St. Declan’s Way Activities

Completed Events 2018

March, April, May, June & July 2018

2018 marks the momentus reopening of the 104km long St. Declan’s Way Pilgrim Path from Cashel to Ardmore (or Ardmore to Cashel, depending on which way you choose to approach it).St-Declan's-Way-Stage-Dates

To mark the occasion, and in association with Pilgrim Paths Week 2018, Knockmealdown Active is organising a five stage guided walk of the entire route. The quintet of walks starts on Saturday, March 31st. To facilitate those wishing to take part, the walk will not be over consecutive days but in 5 Stages on the last Saturday of March, April, May, June and July. For most people this will means no time off work for a historic chance to be part of the first group to fully walk this restored route.Stages are approximately 20 km each and run on the last Saturday of the month and are as follows:

Please note the all stages of this event are now closed to further booking
    • First Stage: March 31st – Cashel to Cahir (park in Cahir, bus to Cashel, walk to Cahir)
    • Second Stage: April 28th – Cahir to Goatenbridge (park in Goatenbridge, bus to Cahir, walk to Goatenbridge)Third Stage: May 26th – Goatenbridge to Lismore (park in Lismore, bus to Goatenbridge, walk to Lismore)Fourth Stage: June 30th – Lismore to Aglish (park in Aglish, bus to Lismore, walk to Aglish)Fifth Stage: July 28th – Aglish to Ardmore (park in Ardmore, bus to Aglish, walk to Ardmore)

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Completed Events 2017


Holy Saturday – April 15th 2017St. Declan's Way Walkers at Cahir Castle

As part of the Pilgrim Paths Week 2017 celebrations in April, Knockmealdown Active will organise a walk from Mount Melleray in Waterford, over the mountain to Ardfinnan in Tipperary. There will be two options for walkers, a led-walk and a self-navigate option for the more adventurous. Walkers will gather at the Green in Ardfinnan at 9.30 on Saturday, April 15th 2017. The walk will begin at 11am from Mount Melleray.

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Pilgrim Paths Celebration Walk – March 26th 2016

Join us on March 26th, Easter Saturday 2016 as we retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary.

To mark the third annual National Pilgrim Paths celebration (which has now developed from Pilgrim Paths Day to become Pilgrim Paths Week), Knockmealdown Active is organising a walk along part of the St. Declan’s Way route.


Distance: The Melleray to Goatenbridge walk is 14 km long and will take about 3 hours to complete. It involves a gentle height ascension of 330 metres over the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Time: The walk will commence at 11 am on Saturday Martch 26th 2016 in Mount Melleray Abbey, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Walkers will assemble at Goatenbridge, at 9.30 am from where they will get a bus to Mount Melleray – busses will depart at 10am. Please allow plenty of time before the bus departs (booking is in advance, please see below).

At 11am the walkers will take the route from Mount Melleray, following St. Declan’s original footsteps over over Bearna Cloch an Buideál (Bottleneck Pass) back to Goatenbridge where there will be light refreshments for all participants.

Walkers should have appropriate footwear (preferrably walking boots) and waterproof gear. Walk leaders will be on hand on the day.

Note: This is a led walk, for insurance purposes it is important that all walkers stay within the group for the duration of the event. The event is subject to weather conditions, in case of poor visibility on the mountain on the day in question.

Cost: €20 which covers walk leaders, bus transfer from Melleray to Goatenbridge and light refreshments on return. Participants should bring any meals, snacks and drinks they require during the event.

Note: Booking Closes at 6pm on Friday March 25th so that we can calculate numbers for bus transport.

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