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Mourne Mountains Area   E: Donard Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Chimney Rock Mountain Mountain Sliabh an Aoire A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh an Aoire (?) [PNNI], 'mountain of the shepherd') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 656m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J36408 25721
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Longitude: -5.912485, Latitude: 54.162373 , Easting: 336408, Northing: 325721 Prominence: 131m,  Isolation: 1.4km
ITM: 736323 825723,   GPS IDs, 6 char: ChmnRc, 10 char: ChmnyRckMn
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Granite was quarried on the northern slopes of this mountain. Mourne granite is typically grey and of high quality. Vast quantities used to be exported for construction. The streets and docks of Liverpool were built of Mourne granite.   Chimney Rock Mountain is the 184th highest place in Ireland.

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convert on Chimney Rock Mountain, 2007
by convert  21 Jun 2007
Normally in the hot summer months I head for Donegal and only have the pleasure of the Mournes during the 'off' season. However after the deluges last week, I decided to stay at home and keep the lake in what use to be a lawn at bay from my living room. Having succesfully won that battle I decided to head for the hills on Sunday.
Where could I go that wouldn't be awash underfoot or with summer people? I'd heard the previous week in the sunshine that Commedagh was busier than Tecoes on a bank holiday.
I thought I'd try Chimney Rock from Round/Long Seefin for a change and try to find the bomber's remains ,(American WW2 plane, not Bleck Cra's Binnian).
My heart started to sink when I saw the number of cars at Bloody Bridge, but was pleasantly suprised by the lack of vehicular activity at Head Road. So off we set, warm nearly hot, but threatening black clouds and a heavy mist hiding Binnian, Lamagan and worst of all Chimney Rock. However we stuck to the plan and went up Round Seefin, Long Seefin, over the stile at Rocky, across the Spence's river and up to the top. Our timing was perfect, the cloud rolled clear off the peak and even allowed us glimpses of Donard and Commedagh, but no signs of any plane debris,where is it?
After enjoying the wonderful torrs and the fabulous views Chimney Rock enjoys, today to the east stunningly blue calm Irish sea and to the rest, building armies of darkening clouds slowly taking control of the peaks, we headed back via Blaeberry, and Spences and across the river again towards Round Seefin. A pleasant and not very strenuous circular route of about 4 hours, somehow we stayed dry and only met 2 other souls all day. Also, if like my wife you like to claim hills and peaks as mountain prizes, she claimed she climbed 5 that day!
But where oh where is the plane's debris, 3 times I've been up here and still no sign, can anyone give me a map reference or even something a little less obvious, please? Linkback:
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Picture: Chimney Rock from Bloody Bridge River
Bloody Bridge
by dmcdevitt  16 Oct 2011
Agree with Wicklore's summary for Chimney Rock Mountain, Parked at Bloody Bridge, Great Car Park for this walk as it has WC before you start, Headed up the track along Bloody Bridge river, Crossed it the river a new wooden Bridge, walk for another 1km and decided that it would be a good idea to access Chimney Rock via Carr's face, Big mistake, Should of access this mountain from Slievenagarragh ridge, look at the photo enclosed as Carr's face lives up to it name, its a sleep incline with lots of large boulders and scree, took ages getting pass this obstacle and its not for the novice walker, Once at the top, returned back via Mourne wall and Bog of Donard and back down the bloody bridge path, It looks like that this route is used quite a bit to access Slieve Donard as the path has suffered a lot of walker damage recently. Linkback:
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cstrain on Chimney Rock Mountain, 2006
by cstrain  8 May 2006
Sunday 7.5.06
Climbed to the top of Chimney Rock today in Glorious sunshine.
Started at Donard car park and followed the Glen river track. Out into open hillside with forest on right. I deviated from the "Traditional route" once I arrived at a break in the trees. Pretty steep rise but grassy underfoot . Once out of the trees through a gap in the fence I arrived at the summit of Commedagh via a lower summit and ridge past steep gullies to the left. This route is up over open grassland and Heather and is a lot softer underfoot compared to all the boulders and granite steps that have to be negotiated on the usual route. Will try this route on the way down in the future. Followed the wall down to the stile at the Commedagh / Donard Col and then took the Brandy Pad round to the Stile at the Bloody Bridge approach. Followed wall keeping to the left hand side towards Chimney Rock. Veer away from the wall towards the summit once tracks in the Heather become visible. If you try to be smart as I did and veer off too soon across the flat Bog Heather you will end up "scratching your head" in a maze of marshy channels and pools. I initially had to retrace my steps back to the wall.
Once at the top I had lunch and investigated the rocky outcrops.
This is an interesting little mountain for minimal effort with lovely views all round. Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Chimney Rock Mountain, 2004
by Bleck Cra  28 Sep 2004
The Bloody Awful Bridge Newcastle County Down. What a miserable trail, yet so beloved of woggle maesters and their wards: who knows why, other than to strengthen the strong and weaken the weak. Any aspirant actually enjoying this purgatory, must turn into a successful accountant.

What is it makes the Bloody Awful Bridge track hum as bad as yesterday’s Bridgedales ?
First you have to have knees on titanium joints to accommodate the boulders; next a clutch like a Harley Davidson to change terrain and incline at a moment’s notice; and lastly the patience of Job to suffer the desperate boredom.

This torpor is interrupted only briefly by Carr’s Face quarry on Chimney Rock, impassive, perpendicular and 500’ off the ground. A small gauge railway ascends from earth to heaven to service it. What an appalling life these critters must have had and how many went into their thin boxes, limbs all rerouted ?

The thing about the Bloody Bridge track is the reward - and this is the most dramatic and splendid snapshot of what the Mournes are all about. West of the Annalong Valley; the 4 tops Brandy Pad to Carrick Little with massive Binnian, enormous Lamagan, frightening and dangerous Cove and Beg - yet all and always diminished by the Bloody Awful Bridge track itself.

Why so called ? Around sixteen canteen, a pack of Prod prisoners were being driven to Downpatrick to be exchanged for some other poor unfortunates: things were simple in these days. On information that the latter had already been topped, the Billys got chopped up and bucked into the Midpace river running under Bloody Bridge, etc, etc.
Actually I think they were given the choice of descending the track or throwing themselves in the river. None survived. Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Chimney Rock Mountain, 2005
by Bleck Cra  27 Jan 2005
Ah janerobbie and you back …….. fabulous piece (sic); and sure men and women - are we all not mesmerised by that heady cocktail of light and flame?
Not to be too precious (but a little), some kind of unresolved grief pervades this whole area from Chimney to Spence’s wherein the same kelpie persists in trying to drown me in any case. Do you know anything else about this patch esp including from the little quarry workings and East?
Incidentally, another outlet of this American scrapyard thrives “doon hame” in the Galloway Hills where you’re as like to come upon a deer, an adder, a buzzard and a Zippo lighter. Linkback:
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CHimney Rock climb
by hbowman  18 Apr 2010
Climbed Chimney Rock Mountain yesterday in fairly good conditions - a good walk. Started off from Carrick Little and headed towards Hares Castle keeping Annalong Forest to our right. After a bit of a scramble up to Hares Castle, very fine views opened up of the Annalong Valley. Thereafter we headed toward Chimney Rock. At the summit excellent views opened up of Donard, Commedagh, the Castles, Beg, Cove, Lamagan and Rocky Mountain. In the background Bernagh and Slieveloughshannagh could be seen. On descent we headed toward Spences Mountain and Long Seefin before returning to Carrick Little. The whole walk was just over 10 miles and took approx 6 hours, but one which I would recommend Linkback:
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