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Caha Mountains Area   N: Coomnadiha Subarea
Place count in area: 57, OSI/LPS Maps: 83, 84, 85, 88 
Highest place:
Hungry Hill, 682m
Maximum height for area: 682 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 400 metres,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Caha SE Top Mountain Cnoc na Ceachan (mullach thoir theas) A name in Irish Ir. Cnoc na Ceachan [OSi], poss. ‘hill of the gorge’ Cork/ Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin Beg List, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 585m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: V85702 58075
Place visited by 48 members. Recently by: Krzysztof_K, Grumbler, Sweeney, miriam, Geo, JohnRea, annem, jackos, chelman7, Colin Murphy, gernee, Fergalh, GerSomers, daitho9, eamonoc
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Longitude: -9.656275, Latitude: 51.763896 , Easting: 85702, Northing: 58075 Prominence: 15m,  Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 485677 558140,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ChSETp, 10 char: ChSETp
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

Unlike Caha itself, this peak is located on the main ridge of the range. Ceacha is not a word to be found in Irish dictionaries. O’Donovan noted its similarity to ceachair, which can mean ‘quagmire’, and the Caha plateau, dotted with hundreds of pools and lakes, is notoriously wet and difficult to cross. Locals say that there are as many lakes as days of the year. O’Donovan’s suggestion merits serious consideration. However, in view of the growing evidence for an early Brittonic language in Ireland, this name is best explained as follows: it is likely that the name An Cheacha (fem. noun) originally referred neither to an individual peak nor to a range, but to a steep, narrow gorge at the upper end of the Baurearagh valley. The word is only known through this place-name and two others near Dunmanway in West Cork: Caha River and the townland of Ardcahan (Ir. Ard Ceachan), but appears to be cognate with Welsh ceg, ‘throat, mouth, orifice’, which incidentally is also a feminine noun. The English word gorge also means ‘throat’. The suspicion that the name applied originally to a topographical feature distinct from the range is confirmed by the fact that the name appears as a simplex (just An Cheacha), not following a generic e.g. sliabh, sléibhte or the like. The name was, no doubt, later transferred to the range, a change probably facilitated by cartographers equating Ir. An Cheacha with Eng. Caha Mountains. The individual peak named Caha (Ir. Cnoc na Ceachan), despite being only a minor bump on the shoulder of Coomnadiha, is so called because of its location right at the head of this gorge. The geography of the Baurearagh valley and the Caha gorge, essential to understanding this name, is now unfamiliar to all but the handful of remaining inhabitants and avid hillwalkers. Always remote, the valley is now hardly ever visited, largely due to the construction in the 19th century of the Tunnels Road from Bonane to Glengarriff, which ascends the ridge SW of Releagh to Turner’s Rock without entering the valley at all. “Out of sight, out of mind”.   Caha SE Top is the 327th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Caha SE Top (<i>Cnoc na Ceachan (mullach thoir theas)</i>) in area Caha Mountains, Ireland
Picture: View towards Knockeirky on approach to summit.
Rough terrain on approach to remote top.
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  30 Aug 2021
This is a remote summit usually done as part of a larger walk. One approach is from the east, where parking for about 4-5 cars may be found at V881 574 starA. Follow the rough track (which disappears occasionally) down to Barley Lake, crossing the river where it exits the lake at V881 568 starB, and following a track of sorts up and around the lake. The track narrows to single file and the gradient steepens, and you will have to climb up several rocks at around V873 561 starC (take extra care in poor conditions). The track continues up to V870 560 starD, where you should continue west for about 2 km (to avoid several valleys directly north) before turning north at V852 560 starE towards the point on the OS map identified as Ram's Hill. From there it is a straightforward 2km walk NE towards the summit, which is marked only by a small outcrop of rock. Overall the terrain, albeit beautiful, is a rough mix of rocks, peat hags, heather and many dips and climbs around multiple small loughs. Allow 3 hours to reach summit. Linkback: Picture about mountain Caha SE Top (<i>Cnoc na Ceachan (mullach thoir theas)</i>) in area Caha Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The view from the summit looking North East
Easily Missed
by Fergalh  16 Oct 2020
Done as part of long circuit of valley including Knocknagarrane, Knockreagh, Coomnadiha, Caha Se Top, Caha Far Se Top, Droppa, Comeenhaun. There are many small tops in this area so not advisable to do on a bad weather day especially as there is a long and slippy descent off Comeenbaun . This was part of a long walk so should only be attempted in summer in my view although there may be another route to get here possibly. Linkback:
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A walk on the wild side
by Colin Murphy  30 Aug 2021
The Cahas tend to have a lot of remote, if rough, terrain, far from any hint of the modern world, which has given rise to the presence of a great deal of wildlife. On a recent 10-hour walk there I encountered several herds of wild goat, several families of deer, multiple rabbits and hares and a huge variety of birdlife. Linkback:
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