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Knocklaur Mountain Cnoc Láir A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Cnoc Láir [PDT], 'middle hill') Galway/ Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 518m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 38 Grid Reference: L93561 63112
Place visited by 101 members. Recently by: OisinD, upper, No1Grumbler, rayw, Haulie, Wes, Tran, eoghancarton, Grumbler, abcd, derkelly274, briankelly, Roswayman, FrankMc1964, Jimmy600leavey
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Longitude: -9.609229, Latitude: 53.607378 , Easting: 93561, Northing: 263112 Prominence: 43m,  Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 493506 763152,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kncklr, 10 char: Knocklaur
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

The name Knocklaur is marked about 1 km E of this peak on the Discovery map. As there is no summit at this point, it is not clear exactly which hill the name applies to.   Knocklaur is the 507th highest place in Ireland.

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A dramatic location .. by group   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
Best view of the Devil .. by wicklore   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
Knocklaur is an impressive spur pushing north in .. by simon3   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir)) Picture about mountain Knocklaur (<i>Cnoc Láir</i>) in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
First top on a Devilsmother Horseshoe
by fingalscave  27 Feb 2012
Mindful of Wicklore’s cautions of an ascent from the north and Simon3’s almost interdiction of a descent in this direction, I approached the northern spur of Knocklaur prepared if neccessary to walk around it’s base in order to find an ascent route, a line of attack so to speak.

I parked at L935 656 E, Glennacally Bridge. This is some 8km NW of Leenaun on the N59. Going through the gate directly south of the parking area, I followed the east bank of the Glennacally river. The first sections encountered here cut right through the rock forming some dramatic channels, not what you’d expect from the map. After about 1km, the river is joined by a branch from the left, the Glenfree. This was shallow when I was there and it was easy to cross. Knocklaur’s northern spur loomed large straight ahead as I continued heading south, following fairly close to the left bank of the river. After another 1km, I crossed the river just after a ridge on the opposite bank, a section of moraine perhaps? I could see an obvious green ramp heading diagonally up the incline from the left (east) side of Knocklaur’s northern spur and up to it’s central spine. The ramp starts around L93838 63581 F and ends on the spine at L93486 63545 G. This ramp is steep but is very do-able.

About halfway up the ramp I veered left, weaving through some rocky sections and going more directly up the slope, hands required. When I reached the spine, interested to see whether I should have stayed on my original course, I descended down towards the point where the ramp would have arrived. I didn’t go all the way down, but I don’t think there was any obstacle further down, so staying on the ramp would probably be an easier route up.

Once on the spine, it’s just a matter of some fairly easy scrambling up to Knocklaur summit.

The clouds hovered around the 500m mark, so while I could see down to the cols - the western one towards Devilsmother being a particularily steep descent - Devilsmother itself, the next peak on the route, remained hidden.

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Approaches from the North and East .. by Onzy   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
Up the northern spur .. by markmjcampion   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
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