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

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Pigeon Rock Mountain Mountain Droim Lao A name in Irish (Ir. Droim Lao [PNNI], 'ridge of the calf') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 534m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J26132 25030
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Longitude: -6.06993, Latitude: 54.158818 , Easting: 326132, Northing: 325030 Prominence: 139m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 726053 825035,   GPS IDs, 6 char: PgnRck, 10 char: PgnRckMntn
Bedrock type: Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate, (Deep marine turbidite sequence)

The Irish and English names are unrelated. Pigeon Rock is a crag overlooking the road from Kilkeel to Hilltown.   Pigeon Rock Mountain is the 463rd highest place in Ireland.

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Short Summary created by gerrym  1 Jun 2010
One of the more accessible hills in the Mournes, with fairly gentle gradients characterising most of the approaches. There are a couple of car parks at the foot of the hill on the Slievenman Road (271253 starA and 270234 starB), limiting any walk in – can be done in under a half hour.

For longer approachs try Sandbank Road 233278 starC, with excellent parking and approach along the Rocky River or Spelga Dam carpark 267277 starD. From the south Attical Community Centre (J2633120593 starE) provides parking and routes along Sandy Brae or Island Road.

There are two tops of equal height, both maked by a cairn. Batts Wall provides a guide across the northern top from east to west in poor visibility, turning sharply south then west. A number of pools of water mark the top. Some quarrying has taken place on the eastern flanks and is worth exploring.

As one of the most westerly tops in the Mournes the views on a clear day reach north to the Belfast and Antrim Hills and the Scottish coast, northwest to Lough Neagh and the Sperrins, west to the Cooley Mtns and south to the Wicklow Mtns. More immediate views over Spelga reservoir are captivating enough though.

Despite its easy access the hill can be surprisingly quiet. It is a fantastic location for taking in other tops – a round of Spelga with Cock, Butter, Ott, Carn and Muck or join with Eagle and Slievemoughanmore to make a great circuit of the Pigeon Rock River.
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Picture: Hen mountain from Rockyriver track
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by darrenf  22 Sep 2010
We approached Pigeon Rock from Hen and Cock, refer to same for start of route. From cock mountain we headed for the plateau between cock and pigeon which feeds into the Spelga Dam. We had read so many comments about how boggy this area was, but thankfully on our visit we were lucky. On descent from cock we headed almost due south in an effort to pick up the small spur jutting out from Pigeon, and to avoid most of the boggy terrain. It seemed to pay off as before long we arrived at a well trodden but somewhat dry path which took us almost to the top of Pigeon.

Pigeon Rock seemed to go on forever without sight of the summit cairn but we stumbled on Batts Wall and in turn the summit cairn, which appears to be a growth from the corner angle of Batts Wall. After a quick lunch we stuck with Batts Wall and discoverd numerous small pools of water dotted along it, each with many dragonflies and toads. Navigation is striaght forward, and sticking with Batts Wall as it turns sharply at another angle you begin the descent to the coll between Pigeon and Slievemoughanmore. At the stile we stayed on the right hand side of the Rowan Tree River as it snaked downhill and brought us right onto the Rockyriver track, which we simply followed right back to the car. A very enjoyable short step-out with a total distance of just over 11km. The picture below of the tors on hen mountain were taken as the weather lifted along the Rockyriver track. Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2004
by Bleck Cra  31 Dec 2004
You see the strangest things in the hills. Happy Christmas and a Great New Year. Linkback:
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mneary34 on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2004
by mneary34  8 Nov 2004
We met the Mountain Rescue Dog Team out training in November '04 as we crossed the road between Slieve Muck and Pigeon Rock Mountain in difficult weather conditions with low cloud much about and the cloud base at less than 400 metres. Their enthusiasm is amazing and should be greatly admired. Navigation to the summit is just a matter of following the friendly wall. Linkback:
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Picture: Pigeon Rock from NW
MadFrankie on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2005
by MadFrankie  30 Mar 2005
No pigeons and not too many rocks. A soggy mound that wouldn't be out of place in Wicklow. The approach from Cock is relatively gentle, but up on the mist-shrouded summit I bumbled around a bit looking for a summit until Batts Wall loomed into view. The unmarked summit seems to be a short distance from the angle of the wall, so you can pick your own 'highest' clump of ground. Linkback:
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Picture: Spelga from Pigeon Rock
mneary34 on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2005
by mneary34  2 Oct 2005
Pigeon Rock Mountain is somewhat featureless at the top but it does provide the corridor along the wall to Slievemoughanmore, Eagle Mountain and Shanlieve. It also has the redeeming factor of a great aspect over Spelga Reservoir as shown in the photo. Linkback:
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