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Knockmealdown Mountains Area   Cen: Central Knockmealdowns Subarea
Place count in area: 17, OSI/LPS Maps: 74, 82 
Highest place:
Knockmealdown, 792.4m
Maximum height for area: 792.4 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 682.7 metres,

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Knockmealdown Mountain Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc Mhaoldomhnaigh [OSI], 'hill of Maoldomhnach') County Highpoint of Waterford and in Tipperary/ Waterford Counties in Munster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Medium grained pink-purple sandstone Bedrock

Height: 792.4m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 74 Grid Reference: S05797 08410
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Longitude: -7.915891, Latitude: 52.227902 , Easting: 205798, Northing: 108411 Prominence: 682.74m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 605745 608465,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckml, 10 char: Knckmldwn
Bedrock type: Medium grained pink-purple sandstone, (Knockmealdown Sandstone Formation)

Knockmealdown gives its name to the range as a whole, but the earlier name for these hills, along with the lower hill country to the east, is Sliabh gCua. There is a traditional air entitled Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile, meaning 'bright Sliabh gCua of the festival'. The name Maoldomhnach means ‘devotee of the church’. The surnames derived from this are Ó Maoldomhnaigh (anglicised Muldowney) and its variant Ó Maoldhomhnaigh (anglicised Moloney). Moloney is still a common surname in the vicinity. Some sources translate the name as Cnoc Maol Donn, 'bare round hill', but this is a poor attempt to interpret the name only on the basis of the modern anglicised form. The form Knockmealdowny, recorded in the Civil Survey in 1654, shows that was clearly an additional syllable.   Knockmealdown is the highest mountain in the Knockmealdown Mountains area and the 48th highest in Ireland. Knockmealdown is the second highest point in county Waterford.

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Nice straightforward walk, great rewarding views
by droginexile  25 Jan 2015
We started here at the Bianconi huts where there is a large car park and followed that wall all the way up the Sugarloaf and on around to Knockmealdown, following the wall all the way. Very simple walk, about 3-3.5 hours all around. Very cold at the summit so short lunch but the views all the way along were stunning aand getting a county top in as well. Highly recommended walk Linkback:
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Splendid Isolation
by Kennyj  26 Sep 2015
Climbed Knockmealdown today,parking at the car park above bay lough near the Vee just after two stone buildings,one either side of the road,the one on the left has a statue of Our Lady beside it.Crossing the road and heading NE up a rough stony track beside the county boundary wall all the way to the summit of Sugarloaf hill.I found this to be a steep energy sapping climb over loose rock and certainly got the heart pumping.From here the going was easier,down off sugarloaf following the boundary wall SE and up two gentle climbs before making the ascent on Knockmealdown itself.Super views NW to the Galtees and back towards the Comeraghs.On the way back I crossed over to Knockmoylan marked as spot height 768 before descending to the col below sugarloaf,not wishing to tackle the steep descent over loose rock from Sugarloaf I picked up a track heading downhill SW which brought me out onto the road at Glentaunemon bridge and a short walk back along the road to the car.Time taken 2 hrs 41 mins,distance 9.36 km,ascent 710m,descent 740 m. Linkback:
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My nearest CHP
by paddyobpc  23 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 01 Aug 2015. I have had many walks to Knockmealdown previously, with various start points, Baylough Car Park, The Vee, even from home in Gurtacullen in the shadow of the Vee at one time. I completed the Knockmealdown crossing organised by Peaks MC from Goatenbridge to Ballyporeen in 2015 also.The possibilities are endless for this mountain range but you will always be happy with the views on whatever route you choose. This time we parked at the Duckpond at Kildanogue between Goatenbridge and Clogheen and set out for Knockmealdown. Dillon(dillonkdy) was with me again and the plan was to take in another County High Point. We went up the side of Knockmoylan and over to the trig on Knockmealdown returning via the side of Sugarloaf Hill onto part of the Tipperary Heritage Way to the Duckpond. It was a lovely summer day and while we spent 4 hours walking we didn’t notice the time going.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website ( to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Linkback:
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jackill on Knockmealdown, 2004
by jackill  6 Sep 2004
Knockmealdown from the Mount Mellary/Lismore road junction. There is a hard to find track once you cross the ditch at the signpost - in general keep to the green areas by the stream for as long as you can. Otherwise its a fairly tough slog through knee high heather and ferns Linkback:
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LiamD2005 on Knockmealdown, 2010
by LiamD2005  28 Mar 2010
We started the walk at the first car park after "The Vee". There is a steep trail here that leads to the top of Sugarloaf hill.
From here you can follow the trail along a ridge between the Sugarloaf and knockmealdown itself. Nice views of Lough Moylan below. Another deceptively steep walk up to the top of knockmealdown then.
On the way down we followed the trail beside Glenanderee stream to the main road (R669) and walked back to the car from there. The entire walk took 4 hours and I would easily recommend it as a reasonably challenging walk.
Beware the cliff at the summit of Knockmealdown. Its doesn't look nearly as dangerous on any map!! Linkback:
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buny clare on Knockmealdown, 2006
by buny clare  8 Mar 2006
Went over to the Knockmealdowns on Saturday last March 04th ,06 . Started from Glentanagree
car park 039 084 A, Good firm conditions with excellent views , even to the sea. Reached summit of Knockmealdown 057 090 B and walked over the ridge to Sugar loaf, (the ridge is a pleasant stop for a cup, i was sheltered from the cold northerly. Nothing much to report that has'nt already been covered., except my comments under motley views. coming down i followed the county boundary line , found a track at 037 104 C which brought me down to the road at car park 033 099 D. Walked back to the car on the main road r669 Linkback:
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