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gerrym: Track 2223 in area near Errigal, Donegal NW (Ireland)
Errigal from the North
Length: 15.6km, Creator time taken: 8h51m, Ascent: 871m,
Descent: 867m

Places: Start at B93566 25615, Errigal, Mackoght, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1
An approach to Errigal from the north, starting at little Procklis Lough, near to the Salmon farm. The start point is a bit of getting to on minor roads and there is parking for a couple of cars just beside the lough.

A small apology as my GPS was not on for the first part of the walk, though hopefully the direction here will be of aid. Follow the road south and at a bend climb the gate to take an old bog road heading straight for Errigal looming in the distance. This can be pretty wet and characterised as more of a stream.

Quite a bit of walking with lovely views across to Atlan Lough and Aghla More before the bog road eventually peters out. A clear line of approach beckons over a couple of smaller tops, with pretty good going and stunning views across Atlan Lough from good height. Reach the scree skirted northern flank of Errigal and pause for breath before a steep and unforgiving walk/scramble. Again pauses on the way take some of that breath that was stored up at the bottom!

Reach an area of rocky outcrops and follow a well defined path that contours to the western side of the mountain and rises to a spectacular rock window, after which a steep walk/scramble brings the summit. On this occasion a group of French were already at the summit and were i think a bit surprised to see me appear!

A very strong north westerly was blowing and made standing on top a challenge but the air from that direction provided stunning views on a 360 degree panorama, with the showers it was pushing through giving the odd rainbow. Having taken in the view descent was by the usual route to the south on the well trodden path.

Headed for Macknoght and desended steeply and rose gently to Beaghy and then steeply down to the wonderful sight of Lough Atlan and the abandoned farm. Crossing the river over the large stepping stones and relaxing at the grassy shores of the Lough, with water gently lapping the sandy beach. The only other company was a small number of sheep - a wondrous camp site if ever there was one!

Continued along the shore of Atlan Lough below the slopes of Aghla More. A fairly good sheep trail hugs the shore, with just a few wetter bits. This does change nearer to the northern end of the Lough where the ground was much wetter and is grazed by cows which made the ground quite difficult.

At the northern end of the Lough, the Tullaghobegly River needs to be crossed which was a bit tricky - with poles probably would have been easy, so decided on a dash and splash which worked well with boots remaining dry inside. This brings a track - this had a private land sign off to the side of the track which i took as meaning to stay on the track. This took me back to the minor road not many metres away from the lough and my car. Here though i did notice another sign saying the track was private. Not sure if this would lead to any problems for walkers using it though?

A long day for me as was taking some video, so ignore the stopped time in the track. Video can be found on Youtube link below. A very quite approach and return, only meeting others on a short stretch on Errigal. A good challenge on the northern slopes and something that bit different.


Uploaded on: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 (19:25:00)
Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/2223/  
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