Arthritis Ireland invites you on a journey through the spellbinding beauty of this relatively undiscovered corner of Ireland’s Ancient East. The trails will lead you to places of real beauty along paths our ancestors trod for centuries.

The Celtic Camino walk represents a significant fundraising opportunity for Arthritis Ireland and has the potential to grow valuable funds which can support the arthritis community. The Camino will also help us to develop new and invaluable services for people living with arthritis in Ireland.

 

Date: Thursday 10th Sept 2020

Duration: 3 nights

Where: Waterford

Tour operator:Waterford Camino Tours

Distance: The tour guides are experienced in leading groups of varying abilities and each day will be structured so that every participant can walk whatever suits them, be that 100m or 5km. This is a Camino, specifically designed to be inclusive of everyone. 

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The cost of the weekend is €865pp sharing 

Many participants choose to pay the event costs (€365) themselves and fundraise the donation amount (€500) which goes directly to Arthritis Ireland.

 *a single room supplement of €25 per night is also available upon request*

Walking only option also available, please email [email protected] for more information 

Key dates:

March 2020 - booking deadline (€100 Deposit to secure place)

May 2020 – full balance of trip paid (€265 sharing / €355 single)

August 2020- Sponsorship due - €500

 

What is included:

3 nights B&B in the Tower Hotel, Waterford with 4 course dinner each evening.

Luxury coach transfers each day.

Reflective talks on the trails with an experienced tour guide.

Welcome reception at the Waterford Treasures Museum.

Trail: Waterford Greenway → Comeragh Mountains → Tramore → Dunmore East

 

Day 1: WELCOME TO IRELAND’S OLDEST CITY – WATERFORD

Arrive at the Tower Hotel for 2pm, followed by a guided tour of the Viking Triangle. The evening will finish with a welcoming reception of wine, story and song in the 13th Century Choristers’ Hall, Waterford Treasures Museum.

 

It was from here that Mayor James Rice set out on his 2 epic voyages to do the Camino de Santiago in Spain in the 1400s. The Wine Vault, next to the Choristers’ Hall, dates back to this time and is living testimony to Waterford’s historic association with the Camino.

 

Day 2: FROM THE GREENWAY TO THE FALLS

Morning: Short trails on the Waterford Greenway. The Greenway follows the route of the old railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan. Highlights of the day will include a little early morning meditation alongside the River Suir as it leaves the city, a walk across the viaduct in Kilmacthomas, a stroll through Durrow Tunnel and on to the stunning panorama at Clonea.

 

Afternoon: A visit to Mahon Falls in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains. Nature bares its soul as you take the 1km trail out to the Falls. There’s a subliminal symmetry to it all – sheep, mountains, rocky hillside and the water cascades downwards to the awaiting ocean as it has done for millions of years. It’s great to take a seat on a rock and soak your feet in the streams below, taking time to absorb the wonder of it all. By the end of this trail, you will get the sense we are part of something greater than ourselves.

 

  

 

Day 3: TO THE WATERS AND THE WILD

Morning: Tramore is a particular highlight on this trail. This seaside resort is renowned for its long beach walks, popular cafes and the many surfing schools that have sprung up here in recent years. The 1km walk from the Doneraile, overlooking the Bay, down onto the prom is a must. Nothing nicer than an ice-cream by the beach and a visit to the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens to complete the experience.

 

Afternoon: We then take a 20-minute coach transfer to the fishing village of Dunmore East. The Dunmore East Harbour Walk is beautiful as it brings us face to face with the curious history of this picturesque village hidden in a tranquil corner of Ireland’s South East. You have the choice of a cuppa by the harbour or a 2km stroll across the headland on the magical Dunmore East Cliff Walk. We complete our day with a memorable boat trip out to the Bay with Brendan on the ‘Keltoi Warrior’ to check in on the lobster pots and anchor in some quiet place to soak in the wonder of it all with a cuppa in hand. Moments like this are meant to be savoured.

 

 

Preparation:

What level of training is required?

All walking is training but for the nature of this trip, we would advise that you start with small walks 2-3 times a week, building up the minutes each week (30-60minutes).

In August, one month before the trip, you should start longer walks at the weekends for 2 to 3 hours. Arthritis Ireland can provide a walking plan to include helpful stretches.

 

What to bring:
Equipment/Non-clothing:
  • Day Pack (like a smaller backpack)
  • Camera
  • Pocket Cash
  • Water bottle 
  • Compede - blister plasters.
  • Travel Towel 
  • Earplugs
  • Sun Cream - high factor for your face

 

Clothing
  • Non-chafing walking wear: Sports leggings or shorts.
  • Long trousers are helpful for chilly evenings
  • Comfortable broken‐in walking shoes 
  • Second pair of comfortable shoes (optional)
  • Flip‐flops/sandals Hoody/fleece for cold weather (the evenings are chilly!)
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • Hat
  • Quality walking socks: avoid cotton, Synthetic materials are equally as good.

 

Arthritis Ireland will provide guidance with online fundraising and will provide you with the following if you wish to host an event as a fundraiser for the Celtic Camino:

 

  • T-shirts
  • Balloons
  • Posters
  • Sponsorship cards
  • Collection buckets

 

Please fill in the form below with your T-shirt size to register your interest in joining Arthritis Ireland on their first Celtic Camino from 10-13 September 2020.

If you have any other queries, call Áine directly on 016470209 or email [email protected]

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