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Sperrin Mountains Area , W: Strabane Subarea
Feature count in area: 64, by county: Derry: 34, Tyrone: 39, of which 9 are in both Derry and Tyrone, OSI/LPS Maps: 12, 13, 6, 7, 8
Highest Place: Sawel 678m

Starting Places (21) in area Sperrin Mountains:
Altinure Road, Banagher Glen Nature Reserve, Barnes Gap Car Park, Crocknakin, Drumnaspar Picnic CP, Glenchiel Road, Glenedra Bridge, Glenelly Road, Parkreagh, Goles Road, Lough Ouske, Moneyneany Village, Moydamlaght Forest, Moydamlaght Road, Mullaghmore, Mullaghbane, Spaltindoagh, Sperrin Hamlet, Sperrin Heritage Centre, Sperrin Heritage Centre W, Sperrin Road, Barnes Top, Sperrin Road, Glashagh Bridge, Sperrin Road, Sperrin

Summits & other features in area Sperrin Mountains:
E: Magherafelt Hills: Slieve Gallion NE Top 493.6m
E: Magherafelt Hills: Slieve Gallion 526.6m
N: Claudy Hills: Crockdooish 321m, Curradrolan Hill 270m, Eglish 277m, Letterlogher 249m, Mullaghmeash Hill 244m, Slieveboy 259m, Straid Hill 303m
NE Cen: Glenelly North East: Barnes Top 456m, Craigagh Hill 460m, Crockbrack 526.1m, Knockanbane Mountain 441m, Meenard Mountain 620m, Meenard Mtn W Top 480m, Mullaghaneany 627m, Mullaghash 480m, Mullaghsallagh 485m, Oughtmore 569m, Spelhoagh 568m
NE: Glenshane North: Benbradagh 465m, Boviel Top 454m, Carn Hill 448m, Carntogher 464m, Moneyoran Hill 414m
NE: Glenshane South: Bohilbreaga 478m, Coolnasillagh Mountain 423m, Corick Mountain 430m, Crockalougha 407m, Mullaghmore 550m, White Mountain 537m
NW Cen: Glenelly North West: Dart Mountain 619m, Dart Mountain North-West Top 525m, Learmount Mountain 489m, Learmount Mountain South Top 492m, Mullaghasturrakeen 581m, Mullaghcarbatagh 517m, Mullaghclogha 635m, Mullaghclogher 572m, Mullaghdoo 568m, Sawel 678m
NW: Maheramason Hills: Clondermot Hill 220m, Gortmonly Hill 218m, Slievekirk 370m
SE Cen: Glenelly South East: Carnanelly 562m, Carnanelly West Top 503.4m, Mullaghbane 467m, Mullaghturk 416m
SE: Cookstown Hills: Cregganconroe 300m, Fir Mountain 362m, Oughtmore 382m
SW Cen: Glenelly South West: Clogherny Top 408m, Craignamaddy 385m, Crocknamoghil 335m, Mullaghbolig 442m, Spaltindoagh 420m
SW: Mullaghcarn: Curraghchosaly Mountain 416m, Mullaghcarn 542m, Mullaghcarn South Top 525m
SW: Newtownstewart Hills: Bessy Bell 420m, Mullaghcroy 242m
W: Strabane: Balix Hill 403m, Knockavoe 296m, Owenreagh Hill 400m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Knockavoe, 296m Hill
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, Tyrone County in Ulster province, in Local/Historical/Cultural Lists, Knockavoe is the 1173th highest place in Ireland. Knockavoe is the second most westerly summit in the Sperrin Mountains area.
Grid Reference H37295 97591, OS 1:50k mapsheet 12
Place visited by: 24 members, recently by: ronanmckee, eflanaga, Claybird007, dino, Hoverla, trostanite, pmeldrum, wintersmick, dregish, eamonoc, killyman1, Fergalh, eejaymm, NICKY, dr_banuska
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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

Notes on name: Site of a Battle in 1522 between the O'Neills and the O'Donnells
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckv, 10 char: Knockavoe

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Summary for Knockavoe : Short walk to the trig pillar
Summary created by Aidy 2015-10-04 09:39:32
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Picture: The trig pillar with added cross
The top can be easily accessed from the Evish Road on the southern slopes from A (H37403 97064). I sought and was given permission to cross the fields at the nearby house. The summit is around B (H37297 97597) and is marked by a trig pillar which has had a metal cross cemented on top. Only 5 minutes from the road.
Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1498/comment/18346/
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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 C (H368 984), 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 D (H360 974). 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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1498/comment/19600/
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Shorter than Normal
by dino 6 Oct 2021
This is a hill I'm very familiar with and have climbed a few times. It's one of the nearest 50 to me so I've decided to climb them all of them even if I've done them before. I'd planned to combine it today with Owenreagh Hill and Ballix Hill.

Normally I park on the Evish Road, walk to Point D and follow the lane to the top. I couldn't park on the way up the hill and curiosity got the better of me so I drove on up the road before turning and parking at a lane SW of the summit. This joins the other lane before turning for the summit. The lane is fenced off from the fields but I couldn't help feeling that I was on private property.

The summit was reached within 10min and a 700m walk. The final approach to the trigpoint involves climbing a gate. The metal cross has been removed since my last visit and despite missing the spider and ID plate the pillar looks much better for its removal.

Views from the top were excellent in advance of the incoming rain and the descent is really enjoyable with fantastic views over Strabane and Donegal.

If you want a loop you could start at D and return via the lane I used and finish by descending on Evish Road to where you parked the car.

Video of the summit view: https://youtu.be/CUxwiCHRz-0
Blog post of my visit: https://idlecyclist.wordpress.com/2021/10/06/talking-and-hiking/ Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1498/comment/23299/
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Picture: Looking east to the Sperrins.
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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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1498/comment/18347/
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