New Members and Joining
BOGTROTTERS – What we are about.
The Bogtrotters are an easy-going walking/hiking club based in Rathfarnham that arrange walks
most Sundays during the year and on Tuesday evenings during the summer months. We try to
organise a few weekends away during the year at walking festivals etc. and during non-Covid times
we organize an annual walking holiday.
For those interested in some culture we also organize ‘cultural days’ which may include a walk, it
could be a visit to a cultural site or place of interest (e.g., Kilmainham jail, Famine ship, Lambay
Island, Waterford Greenway, Trinity College Library etc) normally ending with lunch/dinner and or a
beverage or two somewhere. For those interested we also run a book club.
We operate on the basis that you should ‘Try and See’ first, so we encourage people to try a walk or
two before joining. Two Grade 3 Sunday walks or one Sunday and one Tuesday evening walk will
give you an idea of what we are about. After that if you are happy to continue, we will ask you to
join officially by filling out a short Membership Form and paying the annual fee. The annual
subscription is €45. The club only receive €10 of this (€35 goes to M.I. which includes Insurance and
a quarterly magazine).
So, if you are interested the next step is to email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your interest. Then identify the walk you are interested in (All walks scheduled are listed under Walks-
schedule on the website), text or ring the walk leader to confirm you will attend. This should be
done early in the week as numbers maybe limited. We may from time to time organise introductory
walks for new members ONLY if numbers dictate this.
Having completed two hikes and if you are interested in becoming a member a short membership
application form needs to be completed. This can be downloaded here. Membership Form
We do not expect beginners to have all the relevant gear but a good pair of hiking boots, a backpack, a rain jacket and some warm clothes is essential. Further details on this are on the website on the
mountain safety page.
MEET UP POINTS
For Sunday walks we meet at the Ballyroan Church/SuperValu Car Park, Marian Road, Rathfarnham,
Dublin 14. (Google map ref: 7PQ2+X7 Dublin). More information is communicated nearer the time of
the walks. Meet up point for Tuesday walks vary and again are communicated nearer the time. Most
walks/hikes are in the Dublin/Wicklow area(Discovery Series Map No. 56).
Hiking is known to actively improve your health by lowering stress levels, improving your mood and
enhancing your mental well-being. Being in the open air, you get to meet likeminded people and
enhance your fitness at the same time. Hiking is a great way to build community. Not only can it
forge new friendships, but group activities and after hike socialising over coffee or a beer can
cement these new friendships, over shared experiences.
We normally car-pool to our weekend hikes to reduce our carbon footprint and we encourage
everybody to leave ONLY footprints wherever we hike. We also organise an environmental hike to
clean up a specific walk or area during the year.
WALKS and GRADING
Grade 1 – Tough / good level of fitness required. Substantial climbs and a fast pace (6hrs +) 18-24km.
Grade 2 – Strenuous. Suitable for most regular hikers but tougher than grade 3 (5 – 6 hrs) 14-18km.
Grade 3 – Moderate / suitable for people if they have a reasonable level of general fitness and some
hiking experience (4 – 5 hrs). 10-14km
Tuesday Evening walks – Easy. Suitable for all. Mountain, coastal and urban locations. (1.5-2hrs) 8-