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Knockavoe Hill Tyrone County, in Local/Historical/Cultural List

Height: 296m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 12 Grid Reference: H37295 97591
Place visited by 11 members. Recently by: NICKY, dr_banuska, Glanman2, Harry Goodman, BigFly, AntrimRambler, Ulsterpooka, Garmin, sandman, Peter Walker, Aidy
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Longitude: -7.420545, Latitude: 54.824731 , Easting: 237295, Northing: 397591 Prominence: 60m,  Isolation: 4.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 637236 897580,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckv, 10 char: Knockavoe


Site of a Battle in 1522 between the O'Neills and the O'Donnells   Knockavoe is the 1164th highest place in Ireland. Knockavoe is the second most westerly summit in the Sperrin Mountains area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockavoe in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The trig pillar with added cross
 
Short walk to the trig pillar
Short Summary created by Aidy,  4 Oct 2015
The top can be easily accessed from the Evish Road on the southern slopes from H 37403 97064 A. I sought and was given permission to cross the fields at the nearby house. The summit is around H 37297 97597 B and is marked by a trig pillar which has had a metal cross cemented on top. Only 5 minutes from the road. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1498/comment/18346/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockavoe in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking down on Strabane with the Bluestack Mtns beyond
How not to approach
by dr_banuska  10 Jul 2017
This is more of a 'you could do it this way but I wouldn't advise it' comment. Knockavoe is a wee hill I'd wanted to bag for years, often seeing photos of its metallic cross-topped trig pillar online. I got the chance recently when returning from Donegal. Out of a few different options for approaching it, I started from the NW, using a good track leaving the Curlyhill Road at H368984 C, and parking downhill a little to the west. This track started off promising, with excellent views northwest across the wide and winding River Foyle to Donegal, but it eventually reaches a dead end at a low hedge. Reaching the summit was thereafter cumbersome, with a few awkward fences to navigate (being a few inches taller would've helped) and it didn't feel like a route that's walked much or encouraged.

I finally reached a gate leading into a field with the trig pillar and the views didn't disappoint, though they were largely familiar from bagging nearby hills such as Owenreagh. Strabane was spread out below, with its twin town of Lifford across Foyle Bridge. The Bluestacks were prominent beyond, with the Derryveaghs visible northwest. The high Sperrins aren't best appreciated from this angle, appearing as a jumble of rounded hills. It was easier to pick out more outlying peaks such as Bessy Bell to the south. Strabane Transmitting Station, apparently Ireland's tallest structure, could be seen a short distance away to the SE on Koram Hill (I stopped there on my way home via Plumbridge and an info panel gives some history). I descended via the obvious track leading SW towards Evish Road, which would seem to be the most direct route up the hill. However, when the track split, I stayed right and followed the longer track which eventually comes out on the narrow north-south road to the west of Knockavoe, closer to my start point, at H360974 D. This passes close to the back of a house at the very bottom but I didn't have any issues.

So in short, don't go up the way I did. My descent was much easier, if you can find parking on the narrow road, but the easiest route seemingly is via the short track from the Evish Road. This is next to a house though so it might be worth asking there in advance. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1498/comment/19600/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockavoe in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking east to the Sperrins.
 
Great Viewing Platform
by Aidy  4 Oct 2015
I went to the top of this hill on the same day as several others, as from the Evish Road on its southern slopes, it is only 500 metres or so to the top across easy ground. There is a trig pillar at the top with a hole in the side where the flush bracket has been removed, and the top bracket has probably been removed too. In its place a metal cross has been cemented into position. Views from the top are expansive. Immediately below on the west, you have a birds eye view down over Strabane. North there are views along the Foyle and the rolling countryside on its banks. South and east are the rest of the Sperrins. Well worth the visit. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1498/comment/18347/
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