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Derrynasaggart Area   N: Caherbarnagh Subarea
Place count in area: 24, OSI/LPS Maps: 79 
Highest place:
The Paps East, 694m
Maximum height for area: 694 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 623 metres,

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Caherbarnagh Mountain An Chathair Bhearnach A name in Irish (Ir. An Chathair Bhearnach [OSI], 'the gapped fort') Cork County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Green sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock

Height: 681m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 79 Grid Reference: W19164 87170
Place visited by 145 members. Recently by: Chance, No1Grumbler, John.geary, glencree, jasonmc, Daingean, conormcg, jackos, chairmanmiah, learykid, jmcg, Geo, jacqociarrai, chelman7, osullivanm
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Longitude: -9.178416, Latitude: 52.031044 , Easting: 119164, Northing: 87170 Prominence: 361m,  Isolation: 0.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 519140 587216,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Chrbrn, 10 char: Chrbrngh
Bedrock type: Green sandstone & purple siltstone, (Glenflesk Chloritic Sandstone Formation)

See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 211-12) for details of the festive assembly which took place on Caherbarnagh on Latiaran Sunday in late July.   Caherbarnagh is the third highest mountain in the Derrynasaggart area and the 141st highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caherbarnagh (<i>An Chathair Bhearnach</i>) in area Derrynasaggart, Ireland
Picture: Caherbarnagh from Glanaprehane
 
Quiet, rounded summit overlooking some interesting geological features
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, aidand  28 Mar 2021
Near The Paps, Caherbarnagh is a boggy flat top at the head of two interesting N-facing coums. It commands fine views over Sliabh Luachra, the Paps to Mangerton, Mullaghanish to the Cahas. There are access issues if trying to access via the Gortavehy Lough trail. I spoke with the relevant farmer here in mid-2020 and got the impression that a solo hiker might be given assent.

N. Space for a couple of cars outside a bungalow at W 19297 89194 A. Follow the Duhallow Way S and then E, leaving it at W18502 88560 B to head steeply up to the NW Top – from here, a 15 min walk to the main summit taking care as cliffs abound on your left. 1.25hrs+

NE. If intending to head via Stoukeen and the lake track to it's north, it's imperative that you speak with the farmer first.

W. Park N of Shrone Lake and follow the D. Way to the E leaving it at W15015 87179 C to pick up the N spur of Knocknabro W Top. From here, see below. 2hrs.

SW. Park near W15905 83498 D, climb gate at ruined farmhouse entrance and make your way up the grassy and heathery slopes to Knocknabro NE Top via the W Top. From here it's an easy stroll over to C although there's a steep gradient for the last 1.2km. Allow 2.5hrs
S. Park at W17252 83903 E and walk E along the road, breaking out for the lower slopes after a stream. Head up the tussocky slopes of Knocknagowan from where it's a straightforward though boggy slog over to C. 1.5hrs+

Notable tracks incl. track/4157, track/4411 and if you've the time track/4096. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/4895/
 
Access 8/12/13
by hivisibility  8 Dec 2013
Had a walk today for Caherbarnagh using aidand’s instructions. As he noted there is no yellow man indicator to direct one up the laneway beside the bungalow at 193892 F. I took shaunkelly’s advice and called to the house for permission to enter the field before beginning the ascent. Met a nice man who had no problem whatsoever and he confirmed that that this was indeed the Duhallow way. So straight up thru two fields and the waymarkers soon appear. This connects to a farm roadway and on into a passageway with rocks strewn on both sides. On the right of the gate in the distance is a green stile like those in the Galtees, etc. As soon as you cross over the stile turn sharp right and you’ll see another smaller stile which leads down to the stream coming from Lough Murtagh. Care required here with a bar secured here to aid crossing, could be exciting with increased levels of water after heavy rain and greasy rocks. Over another stile and aim for the post with the yellow way marker. From there simply follow aidand’s directions.
On another issue one of the photographs I admired most from the guide to Ireland’s Mountains summits was the one with the trig pillar on Caherbarnagh. Sadly this view can no longer be seen as there is now a colossal fence running along the ridge coming up from the valley from Knockabro and heading off into the distance towards Stoukeen. The pillar is enclosed in fence wire and it is not possible to walk around it. I encountered quad tracks while coming from the NW top so my guess is that that’s how the materials were taken up. I had intended doing a loop walk towards Stoukeen but not being sure regarding access issues there I returned via the way I had come up. I’ll put up some pictures as soon as I get a chance to upload them. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/15279/
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pdtempan on Caherbarnagh, 2004
by pdtempan  2 Feb 2004
A group from the Sliabh Luachra Hillwalking Club, led by Paul Tempan, tackled Caherbarnagh and Claragh Mountain on Sunday January 25th. The day was fine and we had excellent views west towards the Reeks and Slieve Mish and east towards the Galtees and Ballyhoura Mountains. The stretch between Caherbarnagh and Claragh was rather longer than some people imagined when this walk was conceived 2 weeks earlier in the Red Fox Inn! The highlights of this walk are the views down to Gortavehy Lough from Stookeen and the summit of Claragh (ramparts of a Bronze Age hillfort and a very fine viewpoint). The cliffs near Gortavehy Lough are best appreciated from near Gortavehy Lough on the Duhallow Way, but you need to do this as a separate walk. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/836/
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Access Problems?
by redape99  2 Aug 2011
Went walking here on 31/7/11 but encountered a very angry local farmer on the way down from Stoukeen. First of all found that the track to Gortavehy Lake has a sign saying "No unauthorised access" so looked at the map and the track starting at 236 879 G up to Curracahill and Stoukeen looked promising so chose that way. After an hour and a half came across another sign on a gate right under the cairn on Stoukeen displaying "PRIVATE PROPERTY, NO TRESPASSING, NO HILLWALKING". There's no way of seeing this sign until you're on top of it, without binoculars anyway even if it wasn't misty! This sign is also on both sides of the gate so it's unclear whether the Curracahill side is private or the summits or both. At first the farmer refused to let us back down to the car insisting we go back up the hill in the direction he'd seen us coming from. After saying I'd add a note to MV about the signs he eventually let us carry on. Met another local farmer at the car (this time much more ameniable) who told us a few sad tales of the big increase in the thefts in the area recently. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/6451/
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Statement from MI re access.
by simon3  1 Dec 2011
Following the access comments of redape99 MV passed on details of the issue to Mountaineering Ireland for the purposes of keeping other hillwalking interests informed. MI investigated the issue and have issued a statement as below which is useful in that it specifies more exactly where the problem is.

The good news is that Caherbarnagh, Caherbarnagh NW and other neighbouring summits Curracahill and Ballyvouskill can all be reached without any known access difficulties.

Stoukeen ridge and Duhallow Way
Mountaineering Ireland has been advised that the owners of a mountain area south west of Millstreet are no longer allowing access to their land. The closure affects a large area to the east of the summit of Caherbarnagh, taking in Lough Gortavehy, Coomacheo, Stoukeen and the ridge to the south east of Stoukeen as far as the broad saddle south of Kippagh Lough. Mountaineering Ireland has met with the landowners involved, but unfortunately could not achieve a resolution to the issue at this time.
Walkers should also note that the Duhallow Way in the Gortavehy area has been re-routed and no longer follows the line that is marked on Sheet 79 from the Ordnance Survey’s Discovery Series mapping. This will be updated on the third edition of Sheet 79 which is due out at the end of 2011. Marker posts are in place along the revised route. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/6637/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caherbarnagh (<i>An Chathair Bhearnach</i>) in area Derrynasaggart, Ireland
Picture: The Paps, some sun and a cuppa, not so shabby
Your hillwalking in Ireland when the trig point is the only dry spot for a mile
by thomas_g  1 Apr 2012
I came at Caherbarnagh from Knocknagowan, no access issues from the Clydagh valley (see my comments there), from this direction once you get to the flattish top you can choose to follow the fence north and then east, or climb the fence and head straight for the trig point. Either way it's fairly sapping boggy going.
Once you make it to the trig point, someone has thoughtfully provided two flat stones to sit on and have a cuppa. Views are decent in all directions, the Paps are particularly nice as you can see both summits from this angle.
While taking my ease with a cuppa, I met a local man who arrived at the summit from the Stoukeen direction, he says it's a much easier ascent and that there aren't any access issues from Gortavehy East: however, he did tell me there is a lot of hassle at the moment as the organisers of the Millstreet walking festival failed to ask the local landowners was it ok to bring the walking festival to Caherbarnagh via their land. So it might be best to give it a few months before attempting that route. To be honest it was a bit depressing to have someone tell you that Caherbarnagh was part of their usual loop walk for during the week.
If you're heading to Caherbarnagh NW and see any rocks, bring them with you (see my post there). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/135/comment/6744/
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