There are 7 grades of hikes organised by the Irish Ramblers Club, and the following ranges approximately cover the length and height covered in these hikes:

Grade Distance Height Time
1 20 – 22 km over 1000m more than 5 hours
2 18 – 20 km 800 – 1000m more than 5 hours
3+ 15 – 18 km 700 – 900m 5 hours
3 13 – 15 km 500 – 700m 4 – 5 hours
4 11 – 13 km 400 – 600m 4 – 5 hours
5   9 – 11 km 200 – 400m 4 – 5 hours
6   6 – 10 km       Flat 3 – 4 hours
Panthers   15 – 22 km 800m-1500m More than 6 hours*

 

Hikes from Grade 1 to Grade 5 take place on Sundays.
Hikes at Grade 6 take place on Saturdays.

Hikes at Grades 3+, 3, 4 and 5 take place on Thursdays.

A Grade 3 hike takes place every second Saturday. Details and dates are published in advance.

The B52’s hike on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month and hikes will have people of mixed abilities but approximately the pace of the Grade 3’s above.

*Mountain Panthers walk at a more relaxed pace than Grade 1, 2 and 3+ hikes and have an earlier start time (usually 9 am). They hike on one  Saturday every month.

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