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Twelve Bens Area   SE: Glencoaghan Loop Subarea
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Bencorrbeg Mountain Binn an Choire Bhig A name in Irish, also Binn Charrach an extra EastWest name in Irish (Ir. Binn an Choire Bhig [], 'peak of the little corrie') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 577m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L81650 53297
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Longitude: -9.784938, Latitude: 53.516483 , Easting: 81650, Northing: 253297 Prominence: 42m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 481626 753316,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bncrbg, 10 char: Bencorrbeg
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

The Carrot Ridge (Meacan Buí) is an obvious nose of rock rising from Gleninagh towards Bencorrbeg. It is graded diff. and is 275m long. Tim Robinson's remark that the English name is a mistranslation is, uncharacteristically, off the mark. In fact it is a climber's name rather than a local name. It was named the Carrot Ridge by Joss Lynam and Liam Ó Réagain who believed they were completing the first ascent in the 1949. (In fact, they later learned that some Cambridge students had already climbed it in 1933.) Joss asked Liam what the Irish for carrot was, and Liam replied meacan buí. This is a perfectly good translation for the Eng. word 'carrot' and is listed in Dinneen's Dictionary.   Binn an Choire Bhig is the 345th highest place in Ireland. Binn an Choire Bhig is the most easterly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Bencorrbeg (<i>Binn an Choire Bhig</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Bencorrbeg from the east across Lough Inagh.
Shapely outlier, serious scrambling.
Short Summary created by simon3, Onzy  21 May 2019
Bencorbeg dominates views from the mouth of the Gleninagh Valley. Although only 577m, the full extent of this height is seen when the mountain is viewed from north or east, as the mountain plunges steeply almost to sea level in both directions.

Bencorbeg will be typically approached as part of a longer circuit, either from the north as the first hill in the circuit or from Binn an tSaighdiura to the west as the last. Possible circuits include; a complete round of the Gleninagh Valey, taking in Knockpasheemore, Benbaun and the ridge from Bencollaghduff to Bencorbeg, a close to 7 hour undertaking; or a half circuit of the valley, descending from or ascending to the Maumina col and taking in Bencollaghduff, Binn an tSaighdiura and Bencorbeg, about 5 hours. Both of these circuits can be done clockwise or anti-clockwise. Note however, that the descent north off Bencorbeg is very steep and challenging. It is possible but is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it likely to be safe in bad conditions. If in doubt pick a clockwise route, and ascend rather than descend Bencorbeg. If you are descending then it may be safer to down the convex slope north of Binn an tSaighdiúra which is a sort of scree slope mostly stabilised by vegetation.

From the north, you can start near L81600 55500 starA. 2019 Note: the owners of the land DO NOT want you to park on this access road though they are happy to allow hillwalking so find somewhere else to park. From there make your way south, over boggy ground initially and as you rise, through crags and outcrops and over rock. You will need to use your hands occasionally – take care with loose rock. The ascent should take about an hour and a half.

There is also southern access from a public carpark at L84545 49918 starB. This direction is scenic though adds substantially to the distance. Linkback: Picture about mountain Bencorrbeg (<i>Binn an Choire Bhig</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Bencorrbeg from the west
Descending the north face
by wicklore  17 Aug 2013
I had wanted to climb Bencorrbeg for some time as the final summit of a Bencollaghduff/Binn an tSaighdiúra/Bencorrbeg trio. These summits had eluded me on two previous outings – once because I ran out of time and once because when I reached Maumina col from the sheltered Gleninagh Valley I was nearly blown over by strong winds and had to abandon the walk

I had spent some time reading the comments of others about these summits – in particular I wanted to know if I could complete a circuit that involved descending Bencorrbeg to bring me back to the farmhouse at L81600 55500 starA. (The family here are always willing to let folk park in their yard and if you walk alone like me it’s a good idea to ‘check in’ and ‘check out’ with them – on this occasion the lady of the house told me she had begun looking out for me as it was past 7pm). Reading previous posts by Captain Vertigo, csd, aidand & smcbr I realised that such a descent would require care & some light scrambling.

So it was that I parked at the farmhouse and set off just after noon. There is a track that leads for 3.5kms from the farm right up to Maumina col, and this long gradual climb warms up the muscles nicely. A steady breeze in the valley had me concerned that I might be thwarted by stronger winds further up, but when I finally hauled up onto the shoulder of Bencollaghduff I was relieved to find that it was relatively calm. Not being much of one for scrambling I found the final approach to Bencollaghduff a little awkward but it was manageable. A steady descent brought me to col below the Bencorr/ Binn an tSaighdiúra ridge. From Bencollaghduff the climb up to the ridge looked imposing but I could see scree tracks winding their way up, carved out by countless boots. With a touch of the old ‘one step forward, two steps back’ as well as some light scrambling I made it up to the ridge. (by light I mean having to use hands to pull myself up a few times but only one rock at a time and not ‘climbing’)

After Binn an tSaighdiúra it is a small haul of 50m up to the summit of Bencorrbeg. However the full 581m of Bencorrbeg’s height falls away to the north to where I was parked. It was with trepidation that I began the descent north. I decided to go as slow as possible as I had 3.5 hours of good light left at 5:30pm. It took me 2 hours of slow descent that involved several sections of light scrambling – on one occasion I took off my rucksack and dropped it down ahead of me a couple of metres. For the most part it was steep rock and stones that could be walked with care. As I descended, the steep slope turned to wet bog and grass interspersed with stone that created its own challenge. Later, as I drove away along Gleninagh Valley and glanced across at Bencorrbeg, I marvelled that I had really descended that slope. But of course such slopes always look more impressive when viewed head on, and the reality is that an experienced walker will manage it if they use common sense. Linkback:
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Picture: Derryclare,BenCorr,BenCorrBeg
CaptainVertigo on Bencorrbeg, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  19 Mar 2005
I spent a thoroughly enjoyable August day (2003) in the company of my wife's brother in law and our four teenage children ascending Derryclare, walking along the ridge to BenCorr and finally coming down off BenCorrBeg. A comic prelude was the fact that we spent the "night before" in flimsy tents in the forest at Derryclare's base. The early part of the evening involved all six of us being feasted upon by the point where we lit a fire, piled on green grass, and stood in the smoke. Our tent seemed to float on a mossy bed and I lay awake all night long, damp and uncomfortable. I learned that my eldest son snores in the normal way while his brother does so from his derriere! It was a great relief to get up and begin the climb. Unfortunately, the cousins were made up of hares and tortoises and it was difficult to kept the platoon together. But the views from Derryclare were stunning and peace broke out and we relished the ridge walking, and the moonscape vistas. A WORD OF WARNING !! We were badly caught out on the descent of BenCorrBeg. We found ourselves half way down a very steep aspect with what looked like a cliff below us. We eventually managed to move across to a safer slope and I was greatly relieved to get all down safely. I really thought we were in serious difficulties. We had checked out our proposed descent the evening before but that didn't save us. I have always believed that "coming down" is far more dangerous than "going up". Take care folks. Linkback:
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pdtempan on Bencorrbeg, 2003
by pdtempan  23 Oct 2003
A view of Binn Choire Bhig from Gleninagh. The Carrot Ridge is visible as the steep sliver of rock in the centre of the picture that appears whiter than the rest of the mountain. Linkback:
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Picture: Summit cairn of Bencorr, with Binn an tSaighdura and the two Bin Corrs behind.
csd on Bencorrbeg, 2006
by csd  6 Nov 2006
Bencorrbeg was the first stop on our Gleninagh horseshoe. We parked at an abandoned house on the laneway that leads off the R344 at the 25 metre spot height marked on the Harvey map, then followed the lane into the valley towards the point marked Stone Row. Crossing the river at L 816 550 starC, we headed directly south towards Bencorrbeg.
The northern approach to the summit is steep but manageable, with some gentle scrambling as you near the summit. Magnificent views await, as well as a nice sheltered area near the cairn, which makes a nice spot for lunch.
Next stop on the horseshoe route was Binn an tSaighdura. Linkback:
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aidand on Bencorrbeg, 2008
by aidand  13 Oct 2008
We did the Gleninagh Circuit on a fine October day. We finished with Binncorrbeg and descended down the north side to the valley below. In good weather it was okay but time consuming at the end of a long day. David Herman suggests the circuit should take 6.25 hours, it took us 8.5. Definitely a route for a fine summers day when you won't be under time pressure. Views are excellent, route is well worth doing but make sure you have no inexperienced/unfit people with you. Avoid in bad weather - the route finding will be very tricky and you will miss the wonderful views. Linkback:
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