We use the following 4
grades to describe how easy or difficult a walk will be : -
walk (sometimes with scrambling over steep exposed rocks) on open
moorland at a fast pace and on very steep gradients for up to 10 hours.
walk (sometimes with some scrambling over steep ground) on open
moorland at a good pace and on steep gradients for up to 6 hours.
Moderate walk usually on open moorland over less steep ground at a
moderate pace and on gentle gradients for up to 4 hours (A and B
walkers on C walks are expected to slow down to C pace).
‘D’ Easy walk,
mainly on relatively flat roads / paths (forests and cliff tops), at an
easy pace for up to 2 hours
Within each grade, we may
often add a +
or an easy
description. So for example a B+ walk would be a
really tough walk but perhaps not hard enough to warrant making it an
A. An Easy B might be described as a tough C walk and perhaps one that
good C walkers could tackle. The pace and difficulty of a walk will
often depend on who is leading it.
A typical BHC walk might have the following description...
HEAD WAY to
lighthouse (C: 16 km, 400 m, 5.5 h). Kilcrohane village 1130 (Grace
From this you would pick
out the following : -
a) It's a C walk.
b) It's 16 kms long which
when it is mostly off-road is a fair bit. It could be described as a
long C walk.
c) The total ascent is
400 metres which is about right for a C walk. If it had been say 600 to
700 metres then it would be a B walk.
d) The lenght of the walk
is 5.5 hours long which is normally a bit longer than the usual 4 hours
for a C walk.
e) The walk leaders are
Grace and Deirdre who will probably walk at a modest pace with plenty
It's important that new
members should start off with C walks and get a feel for the different
grades of walk. In time as they get used to the grades, their fitness
levels improve and they get to know the various walk leaders, they can
try a B grade walk.
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The usual meeting point
for walks is the Melbourn Business Park car park on the Model Farm
Road. This small business park is just to the west of the only Texaco
garage along this road.
Please do not obstruct
the entrance to Pinewood Studios furniture store as they open on
Saturdays and some Sundays.
Usual Winter Meeting Times =
8.00am for A walks, 8.30am for B walks, and 9.00am for C and D walks.
Check the weekly e-mail to members for the correct time.
- Secondary Meeting
Depending on where the
walk leader is coming from, they may not always be present at the
Melbourn Business Park on the day of the walk. Quiet often, members may
meet at secondary meeting points which are closer to the walk location.
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Midleton just off Roundabout opposite Lakeview Service Station
Glengarra Wood Lower
Glengarra Wood Youth Hostel
Marian Shrine Baylough
Nire Valley Car Park
Jarveys Rest Darcy's
Monkstown Car Park
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- Car Pooling -
To cut down on travel
expenses, members often car-pool from the main meeting point in
Melbourn Business park or from some of secondary meeting points close
to Cork city. The normal practice is €5 per passenger for short
journeys (up to 50 miles) and €10 for medium journeys (50 miles +).
Only FULL CARS should go
to the start area of the walks so as not to upset the local landowners
& others too much.
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- Club Meetings -
BHC members meet
informally every Thursday evening in the The Model Farm Bar (formerly McCarthy-Tennis Village) after 9.30pm. If you
require further information on membership, wish to join, have questions
about any walk, or wish to pay
deposits, etc, please call in.
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1. All walkers on
BHC walks must be current BHC members.
2. All walkers must
register with the Walk Leader before each walk. “NO M.C.I. CARD, NO
3. All new walkers,
lapsed members, and non-regular walkers, must do at least 3 C walks
before attempting a B walk, likewise at least 3 B walks before
attempting an B+ walk, likewise at least 3 B+ walks before
attempting an A walk, and must be recommended by at least two Walk
Leaders before attempting a B or an A walk.
4. All walkers must be
over 18 years of age for all A, B & C walks, must wear suitable
hillwalking gear, including boots, for all A, B and C walks and must
make their own personal judgement as to their capacity to undertake the
category (Grade) of walk. Be sensible/realistic re your own
5. For everybody’s safety
and security those starting out together must stay together during the
walk. Group walkers are expected to walk as a group, i.e. the people at
the front must at all times keep an eye on those behind them and wait
for them at appropriate places. Group walks as organised are
non-competitive and all participants are to finish the walk together.
If you are on a walk of a lower grade than your usual then you must
slow down to the slower pace of that lower grade.
6. If you go ahead of the
Walk Leader & group, then you are no longer considered to be part
of the group and you are responsible for your own actions and for those
who follow you.
7. If you are on
medications or suffering from any physical, mental, or other condition
/ state that might affect you or the group on the walk, then you must
inform the Walk Leader of it before the walk starts.
8. All mobile phones,
except those of the Leaders and Assistant Leaders, must be
9. Dogs not allowed on
10. The walk as
advertised may be cancelled or changed at the discretion of the Walk
11. Please take home your
litter (including orange peel and banana skins).
12. Please observe The Country Code and The
I.F.A. Farmland Code of
13. You are requested not
to smoke in the presence of fellow BHC members at all times.
14. Any member who does
not adhere to the above, and other BHC rules, may have their membership
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