The Walk

Hike to the Hook 2017 – Participant briefing

Join us on Saturday, 29th April 2017 for our annual Hike to the Hook, a 20km road walk along one of Ireland’s most scenic routes. Happening as part of Hook Lighthouse’s Shine a Light Festival it will start out from the majestic Tintern Abbey and end at the world-famous Hook Lighthouse.

The route will take in the picturesque village of Saltmills with views out to Bannow Bay, Then on to Fethard-on-Sea, past Fethard Castle, with a rest stop and joining point at the RNLI Boat House. For those of you not ready to take on the full 20km, join here with 12.5km left to go.

Walkers will then head on past the historical Baginbun, over the hill by Templetown Church, taking in the beautiful panoramic views of our coastline all the way to Sliabh Coilte.

Now over halfway, walkers will pass the infamous Loftus Hall, where families are welcome to join for the final 3.5km to Hook Lighthouse.

Complimentary buses will be available to return participants back to their cars.

All proceeds of the walk in aid of the RNLI and Hook Tourism.

Check out the Hike to the Hook route on Google Maps

Walk options and entry prices

20km – Tintern Abbey to Hook Lighthouse – Over 18’s only – €20
12.5km – RNLI Boat House to Hook Lighthouse – Over 12’s only – Adults  €15 – Children 12-16 €12
3.5km – Loftus Hall to Hook Lighthouse – Adults €7 – Children €5

Hike to the Hook 2017 terms of participation can be found here.

Hook Tourism & the RNLI

Hook Rural Tourism Ltd is a community organisation on the Hook Peninsula, County Wexford.  The organisation has been in existence for 50 years and works to promote the Hook Peninsula as a premier tourist destination and to protect its unspoiled coastal landscape and built heritage.  Hike to the Hook is one of a number of events our organisation arranges annually.  Our activities include running an annual photography competition & exhibition, organising Hooked on the Sea Festival weekend, organising Tri the Hook sprint triathlon, running the area website www.hookpeninsula.com, producing two brochures annually and managing a number of social media pages.

Fethard RNLI have launched a fundraising appeal at their County Wexford lifeboat station. The volunteer lifeboat crew are due to take ownership of a new D class lifeboat at the end of 2017. As the current lifeboat Trade Winds nears the end of its service, an 18-month appeal has been launched to raise the €65,000 needed for a new D class lifeboat.  As a charity, the RNLI depends on the generosity of the public and the goodwill of our volunteers to maintain its search and rescue service which is essential to our coastal area.  Fethard RNLI has rescued 73 people from 109 launches in the last 10 years.

FAQ

Bookings

  • Bookings for Hike to the Hook 2017 open on Thursday, December 1st 2016.
  • You must book your place online.
  • The first 300 participants booked will receive a custom Hike to the Hook hi vis vest; standard hi vis vests will be available thereafter.
  • While participants are asked when booking to select a preferred vest size, we cannot guarantee that every participant will receive their chosen size. We encourage you to register early on the morning of the walk to help ensure you receive your preferred size.
  • Depending on participant numbers we may start the 20km walk in two waves; one starting at 8:30am and another at 9:00am.

On the day Registration

  • All participants are required to register their attendance on the morning of the walk.
  • Registration for the 20km  walk will open at 7:00am at the Boortmalt Grain Store in Saltmills and will close at 8:40am.
  • We ask participants who chose 8:30am as their start time to please register between 7:00am and 8:00am.
  • Registration for the 12.5km  walk will open at 9:30am at the RNLI Station in Fethard on Sea and close at 10:15am.
  • Registration for the 3.5km will open at 11:00am at Loftus Hall and closes at 11:30am.

Parking

  • Parking for the 20km walk will be at the Boortmalt Grain Store. Participants will be bussed from here to Tintern Abbey to commence the walk. Parking at the Abbey is strictly prohibited for participants.
  • Parking for the 12.5km walk will be at St. Mogues GAA clubhouse with the walk commencing from the RNLI station. There is no parking available at the station.
  • Parking for the 3.5km walk will be at Loftus Hall and will incur a €2 charge.
    The will be a complimentary bus running from Hook Lighthouse back to the three car parks after the walk.
  • The gates for parking at the Boortmalt Grain Store will be locked at 3:30pm. All cars must be offsite at this time.

Toilets/Refreshments

  • Toilet facilities will be provided at the Boortmalt Grain Store and again at the RNLI station in Fethard-on-Sea.
  • While there will be two water stations on the route it is advised that participants also carry extra water themselves.
  • There will be a stop for participants of the 20km walk at the RNLI station.
  • A second water station will be located approximately 4km from the finish line.
  • Refreshments will be provided for all participants arriving at Hook Lighthouse.

Hike to the Hook 2017

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