Palm Sunday each year.

KNOCKMEALDOWNS CHALLENGE
April / May 2015
Distance: 31km. Total Ascent: 1,700m

Organised by the Peaks Mountaineering Club and will this year be held as part of the Knockmealdown Active weekend.
A walk that traverses a most beautiful mountain ridge that traces the County boundary of Tipperary and Waterford whilst looking down on "The Vee" and other great vistas.

This year the Walks direction is reversed.

BALLYHOURA MARATHON CHALLENGE
May 2015
Distances up to 42 km

This walk is as organised as part of the annual walking festival. 'A' Walk: Ballyhoura Marathon Challenge A challenging well marked circuit including steep short climbs, forest trails, farmland and magnificent views.

The Festival includes the Marathon, designed especially for hillwalkers, half marathon and walks throughout the Ballyhoura and Galtee ranges.

CAUSEWAY COAST CHALLENGE
May 2015
Distance : 30km

Organised by The Bannside Rambling Club and now in it's 36th year this walk follows a beautiful coastal route along the North Antrim Coast passing by the world famous Giant's Causeway.

BLACKSTAIRS WALK
May 2015
Distance: 30.5 km. Total Ascent: 1,670m.
The Blackstairs Walk is organised by the Wayfarers Association and this is their flagship event. It is a mountain walk along the Carlow Wexford Border following the Blackstairs ridge. The walk begins at Killanure off the R746 from Bunclody to Kiltealy and ends at Byrne’s Pub in Glynn. A certificate is awarded to all who participate in and/or complete the walk.

CLARE BURREN MARATHON CHALLENGE
May 2015
Distances 6, 13 & 26miles.
Organised by the Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club, this challenge has three variations of walk covering road, off-road and the lovely Burren in full bloom.

THE GALTYS WALK (GUS TOBIN MEMORIAL WALK)
June 2015
Distance: 26 km. Total Ascent: 1,400m.

Presented by the Tyndall MC and the Tullow MC - this is a fine walk traversing the Galtys and requiring a good level of fitness and navigational skills.Travelling from West to East, this is a substantial route on high ground so you should be adequately prepared and equipped. With six manned checkpoints, four of which are on hills, windy Galtymore will remove all cobwebs!

 

LUG WALK 2015
June 2015
Distance: 53 km. Total Ascent: 2,590m.

The Lug Walk usually takes place on a date as close to the longest day in the year as possible…. this is a long walk!

Whilst the ascent within this walk is usually gradual, this is not the total of all pains as heavy bog, heavy mist and heavy hearts all play their part on a day that will always see some rain.

The walk is however nicely divided into three parts, so if all else fails family and friends can help with re-supply. Water is provided at checkpoints which help to keep ones weight down. Held every consecutive year if the weather is good there will be wondrous views all day, if the weather is doubtful however, a long day’s intense navigation is sure to ensue.

TOM CREAN ENDURANCE WALK
June 2015
Distance: 31 km. Total Ascent: 1,750m.

A mighty challenge inspired by the mighty Tom Crean! Hosted by the Annascaul Hill and Roadwalking Club, County Kerry - The Tom Crean Endurance Challenge starts by besting the fantastic Mount Brandon and then on and up, and over, to traverse adjacent to the spectacular Coumanare Lakes before journey's end at Annascaul.

GALTEE CHALLENGE
June 2015
Distance: 31 km. Total Ascent: 1,700m.

Galtee Challenge 2015

Organised by the Galtee Walking Club and now in its eleventh year. There is both a 'Challenge' and a 'Crossing' to the days walk which flows over the lovely Galty Mountain tops which gaze down on wonderous corries and sweeping vistas.

COMERAGH CROSSING
July 2015
Distance: 30/40 km. Ascent: 1,150/2100m.

A very popular walk in a lovely part of the country which has a number of variations to cater for walkers of differing abilities. This walk is also known as the Annual George Harney Memorial Walk & Challenge. It is organised by the Dungarvan Hillwalking Club. It starts in Clonmel and finishes in Dungarvan.

RING OF IMAAL MARATHON WALK
June 2016
Distance: 38 km. Total Ascent: 1,800m.

Held every second year - the Ring of Imaal Marathon Walk is organised by An Óige Youth Hostelling Association and is 38kms long with a total ascent of 1800 metres approx. Taking an average of 10 - 12 hours to complete the walk starts at the National School in Donard. The walk requires a good level of fitness, although there are a number of possible “drop out” points. Walkers are required to lead themselves.

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ART O'NEILL CHALLENGE
Distance: 51.3 km. Total Ascent: 1645m.
Art O'Neill walk

The Art O’Neill walk is unique. It starts at midnight outside Dublin Castle and passes through the Dublin suburbs before heading into the wild hills leading to Glenmalure.

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HART WALK
LAST HELD in 2012
Distance: 111 km (Road 75km - Mountain 36km). Total Ascent: 3,000m.
Hart walk 2006

The Hart Walk commemorates the first completion of this challenge by H.C. Hart (1847-1908) in 1886. The starting place is the site of the old Terenure tram station.

SPERRIN'S CHALLENGE WALK
LAST HELD May 2011
Distance: 33km. Total Ascent: 1685m.

Organised by The Mid-Ulster Walking Club.

This Challenge Walk encompasses thirteen of the Sperrin's highest summits!

GLOVER / MUCKISH ERRIGAL  
LAST HELD September 2010
Distance: 21km. Total Ascent:  2020m.

Starting at Muckish Mountain and ending at Errigal Mountain, this is always a tough day out - but wonderous vistas are to be had if the Hillwalker is fortunate enough. 


More Information

Report 2010

TWELVE BENS  

LAST HELD  June 2007

 
Distance: 28 km. Total Ascent: 2,530m.  
12 bens

Last held in 2007 but in accordance with the wishes of Beanna Beola Walking Club  this walk will not be held this year.

More Information 2007 

BOFIN SHARK CHALLENGE  
LAST HELD  June 2008
Total Ascent:  100m.
Last held in 2008, this walk began at Cleggan, Connemara with a boat departure to the enchanting islands of Inisbofin and Inishark.

CUILCAGH  
LAST HELD  June 2006
 
The wanlinbar Development Association ANNUAL WALK TO CUILCAGH took place on Sunday 4th June 2006.Assembly was at Bellvalley Gap.
Chldren were invited to participate with an accompanying adult.

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