Parked at entrance to forest above Tawnyard Lough B (L914 678)
and proceeded westwards along the road to Gl'Vck (L888 673)
. Then turned south to access (through a few hundred metres rough clear felled forest) the rocky northern spur leading to summit of Ben Creggan. We started the walk in rain and poor visibility but conditions had improved dramatically by the time we summited Creggan, it was well worth the effort.
From there proceeded to Ben Creggan S. Top and Ben Gorm before descending via the 6km long central spur. As other members have commented, there are great views of all the surrounding ranges and I'm not going to try and improve on their descriptions. The purpose of this comment is to high-light a couple of potential hazards at the lower (eastern) end of the central spur.
Our intention was to descend the central spur and link up with the Western Way to return to the car. The plan was to leave the spur at about C (L915 666)
and descend to the southern most of the two parallel east/west forest tracks shown on the map south of Derrintin Lough . The tracks could be clearly seen from this vantage point and while they looked a bit overgrown, they appeared viable. They aren't! Closer inspection revealed impenetrable rough terrain.
The second hazard is the 5 strand fence bordering the southern edge of the forest from about D (L917 666)
to E (L931 671)
. It's electrified and packs quite a kick. Ensure you hand-rail this fence metaphorically rather than literally!
The sensible route is to stick to the crown of the spur all the way to / from E (L931 671)
. You'll still have to cross the fence but there is an insulated section here to facilitate this.
Also, watch out for a single live supply wire at waist height joining the fence from the south at about F (L928 668)
. You can duck under this one though.
Notwithstanding the difficulties encountered near the end, this is a truly memorable ridge walk and one that I will repeat. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/15063/