Welcome to the Bluestack Ramblers Walking Club

If you don’t climb the mountain, you’ll never see the view!

Hill walking is an activity that is good for both body and mind. In our club you will be led by experienced people who know these hills really well, and you will be in the company of great people who enjoy their walking and the craic... we look forward to getting to know you!

Am I fit Enough?

Some people worry about their fitness levels for hill walking – Don’t worry because the Ramblers have graded walks from easy, to moderate, to strenuous… you choose the walk that suits you. Over time, as your fitness builds, you can try some of the slightly more challenging walks. Club policy is - we walk as fast as the slowest walker - no one is left behind.

What Should I Wear?

You will need a waterproof coat, waterproof over-trousers and walking boots (to keep your feet dry and protect ankles). You will need a hat, gloves and a comfortable rucksack to carry your food, fluids, a flask and extra clothing. A transparent plastic bag to line rucksack is advisable. Walking poles can be a great help saving energy, preventing stumbles and reducing pressure on your knees by 30%, while gaiters help keep water and small stones from entering your boots. Experience has shown the use of several thin layers of clothing prove more beneficial than one or two thick ones. One can add or remove layers as the conditions and climate dictate. Three layers should be sufficient and carry a fleece for good measure if you wish. TIP: Buy polyester base layers as they remove moisture, allow your body breathe, improves comfort and reduces the risk of chill. Avoid Cotton as it soaks sweat, holds moisture close to your skin and increases risk of chill! (Cotton tee-shirts and jeans can cause problems if they get wet).

Pre Walk:

Health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, heart condition, etc., SHOULD be disclosed in confidence to the leader.

While Walking:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and carry a few energy bars or chocolate.
  • During the summertime carry sun block and insect repellent.
  • Add or remove clothes as necessary.
  • Group walking means staying together - Do not wander off on your own especially in conditions of poor visibility.
  • Should you need a breather just let the leader know.
  • If you are feeling unwell - let the leader know
  • Comfort Stop - if nature calls just let the leader know and the group will maintain a dignified distance and wait for you.

The Social Side:

Hill walking offers a healthy and economical social outlet for just €25 per person per annum (€35 for a family).

Along with weekly walks there are optional activities you may wish to avail of. There are occasional trips to other walking venues/festivals in Ireland, and annually, we have an international walk. The club has had recent trips to Croatia, Austria and the Camino de Santiago in Spain; every effort is made to ensure value for money.

Occasionally we hold post-walk barbecues, and Christmas would not be Christmas without the proverbial club party.

Club Policies:

  • ‘Leave no Trace’. It is a privilege to walk our beautiful mountains and we strive to leave them as we find them - litter free. Take home all wrappers, fruit skins, tea bags, containers etc., etc.
  • Dogs/Pets are prohibited on all walks even if on a lead.
  • Mobile phones to be kept on silent.
  • Gates are left as they were found.
  • Group walking means - staying together.

Health & Safety:

While every effort is made to ensure members safety, no guarantees can be entered into. Hill Walking, Climbing and Rambling are activities that carry a risk of injury. Participation in club activities is on the strict understanding that these risks are accepted and each person is responsible for their own involvement, actions, and safety. That said the Ramblers have an excellent safety record over many, many years