: St Declan's Way
Declan’s Way Walk – Ardmore to Cashel
Declan’s Way Walk – Ardmore to Cashel is a modern walking
route linking the ancient ecclesiastical centres of
and . It is 56 miles (96 kilometres) long and crosses
the Knockmealdown Mountains at Bearna Cloch an Buideal
(Bottleneck Pass), an elevation of 537m. Apart from
this stretch, the route passes through undulating farmland.
Declan’s Way Walk utilises the route of a number of
ancient and medieval pilgrimage and trading routes such
as the Rian Bo Phadraig (Track of St.Patrick’s Cow),
Bothar na Naomh (Road of the Saints), Casan na Naomh
(Path of the Saints) and St. Declan’s Road. The current
route was mapped out and developed by in the mid-1990s
and tries to remain faithful to the ancient highways.
a fifth century saint who brought Christianity to the
southern part of Ireland and was particularly associated
with the in Waterford and south Tipperary. He established
his monastery in Ardmore and his grave there remains
an important place of pilgrimage. Cashel was the in
Declan’s lifetime and St. Declan’s Way follows the route
he would have taken from Ardmore to Cashel.
Declan’s Way has been the subject of two books: ‘‘ by
the late Siobhan Lincoln of Ardmore and more recently
‘, a native of Lismore now living in Australia.
route, all the way from Cashel to Ardmore, was host
to a special Gathering St. Declan’s Way walk from July
24th to 28th 2013. The event was attended by 110 walkers
in total from right across the globe with participants
from Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK and the Cayman
Islands. The event was supported by , and in Waterford.
details of upcoming events on St. Declan’s Way keep
an eye on this website (news feed is at the bottom of
the page) and the Knockmealdown Active Facebook Page
– . All events will be available to book online at .Maps
of St. Declan’s Way
1994, Ardmore Enterprise Cooperative produced a brochure
on St. Declan’s Way, including detailed maps drawn by
Barry Dalby of EastWest mapping. The brochure also lists
64 sites of historic, natural and archaeological significance
along St. Declan’s Way. The brochure will shortly be
available here, the overview map of the walk is shown
at the bottom of this page.
route has also been mapped on Google Maps and if you
wish to download the route for free to a SmartPhone
to walk it yourself you can find it uploaded to ViewRanger
à Irlande / Ireland
at wanadoo.fr - 01/01/2017