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Comeragh Mountains Area
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Knockanaffrin Mountain Cnoc an Aifrinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc an Aifrinn [OSI], 'hill of the mass') Waterford County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists , Green thick-bedded conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 755m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 75 Grid Reference: S28560 15290 This summit has been logged as climbed by 253 members. Recently by: vanthemanfan, CaminoPat, ei7kh, geohappy, SenanFoley, kitchen, FintanO, chalky, Ulsterpooka, PollyM, anekk11, guestuser, PeteBog, melohara, suiladoir
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Longitude: -7.58229, Latitude: 52.288968 , Easting: 228560, Northing: 115290 Prominence: 289m,   Isolation: 1.5km
ITM: 628497 615337,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kncknf, 10 char: Kncknfrn
Bedrock type: Green thick-bedded conglomerate, (Treanearla Formation)

Knockanaffrin is the third highest mountain in the Comeragh Mountains area and the 74th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockanaffrin in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: From the Comeragh plateau
 
Take your time, and savour
Short Summary created by jackill  14 Jan 2012
Park in the Nire Valley car park S 277 128 A, room for 20 cars, but note this fills up fast on weekends, walk up hill on a grassy then heatherly slope from the easten edge of the carpark following approximately a line of white wooden posts.
Walk through a small gate on a sheep fence and follow the track uphill, downhill then gently uphill again to the gapS301 133 B.
Do not cross the stile here but turn NW keeping the fence, and an increasing vertical drop, to your right. There is a fence to be crossed just below the outcrop of rocks before the summit.
An excellent ridge walk, especially if you continue on to Knocksheegowna. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/74/comment/4834/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockanaffrin in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: On Knocksheegowna ridge - Slievenamon in the distance
Forget the wellies
by geohappy  31 Aug 2014
As a warm up for Scavvy 11, did a peak bagging walk taking in Lough Mohra, Knockanaffrin (K) and Knocksheegowna (KS). Parked at S28530 17969 C beside the walking map sign - the walks recommended are way marked but not to optimize an ascent/descent of the two peaks. I had copied a satellite image from Bing Maps as it is a really good up to date image and used that to pick the best forest road. Walked up to the lough and looked with concern at the cloud, which had been resting at about 650m, now lowered itself halfway down the face of K. Climbed up to the col above the lake and headed south into a rising wind as a squall hit. Worked in the rain-filled gloom up to the top where there is a subtle cairn moulded into the outcrop. The change in direction of the ridge (compass!) confirmed this as the top, as well as a lower crag about 100m away. Descended back northwards into the col, just as the cloud lifted and revealed KS. Looking back, I could now see K clearly - typical. Easy walk up KS on a faint track to top, the trig point and the adjacent spot height, both appear higher from each other. Descended directly down the steep slope to the southeast, more difficult as I was trying wellies again (as a result of the interview with Brian Ringland on this site) but perhaps Dunlop not as good as Nora. Anyway they slipped more than my usual boots so I won't repeat the experiment. Continued down across clearfell as I wasn't in the mood for long loops. Completed in 3 hours, very nice walk, good views in all directions - thanks to Gerrym - Track 2338 - for inspiration. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/74/comment/17657/
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simon3 on Knockanaffrin, 2004
by simon3  7 May 2004
The picture shows Coumduala Lough, SE of Knockanaffrin. Writing of this Claude Wall [Mountaineering in Ireland] said “There is a row of perpendicular boiler plated slabs about twenty feet in height, high in the cliff above Coumduala Lough, which provides an exciting traverse.” I’m not quite sure where he meant, but certainly walking along the edge amongst the various rocky outcrops gives quite a sense of exposure.

Unfortunately the ridge route from “The Gap”, the saddle between Knockanaffrin and the Comeragh plateau has considerable footpath erosion. Despite this, the ridge must be one of the best ridges to walk along in the country, with fine views on both sides. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/74/comment/961/
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jackill on Knockanaffrin, 2005
by jackill  9 May 2005
View from the top of Knockanaffrin - with point 634 m slightly right of centre and point 605 m slightly left of centre with Coumduala Lough underneath. Knocknalingady and Fauscoum are left of 605 m in the background and the "bump" on the side of the hill (extreme left ,background) is the north side of Coumshingaun which can be reached from Kilclooney wood S342 102 D Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/74/comment/1059/
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deswalk on Knockanaffrin, 2007
by deswalk  11 Apr 2007
Because last Easter Week was so warm, sunny and dry, I decided to visit the often slightly boggy Nire valley where I hadn't walked for some years. As a gentle re-introduction my wife and I did a lovely little circuit starting from the Nire car park at GR 276128 E then heading east-ish to point 466m at The Gap GR 301133 F then NW up the ridge to point 625m GR 291141 G overlooking Coumduala Lough. From here we simply followed the shoulder SW back to the car park. There is a fence to follow along this shoulder if visibility is poor. It's a circuit of just over 6Km and not too strenuous if you're out of training! A wonderful afternoon with great views and absolutely bone dry underfoot which is unusual for that area. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/74/comment/2665/
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simon3 on Knockanaffrin, 2004
by simon3  20 May 2004
The actual summit is a jutting outcrop of the conglomerate rock that much of the Comeraghs are made of. The presence of such outcrops on summits (tors) in the area is thought to indicate that these mountain tops were not overridden by the icesheets of the recent ice-ages.

During the primary triangulation of Ireland Knockannafrin was a key point around 1829.

When I visited the summit in May 2004, there were two round and hollow structures built of piled rocks, which look like shelters. The photo shows part of one of these with a view SW along a spur of Knockanaffrin to a cairn (shown as at 718m on the OS). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/74/comment/972/
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