The RIYC HILL-WALKING GROUP meets one Saturday a month from October to April. The hikes are generally 12 - 13km in distance with the total ascent in the region of 500m. Depending on the fitness of the group, the duration will be between 4 and 4.5 hours. Terry Leonard currently leads the hikes and you can contact him at the email address below.  The emphasis is on enjoyment without any 'extreme’ hikes. The pace is medium, and we wait for everyone to catch up and catch their breath!

All of the current participants have hillwalking experience and their fitness level allows them to complete the hikes as described above. If there are members without experience, but who would like to try hillwalking, we can arrange a separate introductory hike in September to gauge fitness levels. You can register your interest by emailing Terry below.

The key is in the name of the Group “Hillwalking”. Walking on the flat is very different. If you would like to try to assess your own fitness for the hills, try walking from the bottom car park at Ticknock up to the Three Rock masts. That’s just under 200 meters of climbing. Our hikes could be similar to doing that 2 - 3 times, just not over the same ground.

If you are interested in joining the Hill Walking group when they resume in the Autumn, please contact Terry at If you would like to be included on the Group WhatsApp please include your mobile number. 

The programme for the coming season will comply with the HSE Covid-19 guidelines relevant at the time of the hike. Currently that limits the number of participants to 15 in total. Registration will be necessary and we will operate on a first come first served basis. We warmheartedly welcome family/guests on our hikes, but if there is greater demand than places available, membership status will be a factor.

The October hike has been postponed due to Covid restrictions. The tentative dates for the rest of the season are 7th November, 5th December, 9th January, 6th February, 6th March and the 3rd April. Hikes will depend on weather and Covid restrictions.

For more general information on hiking and hiking equipment you can check out the Mountaineering Ireland website via the following link:

Please note; Out of concern for sheep and farmers, dogs are not permitted on hikes.


Saturday 4 January 2020
The hike started at the Longhill Car Park on the far side of Enniskerry  and went through Djouce Woods, passing Paddock Ponds with great views of Djouce and Maulin mountains, the Dargle river and Powerscourt Waterfall. There were also great views of Killiney Bay, Shankill and Bray. It was damp to start with but the weather improved as the hike progressed.

Saturday 7 December -  Our hike was to Maulin. There were 16 on Saturday’s hike on, what turned out to be, a beautiful day. It was very gusty on top of Maulin which made the ascent somewhat challenging. 


Saturday 9th November - Our hike was in and around the village of Rathdrum. Despite a suspect weather forecast 17 brave sailors joined up for a very pleasant walk which started in Ballygannon Wood, home to one of the 16 Millennium forests. We progressed along the west bank of the Avonmore river, which was very much in spate, to the Avondale forest which contains the home of Charles Stewart Parnell, built in 1777 by Samuel Hayes, now the Parnell Museum. Other highlights included Rathdrum village and the Famine Graveyard. The group retired to the Avoca restaurant at Mount Usher for a deserved treat.


Saturday 5th October - Our hike to Massey estate and the Hellfire Club went well, with 9 of us enjoying a beautiful morning before the rain set in. We retired to the Merry Ploughboy for soups/coffee etc. 

Saturday 13 April - The Hillwalking Group had a great final hike for this season in the Devil’s Glen, taking in Glanmore Castle, built in 1806 for F M Synge by the renown architect of the period, Francis Johnston and along part of the Seamus Heaney walk where the poet spent a lot of time during his career. The walk features extracts of the Nobel Prize winning poet's work which are inscribed on benches en route.

The hike was 13.5km with about 500m of climbing and took under 4 hours

Saturday 9 March
11 people participated on Saturday’s hike from Shankill, along a section of the Dublin Mountain Way, over to Carrickgollogan, out to Barnaslingen and back vis the lead mines chimney. It was a fabulous day and conditions were almost perfect, despite some concern about the forecast. We learned about the Fossaroe Crosses and the history of the lead mines smelter in Ballycorus.  Here are some photos and hike stats:

Saturday 16 February
Our last hike was postponed for a week due to weather. There were 7 on the hike last Saturday in reasonably good conditions but with a gale on Djouce.


Saturday 5 January
Stepaside, Fernhill Gardens, Three Rock, Two Rock, Fairy Castle
15 walkers in total. The weather was fantastic and everyone enjoyed it. 9 retired to the Step Inn for refreshments after the event.


WEEK 3 Ballylug

The third walk was held on Saturday December 1st and had 12 participants.

WEEK 2 Oldbridge

The second hike was on Saturday 10th November and had 6 participants.



WEEK  1 Curtlestown

The first hike was on Saturday 6th October and had 11 participants