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Coumfea West Top Mountain Srón Chom Fia A name in Irish
(Ir. Srón Chom Fia [PND*], 'nose of the hollow of the deer') Waterford County, in Arderin Beg, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Green thick-bedded conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 711m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 75 Grid Reference: S28112 09486 This summit has been logged as climbed by 191 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, Kiwitrekker, maike, eoghanm, lw24, Martinpeak, tommccarthy, jasonmc, t.jay, Kennyj, PeteBog, PeakPaul, walker26, bbarry2015
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Longitude: -7.589248, Latitude: 52.236879 , Easting: 228112, Northing: 109486 Prominence: 16m,   Isolation: 1.5km
ITM: 628055 609539,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CmfWst, 10 char: CmfWstTp
Bedrock type: Green thick-bedded conglomerate, (Treanearla Formation)

Srón Chom Fhiaidh is the form given by Power. Other hills in the same townland (Lyre) are: Cnoc Bán, 'white hill', Cnoc a' Ghirrfhéidh, 'hill of the hare' and Cnoc a' Chrocaire, 'hill of the hangman' (PND).   Coumfea West Top is the 104th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Coumfea West Top in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The Stilloge Loughs fom the summit
 
Living on the edge
Short Summary created by jackill,  22 Jan 2011
From the Nire Valley car park(S 277 128 A) , room for 20 cars but note this fills up fast on weekends, walk back down the road towards Ballymacarbery for about 500 meters. You'll come to a gate on your left with a muddy track leading down the slope towards the river.
Cross the river over a makeshift bridge and follow the rising track towards the mountains.
After passing a ruined farmhouse the track leads through a galvanised gate and out across the bog.
The track goes much further than shown on the map and although in places it is indistinct, you can follow it all the way to approximately S28313 11290 B with little difficulty.
Pick your way past Lough Coumstillogemore and Lough Coumstillogebeg heading towards the very steep ascent to Coumfea West Top.
This looks quite tricky from below and certainly as you near the top there is a stretch of 20-30 meters of very exposed almost knife-edge to negotiate,in bad weather I would urge caution .
The summit is unmarked atop a peat hag. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/102/comment/4862/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Coumfea West Top in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Lough Coumfea
jackill on Coumfea West Top, 2006
by jackill  28 Feb 2006
From the Nire Valley car park lace up the boots and walk back the road towards Ballymacarbery
for about 500 meters. You'll come to a gate on your left with a muddy track leading down the slope towards the river.
Cross the river over a makeshift bridge the farmer has constructed and follow the rising track towards the mountains.
After passing a ruined farmhouse the track leads through a galvanised gate and out across the bog.
The track actually goes much further than shown on the map and although in places it is indistinct, you can follow it all the way to S28313 11290 with little difficulty.
Take a few minutes rest among the scattered moraine boulders of the Coumalocha ,
also known as Lough Coumstillogemore and |Lough Coumstillogebeg on older maps, before tackling the very steep ascent to Coumfea West Top.
This looks quite tricky from below and certainly as you near the top there is a stretch of 20-30 meters of very exposed almost knife-edge to negotiate.
As you skirt the cliff edges views of the Galtys, the Knockmealdowns ,Slievenamon and the sea at Dungarvan open up around you.
Puzzle for a while over where the summits of Coumfea and Coumfea North Top actually are (see if you can spot the meagre piles of stones).
Then head down the hillside to rejoin the track you walked in on and, after a welcome cuppa in the shelter on the scattered rocks at the track end,back to the car and home to a hot bath and a beer. 12.5 kms and 5 hours ambling.
The photo is of Lough Coumfea from the steep side of Coumfea West Top Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/102/comment/2213/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Coumfea West Top in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
 
sinbadw on Coumfea West Top, 2004
by sinbadw  21 Oct 2004
This was the first hill we took in the circuit of the Nire Valley. We parked at the lay-by and walked down the road aways before turning left onto a track, over a bridge (of sorts) and thence over some stepping stones, followed by a sharp left to get out onto the mountain. You can see from the track that we then made our way pretty much straight on up to Coumfea West Top, skirting along the edge of the corrie to get some fantastic views of the lakes below. A small cairn maked the summit. The accompanying visualisation shows our path (roughly, forgive the section where we appear to walk on thin air, we were checking out the "sean bhean ag caitheabh tobac"). This was generated from Nasa SRTM data, a satelite image without colour correction and the gps log of our walk. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/102/comment/1263/
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Picture: View of Coumfea W. Top from the East
john_desmond on Coumfea West Top, 2005
by john_desmond  18 Apr 2005
The summit of Coumfea West Top is the highest point of a spur that goes West from the Comeraghs. At 711 mtrs, it is debatable whether it is the required 15 mtrs higher than the nearest saddle to be listed on this site. The photo shows the summit from a viewing point to the East. As you can see, the spur is pretty flat. Leaving that aside, it still is a very nice area to walk on with some stunning views into the valley below. There is a very small stone cairn on the summit. I measured this at S 2812 0948 C. Easiest access to this mountain is from the car park in the Nire Valley (S 277 128) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/102/comment/1655/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Coumfea West Top in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Small lakes near Coumfea.
 
simon3 on Coumfea West Top, 2005
by simon3  11 Jul 2005
This top is called Coumfea in some accounts. It can be walked as part of a circuit of the Nire Valley or as I did in 2005 by coming north from Seefin. The summit is adorned with a very small pile of stones. As you walk from it towards Coumfea you circle round a huge, steep sided coum facing just east of north and over 1k wide. The views down from this includes a number of small lakes such as these two. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/102/comment/1793/
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Picture: Glenastuckaun stream on the western slopes of Coumfea West Top
csd on Coumfea West Top, 2010
by csd  5 Apr 2010
I approached Coumfea West Top from the west, heading up Tooreen Mountain via Glenastuckaun stream after first climbing Milk Hill and Bleantasour. Parking in the woods at Tooreen East (see Milk Hill comment), these three summits can be done in four to five hours if you don't hang about. One of the pleasures of approaching from this side is Glenastuckaun Stream, which cleaves a deep channel through Foill Cam. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/102/comment/4584/
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