An approach from the north which provides the full perspective on this wonderful mountain - from the fine and lofty ridge walk to the return beneath its striking slopes. John G. O'Dywer outlines the walk in his excellent book "Tipperary & Waterford A Walking Guide" and it can be watched on the youtube link above.
A gated forest entrance with room for several cars and a highly informative notice board detailing looped walks in the area provides a good start ( Mohra (S284 180)
). Head towards the distant sharply defined peak beneath which nestles Lough Mohra, along excellent marked forest tracks. A metal stile is crossed and it is not until the last minute that Lough Mohra comes into view, nestled perfectly beneath the steep slopes that were gouged to create this resting place (B (S284 161)
Clouds raced over the sharp top as if it was an Everest tribute act (well in my mind anyway). Ravens circled and landed on the crags with sheep bleating in response. Reluctantly left the waters to head for the col between Knockanaffrin and Knocksheegowna. Reach the col and pass rocky outcrops on way to the summit of Knocksheegowna. There is easy walking with stunning views westward to the Knockmealdown and Galtee Mountains. The trig pillar sits just below a finger of rock and gives views over an expanse of moor to Laghtnafrankee.
Drop back to col and a short climb brings the Knockanaffrin Ridge itself. Jumbled rocks and easy walking bring more jumbled rocks hiding the summit cairn, but not hiding the expansive views stretching northward over the low ground below. The ridge continues impressively towards the main Comeragh plateau further east and makes walking a pure pleasure.
Coumduala Lough appears far below standing out strikingly against the mountainscape. Drop down to the meeting of tracks at The Gap and cross the stile to head back the way have come but on the lowside. A track of sorts contours the hillside around the 460-500 metre mark and delivers the prize of Coumduala Lough up close and personal (C (S294 143)
). A really peaceful place with waters sparkling in the sunlight and the flies dancing crazily when the breeze dropped, like the disco to end all discos with no music or people!
Drop down through all sorts of ground, not in a bad way though! Heading always towards the forest edge. It was then quite a long walk back through the forest tracks to the starting point. Met a fox here and he was definitely more surprised than me.
A great day weather wise made this a stunning walk. Highly recommended, not too difficult with easy walking for the most part. Fantastic views on the ridge and only met another couple on the length of the walk. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/74/comment/15234/