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Derryveagh Mountains Area   Cen: Glenveagh Upper Subarea
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Crockfadda Hill An Cnoc Fada A name in Irish (Ir. An Cnoc Fada [OSI], 'the long hill') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Coarse biotite granite & granodiorite Bedrock

Height: 485m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 1 Grid Reference: B94982 16435
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Longitude: -8.079188, Latitude: 54.995356 , Easting: 194982, Northing: 416435 Prominence: 110m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 594932 916420,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crc485, 10 char: Crockfa485
Bedrock type: Coarse biotite granite & granodiorite, (Main Donegal Granite)

Note that there is another hill of this name between Slieve Snaght and Crocknasharragh.   An Cnoc Fada is the 613th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Crockfadda (<i>An Cnoc Fada</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Summit cairn
Fairly straightforward ascent of ordinary hill.
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  18 Aug 2023
One approach is from the south west. There is parking for 1/2 cars at the start of the Bridal Path at B97056 15828 starA. Walk east along road for about 150m and then head directly up the hill to the NW. It is boggy initially, but this eases as you ascent across short grass/heather. At about B98364 16485 starB the gradient all but disappears and you will encounter several large peat hag areas, although they don't present too much of an obstacle. The summit is marked by a cairn. Linkback: Picture about mountain Crockfadda (<i>An Cnoc Fada</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Exquisite Film
by CaptainVertigo  26 Mar 2015
Oh this is a truly exquisite work! A clear case of the best getting even better.
'Wild Ireland': A Two Day Trek and Bivouac in the Derryveagh Mountains, Donegal is the full title and it's a tribute to the wonderful Derryveagh Mountains.
Let me quote Sharron Schwartz and Martin Critchley
"This video, the first in a new series of ‘Wild Ireland’ films, follows a 30 km two day trek and overnight bivouac in the Derryveagh Mountains of County Donegal in mid-March 2015. In the valley close to Dunlewy Lough, the first flush of spring was everywhere: birdsong filled the air, tentative green shoots sprouted from seemingly lifeless brambles, catkins dangled from winter weary boughs and saffron yellow coltsfoot flowers erupted from amid paper dry and ragged yellow grasses like condensed droplets of sunshine. But up on the mountains, where we endured a bitter easterly wind, winter had yet to release its icy grip and on the highest ground, the last snows of winter lingered on. Our tent was silvered with frost, icicles oozed from frozen peat hags, verglas smeared the naked granite and ice-covered bog loughs gleamed like glass in the deep chill of early morning.
It is possible to do this route, which offers truly joyful walking in one of the wildest corners of Ireland, taking in eight summits and breath-taking views down over the Poisoned Glen, as a circular walk from the excellent Errigal Youth Hostel. For a GPS track of the route see: "

I watched this YouTube Video on a large flat screen TV. The standard is well up to the level of mountain documentaries you might see on BBC and RTE.
If you intend to walk anywhere in the Derryveaghs you should watch this gem Linkback:
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The majesty of the Poisoned Glen in the snow
by mcrtchly  10 Dec 2017
A snowy day gives a different perspective on the Poisoned Glen and Crockfadda. This photo was taken with a 500mm lens at a distance of 1.5km from the Scared Heart Church and 8km from the the Poisoned Glen Linkback:
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vikinghar on Crockfadda, 2009
by vikinghar  21 Apr 2009
Crockfadda is a hill that I have walked many, many times as part of one of my favourite walks and, without guile or hubris, I walked it without knowing its name. Word of warning though, the OSI sheet 1 map labels Crocfadda as a 464m height, when this fine website labels a different height at 485m. I think we can trust this site.

Crockfadda is a fine steeped mountain with its feet in the Poisoned Glen and its back to a high flat valley. For the tourists that drive the mountain road past Mount Errigal, Crockfadda can be easily identified when looking into the Poisoned Glen. At the back of the Glen there is a distinct notch in the bowl, and Crockfadda is the height immediately to left of the notch. The best route to it, however, is not via the Poisoned Glen, unless of course you like wet, dead-air walks, but from the other side of the ridge entirely. The best way up is to tackle the high valley, advancing towards it from the South East.

From Letterkenny, take the road through Churchill and turn left to pass the Gartan Outdoor Adventure Centre and continue on straight from there. This road (R254) will take you out into the wilds, past Glendowan and the back entrance to Glenveagh (called the Bridal Path). Just after the Bridal Path entrance, the road turns a sharp 90 degrees to the left. One hundred yards further on the right there a gravel pit, providing a perfect place to park your car (Point A B963 153 starC approx.). From the gravel pit head further down the road until you see a stream on the right hand side. Cut across the bog and follow this stream up into the high wet valley. Keep off the floor of the valley and to the right by following the sheep tracks. This will take you to the shores of Lough Atirrive. Behind the lough there is the side of Drumnalifferny Mountain on the left, a high bank in the middle, and Crockfadda on the right. The whole reason that this one of my favourite walks is the view at the top of the high bank. Any of my friends or visitors that fancy a walk, this is the one I take them on because, without any warning, but to many gasps of delight, the view opens out to reveal the entire expanse of the Poisoned Glen and Mount Errigal beyond. Up until this point it is very nice walk, then it becomes nothing short of majestic. Gasps, pictures, lunch. Then it is up the slopes of Crockfadda to the top. From here continue on along the top of the ridge, taking in Crockfadda East top (454m) then descend into a deep cut with the Glenveagh deer fence running through it. No need to tackle the fence, just follow it and then descend to the back of the gravel pit. As with most walks in the Derryveaghs, there is infinite scope for variations. Linkback:
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Picture: Cnoc Fada is high ground to right before Errigal, as seen from Moylenanav
gerrym on Crockfadda, 2010
by gerrym  27 Mar 2010
Cnoc Fada was the first stop on a cracking round from Dunlewy, also taking in Drumnaliffernn, Bingorms, Slieve Snaght and Crockfadda NE Top. Parking was at the side of the road just past the start of the track into the Poisoned Glen.

The track into the Glen is well worn and passes over a lovely arched stone bridge. At this point Errigal is still ahead with the X Factor but this changes as travel further into the ampitheatre. The ground does get pretty wet, but relativity is all - as i think of the walk into Lough Belshade in the Bluestacks! The grass is lush and green and the walls of rock tower skyward all around. I passed the gully access point to the right and veered left to follow the river dropping down from little Lough Beg. There was a bit of boulder hopping and walking along a surprisingly dry riverbed.

On reaching a deerfence i followed this steeply uphill to the right, along the flanks of Cnoc Fada. As i stopped to catch my breath the wind exhaled and whistled through the strands of wire beside me. A couple of merlins flew past furiously and noisily. Mackoght now deems to make an appearance alongside the presence of Errigal above the high ground of Maumlack. The whole of the Poison Glen was also laid out before me, back to the ruined church at Dunlewy (wow).

The toil uphill is steep and today was slippery. At the crest leave the fenceline and head to the right to reach the 485m of Cnoc Fada after a couple of hours walking. Big big views to the surrounding Derryveaghs - Dooish joining from the NW, Moylenanav to the S and Drumnaliffernn, Bingorms and S Snaght. The ground here is wonderfully rocky and gives a great sense of being in the wilds.

Options to extend the walk from here are numerous dependent upon time, energy, interest and experience. I took another 5 hours in the cold, mist and wet underfoot, getting back near dark and kipping in the car - and it was great! Linkback:
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