Ordering Info

Choosing the Best Stick for You

Selecting a stick from my range of over 250 sticks can be a daunting challenge.  So I list hereunder some of the things you might like to consider before making your decision.

1. Wood Type

Each different wood has its own distinctive characteristics ranging from colour (with bark on, partly shaved or completely stripped), straightness, weight, etc.  The choice of wood species is nearly always a matter of personal preference.  Apart from displaying a separate photograph for every one of my sticks, I also give a brief description of each type of wood under ‘Wood Species’.  You may find the descriptions on the various pages helpful.

2. Handle

Under ‘Handles’ in ‘Glossary’ I display an extensive range of types of handles which are generally available on two piece sticks.  With my sticks such choice is not available… all of my sticks are one piece and the handle is no more than an enhanced version  of what nature has provided, i.e. sanded and shaped to give comfortable grip.  I strongly recommend, therefore, that you examine carefully the photograph of any stick you may wish to purchase.

3. Thickness/Weight

As in the case of the choice of Wood Species, so too is the selection of the thickness of your walking stick a matter of personal choice.  Some people will prefer the lightest while others will want a strong sturdy stick with a little more weight.

4. Length

When the handle reaches the wrist bone, the walking stick is at the recommended length. Personally, I feel that this method results in the stick being a small bit short and I like to add an inch to the length arrived at through using this formula.

Another ‘rule of thumb’ method is that half (50%) of one’s height will give the correct result, e.g. a stick 36″ in length is suitable for a person 6ft (72″) tall. I have found this guide to be generally accurate.

If the stick that you have decided to purchase  is longer than you require, you can have it shortened to the appropriate length.   The cost for such alteration is €5.00.  This charge is non refundable.  Any such customized stick may not be returned.

5. General

The information above should be regarded as a general guide and should not be taken as infallible.  For those people with mobility or other health issues it is essential that advice is sought from an appropriate medical professional.  My walking sticks are produced for leisure use only and should not be regarded as medical aids.

  1. My walking sticks can be shortened but I do not offer a service of adding extra length as the joint invariably becomes unstable with use. 
  2. I do not accept responsibility for wrong measurements provided by the customer.
  3. Walking sticks that have been cut at a customer’s request (re-sized) are not returnable.

How to Order

The quickest, and possibly the easiest, way to order a walking stick is to use either the Shop or Sticks for Sale tabs.

The preferred method of payment is PayPal … it is simple to use, is quick in implementation and is extremely safe.

If you are paying by cheque, please make it payable to Paddy McGuinness [i.e. proprietor of Derryhick Sticks] and allow for a few days for the cheque to clear before despatch of stick(s).

Returns & Refunds

If you decide for any reason that you don’t want the stick(s)/cane(s) when you receive your order,  you can return it/them for refund or exchange within 30 days of purchase.   They must arrive back unused and undamaged. The cost of returning sticks/canes is the responsibility of the purchaser. Derryhick Sticks cannot accept any responsibility for sticks/canes that may go missing in the return process so customers are advised to use a recorded service.

Unwanted sticks/canes should be returned to:

Derryhicks Sticks, Parke, CASTLEBAR, Co. Mayo. F23 D622 Ireland
n.b.  Sticks/canes which have been customised (e.g. shortened or otherwise altered at purchasers request) cannot be returned.  Unfortunately, claims for refunds in such instances cannot be entertained.


We deliver to majority of locations around the world. Our charges for shipping including postage tracking on your order for a single stick which currently are as follows: –

Ireland – €14
United Kingdom – €16
Europe – €19
Rest of the World – €26

If you are looking to purchase more than one stick, I offer a reduction in postage as follows

Up to 2 Sticks – Flat Charge
3 Sticks – +€6
4 Sticks – +€7
5 Sticks – +€10
6 or More Sticks – NO EXTRA CHARGE