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Slieve Miskish Area
Maximum height for area: 490 metres,   Summits in area: 8,   Maximum prominence for area: 395 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 84 For all tops   Highest summit: Knockoura, 490m
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Knockoura Hill Cnoc Cumhra A name in Irish
Cork County, in Carn List, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 490m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 84 Grid Reference: V62123 46264 This summit has been logged as climbed by 31 members. Recently by: IainT, Cobhclimber, Wilderness, MichaelE, chalky, trekker, , kmicheal, fingalscave, David-Guenot, pacalder, eugeneryan959, jimbloomer, sandman, wicklore
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Longitude: -9.992931, Latitude: 51.652504 , Easting: 62123, Northing: 46264 Prominence: 395m,   Isolation: 2.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 462103 546332,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knc490, 10 char: Knockoura
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

The Bearhaven copper mines, located to the west of Knockoura on the low but rugged hills above Allihies, were run by the Puxley family of Dunboy. Daphne du Maurier relocated them on Hungry Hill for her novel of the same name.   Knockoura is the highest hill in the Slieve Miskish area and the 594th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockoura in area Slieve Miskish, Ireland
Picture: Mountain Mine and ridge to Knockoura
Knockoura and the copper mines of Allihies
by kernowclimber  29 Apr 2010
The old copper mining village of Allihies lies below a line of intimidating hills running E towards Knockoura. Huge shelves of bare rock thrust skyward as if the very bones of the earth had erupted through the crust here. It’s possible to drive up a road leading to the nearby hill of Knockgour with its prominent masts and then walk along the plateau to Knockoura’s summit to avoid an upward roller coaster ridge walk, but adventurous hillwalkers will enjoy the challenge of the ridge.

We parked at V58865 45837 A and progressed uphill towards the engine house of Mountain Mine that stands sentinel over Allihies where it has bravely faced the brunt of every Atlantic gale since 1862. Restored in 2004, this building housed a Cornish-design steam engine that powered apparatus to convey men up and down the mine. Fenced off areas prevent visitors from being precipitated down deep dark shafts and narrow voids to a watery underworld, the scars bearing witness to man’s exploitation of mother earth.

Continuing uphill in a NE direction passing by a large embankment that forms the retaining wall of a reservoir for the steam engines, we picked up the metalled road that leads over the mountains, part of the Beara Way. At the top of the col we left the road and turned east, carefully picking our way along the margins of a bog, startling two hares that bounded off into the distance. Traversing the great ribs of rock upwards towards the ridge, each with their deep carpet of bog between, involved some easy scrambling. Once on the ridge the route is easier and eventually descends onto a long, boggy plateau below the slope of Knockoura with its eroded peat hags. A simple climb leads up to the summit.

The views are spectacular, marred only by the masts on nearby Knockgour that actually looks higher. East, the Slieve Miskish Mountains march off toward rocky giant, Hungry Hill; SE, Bear Island, Castletownbeare, and just visible to the SW of the port, the newly renovated Dunboy Castle, former home of the Puxleys who owned the Allihies Copper Mines; W the wild and ragged line of coast leading to Dursey Island; N, the inky pimples of mountains on the Iveragh Peninsula.

We descended in a SW direction towards a dilapidated fence which we followed until meeting a col at the top of the Caminches Valley V61633 46576 B. We followed the burbling brook enjoying a series of small waterfalls and discovering hidden spring flowers until V60925 45922 C when we turned W towards Coom Mine engine house. However, we ran into an annoying maze of new and unwelcoming barb wire fences and we would not recommend a descent this way; it would be safer to return along the ridge. Unscathed by the wire we arrived at the lonely engine house at Coom Mine V59752 45566 D, sharply silhouetted against the Atlantic burnished by the setting sun. We returned to Mountain Mine via the clearly signed Allihies Mine trial exploring the old gunpowder magazine en route, arriving at our car 6hrs and 11kms later. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/485/comment/4673/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockoura in area Slieve Miskish, Ireland
pdtempan on Knockoura, 2009
by pdtempan  17 Feb 2009
"No comments so far about Knockoura", says the MV computer, which is hard to believe when you see scenery like this. Has nobody ventured up there? Well, I must admit I haven't either! I just took my pretty picture and headed on round the Ring of Beara. Still, I hope the photo will inspire someone to tackle all those benches (please do not adopt Coleridge's breakneck Broad Stand strategy) and let us know if it was worth it. I think this photo shows not Knockoura itself but the ridge of hills a little to the west above the old Bearhaven Copper Mines. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/485/comment/3596/
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A hurried summit climbed mostly by car
by Geo  20 Aug 2010
After doing Hungry Hill to Healy Pass earlier in the day , and having seen this one from the Copper mines at Allihies a few days previous I wanted to bag it purely as I hadn't done any summits In Sl Miskish and wanted to add something to my list. We drove out of Castletownbere on the R572 west to a right turn off at Cloghane Bridge. Drove as far as the Beara Way turn off right up a long cul de sac. Driving up here, one hopes not to meet anyone as its only one car width the whole way to a point where the Beara Way continues on straight, but here turn left on up the access road to the Antenna farm! Eventually I reached a tied gate which I passed through, closed the gate afterwards, and then we had to drive with care as the road is now unpaved, at least not paved with anything more solid than shale. Eventually we had to stop at a gate just below the antennae. Here we exited the car and walked along the top of the mountain for about 15 minutes and got to the trig point. Quite possibly the easiest summit I have ever reached. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/485/comment/6039/
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