Claregalway Walking Group was set up in October 2012 with our first organised walk taking place on Sunday 14th of October in Renville Woods. It was decided to meet on Sundays at 10.30am at the Arches Hotel or McHughs Bar, depending on planned walk (about 9k) and on our return we enjoy a well earned cuppa! We also meet at the church car park at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings (5k) for those unable to join us on Sunday mornings. We are very fortunate to have many looped walks in the Claregalway area.
A weekly text is received by each member to advise of planned walks and this information is also available on Claregalway.info and in the Nuacht Chláir. We currently have eighteen registered and insured members.
In June 2013 we took part in the 10k Flora women’s marathon in Dublin to fundraise for our local Day Care Centre. We had 22 walkers who raised €1,980. It was a very enjoyable day for all involved and one we hope to repeat. The cheque was handed over on the official opening of the Day Care Centre.
In September three of our members undertook a Walkers Leaders Course run by the Irish Heart Foundation and the Get Ireland Walking organisation, and our group information is now available on their websites. This was a very interesting course and one we thoroughly enjoyed and very much benefited from. On completion of four planned walks in the Claregalway area we received our certificates and are now official walk leaders. We then registered as a recognised walking group and on holding a meeting as a group, the name Baile Chláir Ramblers was decided upon.
Our summer day away was in August, climbing Diamond Hill with Lunch in Kylemore Abbey. This year it is a 10k loop walk from Clonbur/Cong Woods with lunch in Cong. Date to be confirmed. We also have a Christmas party night which was held last year in the Clayton Hotel.
Our members range in age from 35 to 60 plus and new members are always most welcome to join us. Contact details: Anne at 087 248 5559 or Peggy at 087 298 1694.