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Caherbarnagh Mountain An Chathair Bhearnach A name in Irish
(Ir. An Chathair Bhearnach [OSI], 'the gapped fort') Cork County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Green sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock

Height: 681m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 79 Grid Reference: W19164 87170 This summit has been logged as climbed by 108 members. Recently by: mountainmike, IainT, t.jay, tommccarthy, Wildrover, PeakPaul, anekk11, Anavinet, melohara, eamonoc, walker26, muddyboots, Fergalh, simoburn, Rob_Lee
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Longitude: -9.178416, Latitude: 52.031044 , Easting: 119164, Northing: 87170 Prominence: 361m,   Isolation: 0.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 519140 587216,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Chrbrn, 10 char: Chrbrngh
Bedrock type: Green sandstone & purple siltstone, (Glenflesk Chloritic Sandstone Formation)

See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 211-12) for details of the festive assembly which took place on Caherbarnagh on Latiaran Sunday in late July.   Caherbarnagh is the third highest mountain in the Paps/Derrynasaggart area and the 140th highest in Ireland.

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Fine views and few walkers
Short Summary created by aidand,  22 Aug 2013
Access issues require a diversion along a stretch of the Duhallow Way. There is parking for a couple of cars outside a well maintained bungalow, with two noticeable garden lamps, at 193 892 A. There was no Duhallow Way sign on the road here when I visited. Walk up through the field immediately to the right of the house and you will soon pick up the 'yellow man'. The D Way brings you along the base of the mountain heading West for about a mile and then swings South into a short valley. Leave the D Way where it crosses the fence by a stile and continue up this valley to the col ahead at about 173 865 B. Turn left at the col and ascend Caherbarnagh NW top heading in a North-Easterly direction. From the NW top it is only a 15 minute walk to the main summit, but be careful to avoid the cliffs on your left.
Descend initially in a South-West direction, then head West back to the col and down onto the D Way.
Allow about 5 hours for the return trip. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/4895/
Access via 'new' Duhallow Way
by shaunkelly  5 Aug 2011
I walked in this area on 16/07/11. In the light of Redtape's comment it appears the way I went may be the easiest to access this mountain. My map is OS79 second edition 2003 so there may be a newer more accurate map available. It appears the Duhallow Way has changed quite a bit since this map was printed seeminly because of the access issues mentioned by Redtape. The section of the DW shown between about 190886 C and 219993 D as far as I can make out is gone. There is now a sign from the road from about (no GPS!) 193892. Parking here fro one car. The sign pointed us up a freshly mowed lawn type area alongside a bungalow. Then there is another sign alongside a fence directing walkers up the field. I wasn't happy to so blatantly cross someones fence so knocking at the bungalow we were told by the farmer that we "had his permission to cross his land" Having crossed his land we joined the DW at about 192886 E. I would recommend that anyone using this route get the farmers permission.

We then walked past Lough Murtagh and ascended Caherbarnagh via Caherbarnagh NW Top (Glanaprehane) which is a pleasant walk with wonderful views to the North. We walked West after that to 143852 F and returned to the car along the road. It is worth noting that while I can't be sure, it did seem like the Western end of the DW is moved to the road. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/6464/
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Access 8/12/13
by hivisibility  8 Dec 2013
Had a walk today for Caherbarnagh using aidand’s instructions. As he noted there is no yellow man indicator to direct one up the laneway beside the bungalow at 193892. I took shaunkelly’s advice and called to the house for permission to enter the field before beginning the ascent. Met a nice man who had no problem whatsoever and he confirmed that that this was indeed the Duhallow way. So straight up thru two fields and the waymarkers soon appear. This connects to a farm roadway and on into a passageway with rocks strewn on both sides. On the right of the gate in the distance is a green stile like those in the Galtees, etc. As soon as you cross over the stile turn sharp right and you’ll see another smaller stile which leads down to the stream coming from Lough Murtagh. Care required here with a bar secured here to aid crossing, could be exciting with increased levels of water after heavy rain and greasy rocks. Over another stile and aim for the post with the yellow way marker. From there simply follow aidand’s directions.
On another issue one of the photographs I admired most from the guide to Ireland’s Mountains summits was the one with the trig pillar on Caherbarnagh. Sadly this view can no longer be seen as there is now a colossal fence running along the ridge coming up from the valley from Knockabro and heading off into the distance towards Stoukeen. The pillar is enclosed in fence wire and it is not possible to walk around it. I encountered quad tracks while coming from the NW top so my guess is that that’s how the materials were taken up. I had intended doing a loop walk towards Stoukeen but not being sure regarding access issues there I returned via the way I had come up. I’ll put up some pictures as soon as I get a chance to upload them. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/15279/
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Picture: Caherbarnagh from Glanaprehane
Lynchieboy on Caherbarnagh, 2008
by Lynchieboy  1 Feb 2008
A dark but beautiful day. Parked in a field supplied by a friendly farmer. He recommended that we leave it there with the keys as he might want to go to Baile Bhuirne for Porter. He seemed genuinely disappointed when we informed him that there was very little left. Left car at W195 892 G and went for Stoukeen. There is a stoney path which was helpful as the ground was quite wet. Lovely pull up here all the same. This mountain looks deceivingly easy. Its majesty is most apparent from Croohigs crossroads near where O Sullivan Beara and his men once camped out (Hence the reason for all the local O Suileabhains) or even up further towards Macroom. From the peak at Stoukeen its a lovely stroll across to Caherbarnagh and Glanaprehane. Not all the pictures came out as I am still learning to use my camera but views extended from the Reeks ridges to Musheramore and beyond. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/2275/
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pdtempan on Caherbarnagh, 2004
by pdtempan  2 Feb 2004
A group from the Sliabh Luachra Hillwalking Club, led by Paul Tempan, tackled Caherbarnagh and Claragh Mountain on Sunday January 25th. The day was fine and we had excellent views west towards the Reeks and Slieve Mish and east towards the Galtees and Ballyhoura Mountains. The stretch between Caherbarnagh and Claragh was rather longer than some people imagined when this walk was conceived 2 weeks earlier in the Red Fox Inn! The highlights of this walk are the views down to Gortavehy Lough from Stookeen and the summit of Claragh (ramparts of a Bronze Age hillfort and a very fine viewpoint). The cliffs near Gortavehy Lough are best appreciated from near Gortavehy Lough on the Duhallow Way, but you need to do this as a separate walk. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/836/
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ibradley on Caherbarnagh, 2005
by ibradley  1 Jul 2005
Struggled up Caherbarnagh in good weather on 26/06 following Paddy Dillon's route from the Clydagh Valley. This involves walking through a field opposite the last farm in the valley. Starting from 173 838 H, go to the farm and through a gate on your left, cross a ford then follow the river in a northerly direction. This is a tough walk over trackless bog and heather. The views from the summit are good but the top itself is uninspiring. The diversion to Glanaprehane is worthwhile for the views north. A walk only to be recommended for the hardy! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/1782/
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