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David-Guenot: Track 2862 in area near Mount Eagle, North Mayo (Ireland)
Birreencorragh Traverse
Length: 20.0km, Creator time taken: 6h40m, Ascent: 1079m,
Descent: 1074m

Places: Start at F97591 04845, Mount Eagle, Birreencorragh West Top, Birreencorragh South Top, Birreencorragh, Knockaffertagh, end at G06795 06733 9.4km E from Start
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I had also intended to include Buckoogh in this walk -the last of our trip- but my friend and I both had had a whole week on the hills due to the anticyclonic conditions that reigned over the Emerald Isle after Easter 2015, so we decided to shorten it a bit. We parked the first car near Bellanaderg Bridge (G067067) and then drove to our starting point, near Srahmore Lodge . There is not much space to park along the road N of Srahmore, but there is room for at least two cars at F976048. We followed the road to the SSW before crossing a stile to the left. We got a bit confused there, as we could not find the track that runs N of Pts. 112 and 113, so we followed the Bangor Trail for a while, contouring a fenced area, then veering left, crossing over wet ground to reach Derrybrock Lough. We continued N of the lough and followed a brook to reach the main stream that runs along the SW slopes of Mount Eagle. It is probably possible to follow this main stream from the stile to avoid the detour we made, but there is definitely no obvious track as suggested on OS map 31. The ascent to Pt. 386 is quite steep, but the vista over the Nephin Beg Range and Buckoogh is worth the effort. Mount Eagle's top is only a few minutes away. The ascent to Birreencorragh W Top allows you to appreciate Birreencorragh's endless northern ridge. The ground was rather firm underfoot, but the wind started blowing wildly from the W as we were about to reach the S Top, which is really worth the visit for the views. Hard to tell which is the highest point, though. Birreencorragh itself has a rocky top and offers a 360° panorama, but we could not see much with the clouds passing by. Brilliant mountain anyway. The descent along the N, then NE shoulders is first rather easy-going, on a rocky terrain which progressively becomes heathery and uneven. Lug was hopefully back for the rest of our walk and allowed us to enjoy some nice views over Nephin to the E. The last pull up Knockaffertagh is rather short and not too steep. We found some shelter from the wind a few meters E from the rocky summit and enjoyed some Easter chocolate egg as a reward for the week's efforts !! The descent was tough-going though, on rocky/heathery, ankle-twisting terrain, with many false summits and some steep parts. The Keenagh Loop track is not visible until you are almost on it, but offers a relief after such a hard descent, and the stroll down to Bellanaderg Bridge is quite enjoyable. The most incredible thing is it started pouring down as we were driving back to Achill where we were staying, i.e. just after our last hike of the week !! I would definitely recommend this traverse, maybe starting from the E to avoid the tough descent, and maybe adding Buckoogh.

Uploaded on: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 (21:19:52)
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