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+)

"Tuesday on a Wednesday" walk - a tour of Carraigeenduff! Slopes and lakes!

Please note that this week, we are walking on WEDNESDAY MORNING! Let's enjoy Lough Dan from the other side on this walk and do a little bit of exploration as well.... expect a good walk, guaranteed bog, and slopes - all the elements that make a good morning's walk!

Lug, from the easier west side! Another day trip to lesser visited West Wicklow!

Here's an unexpected treat, early in the year - Lug from the west side! As a group we have not done this route - ever! We have the opportunity to do this walk in the company of another group who are doing this in a slow and considered manner - so fear not! The route takes us up via Camara Hill and is a steady climb, that will be done slowly. I think this is a great opportunity for those in the Saturday group or Sunday group, to get up Lug in the company of those who are returning to fitness, so no pressure on pace. To get up to the summit of the highest point in Leinster (925 m) is something on many walker's wish list, so don't pass up on this chance! And, there is the added bonus of a very appealing pub - Fenton's, at the bottom of the hill - to celebrate any first summits with some bubbles.... Please note that a charge of €10 will apply for this walk.

Obscure is good! Head for uncrowded, middle Wicklow, far from traffic jams!

Here's a photo from the archives - and a summer shot too! Given that the hills and car parks are full of people sticking to their New Year's resolutions, lets get away from the crowds and find some nice obscure territory. I'm very fond of middle Wicklow so expect a good loop of townlands you may not have heard of previously... Should it be snowing, we will go for Plan B as this route is all above the snowline!

Crockan Pond or bust! Continuing our "obscure ponds/lakes of Wicklow" series!

The Bog Meadow (Playing fields in centre of village)

Here is a photo of Aska Pond and a tourist! Aska Pond is a little lake in the middle of a bog, and Crockan Pond is something similar, but does not attract many visitors... For this walk we are going "off piste" and "cross country" and we are starting early to allow for the short days and a certain Rugby Match at 16.45 (thoughtful or what?) This is a walk for those with good fitness levels and a stoic disposition! Some boggy conditions may be experienced en route as well as slopes! A large sandwich is essential....

Past events (1,153)

A Sunday Saunter - Crone/Deerpark and perhaps Maulin!

Dairine's house at Glencormac, Bray, Co Wicklow - text your email address to 086 1936861

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