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Mourne Mountains Area   N: Commedagh Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Slieve Commedagh Mountain Sliabh Coimhéideach A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Coimhéideach [PNNI], 'watching/guarding mountain') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 767m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J34610 28616
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Longitude: -5.938543, Latitude: 54.188898 , Easting: 334610, Northing: 328616 Prominence: 180m,  Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 734535 828624,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvCmd, 10 char: SlvCmdgh
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

As on Slieve Meelmore, there is a tower near the summit of Slieve Commedagh. On the southern side, at the head of the Annalong Valley, is a spectacular group of granite tors known as 'the Castles'. These can be appreciated from the Brandy Pad, a track once used by smugglers. During the 18th Century the Mourne Mountains were notorious for smuggling commodities such as wine, silk, tobacco, tea and brandy, mainly from Britain. The cargo would be brought ashore under the cover of darkness and taken over the mountains to Hilltown and the surrounding areas.   Slieve Commedagh is the second highest mountain in the Mourne Mountains area and the 64th highest in Ireland. Slieve Commedagh is the second highest point in county Down.

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Picture: Approaching Commedagh from Donard
Proud second in command
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman, wicklore  23 Jul 2012
Commedagh is the second highest mountain in the Mournes. One access route to Commedagh is the same as for Donard. At just 83 metres lower than its bigger neighbour, Commedagh packs a powerful punch in terms of effort, views and scenery. The Mourne Wall can be used as a handrail if approaching from either the east or the west. From Donard Park J375306 starA follow the forest track upwards SW through Donard Wood. On exiting the forest a good path continues up the valley to gain the col between Donard and Commedagh J350279 starB. Here you will find the mighty Mourne Wall plying its trade. Turn right and follow the Wall uphill to reach a stone tower J345286 starC. Turn right and cross the plateau NE for a few hundred metres to the summit cairn (about 2 ½ hours from car park to summit.) Commedagh can also be reached from the W by following the Mourne Wall from the Hare's Gap via Slievenaglogh and Slieve Corragh. Beware of steep ground and cliffs to the NE and W of the summit. If approaching from the W stick close to the Mourne Wall to avoid cliffs to the north. A third approach is by way of Shanslieve. Once up from Donard Park to the point just before the track leaves the forest turn right and follow the wall through the trees for about 200m to a forest ride on the left. Follow this up to a stile. Once out on open ground continue up W over Slievenamaddy and then SW to Shan Slieve before following the sharp edge of Commedagh up around the Pot of Pulgarve to gain the summit cairn. Linkback: Picture about mountain Slieve Commedagh (<i>Sliabh Coimhéideach</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Commedagh Summit with Donard in the Background
New Comment: Mournes Daytrip: Part 1 (19/09/22)
by dino  Mon 3 Oct
Starting from the car park in Newcastle I came up along the Glen River along the tourist route to Donard. The forest track was well worn and easy to follow but care was needed with the many exposed roots and rocks. The noisy Glen River was a constant companion as it rushed down through many narrow little ravines and over multiple falls.
At the first bridge I stayed to the right bank making my way through the trees and now away from the more travelled route. At the tumble down stone wall I veered right picking up a trail that heads at an angle up through the trees and seemed to be used by maniac mountain bike riders descending the hill. Leaving the trees I met the wall again with a rickety stile but thankfully an open gate that didn't require any risk to life or limb!
Out of the trees and on the open hill it was a steep and seemingly never ending climb along faint but easily followed tracks to the top of Shan Slieve. On the way up I had numerous opportunities to admire the views back over Newcastle, out to sea and towards the top of Commedagh and Donard while I caught my breath and tried to lower my heart rate! 4km and almost 1.5hours to climb from sea level to 670m and it was tough.
Leaving Shan Slieve I followed the curve of the Pot of Pulgarve on a ridge that gives great views across to Donard but also into the Mournes range on the other side. This was more than worth the climb up. The gentle curving shoulder of Commedagh is dry and firm underfoot with a covering of short wiry grass and I was soon at the large summit cairn and the second highest summit in The Mournes.
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Commedagh, 2006
by Bleck Cra  16 Jul 2006
There are days when nature conspires to make the mountains so beautiful, she breaks your heart. Sunday 28th November 2004 in the Mourne Mountains, was one such day. A wistful, wandering way through a world of up-ended conifers at the hem of Commedagh’s petticoats; snap-dry branches amongst glistening holly and feather-down moss; draw clean blood on barbed wire and emerge on golden pastures to the Pots of Pulgarve: God’s amphitheatre on the Glen River, Dundrum Bay and beyond, where none but the ravens take their seats; so often black misted, but today every lethal rock pinsharp - all pointing down. To an ice-cold wall and drop along the ridge to Hare’s Gap - a canary-coloured winter sun like a match-head: suddenly blazing, suddenly cold as ash, shooting black shadow shafts into silken crags - and at all times the scent of snow in her wake. Meelmore and Meelbeg, from the North and East, grey-cold like wet newsprint and presenting fantastical scenes of ancient Dalriada, as fat satin ravens perform a last night before winter’s cold curtain comes down. Off Bearnagh and East - the root of a rainbow hangs like a huge kite between the lodge and Castewellan, breathing her fairy breath into the glen and suddenly the night looms, casting a palate of blues and lilacs over Binnian-to-Beg; the pace quickens to the saddle and blues melt to pinks and greens and a canter off Donard to the forest road. Night has fallen, the wood whispers; a wide sweep East and below, a carpet of fairy lights from Hilltown to Dundrum, from the Shimna River to Downpatrick. A warm car like a butterfly cucoon, on the Castlewellan Road, South the matt black silhouette of these stunning hills against an ink sky, North a full moon dozing between linen sheets. Linkback:
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shippy on Slieve Commedagh, 2005
by shippy  23 Feb 2005
Picture below shows the first walk of the new Navan hillwalking club (no offical name yet) ,on top of Commedagh .We climbed Donard first , from the carpark , through the forest and up by the glen river.Came back down to the col and followed the brandy pad to see the castles . From there we went to meet the wall again on the other side of Commedagh and followed it to the summit . It's a nice way to climb Commedagh as you get to see the Annalong valley in its entirety .From the summit we headed back down ,via Shan Slieve, towards the forest with great views of Donard on the way. An enjoyable walk for our first one as a club . Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Commedagh, 2004
by Bleck Cra  22 Aug 2004
Poor old Commedagh - bass player of the fab five, fronted by Donard and backed by the Bearnagh Sisters.
Dull to look at, heather to trail through, wind to cut you in half. In such wind you can of course open your mouth and do Wallace and Gromit faces - sure we make our own fun.
But …… who gives you baffling volcanic globulets? Binnian and Commedagh. Who gives you glorious views of Dundrum Bay? Donard and Commedagh. Who gives you the wickedest drops (from the track)? Cove and Commedagh. Is a pattern not emerging?
Nevertheless in most aspects one cannot underrate Commedagh enough. She is desperately dull to walk, has a thoroughly annoying incline on the Annalong side and thoroughly annoying terrain on the Newcastle side. She is neither bad enough nor good enough. But if you took her show-off neighbours out of the picture, would we not flock to her? Incidentally there are far too many sheep on her.
She stands a sound Corbett 2517 - every inch from sea level. With a bit of vis - sometimes uniquely absent from her peculiar, lonely top, you can see to just about wherever you like, Wicklow, Ellan Vannin, Scotland and worse: North Antrim.
Her pots, the Pots of Pulgarve, are sensational except to the odd unfortunate who occasionally steps out into their infinity: they present a breathtaking tableau of Eagle Rock, Dundrum Bay framed by her and Bro Donard and thousands of fag-smoking ants scurrying up and down the Glen River. And best of all she is one of only 2 spots in the Mournes expanse where you can see raven junior being taught to fly, the old “spare the rod” way. The other, I keep a guarded secret.
Contributor Craigie’s 2 car contortion is fine, but try also Glen River ascent from Newcastle’s Donard carpark with Beginner Book for Boys stroll on to Donard, back down on to The Saddle and up Commedagh. Follow the pots back down Commedagh’s spine into breathtaking vistas and exquisite Donard Wood and back into Donard carpark. Go to pub and enthuse about Commedagh …. endlessly. Linkback:
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Picture: Commedagh and Shan Slieve from Slievenamaddy
Harry Goodman on Slieve Commedagh, 2010
by Harry Goodman  18 Mar 2010
Encouraged by the glorious covering of snow on the High Mournes above Newcastle we climbed Slieve Commedagh on Tuesday 2 March 2010 from Donard Car Park J3750030675 starD. Initially we went up by the Glen River Track to the gate at J3645029625 starE before turning right and following the forest wall along to a fire break at J3635029750 starF, then up left (SW) to cross a stile out on to the open hillside. Once across we headed W up to and over the rocky face of Slievenamaddy, the first part of the approach to Commedagh. From here we continued to follow the ridge up to and past the cairn on Shan Slieve, around the edge of the Pot of Pulgarve to our left before making the final climb up to the summit of Commedagh at 767m J3460028600 starG. It is also worth noting that climbing the mountain from Donard Park means that you climb the full height from sea level. While our climb up the snow slope was at times slow, but steady, the reward at the top was well worth the effort. Before us in all directions were the snow covered High Mournes. Having taken in the magnificent panorama we made the short descent across Commedagh's flattish top to the Mourne Wall and Shelter Tower J3400028475 starH were we had our lunch sheltered from the strong wind that had been in our face during the climb. While the snow we experienced on the way up had been extensive in its cover we were surprised to find that it was deep enough, in places, to allow us to walk up and over the wall. Once fed and watered we dropped down to the saddle between Commedagh and Donard. Our original intention had been to descend by the Glen River Track NNE back to Donard Park but the prevailing snow conditions and the knowledge that they would soon be gone spurred us on to climb Donard before dropping down NE past the Lesser Cairn and then NNE over Millstone Mountain. From there we descended NNW down the ridge and around the quarry fence to the forest track which we then followed NW down to the Glen River and down to the start at Donard Park. This is a circuit that I would commend to any one wishing to climb the two highest mountains in the Mournes (as well as the highest peak in Ulster) with a third top (Millstone ) for good measure. Linkback:
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