St. Declan’s Way 2020

St. Declan’s Way Walks 2020 – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to ongoing issues with the ‘coronavirus disease 2019’ (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide, a decision has been taken to CANCEL ALL STAGES of St. Declan’s Way 2020. We do so with regret, but it is in the interest of the health and safety of all our participants and members.

We will issue full refunds to everybody who has booked so far in the coming week. The event had been booking more quickly than any previous year, and was almost full to capacity.

We regret any inconvenience caused and, hopefully, when the risk of the disease has passed, we will be in a position to run other events.

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2020 is the year when the 104km long St. Declan’s Way Pilgrim Path from Cashel to Ardmore comes into its own. Last year saw the launch of its own website at which has proven tremendously successful. The path also now has its own Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram Accounts, all of which are steadily gaining followers. The path’s handle is @StDeclansWay on all social media.
In 2019 we had over 1,500 walkers across the five stages of St. Declan’s Way which ran from April to August. This year we will cover the path in five stages again, beginning on April 11th (Holy Saturday) in conjunction with the Pilgrim Paths Festival 2020. The remaining four stages will then take place on the second Saturday of each of the next four months (May 9th, June 13th, July 11th & August 8th).
The price for the event is €125 for all 5 stages
€30 per stage when booked individually.

The price includes buses to take walkers from their cars to the walk start point, team leaders and medics on hand during the event. It also includes a tea/coffee and a scone before the event and food at the end of each stage.

Participants should make sure to bring snacks and drinks for the duration of the walk.

If you already know what it is all about and just wish to book for the 2020 event you can do so above. Scroll down to read more about the event.

Stages are approximately 20 km each, run on the second Saturday of the month and are as follows:

First Stage: April 11th – Cashel to Cahir (park in Cahir, bus to Cashel, walk to Cahir)

Second Stage: May 9th – Cahir to Goatenbridge (park in Goatenbridge, bus to Cahir, walk to Goatenbridge)

Third Stage: June 13th – Goatenbridge to Lismore (park in Lismore, bus to Goatenbridge, walk to Lismore). Note: this stage crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains and will require a certain level of fitness. All other stages are flat.

Fourth Stage: July 11th – Lismore to Aglish (park in Aglish, bus to Lismore, walk to Aglish)

Fifth Stage: August 8th – Aglish to Ardmore (park in Ardmore, bus to Aglish, walk to Ardmore).

Participants must:

  • Be over 16 years of age (or accompanied by an adult).
  • Be in a fit physical condition.
  • Have reasonable walking experience.
  • Have wind and waterproof clothing & wear suitable footwear.
  • Bring a fully charged mobile phone.
  • Sign in at the start and finish check points on the day.
  • Pay the entry fee in advance (booking is online only, see booking options below).
  • No dogs allowed – unfortunately we are not in a position to cater for them.


Any accommodation participants may need is not included in the event price. If you are booking accommodation be sure to book it at the destination for the day’s walk, otherwise you will have to organise transport to bring you back to where the walk began, e.g. for stage one on April 11th, book accommodation in Cahir, not Cashel (the bus will leave from Cahir car park in the morning, dropping participants to the Rock of Cashel. Walkers will then return to Cahir in the afternoon via the St. Declan’s Way route.

You can find a list of available accommodation along the route on this link. Note, this accommodation list is not vetted or promoted by St. Declan’s Way or Knockmealdown Active in any way, it is simply provided for the convenience of those who may need the information.

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