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Ox Mountains Area
Maximum height for area: 544 metres,   Summits in area: 17,   Maximum prominence for area: 490 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 16, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33 For all tops   Highest summit: Knockalongy, 544m
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Knockalongy Mountain Cnoc na Loinge A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc na Loinge [logainm.ie], 'hill of the encampment') Sligo County In Arderin List

Height: 544m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 25 Grid Reference: G50428 27513 This summit has been logged as climbed by 41 members. Recently by: chalky, savage, jasonmc, davnet, Fergalh, TomBren, mountainmike, turfymccloud, thekid, david bourke, , bjango, gerrym, MichaelE, sandman
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Longitude: -8.760235, Latitude: 54.194193 Prominence: 490m,   Isolation: 4.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 550388 827518,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckln, 10 char: Kncklngy

Ir. long usually means a boat, but in the absence of any story to explain this, the sense 'encampment' seems more plausible.   Knockalongy is the highest mountain in the Ox Mountains area and the 368th highest in Ireland.

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by davema  3 Nov 2006 Climbed this from the north-east side last Monday - having parked at a forest entrance along "Ladies Brae" (G532289 (Point A)). The vis at the bottom was ok when we started the ascent up the steep side, but once we reached 500m (around G520284 (Point B)), we were in thick cloud and driving wind and mist. On came the waterproofs, and we continued south-west along a very boggy plateau until we reached the trig point at G504275 (Point C) (at this point, we had also resorted to GPS to make sure we didn't miss it in the hargs/rain/fog) . After a shot of food in the shelter of a turf bank, we retreated due north and followed a stream down the mountain. Once out of the fog (G504290 (Point D)), we turned north-eastwards towards the north edge of Lough Aghree, under the imposing rocky crags that cover the north of the Ox Mountains, and eventually back to the road leading to our car. A good walk, taking about 4 hours. I'd say the views are impressive on a clear day - hopefully, I'll be back to see them sometime soon.
Point A: G532 289 Point B: G520 284 Point C: G504 275
Point D: G504 290
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by Dan  13 Aug 2004 Climbed this from the north side above Lough Aghree. This is the steepest and most rocky part of the mountain, so it would be the most interesting route to ascend. From the south shore of the lake I headed up this face in a south east direction. Watch out for peregrine falcons on the way up, I've heard that they live in some of the cliffs and i'm pretty sure I spotted one or two. When you get to the top of this steep section its about a 2km walk in a south west direction to the trig pillar on top of Knockalongy. A pair of gaiters is definitely worth having as the plateau is very wet and I sank up to my knee in muck on more than one occasion.Theres a nice view out over Mayo from here and also an alternative and lesser seen view of Sligo and Donegal Bay to that from Benbulben
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockalongy in area Ox Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Knockalongy summit Trig
 
by eflanaga  5 Jun 2006 My route from Annatoran summit IG 47497 24486 (Point E) (513m) brought me across flat plateau of light trussock grass and the odd peat hag towards obvious spot height to the northeast. Eventually drop down to cross below ridge overlooking Owenduff valley. As you climb to spot height the Wind Farm in Owenduff valley is visible to left. It was obvious before reaching spot height that OS map contained major error. I was expecting to meet up with fence at Knockacappul going north then northeast towards summit of Knocknalongy. However, there was neither fence nor forestry to be seen save for that much lower down the hill to the east and on opposite hills. Not only was there no forestry but no evidence that the area south or west of Knocknalongy having ever been planted. After reaching Spot Ht 521m IG 49557 26925 (Point F) the summit of Knocknalongy can be seen to the northeast. There follows a short drop crossing a wide track with numerous ‘danger signs’ along its length warning of buried 20000 volt cables beneath, presumably connected with the Wind Farm a short distance to the west. Then a short climb crossing stream, peat hags and another large peat covered eroded area before reaching Trig point on summit IG50428 27513 (Point G). From the summit Knockachree is a short distance north with Benbulbin & Truskmore tops visible behind. Slieve League enveloped in an ‘inversion’ could be seen across Sligo Bay, while to the west lie the North Mayo range and Killalla Bay. Not wanting to retrace my steps I took a bearing which took me across the Owenduff valley above the Wind Farm, dropping down to the marshy valley floor then crossing Owenduff stream before short climb to ridge just west of Spot Height 490. After attaining ridge I maintained a height of about 350m following the contour of the hill passing below area named White Rock on OS map, then and around to Farbreagamore which is marked by three sets of impressive large boulders. Nice views from here over the nature reserve area, Wind Farm and beyond Sligo Bay & Slieve League. Finally, the circuit ended with a steady drop southwest over the usual terrain ending with a relatively steep descent over rockier ground back to the car park at Easky Lough. Given the heat of the day I took the opportunity to indulge in a refreshing feet soak in the lough which lay resplendent in the early afternoon sunshine. Knockalongy like its near neighbour Annatoran does not have a lot going for it aesthetically, but nevertheless does provide an opportunity for a pleasant, not too strenuous walk, and one which I may do again sometime in the future.
Point E: G47497 24486 Point F: G49557 26925 Point G: G50428 27513
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by Dan  13 Mar 2005 At G518 287 (Point H) there is a very steep gully which makes for a very strenuous scramble. When you arrive at the corrie at G519 287 (Point I) there will be a few gullys, but this one is the one dead south of you. It wouldn't be advisable for those afraid of heights and also I would think it is only possible to do after there has been a dry period, otherwise it will be full of water. Its now been christened "O'Briens Gully" after myself and one of my mates.
Point H: G518 287 Point I: G519 287
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockalongy in area Ox Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Ox windfarm.
by simon3  21 May 2007 Praeger [The Way that I Went] said "The Ox Mountains do not offer much to the visitor - broad, wet heathery slopes and a broad flat boggy top are the leading features, and only about some of the little lakes is the range attractive."

How do you like your mountain experience? Ascetic? Energy sapping? No people?

Ah yes you would like this ridge from Annatoran to Knockalongy. eflanaga says "light tussock grass and the odd peat hag" .. ha, more like soggy ground in between eroded channels and big stretches of sucking bog.

For further penitence bag both of the summits without a car split so you go forth and then back. Feel free to chant - no-one to notice. In my case I started from the Lough Easky ( which is pretty) and the Annatoran, western end. I can promise you few distractions, truly.

Oh ok, there was this 25MW wind farm in the Owenduff valley to the west of Knockalongy. Light relief from the ascetic experience.
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