Sheep’s Head Hike has new date af­ter post­pone­ment due to weather warn­ing

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

The char­ity be­hind one of West Cork’s big­gest and most pop­u­lar fundrais­ing events has an­nounced a new date for its an­nual Sheep’s Head Hike.

The organiser of the event Chris­tian Aid Ire­land had to post­pone its orig­i­nal date in Septem­ber for the hike fol­low­ing se­vere weather warn­ings.

It will now take place on the rugged Sheep’s Head Penin­sula on Oc­to­ber 14.

Chris­tian Aid worker and mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, An­drew Cole­man, said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic event for walk­ers of all lev­els and fam­i­lies. It never fails to de­liver a great day out and takes place amongst the most stun­ning Cork scenery, cap­tur­ing all the beauty of West Cork’s Sheep’s Head Way and the ad­join­ing coun­try­side.”

There are two routes on of­fer with a lo­cal guide on hand to de­scribe the unique his­tory and fea­tures of the area. The Poet’s Way is a 16km hill walk that takes ap­prox­i­mately 4 ½ hours and is for more ex­pe­ri­enced walk­ers. The Far­rana­managh Loop is a 6.3km flat, fam­ily-friendly route, that takes ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 hours and is suit­able for all lev­els.

Reg­is­tra­tion is from 11 am on the day of the hike in Kil­cro­hane Com­mu­nity Hall. The walk starts at 11.30 am and the reg­is­tra­tion fee is do­na­tion based, with or­gan­is­ers hop­ing peo­ple will be as gen­er­ous as pos­si­ble on the day in sup­port­ing Chris­tian Aid’s work with peo­ple liv­ing in poverty.

“The Sheep’s Head Hike is or­gan­ised by a won­der­ful lo­cal com­mit­tee and would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of many lo­cal vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers, from group lead­ers to bus driv­ers and ca­ter­ing,” said An­drew.

“A big thank you also to The Red Cross, Ru­ral Trans­port and The Gourmet Grill for their sup­port. It’s in­spir­ing to see so many peo­ple in­volved in a lo­cal ef­fort to show such com­pas­sion and gen­eros­ity for peo­ple in great need.”

Walk­ers are ad­vised to bring walk­ing shoes, walk­ing clothes (no jeans), a rain­coat, some­thing to drink, snacks and an ex­tra change of clothes in case of heavy rain.

Un­for­tu­nately, no dogs are al­lowed on the pub­lic amenity, the Sheep’s Head Way.

“Thank you to all who were plan­ning to sup­port this an­nual fundrais­ing event on the orig­i­nal date and we apol­o­gise again for any in­con­ve­nience caused,” said An­drew.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact An­drew Cole­man on 023 8841468 / 0872439280 or chris­tianaid.ie/get­involved.

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