St. Declan’s Way 2023 – All Five Stages

St. Declan’s Way 2023 – All Five Stages

Note: Booking for this event has now opened here.

We are delighted to announce that the Knockmealdown Active group will walk all five stages of St. Declan’s Way once again in 2023. Booking is now open. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updated information.

If you are interested in taking part, please note the following dates:St. Declan's Way 2023

  • March 18th – Cashel to Cahir
  • March 19th – Cahir to Goatenbridge
  • April 8th (Holy Saturday) – Goatenbridge to Lismore – in association with Pilgrim Paths Week 2023.
  • April 29th – Lismore to Aglish
  • April 30th – Aglish to Ardmore
All stages are approximately 21/22km long, with the exception of stage 3, which is around 28km. Stage 3 crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains, via Mount Melleray, and is the only stage with a significant ascent.  See a map of the route and stages at the bottom of the page.
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The 115km route is divided into the following five stages for the purposes of this event, walking from Cashel on March 18th and finishing in Ardmore on April 30th (bank holiday weekend).

The Knockmealdown Active group, which boasts significant expertise in such event management, is once again organising this five stage guided walk of the entire route.

Stages are approximately 21/22 km each, run during March & April as follows:

  • First Stage: Saturday March 18th– Cashel to Cahir (park in Cahir, bus to Cashel, walk to Cahir) – approx. 22km – mainly flat back roads.
  • Second Stage: Sunday March 19th – Cahir to Goatenbridge (park in Goatenbridge, bus to Cahir, walk to Goatenbridge) – approx. 21km – mainly flat back roads.
  • Third Stage: Saturday April 8th (Holy Saturday) – 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 relatively flat – 28km – back roads & forest trails. This stage is part of the Pilgrim Paths Week 2022 celebration.
  • Fourth Stage: Saturday April 29th – Lismore to Aglish (park in Aglish, bus to Lismore, walk to Aglish) – 21km – mainly flat back roads.
  • Fifth Stage: Sunday April 30th – Aglish to Ardmore (park in Ardmore, bus to Aglish, walk to Ardmore)- 22km – mainly flat back roads & cleared tracks – finishes along the beach.

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 will be online only) or pay using a Gift Token.
  • No dogs allowed – unfortunately we are not in a position to cater for them.

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