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Hungry Hill Mountain Cnoc Daod A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Daod [OSI] or Daod [T6000], 'hill of the tooth/set of
Cork County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 685m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 84 Grid Reference: V76088 49726 This summit has been logged as climbed by 228 members. Recently by: skhg, Cutti, eoghancarton, simoburn, Rob_Lee, chalky, finbarr65, social_climber, jcincork, karina, HillmanImp, Flatout, oldboots, suiladoir, jimgraham
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Longitude: -9.792407, Latitude: 51.68698 , Easting: 76088, Northing: 49726 Prominence: 400m,   Isolation: 1.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 476071 549807,   GPS IDs, 6 char: HngrHl, 10 char: Hungry Hil
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

Hungry Hill is the title of a novel by Daphne du Maurier based on the story of the family of her friend, Christopher Puxley, whose family acquired Dunboy Castle and its lands after the defeat of Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare. The copper mines located on the hill in the novel are in reality further west near Allihies. The second element of the Irish name, Cnoc Daod, has long been regarded as obscure, but it is probably simply a dialectal variant of déad meaning ‘tooth’, ‘jaw’ or ‘set of teeth’. A family living at the foot of the hill are known locally as the Bun Daods.   Hungry Hill is the highest mountain in the Caha Mountains area and the 130th highest in Ireland. Hungry Hill is the second most southerly summit in the Caha Mountains area. Hungry Hill is the third highest point in county Cork.

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Picture: High on the east face
Not an easy route
by mcrtchly  7 May 2010
To the casual observer the east face of Hungry Hill South presents an impenetrable barrier. But on closer inspection a steep gully can be seen which splits the face close to apex of the corrie just at the northern end of Coomarkane Lake. This gully was our chosen way to breach the face as we decided to follow the description given by Lynch in his book on “Munster’s Mountains”. We began the climb to the left of the gully where we donned our climbing gear (harness, helmet, rope and rock shoes) and attacked a section of hard scrambling on mixed rock and grass before dropping right into the gully proper. A short grassy climb leads to the next obstacle which was a small slab of rock. This was by-passed by scrambling to the left of the slab followed by a move back across above the top of the slab. Then the crux of the climb loomed ahead of us – a narrow chimney which at first sight appeared to be an easy climb. But upon reaching the foot of the chimney the climb became more serious than we thought. The chimney is long and steep. It is best tackled by taking holds on the right face which are perhaps V.Diff. in grade.
Above the chimney the seriousness of the route lessens for a while until a small crag blocked the gully and the route took a detour up a rocky ramp to the left, followed by a scramble over the top of the crag. Here things went a bit astray. We should have regained the gully above the crag but the route was unclear and I guess we crossed the gully to right and descended on a layback into a parallel gully. At first this parallel gully was easy going but then got steeper as we went upwards. Eventually we found a ridge on the right and dropped into a rock shelter above a steep wall. We thought that we were now close to the top of the route and swapped our rock shoes for our hiking boots – a bad decision. By now we were feeling bit lost. The direct route from the rock shelter to the right looked particularly tricky, so we went left. Here the route got progressively steeper until we met a wet and vegetated rock buttress. It looked like few people had been here before. I tentatively attacked the rock face and found that my hiking boots gave little grip on the slimy rock. Only a leap of faith on a dubious foot hold saw me surmount the obstacle and reach a safe belay where I could bring up my partner. After this the route eased to an exposed traverse leftwards across the face and a scramble to reach the south summit of Hungry Hill.
This was not the best of scrambles. Either we went wrong somewhere or the description was lacking. Fortunately we found a safe route to the summit (and had the gear and experience to do so). Had it not been so then things might have been more serious. As described by kernowclimber, the route down from Hungry Hill was also a challenge. Whilst we are thankful to Lynch in presenting new routes up the mountains we must also warn about the potential dangers for those without the means to tackle them. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/130/comment/4688/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Hungry Hill in area Caha Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Coomarkane Lake
Hungry Hill via Coomarkane’s East Gully
by kernowclimber  6 May 2010
At Adrigole we turned onto the R572 and then took the second right down a small road for about 2km. At V78030 49242 A there is ample parking space near the stile that marks the beginning of the walk. The early afternoon was warm, still and silent, broken intermittently by the feeble cries of newborn lambs and the sudden popping of gorse buds. Following the stream flowing down from Coomarkane Lake we scrambled steeply upwards past gushing waterfalls, rewarded by gorgeous views down the valley towards Adrigole Harbour and the nearby hill of Coomgira with its bare bands of rock that resembled an armadillo’s back. The flame coloured gorse had set the hedgerows ablaze and its delicate perfume was borne upwards on the gentlest of breezes.

The reed fringed Coomarkane Lake soon came into view, an oasis of tranquillity with insects gliding languidly over its mirror-like surface. Close to where a small river flows into the northern part of the lake are some giant rocks, one of which gives shelter to the ruinous walls of a sheep fold or booley. Nearby lie twin slabs of sandstone spilt in a cataclysmic tumble from on high, providing an ideal stage for viewing the lake and the gully we were about to climb, the deep crevice between them harbouring a variety of verdure safe from nibbling sheep.

This 600m climb is rated V. Diff and is described separately. Benches of rock sporting straw-dry grass tangled amid wiry heather combined with wet and vegetated chimneys to make climbing awkward in places; I would have preferred the challenge of naked rock. Upward progress was slow and route finding difficult, but the sight of ancient estuarine ripples in the Devonian red sandstone and the views over Coomarkane Lake and Bantry Bay were truly uplifting.

I was relieved to finally find myself climbing the grassy slopes leading to the summit trig pillar of Hungry Hill in the fading rays of the sun. We stayed long enough to see the vermillion orb of the sun slip below the horizon, turning the clouds into a Baroque work of art in shades of pinks, purples and greys. Then, following the instructions in Denis Lynch’s Munster’s Mountains, we headed south past the impressive cairn at spot height 667 to descend “on steep rocky ground to the 300m contour line approximately [to] contour round the east spur as far as the Coomarkane Stream”.

Trying to navigate downwards over huge shelves of rock with sheer drops by the light of head torches was difficult and dangerous so we decided to descend to the safer 200m contour line and bore roughly E towards Gortnarea. We re-ascended to about the 300m contour line to traverse the tail end of Lynch’s ‘spur’ and gain the valley we came up. We tarried awhile, lying on a sun-warmed pavement of sandstone to gaze upon the night sky misty with stars, arriving back at our car much later than anticipated. We would caution only the very experienced hill walker to attempt Lynch’s descent route in adverse weather or failing light. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/130/comment/4684/
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lewvalton on Hungry Hill, 2007
by lewvalton  3 May 2007
This is a very fine easy scrambling route. The well-defined ridge line rises direct to the summit in a series of low rock steps Most are easy; any harder options can be taken or avoided at will.

Take the r.hand turn off the R572 at Rossmackowen Bridge (grid ref: V745475 B OSI map 84) where a few parking spaces that will not displease the (very friendly) farmer can be found further up the road. Follow the track round to Loch Park a short distance round from which the bottom of the ridge is very obvious. Barry Keane in his Collins Press Beara guide instructs to start from the obvious notch in the ridge further on, but this is to miss the initial section, which seems a shame. The summit views are very fine, especially down into the entrancingly beautiful Gleann Mhoir to the north. A quick descent can be made via the grass rake on the south face below the ridge (see photo).

If attempting a circuit of Comnagapple be very sure to stick to the broad West ridge as much as possible. The incredibly rough 'benches' of ribbed rock that define the Caha easily become a
dispiriting maze and destroy any notion of distance measured 'as the crow flies'. As it is, the ridge path is rough and not all that obvious. Descents are possible with care straight down from the west ridge. If making the circuit, aim to stay above the Glas Lochs to pick up the boreen leading down (733499 C) from which turns off the path leading back across to Comnagapple and Loch Park and the start. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/130/comment/2680/
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simon3 on Hungry Hill, 2003
by simon3  27 Apr 2003
Richard Mersey’s book “The Hills of Cork and Kerry” has this apt description which I couldn’t hope to improve on: “This mountain is also called Cnoc Daod, and, by those to its south, Angry Hill. It is 2,251 feet high and is the crown of the Cahas both in altitude and in shape. Just as a crown has hard vertical sides and a soft flat top, so does this hill. Every approach to Hungry Hill is up steep rock until you reach the 2,000 (610m) contour. There you gain, as it were, the velvet of the crown – one square mile of cushiony turf.”

Note: at 685m it is not as high as either Ahinkeen 692m or Knockboy 706m which today, at least, are included in the Cahas.

The photo shows the pull up the North East side of Hungry Hill. This is the direction you would come if you were following a route from Derryclancy. It looks quite a bit more intimidating than it is. By heading to the base of the cliffs and then walking up and to the right of the picture it is possible to go along grassy slopes between the slabs. That said, it would be a good bit harder in poor visibility. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/130/comment/449/
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Picture: Hungry Hill from the SE
pdtempan on Hungry Hill, 2009
by pdtempan  22 Mar 2009
This photo shows the bulky profile of Hungry Hill, seen from the townland of Reen, just west of Adrigole. The swirling bands of rock which are the trademark of the Caha Mountains are very much in evidence here. Writing about the hills around Glengarriff, Kevin Corcoran gives the following explanation about the geology of the Cahas: "Looking up to the higher hills you may recognise the characteristic terraced pleats of the layers of sandstone. These clearly illustrate the warping effect that occurred as these mountains were forced upwards over 250 million years ago by the Armorican or Hercynian movements (West Cork Walks, p. 99)." Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/130/comment/3668/
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Picture: Towards Knocknagree
Surrounded by walls of rock
by Colin Murphy  16 May 2011
Besides its own amazing aspect of giant sloping ridges of rock, the ascent of Hungry Hill from the north offers spectacular views to the west of the eastern face of Knocknagree East top, itself a solid mass of rock rising to 461m above the beautiful Glanmore Valley, complete with waterfall, which winds its way into a lush green pasture. Accompanying shot gives some small sense of this view. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/130/comment/6352/
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