What level of fitness do you have - i.e. can you walk for one hour, two hours etc. Can you deal with slopes? Do you have walking boots? Or rain gear? Do you have the use of a car - sometimes we car pool - would you be willing to do this?
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We are a group of regular Nordic Walkers, based in North County Wicklow. Nordic Walking uses specific walking poles which give a good upper body workout and great support. You dont have to use the Nordic poles, or even poles, if you want to walk with us, but most of the group chose to use them. Walks take place during the week (usually Tuesdays) and on Saturdays and Sundays and are posted up on the site here.
The Saturday morning walks are the best for "starters" and usually take place on Kilruddery Estate where there is a great range of terrains - fields, woods, open hillside and bog! These walks are usually two hours in duration and the pace is usually moderate, depending on the group....
Saturday afternoon walks vary in location - usually within County Wicklow, but occasionally we travel a little. . We have done most of the Wicklow Way and most of the peaks in County Wicklow, and in all types of weather!! We also do day trips and weekends away - in the last year we have been to Mount Leinster, Galtymore, Slievenamon, Lugnaquilla, Clogherhead and have done some of the Kerry Way. We occasionally combine a walk with a site visit and have visited many castles and stately homes over the past six years. We have even done a few boat trips....
Our group are best described as "moderate to good walkers, aged in our forties, upwards" and we are a lively and friendly group and make new walkers very welcome. Anyone joining us must have walking boots, good rain gear, a rucksack with a basic first aid kit and a sense of humour. We also carpool, so you must be prepared to take your turn. Please note that there is a charge of €8 per walk and I supply poles to those who would like them, and I organise all events.
If this sounds like a group you would be comfortable with, we would be delighted to meet you...