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Pigeon Rock Mountain Mountain Droim Lao A name in Irish
(Ir. Droim Lao [PNNI], 'ridge of the calf') Down County In Arderin List

Height: 534m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J26132 25030 This summit has been logged as climbed by 277 members. Recently by: rjhocking, paddyman, megantaggart, concorde, gwyniemac, simoburn, happymourneview, StevieD, Ulsterpooka, BleckCra, Jas62, Innealtora, PPruzina, walker26, eryri
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Longitude: -6.06993, Latitude: 54.158818 Prominence: 139m,   Isolation: 1.5km
ITM: 726053 825035,   GPS IDs, 6 char: PgnRck, 10 char: PgnRckMntn

The Irish and English names are unrelated. Pigeon Rock is a crag overlooking the road from Kilkeel to Hilltown.   Pigeon Rock Mountain is the 389th highest summit in Ireland.

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Short Summary created by gerrym  1 Jun 2010 One of the more accessible hills in the Mournes, with fairly gentle gradients characterising most of the approaches. There are a couple of car parks at the foot of the hill on the Slievenman Road (271253 (Point A) and 270234 (Point B)), limiting any walk in – can be done in under a half hour.

For longer approachs try Sandbank Road 233278 (Point C), with excellent parking and approach along the Rocky River or Spelga Dam carpark 267277 (Point D). From the south Attical Community Centre (J2633120593 (Point E)) provides parking and routes along Sandy Brae or Island Road.

There are two tops of equal height, both maked by a cairn. Batts Wall provides a guide across the northern top from east to west in poor visibility, turning sharply south then west. A number of pools of water mark the top. Some quarrying has taken place on the eastern flanks and is worth exploring.

As one of the most westerly tops in the Mournes the views on a clear day reach north to the Belfast and Antrim Hills and the Scottish coast, northwest to Lough Neagh and the Sperrins, west to the Cooley Mtns and south to the Wicklow Mtns. More immediate views over Spelga reservoir are captivating enough though.

Despite its easy access the hill can be surprisingly quiet. It is a fantastic location for taking in other tops – a round of Spelga with Cock, Butter, Ott, Carn and Muck or join with Eagle and Slievemoughanmore to make a great circuit of the Pigeon Rock River.
Point A: J271 253 Point B: J270 234 Point C: J233 278
Point D: J267 277 Point E: J26331 20593

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Picture: Hen mountain from Rockyriver track
 
The Middle Bird
by darrenf  22 Sep 2010 We approached Pigeon Rock from Hen and Cock, refer to same for start of route. From cock mountain we headed for the plateau between cock and pigeon which feeds into the Spelga Dam. We had read so many comments about how boggy this area was, but thankfully on our visit we were lucky. On descent from cock we headed almost due south in an effort to pick up the small spur jutting out from Pigeon, and to avoid most of the boggy terrain. It seemed to pay off as before long we arrived at a well trodden but somewhat dry path which took us almost to the top of Pigeon.

Pigeon Rock seemed to go on forever without sight of the summit cairn but we stumbled on Batts Wall and in turn the summit cairn, which appears to be a growth from the corner angle of Batts Wall. After a quick lunch we stuck with Batts Wall and discoverd numerous small pools of water dotted along it, each with many dragonflies and toads. Navigation is striaght forward, and sticking with Batts Wall as it turns sharply at another angle you begin the descent to the coll between Pigeon and Slievemoughanmore. At the stile we stayed on the right hand side of the Rowan Tree River as it snaked downhill and brought us right onto the Rockyriver track, which we simply followed right back to the car. A very enjoyable short step-out with a total distance of just over 11km. The picture below of the tors on hen mountain were taken as the weather lifted along the Rockyriver track.
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Picture: A view of the summit cairn and the Spelga Dam reservoir
by csd  19 Jun 2005 We approached the summit from Slievenaman Rd at 271 253, picking up the wall which we followed to the summit after a 25 minute slog in the heat. I agree with MadFrankie -- it's a rather unremarkable summit, but on a day like today it all seemed worth it, with some lovely views over to the Spelga Dam reservoir.
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by Bleck Cra  31 Dec 2004 You see the strangest things in the hills. Happy Christmas and a Great New Year.
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by mneary34  8 Nov 2004 We met the Mountain Rescue Dog Team out training in November '04 as we crossed the road between Slieve Muck and Pigeon Rock Mountain in difficult weather conditions with low cloud much about and the cloud base at less than 400 metres. Their enthusiasm is amazing and should be greatly admired. Navigation to the summit is just a matter of following the friendly wall.
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Picture: Pigeon Rock from NW
by MadFrankie  30 Mar 2005 No pigeons and not too many rocks. A soggy mound that wouldn't be out of place in Wicklow. The approach from Cock is relatively gentle, but up on the mist-shrouded summit I bumbled around a bit looking for a summit until Batts Wall loomed into view. The unmarked summit seems to be a short distance from the angle of the wall, so you can pick your own 'highest' clump of ground.
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