Hike to Croagh Patrick 2016

Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage
to Croagh Patrick (Aged 16 +)
Friday 7th October 2016 - Cost £30

1. Introduction

Croagh Patrick's history as a place of worship reaches back in time as far as 3,000 BC. The mountain's popularity among religious pilgrims dates to the time of St. Patrick, who is said to have completed a forty-day Lenten ritual of fasting and penance here. Legend also has it that Croagh Patrick is the mount from which he banished snakes from Ireland forever!

2. Where is Croagh Patrick?
Croagh Patrick is situated near the town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. It is approximately 157 miles from Derry City.

3. Departure and arrival
The bus will depart from Saint Eugene's Cathedral, Creggan Street, Derry City at 7:30am and Strabane (Asda) at 8.00am. The bus will arrive back to Strabane (Asda) at 9.30pm and Saint Eugene's Cathedral at 10.00pm.

4. How long does the climb take?
Normally, it takes about one and a half hours for the average person to reach the summit, and one hour and 15 minutes to descend.

5. Food and snacks
You are encouraged to bring a snack and drink for mid-morning and also a packed lunch. All pilgrims will receive a dinner after the climb in the Westport Hotel.

6. Equipment List - The following items are essential:

 Warm clothing
 Waterproof Coat
 Shoes (e.g. a waterproof and sturdy pair of trainers)
 Drinking water
 Small snack
 Back pack for the climb
 Climbing sticks (These are also available to buy in the centre)
 Change of clothes
 Towel

7. Cost - £30 includes dinner and bus.
To guarantee a place, pilgrims have to complete the booking form and attach £30.

8. Risk assessments
Schools must complete the risk assessments for their pupils plus permission slips. Pilgrims will also have to complete a declaration form.

9. Mobile phones and valuables.
We cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage.

10. How we handle medical problems.
There will be designated first aiders on the pilgrimage.

11. And finally.........For more information about the hike to Croagh Patrick, please contact ddcc@derrydiocese.org or phone +44 28 71264087