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Hungry Hill Mountain Cnoc Daod A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Daod [OSI] or Daod [T6000], 'hill of the tooth/set of
Cork County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 682m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 84 Grid Reference: V76088 49726
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Longitude: -9.792407, Latitude: 51.68698 , Easting: 76088, Northing: 49726 Prominence: 400m,  Isolation: 1.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 476071 549807,   GPS IDs, 6 char: HngrHl, 10 char: Hungry Hil
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

Hungry Hill is the title of a novel by Daphne du Maurier based on the story of the family of her friend, Christopher Puxley, whose family acquired Dunboy Castle and its lands after the defeat of Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare. The copper mines located on the hill in the novel are in reality further west near Allihies. The second element of the Irish name, Cnoc Daod, has long been regarded as obscure, but it is probably simply a dialectal variant of déad meaning ‘tooth’, ‘jaw’ or ‘set of teeth’. A family living at the foot of the hill are known locally as the Bun Daods.   Hungry Hill is the highest mountain in the Caha Mountains area and the 138th highest in Ireland. Hungry Hill is the second most southerly summit in the Caha Mountains area. Hungry Hill is the third highest point in county Cork.

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There and back .. by trekker   (Show all for Hungry Hill)
HUNGRY HILL - SOUTH WEST RIDGE SCRAMBLE. Grade 1. .. by lewvalton   (Show all for Hungry Hill)
Not an easy route .. by mcrtchly   (Show all for Hungry Hill)
This photo shows the bulky profile of Hungry Hill .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Hungry Hill) Picture about mountain Hungry Hill in area Caha Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Coomarkane Lake
Hungry Hill via Coomarkane’s East Gully
by kernowclimber  6 May 2010
At Adrigole we turned onto the R572 and then took the second right down a small road for about 2km. At V78030 49242 C there is ample parking space near the stile that marks the beginning of the walk. The early afternoon was warm, still and silent, broken intermittently by the feeble cries of newborn lambs and the sudden popping of gorse buds. Following the stream flowing down from Coomarkane Lake we scrambled steeply upwards past gushing waterfalls, rewarded by gorgeous views down the valley towards Adrigole Harbour and the nearby hill of Coomgira with its bare bands of rock that resembled an armadillo’s back. The flame coloured gorse had set the hedgerows ablaze and its delicate perfume was borne upwards on the gentlest of breezes.

The reed fringed Coomarkane Lake soon came into view, an oasis of tranquillity with insects gliding languidly over its mirror-like surface. Close to where a small river flows into the northern part of the lake are some giant rocks, one of which gives shelter to the ruinous walls of a sheep fold or booley. Nearby lie twin slabs of sandstone spilt in a cataclysmic tumble from on high, providing an ideal stage for viewing the lake and the gully we were about to climb, the deep crevice between them harbouring a variety of verdure safe from nibbling sheep.

This 600m climb is rated V. Diff and is described separately. Benches of rock sporting straw-dry grass tangled amid wiry heather combined with wet and vegetated chimneys to make climbing awkward in places; I would have preferred the challenge of naked rock. Upward progress was slow and route finding difficult, but the sight of ancient estuarine ripples in the Devonian red sandstone and the views over Coomarkane Lake and Bantry Bay were truly uplifting.

I was relieved to finally find myself climbing the grassy slopes leading to the summit trig pillar of Hungry Hill in the fading rays of the sun. We stayed long enough to see the vermillion orb of the sun slip below the horizon, turning the clouds into a Baroque work of art in shades of pinks, purples and greys. Then, following the instructions in Denis Lynch’s Munster’s Mountains, we headed south past the impressive cairn at spot height 667 to descend “on steep rocky ground to the 300m contour line approximately [to] contour round the east spur as far as the Coomarkane Stream”.

Trying to navigate downwards over huge shelves of rock with sheer drops by the light of head torches was difficult and dangerous so we decided to descend to the safer 200m contour line and bore roughly E towards Gortnarea. We re-ascended to about the 300m contour line to traverse the tail end of Lynch’s ‘spur’ and gain the valley we came up. We tarried awhile, lying on a sun-warmed pavement of sandstone to gaze upon the night sky misty with stars, arriving back at our car much later than anticipated. We would caution only the very experienced hill walker to attempt Lynch’s descent route in adverse weather or failing light. Linkback:
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Richard Mersey’s book “The Hills of Cork and Kerr .. by simon3   (Show all for Hungry Hill)
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