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Sperrin Mountains Area , SW: Mullaghcarn Subarea
Feature count in area: 64, by county: Derry: 34, Tyrone: 39, of which 9 are in both Derry and Tyrone, OSI/LPS Maps: 12, 13, 6, 7, 8
Highest Place: Sawel 678m

Starting Places (21) in area Sperrin Mountains:
Altinure Road, Banagher Glen Nature Reserve, Barnes Gap Car Park, Crocknakin, Drumnaspar Picnic CP, Glenchiel Road, Glenedra Bridge, Glenelly Road, Parkreagh, Goles Road, Lough Ouske, Moneyneany Village, Moydamlaght Forest, Moydamlaght Road, Mullaghmore, Mullaghbane, Spaltindoagh, Sperrin Hamlet, Sperrin Heritage Centre, Sperrin Heritage Centre W, Sperrin Road, Barnes Top, Sperrin Road, Glashagh Bridge, Sperrin Road, Sperrin

Summits & other features in area Sperrin Mountains:
E: Magherafelt Hills: Slieve Gallion NE Top 493.6m
E: Magherafelt Hills: Slieve Gallion 526.6m
N: Claudy Hills: Crockdooish 321m, Curradrolan Hill 270m, Eglish 277m, Letterlogher 249m, Mullaghmeash Hill 244m, Slieveboy 259m, Straid Hill 303m
NE Cen: Glenelly North East: Barnes Top 456m, Craigagh Hill 460m, Crockbrack 526.1m, Knockanbane Mountain 441m, Meenard Mountain 620m, Meenard Mtn W Top 480m, Mullaghaneany 627m, Mullaghash 480m, Mullaghsallagh 485m, Oughtmore 569m, Spelhoagh 568m
NE: Glenshane North: Benbradagh 465m, Boviel Top 454m, Carn Hill 448m, Carntogher 464m, Moneyoran Hill 414m
NE: Glenshane South: Bohilbreaga 478m, Coolnasillagh Mountain 423m, Corick Mountain 430m, Crockalougha 407m, Mullaghmore 550m, White Mountain 537m
NW Cen: Glenelly North West: Dart Mountain 619m, Dart Mountain North-West Top 525m, Learmount Mountain 489m, Learmount Mountain South Top 492m, Mullaghasturrakeen 581m, Mullaghcarbatagh 517m, Mullaghclogha 635m, Mullaghclogher 572m, Mullaghdoo 568m, Sawel 678m
NW: Maheramason Hills: Clondermot Hill 220m, Gortmonly Hill 218m, Slievekirk 370m
SE Cen: Glenelly South East: Carnanelly 562m, Carnanelly West Top 503.4m, Mullaghbane 467m, Mullaghturk 416m
SE: Cookstown Hills: Cregganconroe 300m, Fir Mountain 362m, Oughtmore 382m
SW Cen: Glenelly South West: Clogherny Top 408m, Craignamaddy 385m, Crocknamoghil 335m, Mullaghbolig 442m, Spaltindoagh 420m
SW: Mullaghcarn: Curraghchosaly Mountain 416m, Mullaghcarn 542m, Mullaghcarn South Top 525m
SW: Newtownstewart Hills: Bessy Bell 420m, Mullaghcroy 242m
W: Strabane: Balix Hill 403m, Knockavoe 296m, Owenreagh Hill 400m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Curraghchosaly Mountain, 416m Hill Sliabh Churrach Chos Shalach A name in Irish,
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poss. Ir. Sliabh Churrach Chos Shalach [PDT], 'mountain of Currach
Chos Shalach or the bog of the dirty hill-foot’
, Tyrone County in Ulster province, in Carn Lists, Curraghchosaly Mountain is the 873rd highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference H47854 83914, OS 1:50k mapsheet 13
Place visited by: 56 members, recently by: abcd, Colin Murphy, dino, Tricia-Mulligan, Lgr, TommyMc, Claybird007, Oscar-mckinney, Jai-mckinney, Kirsty, Carolyn105, Leonas_Escapades, wintersmick, pdtempan, trostanite
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Longitude: -7.258529, Latitude: 54.700989, Easting: 247854, Northing: 383914, Prominence: 161m,  Isolation: 4.3km
ITM: 647792 883906
Bedrock type: Psammite & semipellite, (Glenelly Formation)
Notes on name: Located NW of Gortin Glen. The origin of the name Curraghchosaly is unclear, but it may be derived from Ir. Currach Chos Shalach, 'bog of the dirty hill-foot’. It refers not to the mountain itself but to a place to the south in the townland of Castleroddy Glebe. This can be compared with Cos Shalach / Cossallagh, Co. Mayo. The anglicised form Curraghchosaly is slightly misleading, as it suggests ch- as in chain. It is sometimes spelt Curraghcosaly, which is preferable in some ways.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: CrghMn, 10 char: CrghchMntn

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Summary for Curraghchosaly Mountain (Sliabh Churrach Chos Shalach): Long name, short ascent
Summary created by Peter Walker 2015-03-06 21:13:46
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Picture: Curraghchosaly Mountain from Mullaghcarn
Curraghchosaly Mountain is one of the more westerly of the Sperrins, and faultily apes the higher Mullaghcarn across the B48 with its 50/50 mix of bare slopes and dense forestation. Forest roads hereabouts are being promoted quite heavily as mountain biking venues, and these same thoroughfares provide easy access to the summit, the climb being shortish and very much on the 'steady' side of 'steep'.

Start from (A (H478 822)) where there is space to park cars at the forest entrance and an assortment of signs and noticeboards for mountain bikers. Follow the forest road north-west into the trees. You will pass two roads branching conspicuously off on the right at (B (H480 824)) and (C (H482 827)); after the second of these take the second of two roads branching off on the left in reasonably quick succession at (D (H485 828)). This writhes uphill for about 600m before bending left and taking a much straighter course for the top, soon noticeable as a transmitter framed within the avenue of trees up which you eventually walk. A lump on the western side of the enclosure is the highest point, but views from here are very arboreally restricted; 200m further west the ground is almost as high but the prospect is much more open.
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pquinn572 on Curraghchosaly Mountain
by pquinn572 5 Apr 2009
Yesterday, (4/4/09) I attempted to climb Curraghchosaly Mountain near the well known beauty spot, the Gortin Glens which I visit often as a Tyrone man. I turned in left onto a small road off the main Omagh to Gortin road, a few metres down the road from the turn in to the Gortin Glens on the Omagh side. I followed this road on in for about 600m passing a caravan park and over to stoned area on the right side of the road with a gate and a signpost for cyclists. Here I parked the car(Point A: HA (H478 822)) and began my climb up a steep stoned forestry lane. I continued on up passing another lane which turns down to the right and a water resevoir on the left well hidden by trees and about 100m metres on up on the left side their is a lane leading in to an open area. I continued on up the steep road for another 400 metres, passing another stoned road turning down to the right. I continued on up for another 200m coming to another road on my left hand side, with about 100m on up another road turning up to the left. I took the second of these roads to the left (Point B: F (H484 828)) turning off the road I had been on for about a Kilometer and onto a steeper road with trees on the right and deforestation on the left. The surface of this road is bad as the rain has washed a lot of loose stones down. You round the small corner and continue on up for another 200m where the road turns again to the left and continues very steeply on up to another corner. At this corner you get the first glimpse of the great view over tyrone and over to Bessy Bell. At this corner I stopped for a breather and enjoyed the view before turning and being face with another 200m steep climb up to a corner which turns left. At this corner there is a small pad leading over to the back and taking a nosey over I saw there was turf cutting going on. I went back out on to the road and continued on a now straight road on up passing a now blew down lookout post and into the shadow of the trees where the mast for the first time comes into view. Follow the road on up to the top. At the top there is no actual structure marking the exact point but the mast may have been built on it. If you stay at the mast you can enjoy great views of Balix Hill and its windmills and also on out to Donegal but the trees block a lot of the spectacular views so I followed a fence line over through bog to another point that the fence continues over. Here you get a far better view of all of Tyrone, Donegal and the magnificent Sperrin Mountains this is 1m lower that the actual top but here you can enjoy spectactular views. This is a long walk, about 2 miles up hill all the way so you should really consider going up on a good day so that you efforts to get their will be sure to be rewarded. Linkback:
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Picture: On Curraghchosaly top looking west with Bessy Belle in background (left)
An easy pleasant walk and my 400th mv top to boot !
by Harry Goodman 26 Jul 2010
Climbed this hill on Fri 23 July 2010. I parked at a forest park entrance G (H47853 82224) on a minor road of the B48 between Omagh and Gortin. Having read the comments already posted on the site I anticipated some difficulty in route finding especially as my OSNI Sheet 13 (1999) did not show a track through the forest to the top. I should not have worried as the good quality track we were on led us unerringly up to the communications mast with one or two check points on the way. The first was some 800m into the walk H (H48448 82806) where we turned left, rather than continue straight ahead, up an equally good track with trees on the left and cleared forestry on the right. Further up the track turned left passing a lesser peaty track and continued on up to the communication installation at I (H47881 83913), three sides of which are enclosed by the trees. The spot height, as already idenified by simon3, lies on a small hummock along the western edge of the security fence about one or two metres out (west) from the wire at J (H47854 83914). This said the top was not the best vantage point for this hill, surrounded as it was by trees on three sides, this was reserved for a small ring contour at virtually the same height but 200 metres west along a fence line at K (H47833 83913). The views from this little hillock were simply splendid. NE was the main Sperrins ridge while NW across Balix Hill and Owenreagh Hill (two of the hills to be climbed later in the day) I could clearly identify the Donegal Highlands and further W the Bluestacks. On the return walk down the track the bulk of Mullaghcarn was clearly seen across Gortin Glen. If taking this walk, on the way down at L (H48248 82666), be sure to continue straight on and not take the natural turn of the track down left. Straight on and you are back to the start after 500 metres whereas the turn down left will, after 700 metres, lead down to the B48 and a further 1.5k back to the start. This was a pleasant, easy walk of some 5.3k which I included with three other Sperrins hills later the same day and memorable for me as it marked the 400th mv listed mountain/hill that I have climbed. Since climbing it I have had sight of the OSNI Sheet 13 (2010) which now, unlike my earlier edition, shows the track I followed to the top !. Linkback:
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pquinn572 on Curraghchosaly Mountain
by pquinn572 6 Apr 2009
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Picture: Looking towards Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell from the western slopes of Curraghchosaly Mountain
Summit easily gained - slower progress to the west
by pdtempan 16 Jun 2021
We were looking for a short walk for a Saturday afternoon, and being familiar with Mullaghcarn, decided that it would be worth exploring Curraghchosaly Mountain, its lower neighbour on the west side of Gortin Glen. We parked at the forest entrance in Lislap East at HA (H478 822), following pquinn572 and others. From here we followed the forest track steadily uphill until we reached the brow of the hill at M (H489 829). We had overshot the left turn recommended by Peter Walker while chatting, but this didn’t cause us any difficulty as there was an obvious grassy forest ride branching left towards the summit. We took this and shortly arrived at a small area of turf cuttings, which we crossed to rejoin the forest road. This led on to the summit. On the way we noticed bilberry bushes in flower on the right-hand side of the road. At the summit we circumvented the transmitter enclosure on the north side, and continued westwards for the more open view, in which Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell was prominent. The top of Mullaghcarn and the higher peaks of the Sperrins were hidden under cloud.
Beyond the summit the going became slower, with only the roughest of paths descending through knee-high heather. We made a short lunch stop at a col N (H469 842), where a path running roughly north-south traverses the ridge. The midges ensured that we didn’t get too comfortable. We then followed this path for a while to the north, coming across some very dense, fluffy patches of bog cotton, then north-west, as it skirted Ballynatubbrit Mountain, leaving it and heading uphill at the point where it began to trend steeply downhill. Pretty soon we reached a fence following the watershed, which led us to the summit of Ballynatubbrit Mountain O (H463 846). This ridge continues further west to the Robber’s Table and Mary Gray before descending to Newtownstewart. However, we aimed south-west from the top of Ballynatubbrit Mountain towards an obvious antenna, picking up a path leading down towards Eskeradooey. At the first farm we joined the road, which brought us momentarily to the west, then south to join Lisnaharney Road. We had 2km of road-walking, heading east along Lisnaharney Road to return to the starting point. The entire trip took about 3¼ hours including 25 mins for lunch. Linkback:
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Picture: Curraghchosaly top from the east
simon3 on Curraghchosaly Mountain
by simon3 5 Oct 2008
One place to start is from the forest entrance at P (H49409 83039) on the B48 near the crest of the road from Omagh to Gortin. There is notice board here which describes the place as the Start Point for Route A of the Cairn Sunday walk held on the last Sunday in July at 2.30. This is a walk to Mullaghcarn

Getting from this starting point to the tracks that take you to the summit of Curraghchosaly may not be entirely straightforward. The Ulster Way could be used however you would need to descend 60 or 70m and go over 1km to do it. There is also the Altaravan Trail marked as going north along the road and then heading up a slope to reach the forest tracks to the SE of the summit. We could find no sign of the Altaravan Trail however by following roughly its route we got onto the tracks. Go around 200m or so along the road and then strike up the steep bank NW. Head roughly N and you will reach one of the tracks. The ground as of 2008 is rough "clear felled". Head SW along the forest track (it's marked on the 1:50k map). After 700m turn right and go around 320m NE. There is relatively open land there and you can head up and NW. A forest track will appear from the left going in roughly the same direction. Take this and head up.

The summit has a telecoms or broadcasting installation on top of it and forestry. By my reckoning the summit is a hummock just beside the fencing of the installation. There is a minor summit 200m due east of there which appeared to be perhaps 1m lower but hey I only have a fairly ordinary GPS unit so can't be sure
The photo shows the summit from the aforesaid east top. There are also views of the Bessy Bell and its wind turbines. Linkback:
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