What we're about

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 the majority of peaks in County Wicklow, and in all types of weather!! We also do day trips and weekends away - in the past few years we have been to the Comeraghs, Galtymore, Slievenamon, Lugnaquilla, Clogherhead and have done some of the Kerry Way. In the autumn of 2016 we visited Westport and of course, cycled the entire Greenway. Last year we visited the French Alps for a three night trip and are heading to Austria this year. 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.... Plans are afoot for a number of trips away this year also as well as some social events. Many of the regular walkers have become friends on the way, so we could be regarded as more than just a walking group.

Our group are best described as "moderate to good walkers, with their own transport" 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...

Upcoming events (5+)

A Tuesday Evening Premiere without the dressing up (unless you want to!)

This is a very nice and totally new route, courtesy of our friend Epic Knitwit!! You can wave at your Oak tree, if you think it was planted in Glencree - dig out that certificate. Expect a sylvan setting, a fairly easy loop and great views

An afternoon with Angela - the bucolic delights of Trooperstown and environs!

Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Base

It's always nice to have a walk with a different leader and this week Angela, who is known to many of you, and is a bundle of energy, will lead you on a nippy route in this lovely area. She will have totally different insights and routes to me, and expect an interesting afternoon. Our meeting place will be the car park below the Mountain Rescue Base - the start of the Avonmore Way. If you wish to car pool from Dublin, please organise it using our internal communications.

A Sunday loop with Paul - Ballinastoe - Luggala - JB Malone and perhaps more!

This walk has all the elements for a perfect morning! Gentle slopes through a nice mix of trees, some of the best views in Ireland to reward any upwardness, and a range of terrain. Paul, known to many of you who attended Angela's recent event, or previous navigation courses, is a Mountain Leader and Navigator and will meet you at Healy Pottery to car pool up to Ballinastoe.

Return to Kilruddery! A gentle loop of a great estate at a moderate pace..

Lets get back to the place we know well and get a nice perimeter loop in! Hopefully the sun will be shining, the bees will be buzzing and we will exercise our legs, and our brains, with good conversation as we walk...

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