Bogtrotters Walking Club: Walks Schedule for December 2017 and January 2018

December 3; Grade 3; Brian Dolan (086 366 4355)

Kanturk and Scarr from Oldbridge, “one of the prettiest walks in Wicklow”.

Meeting time 09:45 for departure at 10:00

December 10; Grade 3; Stephen White (086 387 4296), Derek Walsh (086 853 9464)

Wicklow Gap -Tonlagee -Brockagh -road – path around hydro station – Wicklow Gap

Distance 11km, Height gain 500m with one steep descent off Tonlagee and rough boggy terrain.

Meeting time 09:45 for departure at 10:00

December 17; Grade 3; Regina Fitzsimons (087 667 7835)

Distance 12k, Height gain 600m, Time 4 hrs.

Meeting time 9:45, leaving at 10:00

December 24; Christmas Eve; no walk

December 26; St Stephen’s Day ramble; Regina Fitzsimons (087 667 7835)

Dublin mountains starting from the Blue Light. About 3hrs. All welcome!

Meeting at Rosemount car park at 11:45, leaving at 12.

January 7; Grade 3; Sheila Mac Donald (087 770 0377)

Dublin mountains

Meeting time 09:45 for departure at 10:00

January 14; Grade 3; Justin Mulrooney (086 171 5383)

Starting from Ballynultagh gap, Black Hill, Mullaghcleevaun, Cleevaun lake, forest track

Distance 13.7k, Height gain 680m

Meeting time 09:45 for departure at 10:00

January 21; Grade 2; Martha Dunleavy (086 602 7478) and Niamh Kelleher (086 382 1337)

Meeting time 08:45 for departure at 09:00

Details to follow

January 28; Grade 3; Stephen White086-387-4296 and Derek Walsh 086-853-9464

Wicklow Gap -> Tonlagee -> Brockagh -> Lough Nahanagan -> Wicklow Gap
1 steep ascent at the start of the walk, 1 steep decent off Tonlagee, wet boggy ground to Brockagh and down to Lough Nahanagan.
10k-12k ish, 500m ascent ish

Meeting time 08:45 for departure at 09:00


December/January notes:

The emphasis is still on Grade 3 walks during the winter; we hope to have more Grade 2’s and 1’s in the spring schedule.

Remember to bring your head torch and hi-vis vest on the winter walks.


General notes:

Meeting point, unless otherwise stated is Rosemount Car Park, Marian Road, Rathfarnham.


  • Continue from the Yellow House in Rathfarnham (past the former Tuning Fork) along Ballyboden Road to a traffic light junction
  • Turn right onto Ballyroan Road ( Scoil Eanna will be on your left)
  • Take the third Right Hand Turn onto Marian Road – on the left will be Ballyroan Church and Supervalu Supermarket – the car park is in front of the church and shops.

Meeting times are usually 08:45 for 09:00 departure or 09:45 for 10:00 departure but are at the discretion of the walk leader(s).

Route details and estimated walk stats will be advised by the leaders in the week preceding the walk if they are not listed on the schedule.

The most up-to-date schedule, including changes, will be on the Bogtrotters’ website at The website also has information about the club and advice on hillwalking.


Walk Grades

Grade 1: 18-24km – over 1000 meters height gain – tough – good level of fitness required – 6 hours plus in duration

Grade 2: 14-18km – 750–1000 meters height gain – strenuous – suitable for most regular walkers – 5-6 hours in duration

Grade 3: 10-14km – up to 750 meters height gain – moderate – suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness – 4-5 hours in duration

Walks are generally off track and across rough terrain and steep hills.

Note 1 – All walkers should carry with them a high visibility jacket, head torch and whistle.

Note 2 – All walks should adhere to the Grade guidelines as far as possible.


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