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National Heritage Week 22nd - 30th August

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Bears Easter Trip

This year we chose Mayo for our Easter trip and based ourselves in the Twin Trees in Ballina.  It is a lovely hotel and we got a great deal.

I lead the A walkers.  7 of us met at Foxford Woolenmills, where we had tea/coffee and scones (to be recommended!).  We drove about 12km east to Glenaduff where we walked the Larganmore loop and the Western Ox Mountains.  We completed it in 3.5hrs.  In spite of a little rain we enjoyed some very good views.

The forecast for Saturday was good so 12 of us decided to do the Birreencorragh horseshoe (part of the Nephin range).  Underfoot was dry and mossy (like walking on carpet!).  The views were spectacular, Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Nephin Beg.  We walked for 5.5hrs and really enjoyed it, no rain and wonderful visibility.

Sunday morning was a bit damp but by the time the 12 of us got started it had dried up and remained dry.  We drove to Newport and headed north to the Nephin Beg range.  Underfoot was wet but we enjoyed the challenge.  We climbed Nephin Beg and, having decided to extend it, were out for almost 7hrs.

All seemed very pleased with our weekend.  I would recommend the Twin Trees for your personal use or for a group.

Mary Ryan

Ballyvaughan Fanore Walking Club

                     -  La Palma April 2015        

La Palma located northwest of the Canary Islands, is a volcanic island rising to almost 8000 ft, and is an island packed with contrasts.    The weather is reminiscent of spring throughout the year, and rainfall is moderate, so visitors can enjoy the exuberant beauty of the island in both winter and summer.   The island is divided into two very different geographical areas: the north is green and leafy, while the south, with recently-formed volcanoes, consists of an arid landscape where vegetation is scarce.                   In between there is a gigantic hollow area: La Caldera de Taburiente (which was declared a National Park in 1954). This is an enormous crater produced by thousands of years of erosion.  It is surrounded by high peaks, such as the Roque de Los Muchachos to the north, which is the highest point on the island, at 2,426 m (7,959 feet).

La Palma is criss-crossed by ancient trails. The old trails cross ravines and mountain ranges, and today these trails allow us to get close to those hidden, secluded locations which just cannot be reached by mechanical transportation, to enjoy the purest, most beautiful natural wonders of La Palma island.  You will discover the most spectacular landscape: volcanic mountain passes, laurel forests, deep ravines and spectacular cliffs. More details on

                           Make the decision: come and discover La Palma !!


World Heart Day

On Sunday 29th September, the Bears held their annual Heart Day walks. A fine total of E117 was raised. Many thanks to all involved.

Keeping the trails clear

Any time you are walking in the Ballyhouras and you notice that the trail needs clearing, please contact  our Ballyhoura Delegate, Pat Casey on 086 3824711 orJim Flynn on 087 2833456, JFLYNN @BALLYHOURA.ORG


Thank You!

Greetings to all Bears,

Just to say a big thank you to all the Bears who played a part, however great or small, in this year’s Walking Festival. So many of you volunteered your time and effort which did not go unnoticed by our visitors. There is no doubt that the weekend  was a great success, the fine weather was a welcome contribution!

The Festival had been advertised in all the national and local newspapers/supplements, all the relevant magazines and several web sites. Overall, numbers were up by 35%, a great achievement.

There was nothing but compliments and praise for this years’ Marathon, a huge ‘thank you’ to Declan Clancy for his time and dedication to this event.

It’s also good news that the Bears will receive, once again, E1500.

Again Many Thanks and may you have a great summer’s walking.

The Festival Committee

Free mobile app provides guide to West Cork’s stunning walking routes

The Explore West Cork FREE app is available for iPhone and Android and allows users to immediately access up-to-date maps and directions for all walking routes in West Cork.


Many organisations in West Cork have toiled tirelessly to develop stunning walking routes in every area from Kinsale to Beara and this app brings them together for the first time in one place. The maps and directions enable you to easily find your way, while guides to flora, fauna and historical sites bring each walk to life.


West Cork is famed for its dramatic landscape, which includes mountains, valleys and coastline. Such unspoilt beauty means that in some areas users cannot connect to the internet. A huge advantage to the Explore West Cork app is that no coverage is needed.


The app is available for iPhones from the App Store and for Androids from GooglePlay.


Please note your smartphone must have Android version 4 or higher. You will know whether your phone qualifies by visiting GooglePlay – unfortunately if you search for Explore West Cork but can’t see it you have version 3.


This development of this app has been part-funded by the West Cork Development Partnership


If you need any further information please contact Sheila at 023 8835696 or email



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