Croaghnameal 438m hill, S Donegal/W Tyrone Ireland at
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S Donegal/W Tyrone Area
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 12, 17, 18, 6 
Highest place:
Croaghonagh, 451m
Maximum height for area: 451 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 266 metres,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Croaghnameal Hill Cruach na Míol A name in Irish
(Ir. Cruach na Míol [SÓD], 'stack of the midges/cattle') Donegal County, in Carn List, Psammite, pebble beds, marble, schist Bedrock

Height: 438m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: H03800 79300
Place visited by 13 members. Recently by: chalky, Garmin, dr_banuska, Fergalh, madfrankie, Harry Goodman, Aidy, mark-rdc, BogRunner, Brambler, sandman, three5four0, gerrym
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Longitude: -7.941897, Latitude: 54.661796 , Easting: 203800, Northing: 379300 Prominence: 143m,  Isolation: 1.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 603748 879293,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg439, 10 char: Crghnml
Bedrock type: Psammite, pebble beds, marble, schist, (Mullyfa and Deele Formations)

Cruach na Míol is the second highest hill in the S Donegal/W Tyrone area and the 774th highest in Ireland.

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A rewarding climb. .. by group   (Show all for Cruach na Míol) Picture about mountain Cruach na Míol in area S Donegal/W Tyrone, Ireland
Picture: looking SW from summit cairn
gerrym on Cruach na Míol, 2009
by gerrym  19 May 2009
Cruach na Miol is at the S end of the low rugged range of hills stretching from the deep Barnesmore Gap to Lough Derg. These hills are like a stunted mirror image of the higher wild Bluestack Mtns to the north of Barnesmore.

Cruach na Miol is within easy reach of the car from the west - with a track reaching deep into the valley between it and Croaghmeen, and from the south with a road reaching high on its flank. In my mind though this would be doing an injustice to this hill and its siblings.

To fully appreciate the area start from the Barnesmore Gap (042872 G) and climb to the top of Cruach Eoghanach towering over the road hemmed in below. As turn to gaze south an area of bleak hills, peppered with loughs, stretches into the distance. Cruach na Moil is at the end of this long gaze and the distance between is the time for appreciation. On the way mans attempts to tame nature (windfarms) are a limited distraction as head over the top of Croagmeen (where i camped due to deliberate late start to increase my appreciation).

Drop down past wooded slopes to find four more wind turbines nestled away in the valley before an untaxing 25 minute climb to the cairn and nearby small lough. The views are far reaching past L Derg and its islands and the millions of trees to the south, north past the windfarms to the high wall of the main Bluestack ridge, the only real sign of civilisation is to the west and Donegal Bay.

A dander of nearly 15 miles and seven hours which could easily be done in a summer day but think of the joy of spending a night up here with no one else around versus the quick easy dash from the car of other routes - you decide! Trackback:
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Punching Above Its Weight .. by Aidy   (Show all for Cruach na Míol)
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