THE XL 2013 Challenge offers walkers a choice of three hikes in North Tipperary this Saturday to raise money for a charity that provides assertive outreach support to those bereaved by suicide. Founded in Cloughjordan in 2002, Living Links now offers its service across the country.
Three different hikes to suit all abilities have been organised in Silvermines. Hike A, for fitter and more experienced hill walkers, will take five to six hours. Participants will take a bus from Silvermines village to Ballyhourigan woods and from there they will climb Keeper Hill, the highest point in North Tipperary.
Participants will then climb down Keeper to the remote valley of Glenculloo and continue across the Silvermines Mountains before descending to the finish at the village.
Hike B, which lasts three to four hours, starts and finishes in Silvermines village and will include a hike through old mining areas before climbing to the highest point in the mountains.
Walk C is a two-hour walk that will visit the historical mining sites of the 19th and 20th century. Included in the tour will be a visit to the recently conserved 1861 Engine House at Ballygowan.
Registration for all walks takes place at Hickey’s Pub, Silvermines from 9 to 9.30am for Hike A, 10 to 10.30am for Hike B and 11 to 11.30am for Walk C.
Boots and suitable hill walking gear are required. Further details from Willie Keane on 087 6633577 or visit www.xlchallenge.ie.