Welcome to the Blackrock Hillwalking Club

We are based in Blackrock, Cork. We are an active club of 100+ members. We walk just about every weekend in the hills and mountains of Munster. Walks are usually on a Sunday but sometimes on a Saturday, We also go further afield for weekends, and trips abroad. The club also holds an annual BBQ and an outing involving a walk followed by a dinner and maybe a sing song.

New members are always welcome. You are welcome to come along on 2 walks as a guest before joining.


According to the new Plan for living with Covid there are 5 levels.

For Levels 1&2, we can hike anywhere in Ireland, keeping groups small.

For Levels 3&4, we can hike anywhere in Cork, keeping groups small.

For Level 5, the 5km rule kicks back in, and no groups allowed.

Mountaineering Ireland have issued their guidelines for hillwalkers (May 17th)


Latest guidelines are to keep groups to a max of 15 outdoors – MI suggest we try to keep that to 10. This includes the walk leader. Carpooling outside your household is also not recommended.

International travel is still not advised at this time.

Kerry Mountain Rescue have issued a reminder that their advisory from before lockdown remains in place. (see the Walks tab)

In the meantime here are some resources you may find useful

Roadmap for the return to Hillwalking and Climbing (May 5th)
Light on the horizon – Returning to hillwalking and climbing (May 1st)
Getting back to hillwalking and climbing (April 28th)
Some useful resources from the Government
the site https://2kmfromhome.com/ has been extended to show 5km (from May 5th) and 20km (from June 8th)
Cork Community Response
County Cork
Cork City




Unfortunately club activities are suspended for now. Stay active and stay within 5km of home while exercising for the next few weeks. We will be back as soon as guidelines permit.

Membership renewals are now due.

Download form here

Is anyone interested in some introductory map and compass work while we are off the hills? Get in touch with Fiona.

See the Trips tab for the latest on our planned trips and weekends.

Car Pooling

The latest guidelines from MI state that unless you are from the same household, you should not carpool. We realize that this will make parking a challenge. Please park sensibly, don’t block gates or access for locals and farmers. Be prepared to move on and start your walk from another location if necessary.

New members are always welcome.

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