Welcome to Coastline Walks & Talks on the Dart Line 40 plus. This is a group for people who wish to meetup and go for walks along the coast on the dart line from Greystones to Howth, we may at times go to Glendalough or Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow, both are which are accessible by bus.
IMPORTANT NOTICE RE INSURANCE PLEASE READ
Insurance: Please note: this activity is taken at your own risk, and the organiser has no responsibility for any injuries or damage.
Personal Insurance for Walkers and Charges please visit Mountaineering Ireland website for annual charges:
Membership of the 'Mountaineering Council of Ireland' provides insurance for walkers; please click below for details of the charges.
Health & Safety: Events are organised with H&S in mind (max numbers, no unsafe venues/destinations tc.), however, each member attends events at their own risk.
Coastline Walks do not have Accidental Insurance cover for members going on walks and members are responsible for their own safety and they attend all meet-ups at their own risk.
If a member has any health issues they must ensure that they have their Doctors permission to take part and health issues must be declared to the walk organiser when you join as some of the walks may not be suitable for there fitness level, i.e. Cliff Walk or Howth loop walks, where there may be a bit of a climb or the walks are more strenuous. The flat walks would probably be more suitable for them.
By signing up to this meet-up group and attending the walks you acknowledge that you accept responsibility for your own safety at all meet-ups.
We are also a group for social events, day tours, meeting for tea/coffee, going to cinema or theatre in the afternoon or in the evening, places of history/interest, markets and are always welcome to hear of new suggestions from members for a new meetup and also for them to offer to host a meetup of their choice.
This is a good way to get some exercise in, meet people, unwind, exchange ideas for new meetup events, relax and chat, laugh and enjoy a nice afternoon, especially at the weekend after working most of the week, good to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy week, and also get some exercise in and feel refreshed after the nice walks. This is a friendly pleasant group for people who like a walk by the sea, lovely scenery, fresh air and also good company and coffee and also a choice of long walks.
We all know that the health benefits from walking are numerous - it is very good for our heart and also enhances our physical and emotional health. It activates soothing neurons in the brain, these neurons help dull feelings of stress , which we all can experience now and then,. Walking 20 minutes a day not only boosts memory - but also improves the walker's brain function. It is good to get out in the fresh air with a group of people and enjoy the lovely views on these walks, nature and beautiful scenery in the summertime and perhaps more so in the wintertime, when some people may feel more isolated.
Walking slowly not only burns more calories per mile, it is easier on the joints and may also save wear and tear on the joints. Walking is an aerobic exercise. Studies found that people who walked had less body fat than those who didn’t walk. It also lowers the risk of blood clots, since the calf acts as a venous pump, contracting and pumping blood from the feet and legs back to the heart, reducing the load on the heart.
Nice long walks - all of our walks along the coast are at least two hours total walk minimum, as I feel if a member goes to the trouble of getting on a dart or driving to a Walking Meetup , a shorter walk would not be worth there journey.
Pace of Walks:
All are walks are for the normal/medium pace walker.
Having received feedback from the existing members on the group, who would be regular walkers throughout the year at the weekends, it appears that this pace is the majority preference for all walks on this meetup and so therefore would not be suitable for the fast pace/quick pace walkers.
Some simple rules for new members joining:
We would ask members to please change your rsvp to NO as soon as you know that you cannot attend a walk/meetup to allow other members to avail of it, (especially in the summer months) instead of leaving it to the morning of the walk which is probably too late then for people who may already have made arrangements for the weekend.
For members attending the walks please wear suitable warm clothing and comfortable suitable footwear and socks and bring a drink/snack/fruit with you on the meetup. We normally meet at the dart line or a convenient central location for members but whilst we can wait ten minutes or so for members after the meetup time (i.e. train/bus delays) we would then have to go ahead with the meetup as it would be unfair to the rest of the group who may have other commitments later in the day. We do not hold a list of mobile numbers for members so if a member is late unfortunately it will result in them missing the group.
While it may be nice to wear open sandals in the warm weather it is very easy to get a twisted ankle while wearing this type of footwear most especially on the Cliff Walk and the Killiney Hill walk. particularly where there is an absence of a tarmaced path and possible inclement weather - So again please remember the importance of wearing proper walking footwear (versus wearing an old pair of shoes/ankle boots with heels !, sandals, or canvas shoes), nobody needs to be getting a twisted ankle etc that could have been avoided by suitable footwear being worn. Also if anyone has suffered a back injury in the past they would need to ensure that they have the right type of footwear for walks and also insoles, to avoid back pain after the walk.
Any new members who are attending a meetup who are not familiar with the area and are driving please ensure that you do not park near a car parking meter on a Saturday/Sunday. Most of the dart stations have parking for 4 euros all day. If you are not familiar with the area please check on line the car parking for the location of the meetup if it is not already mentioned, as you dont want to risk the possibility of your car being clamped.
The group is intended to be relaxed, informal and friendly. As a minimum, the following code of conduct is expected of all members:
No verbal abuse of the organisers/other members
No monitoring/questioning other members attendance
No using the group for commercial enterprise
(members account will be deleted if the site is used for this purpose)
Any members in breach of this code will be removed from the group.
Details on Meetups
• It is important that members read their emails on the site daily for any changes to the dates or times of the meetup.
• We are not responsible for members turning up to events that have been cancelled and have been given prior notice of cancellation.
As Organisers we dont take any responsibility for any accidents while out walking or if anyone has an issue with a restaurant/bar food etc. and is unhappy with the service or food, they would need to sort this issue out themselves at the time.
We hope you will enjoy this meetup group. There are lots of coastal walks that are lovely in the summer months, especially the Cliff Walk Bray to Greystones, Killiney Hill and Dun Laoghaire to Sandycove Harbour and Dalkey, Greystones to Kilcoole, Malahide to Portmarnock, Portmarnock to Howth and Clontarf to Howth.
Looking forward to meeting up soon.
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