Welcome to the Blackrock Hillwalking Club

Stay home stay safe

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.

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Unfortunately we have to suspend our scheduled walks at this time.

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

https://www.mountaineering.ie/aboutus/news/2020/?id=273

We now have the 5 phase plan on how we will emerge from our lockdown. Here are the main points as they relate to walking and hiking

  • Tuesday May 5th : the only change is that 2km extends to 5km and those of you who have been cocooning may exercise outside.
  • Monday May 18th : Phase 1. Outdoor sports in small groups. up to 4 people who are not in the same household. BUT the 5km range still applies. This means you can meet a few buddies to go for a local walk within the 5km range.
    Cronins yard have confirmed their car park will be open from this date – not much use to us yet but I wanted to capture it for when the 20km restriction is removed.
  • Monday June 8th : Phase 2. 5km range extends to 20km. Some group exercise allowed. At this point we should be in a position to run limited local walks in small groups.
  • Monday July 20th : Phase 3. Travel outside 20km limit. This is the point where we could get back to our regular calendar – following the advice from MI and our Mountain Rescue teams. Luckily we have such variety on our doorstep we will have plenty of options while still minimizing risk to ourselves and others.

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

Till then please stay safe/healthy and stay in touch. Do stay in touch with your hillwalking buddies. Use whatsapp / zoom / facetime to videochat.

In the meantime here are some resources you may find useful

MI
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)
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Some useful resources from the Government
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the site https://2kmfromhome.com/ has been extended to show 5km (from May 5th) and 20km (from June 8th)
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Cork Community Response
County Cork
https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/cork-county-council-covid-19-community-support-programme
Cork City

NEWS

WALKS

TRIPS

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

Sneem, Achill, Croatia have all been cancelled. Portugal may possibly go ahead although we understand that many peoples attitude to groups, travel, airports, planes, hotels and sharing rooms will have changed. And of course we should have some opportunities to book breaks here in Ireland towards the end of the summer. Bear with us while we figure this out folks.

Brandon has been moved to September 4-5.

Walks Schedule – Unfortunately we have to cancel our scheduled walks at this time.

The latest advice from MI, the HSE and our mountain rescue teams is listed on the Walks tab

However we should be able to run local walks after June 8th so we will try to pull together a walks schedule for then until July 20th. After July 20th we should be able to restore the regular schedule – we will start slow and ease everyone back in!

New members are always welcome.

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