Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dingle Walking Festival


Periodicity: annual

Location:  Dingle Peninsula,  West Kerry, Munster,  Ireland

Time of the year: February

Duration:  2 days - weekend

Number of Walks: 4 walks (guided)

1st edition: 2011

2011 edition:  19th - 20th February 2011
2011 edition programme:   

Saturday 19th February
Walk Category A (Difficult) Depart 10.00 a.m.
Conor Pass Walk
Walk from Dingle town up Cnoc an Chairn, onto Beennabrack, Conor Pass, return towards Dingle by Ballyrishteen and on The Dingle Way. Height gain 600m. Duration 5 hrs approx. Wonderful views of Dingle Harbour, Dingle Bay, Iveragh Peninsula and to the West, The Three Sisters and Smerwick Harbour. At Conor Pass, Mount Brandon, Cloghane and Tralee Bay.

Walk Category B (Moderate) Depart in transport provided 10.00 a.m.
The Saints’ Road.
Starting at Ceann Trá (Ventry) and walking to Gallaras via Leataoibh Beag, and then Cill Mhaolchéadair (Kilmalkedar Church). (Should anyone wish to finish here, transport will be arranged.) The route continues over Cnoc Rinn Chonaill (Reenconnell Hill), and finishes at Baile Breac, the foot of Cnoc Bhréanainn (Mount Brandon). Height gain 230 m. Time 5 hrs approx. This is one of Ireland’s most fascinating and beautiful old pilgrimage roads, weaving its way gently through breathtaking scenery and numerous Pre-Christian and Early Christian sites and monuments

Sunday 20th , February
Walk Category A (Difficult) Start 10.00 a.m.
Mount Brandon
Ireland’s second highest mountain. We take the traditional route up from Baile Breac, then along the ridge north westward to Piaras Mór, and down along The Dingle Way to Baile na hAbha. Height gain 952m. Duration 5 hrs approx.

Walk Category B (Moderate) Start time 10.00 a.m.
Today we walk out of Dingle Town to Conor Pass, along Slí Ghlas ( Green Road). Taking our lunch break at the top of Conor Pass, and enjoy the fabulous view. Our route down takes us by Ballyrishteen and onto Slí Chorca Dhuibhne/ The Dingle Way. Height gain 568m. Duration 4/5 hrs approx.

2012 edition:   18th - 19th February  2012
2012 edition programme:

Saturday18th February
Walk A: Brandon Mountain (Difficult)
Registration for this walk 8.30 a.m. – 9.15 a.m. Danno’s Bar. Transport departs at 9.15 a.m. from Bus Stop at rear of Garvey’s Supervalu.
We ascend Brandon by the traditional pilgrim route from Baile Breac to the summit of Brandon, then return via same route. Height 952 m. Time approx 5 hours.
Walk B : Mount Eagle (Moderate)
Registration time for this walk is 9.15 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Danno’s Bar. Transport departs from bus stop at rear of Garvey’s Supervalu at 10.00 a.m.
We take the Dingle Way near Slea Head passing some wonderful Beehive Huts and stunning scenery, then we follow the old stone wall to the summit of Mount Eagle, heading north on our descent we join up with an old bog road to Mount Eagle Lough. Height 516m. 5 hours approx.

Walk C: Cnoc an Chairn (Easy)
Registration time for this walk is 10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Danno’s Bar.
We walk from Dingle town joining a route called ” The New Line ” , walking to the top of Cnoc an Chairn, overlooking the town. Return to Dingle. Height 208 m. Time 4 hours approx.

Sunday 19th
Walk A Loch an Dúin Valley/Com an Áir (Difficult)
Registration time 8.30 a.m. – 9.15 a.m. Transport departs at 9.15 a.m. from Bus Stop at rear of Garvey’s Supervalu.
We start at Kilmore Cross and walk in The Loch an Dúin Valley and ascend the ridge overlooking Loch Chom Calláin, walk towards the stunning Com an Áir Valley, on to The Conor Pass and walk into Dingle. Height 670 m. 5 hours approx.

Walk B Cosán na Naomh (Moderate)
Registration time 9.15 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Transport departs at 10.00 a.m. from Bus Stop at rear of Garvey’s Supervalu.
Cosán na Naomh. Starting in Ventry we walk the Historical Pilgrim Route ( The Saints’ Road ) taking in Archaelogical and ecclesiastical Sites such as Gallarus Oratory and Kilmalkedar Church. We will also see the most recent discovery of Rock Art on The Dingle Peninsula, A Spiral Motif – the first of this type discovered in Kerry. Height 250 m 5 hours approx.

Walk C Cosán na Naomh (Easy)
Registration time 10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Transport departs at 10.30 a.m. from Bus Stop at rear of Garvey’s Supervalu.
Cosán na Naomh. We take a shorter version of Walk B…. Taking in Gallarus Oratory, Kilmalkedar and The Rock Art also. Height 250 m Time 4 hours approx.
Routes may be altered or changed for safety reasons.

Number of participants (average): about 200

Notable walks:

Walks for disabled persons? No

Price: Paid


Sponsoring: Yes

Organization: Colm Bambury 

Tel: 087 22 22 248 (Colm Bambury)


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