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Slieve Bloom Area   E: Capard Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 54 
Highest place:
Arderin, 527m
Maximum height for area: 527 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 420 metres,

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Baunreaghcong Mountain Bán Riabhach Cúng A name in Irish poss. Ir. Bán Riabhach Cúng [PDT], ‘narrow brindled pasture’ Laois County in Leinster Province, in Arderin List, Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone Bedrock

Height: 508.2m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 54 Grid Reference: N32653 03735
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Longitude: -7.513456, Latitude: 53.083518 , Easting: 232654, Northing: 203735 Prominence: 74m,  Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 632596 703768,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnrghc, 10 char: Bnrghcng
Bedrock type: Pale & red sandstone, grit & claystone, (Cadamstown Formation)

There is a townland named Baunreagh in the parish of Offerlane, located 4km to the W on the other side of The Cut. The name of this peak appears to consist of the same name with the addition of cúng, 'narrow'. The Irish form Bán Riabhach Conga is tentatively suggested at logainm.ie, but the basis for the final element conga is not clear. The River Barrow rises on the northern slopes of this hill and flows through Glenbarrow.   Baunreaghcong is the third highest mountain in the Slieve Bloom area and the 544th highest in Ireland. Baunreaghcong is the second most easterly summit in the Slieve Bloom area. Baunreaghcong is the second highest point in county Laois.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Baunreaghcong (<i>Bán Riabhach Cúng</i>) in area Slieve Bloom, Ireland
Picture: The 'summit' in winter.
 
A couple of possible approaches.
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  17 Jan 2022
There are a couple of possible approaches to this hill. One is to start from the carpark at N 306 023 starA near the stone Monicknew Bridge. Walk up a forest track to the north east, which takes you along the south east side of the Delour River. Follow the mountain track until you reach a gap in the forest (at around N 322 030 starB C) with open moorland to your left. There then follows a trudge of about 1km NE over uneven moorland. The summit was flat, and in winter quite swampy, as in picture.
A more interesting but much longer alternative is from the NE. There is a large car park at N364 065 starC The boardwalk begins here and runs SW for about 1km across an otherwise heather-coated landscape. The incline is gentle. The continuous boardwalk ends, but the route continues along a muddy track (very poor in wet conditions) and you may have to negotiate your way around several particularly bad patches. After 1km you will see the first of three marker cairns about 100m away to the left. After 2km you will see a second, much larger and sharply pointed cairn again to the left. At N348 047 starD you will reach the largest cairn - the substantial structure known as The Stoney Man. A narrow track leads away from this towards Capard's high point, which is an unmarked, elevated bump. From there it is a further 1.5km walk NW, dropping down to 420m at the col before ascending again. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/438/comment/5197/
 
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milo on Baunreaghcong, 2005
by milo  7 May 2005
Attained from the Glenbarrow car park (G.R.369 082) via the Ridge of Cappard this top seems to attain more significance. The first km or so follows the infant Barrow over slab rock and a qiye impressive falls. The waymarked arrows were left where they recrossed to the north bank and a track was followed to the ridge top at 350 metres just above the telecomms tower. Thence the ridge of Capard extends SW for about 2km The photo shows a curious cairn near the top of Carnahinch 483m. from where a forest edge can be followed to point 509. We made an abortive attempt to cross the Barrow headt oward Knockastumpa (too much dense spruce) and returned to the start on a forest track from about g.r.320 050 About a 4-hour walk with minimal risk of vertigo, but fine views over the midlands in all directions. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/438/comment/1687/
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Picture: Looking back to Carnahinch on the Ridge of Capard from the summit of Baunreaghcong
 
Harry Goodman on Baunreaghcong, 2009
by Harry Goodman  25 Sep 2009
I walked out to Baunreaghcong on 13 07 08 from a car park at MR N 36400 06450 starE along the Ridge of Cappard past the "Stoney Man" a large cairn marking the high point on the ridge of the Slieve Bloom Way, then over Carnahinch and out to Baunreaghcong. While on top of Baunreaghcong I considered comments on this top made by other contributors. In my view the MV map reference is correct. While there is another "tuft" some 200 metres SW with a small square shaped pool beside it I do not feel it is any higer than the MR for the spot height on the OSI map. I choose to return by the outward route rather than seek a path back through the forest as I found the walk along the ridge gave constant and changing views of the Wicklow Mountains, the Blackstairs, the Silvermines and beyond. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/438/comment/3234/
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madfrankie on Baunreaghcong, 2003
by madfrankie  6 May 2003
Baunreaghcong is one of those hills where you have to tramp around for 20 minutes before you satisfy yourself that you've set foot on the highest point. I reckon that a turfy knoll with a single squarish pool beside it is the spot. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/438/comment/478/
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simon3 on Baunreaghcong, 2002
by simon3  16 Nov 2002
Start from the carpark at N 306 023 starA which is near the fine stone Monicknew Bridge. Walk up a forest track to the north east of this, which takes you along the south east side of the Delour River. On the day that I did this, it was a frothing brown torrent. Follow the mountain track until you reach a gap in the forest (at around N 322 030 starB) with open moorland to your left. The summit was flat, like the other 500m summits in the Slieve Blooms so I include a picture of the thick peat with miniature waterfall that was evident at the point where you start onto the moorland to reach the summit. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/438/comment/222/
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murphysw on Baunreaghcong, 2007
by murphysw  3 May 2007
Climbed this today (3/5/07), in very pleasant sunny conditions. Parked at 'The Cut' carpark at N297045 starF. From here it was a very easy, pleasant, if somewhat monotonous tramp to the summit of Barna at N311040 starG, a 500m+ peak that isn't included on this list. Its summit is marked by a small mound with a stick stuck in it! From here its another easy walk across the slighly soggy col to the unadorned summit of Baunreaghcong, and I'm agreeing with madfrankie that the nondescript mound is the summit. There are nice views over the Ridge of Capard, though on the way back you have the aerials of Wolftrap Hill in view. Really easy going, though your feet can occasionally disappear in holes. I guess it could be a bit of a slog in the depths of Winter. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/438/comment/2681/
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