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Crenville Hill Down County, in Carn List, Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 460m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J20704 18672
Place visited by 56 members. Recently by: truescot, jlk, bryanjbarry, trostanite, stevebullers, martyk90, Ulsterpooka, M_K_90, eamonoc, mountainmike, Peter Walker, garrettd, Fergalh, killyman1, BleckCra
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Longitude: -6.155512, Latitude: 54.103032 , Easting: 320704, Northing: 318672 Prominence: 45m,  Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 720626 818679,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crnvl, 10 char: Crenville
Bedrock type: Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate, (Deep marine turbidite sequence)

Crenville is the 692nd highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Crenville in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Why leave a letter 'T'?!!
 
Not easy for a small hill
Short Summary created by wicklore,  8 Aug 2011
While Slievemeen and Slievemartin are easily accessed from the carpark at J196 174 A This grid reference in the text is shown as point A on the Detail Map above'>J196 174 A A, Crenville requires more of an effort. Sitting to the north of Slievemartin, Crenville could be described as a hill more suited to peak baggers and serious enthusiasts. This is because this hill has difficult underfoot conditions that would wear out or dissuade those who come unprepared. Those who persevere are rewarded with a sense of isolation and some good views of surrounding hills such as Tievedockeragh to the north and Shanlieve to the east as well as views along Carlingford Lough.

Crenville can be reached from Slievemartin to the south. Slievemartin is very easily reached from the car park at J196 174 A This grid reference in the text is shown as point A on the Detail Map above'>J196 174 A A following the signposted ‘black arrow’ route. From Slievemartin head north across pleasant grassy slopes to reach a fence at J204 182 B. Another few hundred metres over tussocky heather with hidden holes and tiring long grass will bring you to the unmarked summit at J207 186 C. Alternatively, from the car park mentioned, forest tracks can be used to get to J203192 D, from where it is a short (but typically tiring) haul up to the summit. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/582/comment/5341/
 
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Picture: Crenville from Slievemartin. It's tougher than it looks!
wicklore on Crenville, 2009
by wicklore  22 Sep 2009
csd and three5four0 are both on the nail when they say Crenville ‘requires much lifting of one’s legs’ and ‘an unusual amount of bog holes’. This is an unusual summit as it has all of the described bog holes, trenches, tussocks, deep grass and short heather. One footstep could place you onto firm turf and the next could be a 4 foot hole. The grass ranges from short and wiry to wide and long. The only explanation I can think of is that this was once fully forested and that after partial felling the scarred ground was conquered by an assortment of growth that hides the troubled ground below. On the plus side, I did find an intact and pristine dogs harness!

I headed to Crenville from Slievemartin which is just over 1 kilometre to the south. Slievemartin is very easily reached from the car park at J196 174 A following the signposted ‘black arrow’ route. From Slievemartin I crossed pleasant grassy slopes to reach a fence at J204 182 B. After crossing the fence I entered the twilight zone of Crenville’s curious underfoot conditions. Although the summit is only a few hundred metres from the fence, it took a long time to cover the distance as I tested the ground before each footstep. Hidden holes and streams beneath the grass are the problem, as well as the effort of forging a path at times. I enjoyed the walk though and even found a small dog’s harness on the slope. I can’t imagine a small dog finding it too easy to run about here so I have no idea how it got there.

There is nothing to mark the summit and there is a feeling that Crenville is little visited. It has an isolated feel that will probably continue until the rest of the forestry is cleared. After Crenville I took a direct bearing to Slievemeel which involved more crazy underfoot challenges on the north slope of Crenville before navigating through some very interesting forestry further north. My photo shows a ‘T’ shaped growth of forestry on Crenville as seen from Slievemartin. Perhaps ‘T’ stands for tussocky, tricky, tiring and testing! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/582/comment/4123/
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three5four0 on Crenville, 2008
by three5four0  20 Jul 2008
After the traverse of all the rough & boggy ground from Shanlieve to Slievemeel, the forestry track up to the Fallow came as light relief. The ground after the track was something else, csd has been to kind in his description. There appears to be some sort of drainage channels, perhaps for the trees, long gone peat cuttings or just an unusual amount of bog holes, which are now covered by various types of vegetation & lots of tussocks. These range from some knee deep to thigh deep. The summit itself appears to be on a slight spur of the summit ring contour. The Descent, unlike the film, did not have nocturnal flesh eating trolls running about the place, but there was plenty of bog holes for them to hide out in, in fact it was worse than the summit area. it was with relief i reached the firmer slopes of Slievemartin (after another fence). All in all, this summit is only suitable for the hard pressed DoE leader who has some disrespectful charges with him, where the smallest and rudest of them may disappear for ever here. So one for the fell runners as well then. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/582/comment/3240/
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Maybe Nicer on a Dry Day.
by truescot  6 Aug 2017
I thought of adding this peak to my list of ones completed while I was in the area. The weather on the day was horrific. Down to about 20m visibility with driving rain. I just completed Slievemeen and wandered up to the right of Slieve Martin. The plan was to cut through the gap in the forest just south of Crenville. After hitting the gap and crossing over the fence I should have turned around. Initially sinking up to my thigh just beyond the fence, I plodded on. The ground very hummocky, but hidden with the long grass. Really really slow going. Checking my position I felt it may be better to head SE back toward the forest and walk NE till I got in line with the peak. It was pretty dark and there was little room for moving in it - walking through you were snapping off rotten branches all over the place. It was pretty marshy too. At this stage I was well wet, I had my SealSkinz on with trail shoes - I'd never have made it with normal boots - I really needed the grip with the shoes. Eventually got to the south and started wading through the long grass to get to the top. Really tough going, especially with the driving rail. Eventually got to the unassuming summit and after getting my strength back wandered north to try and cut through the forest to gain access to one of the tracks that run through the forest.

Wandering up through the forest I got disorientated with the direction, following what I thought was a small strip of land that led north, which it did for a while, but turned South West. Only after checking my compass after 10mins did I realise That I'd emerged south back out of the smaller forest. At this stage I really could not be bothered to head back north. I decided to cut my losses and headed South back to the forest, and with a lot of barging through forest and sinking in streams, eventually managed to break out of to the moorland. I then followed the fence back SW, but that's another story.

I can't imagine I'll be back to this area again - may be easier in the winter months when the grass dies back a bit. If I did do it, I'd probably come from the North most forest area , seems like there are a few trails up there. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/582/comment/19630/
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Picture: The view over to Shanlieve and Finlieve from the summit of Crenville
 
csd on Crenville, 2008
by csd  16 Feb 2008
I approached Crenville from the north, via the forest track that starts at the col between Crenville and Slievemeel, through the area shown as The Fallow on the Mournes map. This track doesn't venture as far south as shown on the map, but peters out into bogginess shortly after the two tracks reconverge. The forest planting is as random as shown on the map, so careful navigation is required. I cheated and used a GPS :) The views from the summit are very similar to those visible form Slievemeel, but pleasant nonetheless. The summit area itself is tough going, very tussocky underfoot, requiring much lifting of one's legs. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/582/comment/2962/
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Lucky Seven
by pdtempan  24 May 2010
Using some wild flower books to identify this flower, I had thought that it was Irish saxifrage. However, scapania reliably informs me that Irish saxifrage is rare and limited to a few regions near the west coast, and that what I have snapped here is wood anemone. Thanks for putting me right! This beautiful cluster, photographed on the NW slopes of Crenville, has 7-petalled flowers. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/582/comment/4755/
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