Carlow Winter Walking Festival 2021

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th November, 2021

If you’re a serious rambler or just like to stretch your legs and enjoy the view, then the Carlow Winter Walking Festival is for you!

The magnificent Blackstairs Mountains and the picturesque River Barrow form the perfect backdrop for a range of superb walks to suit all levels. Explore on foot the lush green landscape associated with Ireland’s Ancient East, immerse yourself in thousands of years of history and heritage found in abundance in County Carlow. The Carlow Winter Walking Festival is a great opportunity for the beginner, experienced or advanced walker to enjoy the challenges of Carlow’s mountain treks or the peace of its woodland walks.

Guidelines for walkers

Choose the walk that best suits your level of fitness:

B Walk – experienced hillwalkers
C Walk – leisure / regular walkers

Walkers should be satisfied that they are fully capable of undertaking their chosen walk. If in doubt please consult the guides or organisers present. Attendees should consult the list of guidelines prior to arrival.

Day 1 – Friday 12th November

Walk 1 – B Walk – Night Hike

20.00

A unique opportunity to experience the magic of walking in the Blackstairs Mountains as night falls. Spectacular views overlooking the lights of County Carlow and its surrounds, led by enthusiastic and experienced guides from the local walking clubs. Immerse yourself in this captivating landscape, this is a popular walk, not to be missed.

Day 2 – Saturday 13th November

Walk 2 – B Walk – History and Heritage of the Blackstairs Mountains

15.00

The Blackstairs Mountains has a fascinating historical heritage. This four – five-hour mountain walk explores its history with a focus on standing stones, ancient rock art, raths, dolmens, old settlements, a World War II bombing and a 1941 aircraft crash site. While still a mountain walk, time will be taken to look and talk about sites of historical interest and the overall history of the area.

Walk 3 – B Walk – Corrabut Gap to Nine Stones

15.00

Starting at Corrabut Gap, one of the most picturesque points on the Blackstairs Mountains, this walk crosses the River Burren before taking in Slievebawn and Tomduff Ridge.

Walk 4 – B Walk – The Columban Way

15.00

The birthplace of Saint Columbanus, Ireland’s first great European, can be traced to Mount Leinster and Myshall Village. Follow his journey taken during the 5th and early 6th century on his way to begin religious studies in Bangor, County Down. At the age of 48, Saint Columbanus travelled to Europe, founding monasteries in France, Germany, and Austria before settling in Bobbio, Italy. Hear about the legacy of Saint Columbanus on our everyday lives and admire the tranquil and  beautiful scenery this route passes through. This walk is led by members of Myshall Muintir Na Tire.

Walk 5 – C Walk – Mindfulness Walk

10.00

Jack Byrne, of the Carlow Mental Health Association, leads a mindfulness walk through the beautiful Clogrennane Wood with magnificent views of Carlow and the River Barrow. Gain practical tips on positive mental attitude while appreciating the peaceful surroundings.

Walk 6 – C Walk – Follow the footsteps of Lucinda Sly

10.00

Follow the footsteps of Lucinda Sly – the last woman hanged in Carlow in 1835. Meet at the sculpture in Shamrock Square from where the walk will proceed to Potato Market, Burren Bridge and finish at Carlow Shopping Centre. Step back in time and enjoy the intriguing story of Lucinda Sly.

Walk 7 – C Walk – Photography Walk with Richard Smyth LIPF

10.00

Ever wondered how to capture stunning pictures of bird, plant and wildlife? This informative walk led by Richard Smyth LIPF introduces you to the basic principles of photography in the wild. Bring along your camera or mobile phone and enjoy the wonderful views northwards over the plains of Carlow, along this well surfaced forest path.

Day 3 – Sunday 14th November

Walk 8 – B Walk – Walk Through Time – History and Heritage of the Blackstairs Mountains

15.00

The Blackstairs Mountains has a fascinating historical heritage. This four – five-hour mountain walk explores its history with a focus on standing stones, ancient rock art, raths, dolmens, old settlements, a World War II bombing and a 1941 aircraft crash site. While still a mountain walk, time will be taken to look and talk about sites of historical interest and the overall history of the area.

Walk 9 – B Walk – Corrabut Gap to Nine Stones

15.00

Starting at Corrabut Gap, one of the most picturesque points on the Blackstairs Mountains, this walk crosses the River Burren before taking in Slievebawn and Tomduff Ridge.

Walk 10 – C Walk – Rathanna Village

10.00

Mix history and heritage, flora and fauna in this fascinating walk. Passing St. Fortchern’s Church, the route continues onwards towards Killedmond Bridge before ascending Tomduff Hill. 7.5km of pleasant walks primarily along country roads.

Walk 11 – C Walk – River Barrow

10.00

The opportunity to discover a new stretch of the River Barrow awaits at 12 noon on Sunday morning as visitors can explore the 7km stretch of waterway from Goresbridge northwards in the direction of Slyguff in the knowledgeable company of Brendan Stafford of the Inland Waterways Association. Afterwards, relax and enjoy refreshments in one of Carlow’s newest tourist attractions, the historic Goodly Barrow old mill on the Carlow side of the River Barrow in Goresbridge.

The Carlow Winter Walking Festival has been funded by Carlow County Council under the Festivals and Events Scheme

Fuair an tionscnamh seo fóir-dheontas ó Coiste um Fhorbairt Pobail Aituil Cheatharlach, Clár Forbartha Tuaithe atá maoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann faoi Chlár Forbartha Tuaithe Éireann 2014-2020 agus ag Ciste Talamhaíochta na hEorpa d’Fhorbairt Tuaithe: infheistiú na hEorpa i Limistéir Tuaithe.

This project received grant aid from Carlow Local Community Development Committee under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2014-2020 which is financed by the Irish Government and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.

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