Countrywide Hillwalkers Association

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Changed Start Wed 28th August

2 IMPORTANT pieces of information re the Evening Hike on Wednesday 28th August:

Car Pooling will now be at the start of the walk – at the Car Park close to Lough Bray Upper – map reference 144151.  The Merry Ploughboy apparently don’t want cars parking in their car park.  Meet at this Car Park at 7pm.

Please note that this Hike is level B because there is some scrambling involved.

Please email or call 087 245 9463 if you need further details.  Thanks. Grainne Byrne.

robert -- Tue, 20/08/2013 - 19:56

May-August 2013 Program Online

The program for May to August 2013 is now available for signed in members of the website. This was based on the data  as submitted to the team that create the walks card.

Now that the Walks Card is available I have looked to see what changes have been made and made some corrections to the online version. Please advise Robert if you notice any discrepancies. Please also advise if relevant changes or walk swaps happen during the currency of the card so that the online version can be kept up to date.

robert -- Tue, 09/04/2013 - 12:31

New Walks Card Online

The walks card for September to December 2012 in now available online in two formats, as on the walks card and also listed grouped by walks grade. This information is only available to club members who have also signed up for website membership.

I have visually checked this version against the printed card but I would be very happy to correct any errors. I am also happy to keep this up to date if changes are made to published walks.

robert -- Sun, 26/08/2012 - 22:19

Cha visit Aras an Uachtarain

CHA at ArasCHA were invited to a Garden Party in Aras an Uachtarain as part of our 90th Year Celebrations. Several members of the committee and our two longest serving members accepted the invitation as representatives of the club. It was a great honour for the CHA and an important part of our 90th year celebrations.

robert -- Fri, 24/08/2012 - 13:12

10 Best Accommodations for Walkers 2012

Fellow CHA members - I do the PR for the Bridgestone Guides and the 2012 editions are launched 25th January - thought you may be interested in their Top 10 Places to Stay for Walkers:

Establishment: Location: Walk
Fortview House Goleen Cork The Sheep’s Head Way
Ghan House Carlingford Louth The Tain Way
Glasha Farmhouse Ballymacarbry Waterford Comeragh Mountains
Gregan’s Castle Ballyvaughan Clare Burren Hill Walks
Linsfort Castle Buncrana Donegal Mamore to Dunree
Marlagh Lodge Ballymena Antrim Slemish Mountain
Mulranny Park , Mulranny Mayo  Great Western Greenway
QC’s Cahirciveen Kerry The Kerry Way
Roundwood House Mountrath Laois Slieve Bloom Way
Step House Hotel Borris Carlow The Barrow Way


GrainneByrne -- Sun, 22/01/2012 - 19:49

Major Website Updates

On 11th December I updated the CHA website.

The main reasons for the update were that the software being used to support the site had a major release upgrade ( Drupal 6 to 7) and this afforded the opportunity to change the whole underlying template of the site to a new one ( Omega for techies ) that allows a much more friendly design approach for mobile phone and similar devices.

I did try keep a very similar look to the 2010 version of the site, but there may be a few glitches and variations. (More details below)

The changes you should notice are that the site adapts itself to the size of the screen being used to browse the site. You can see this change if you shrink the window size the browser uses. To conserve costly bandwidth, the banner picture is not sent down to mobile devices. Mobile devices are shown much more practical text oriented information on the opening pages, but the photo gallery is still completely available to be accessed if required.

Those of you with wide screen laptops or PCs with 1200 pixel or more width will now see a wider picture at the top. Because of the need for a different picture format there are now two different sets of photographs in use between the wide screen and narrower screens. There are fewer suitable for the full width screen.

Please do let me know of any problems or glitches that you notice. I'll still be picking through the site looking for snags over the next day or two.

Happy Christmas to you all.


robert -- Sun, 11/12/2011 - 16:43