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Cooley/Gullion Area   Slieve Gullion Subarea
Maximum height for area: 589 metres,   Summits in area: 19,   Maximum prominence for area: 494 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 28, 29, 35, 36 For all tops   Highest summit: Slieve Foye, 589m
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Croslieve Hill Croisshliabh A name in Irish
(Ir. Croisshliabh [OSNB], 'cross-mountain') Armagh County In Binnion List

Height: 308m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 28/29 Grid Reference: J00220 16425 This summit has been logged as climbed by 31 members. Recently by: paddyhillsbagger, liz50, eflanaga, Fergalh, FEARGALS, millsd1, Peter Walker, Geo, BoneyBones, wfburt0n, AntrimRambler, Trailtrekker, JWard, brianhoey, muschi
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Longitude: -6.469515, Latitude: 54.086735 Prominence: 173m,   Isolation: 2km
ITM: 700132 816375,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crslv, 10 char: Croslieve

Croslieve is the 1028th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croslieve in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: You don't have to be a mountain goat to climb Croslieve, but...
 
by pdtempan  8 Jun 2009 Croslieve and Tievecrom, the two hills between which the village of Forkill nestles, are like chalk and cheese. They are mentioned as Creshla Mountain and Tiffcrum in Michael J. Murphy's 'Mountain Year' (1964), spellings which probably reflect the authentic local pronunciation of his day. We tackled Croslieve by cycling up the steep road which approaches from the SE. Up and down takes no more than an hour. There is a double gate at approximately J000153 (Point A) (right on the edge of map sheet 29) where we took the track which climbs towards the summit. We passed in full view of a new house with couple of barking dogs, but we met nobody and had no access problems. After climbing a couple of hundred yards, we reached an open field, where we aimed a bit to our right (E) towards an obvious groove which we had spotted earlier from Tievecrom. When we reached it, we found a good farm track which climbed this groove towards the summit. There were some bullocks in this field, but they were more afraid of us than we were of them, and they scarpered as we approached. We crossed a stile to leave this field, still climbing NNE in a straight line towards the summit. Shortly afterwards, the track makes a right angle to the right and climbs steeply (don't take the fainter track which carries straight on along the edge of the forestry). The track passes through a narrow gap and emerges near a mast, which is on a false summit. Pass to the right of the mast compound and head for the summit which is now obvious and not too difficult to reach, though there is no path through the high heather and bilberry. Croslieve is a magnificent viewpoint, once again offering superb views of Slieve Gullion, the other hills in the Gullion ring-dyke and the Cooley Mountains. We shared the summit with a herd of some 20 goats. From here Tievecrom looks a cinch. Don't be fooled!
Point A: J000 153
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croslieve in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Croslieve from the SW
by Harry Goodman  14 Oct 2009 Let me start with a little piece of advice. If you think you may be in an area and want to climb a hill on the MV list, always refer to the site and take the benefit of any information/comments for the hill in question. When in the area yesterday I decided to climb Croslieve but found difficulty in deciding where best to start. It was only after a number of sorties up and around various roads that, by pure chance, I started at the same point as that already shown on the site by pdtempan J0000515319 (Point B) at a double gate between two houses. Clearly if I had had pdt's directions with me I would have saved myself a lot of searching around for a suitable starting point. The stile refered to my pdt is at J9999915858 (Point C). This is a little gem of a hill with magnificent views over the many tops and bumps of the south side of the Ring of Gullion, with Gullion itself very prominent and impressive to the NNE. Do not be put off by the low elevation (308m). You will find the climb more rewarding than many hills twice its size. When there take time to explore the many tops and knolls or simply sit down and relax in splendid surroundings.
Point B: J00005 15319 Point C: J99999 15858
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croslieve in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Croslieve from the SE, taken at the foot of Tievecrom
 
by dr_banuska  5 Jan 2010 I climbed Croslieve and neighbouring Tievecrom on Sat with one of my dogs. Following Harry's advice I tackled the latter first, as it's much trickier despite its lower height. I started at the same set of double gates between two houses as mentioned by others; coming from Forkhill you'll spot a small townland marker stone on the left and the gates are a short distance ahead on the right (I parked a little downhill close to another gate where I wasn't blocking the road, about 003153 (Point D)). I must admit when crossing the two sets of gates before reaching open hillside I felt a little uneasy, as I was in full view of the kitchen of one of the houses as mentioned by Pdtempan and the obligatory family dog did its best to draw attention to us! This was early evening too, so I may have looked a bit suspect.

The route to the summit via the comms mast is pretty straightforward: I ended up following a fence off to my left before crossing a stile then keeping to the left of another fence where there's a pretty clear track. I passed the mast compound, ascended a little then down again to an obvious groove heading downhill which you can see from Tievecrom. I crossed this and climbed uphill again to one of two rocky 'bumps' visible in the pic to the right of the mast. Not entirely sure which was higher (from the pic it looks like the left one is higher but standing on it the other seemed higher... map suggests the first?), I covered myself by descending a little then climbing the 2nd bump.

It was getting quite dark and I didn't hang about. The view was similar to Tievecrom, with Gullion prominent NW. The best thing was seeing the lights come on in Dundalk (and the motorway ringing it) and I could follow the lights back up to Forkhill and over to Jonesborough etc. As Harry says this is an interesting hill with varied terrain and it's best to allow yourself time to enjoy it. Unfortunately I misjudged and ended up descending almost in pitch darkness, quite an unsettling experience. Especially with this being quite a stony hill (lately Id been used to the much boggier Sperrins) and the recent ice made things quite treacherous. I had a few falls along the way I must admit, so would urge caution. I toyed with coming down an alternative route, but found the going quite steep off the obvious route and not a good idea at this time of evening, so retraced my steps. In fact once I neared the bottom I had difficulty locating the path back to the road with just my mobile phone light, and half the dogs of south Armagh seemed to be barking at us as I stumbled around for ages trying to find my way! Not my most enjoyable expedition as it turned out but lesson learned.

P.S. when in the area you might want to visit Castle Roche, a short distance to the southwest in Co. Louth. I didnt have time but it looks impressive and once marked the northern boundary of the Pale.
Point D: J003 153
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croslieve in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Forkhill and Tievecrom
Must visit mountain that is off the beaten track
by dmcdevitt  2 Jul 2011 Parked at the Double gates at point J000153, Met the local farmer at the gates when starting to walk. He said he was fine with accessing his land, just make sure that you close all gates, he was able to give a recommend route which was walk to the top of the field until you find another gate, Follow the overgrown track till you meet the forest, (The track was created by the army since the top of the mountain house over 400 British troops at one time), At the forest, cross over the style and then turn right following the fence until you meet the mask, at the mask you'll see the summit which is merely another 10 min walk across some heath and heather.
It’s a mountain that is challenging more than you think and the views from the top are spectacular. Once at the top you know why it was once a British arms observation post looking across all of Co Louth, Co Monaghan and perhaps as far as Dublin airport.
The photo is a view of Forkhill with a large quarry below and Tievecrom in the background, Over all it talk about over 70-80 mins up and down
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croslieve in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: A panoramic composition of the view north and east.
 
Stunning views and no access problems
by csd  17 Apr 2011 I used the access via the double gate noted in pdtempan's post. The two barking dogs were still there, but no need to be afraid - they're fitted with collars that give them an electric shock if they stray beyond the boundaries of the house. Just to be sure the landowners are ok with the access route via the double gates, I called at the house and asked the gentleman who came out whether it was ok to cross his lands. He had no problem with this at all and wished me a good walk.

An aside: instead of the usual stony track access for a 4x4, the owners of the telecoms mast on Croslieve have constructed a small helipad!

The picture is a composite of four shots starting with the view north to Slieve Gullion and ending with the Irish sea south of Cooley.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croslieve in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Approach from NE showing 17th century tower on lower hill. Photo taken from road towards Mullaghban.
by Fearghal222  23 Jul 2009 A rugged hill that forms part of the volcanic ring encircling Slieve Gullion, with some very rewarding scrambles and views considering it's humble size. The remains of a British army base is definitely worth a look, while the aspect around the Ring of Gullion is stunning. For best results approach from NE groove as established SE route is a bit timid and not as dramatic. Look out for mountain goats, buzzards and ravens, and the 17th century tower on an adjacent hill to the north.
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