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Sheep's Head Hike 2017

Family Fun Day

Explore the heights and beauty of the Sheep's Head Way at the largest annual hill hiking event on the peninsula

Where: Sheep's Head Way, West Cork

When: 11.00am,Saturday 2 September 2017 


Sheep's Head Way It's that time of year again, the wheels are in motion in preparation for our annual hiking event in West Cork.

To date, the Sheep's Head Hike has raised tens of thousands of pounds for our work to continue in some of the poorest countries around the world.

We are grateful to everyone who attended and volunteered at our previous hike events, we welcome you all back to make this year even more memorable and successful than years gone-by.

And to 'keep everyone on their toes', we've made a few changes!

What's New?

  • A new route

  • Online registration

  • Guided walks

Two Routes

Two scenic routes are available, a 16km walk and a 6.3km (new route) walk. Both walks will be guided, illustrating an insight into the history, and flora and fauna of the beautiful Sheep's Head peninsula.

Members of the Sheep's Head Way committee will also be present on the day.

Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on the Sheep's Head Way.

Please note - depending on weather conditions on the day, planned routes may change.


Route A - The Poet's Way

The Poet's Way is a 16km hill walk of approximately 4.5 hours. This route is for experienced walkers only and not suitable for young children (view map). 

Route B - The Farranamanagh Loop (new route) 

The Farranamanagh Loop is a 6.3km flat terrain walk of approximately 2.5 hours. This route is suitable for all age groups and abilities (view map).

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Getting ready

Walkers are advised to bring appropriate walking shoes, walking clothes (no jeans), a raincoat, something to drink and a sandwich. We also advise you to bring an extra change of clothes in case of heavy rain.

Please keep a close eye on weather conditions in the run up to the event.


For those who have not registered online prior to the event, registration is available on the day at 11.00am for The Poet's Way and 11:30am for the Farranamanagh Loop at the Kilcrohane Community Centre.

The Poet's Way route will commence at 11:45am, The Farranamanagh Loop will commence at 12:00pm.

Rural transport coaches will be in operation to transport participants taking part in The Poet's Way route to the starting point of the hike. Participants for The Farranamanagh Loop will depart from the community hall by foot.

All walkers are welcomed back to the Kilcrohane Community Centre for tea, coffee, soft drinks, soups and sandwiches which will be kindly supplied by local sponsor The Gourmet Grill.

The Cause

Following on from Christian Aid Week, our focus story is from Bangladesh where climate change creates flooding which is having a severe impact on families living on low lying islands in the country. Through donations from Christian Aid supporters, our partner GUK has been providing communities effected with island rescue packs.

The fundraising target for this year's Sheep's Head Hike is €8,000 - the equivalent cost of 25 island rescue packs for 25 families in Bangladesh.

The Challenge

Christian Aid invite 14 participant walkers to carry a symbolic container of clean water for 1km over the 14km route. Through sponsorship, it is hoped that each participant walker will raise the value of one island rescue pack for those in desperate need in Bangladesh.

If you would like to set yourself the challenge, contact us and you will be allocated a slot on the route rota.

Please contact the Christian Aid Cork office on 023 88 41468 or email cork@christian-aid.org


Other questions?

If you have any questions or would like to enquire further, please contact the Christian Aid Cork office on 023 88 41468 or email cork@christian-aid.org.

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