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Knockpasheemore Hill Binn Charrach A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Charrach [TR], 'rocky peak') Galway County in Connacht Province, in no lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 412m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L80691 55741
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Longitude: -9.800305, Latitude: 53.53825 , Easting: 80691, Northing: 255741 Prominence: 17m,  Isolation: 2.6km
ITM: 480668 755764,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckps, 10 char: Knckpshmr
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Walks: see Paddy Dillon, Connemara, for routes including Knockpasheemore around the Gleann Carbad (Glencorbet) Horseshoe (168-73) and Gleann Eidhneach (Gleninagh) Horseshoe (174-78).   Binn Charrach is the 892nd highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: View of Knockpasheemore from Benbaun slopes
NE finger from the Twelve Bens offers a way in.
Short Summary created by simon3, scapania, wicklore  21 May 2019
Knockpasheemore (Binn Charrach) is a small summit at the end of a 2km ridge heading NE from the lower scree slopes of Benbaun, and makes a worthwhile climb either in its own right, or as a diversion on the way to Benbaun. While it can be approached, across blanket bog and up steep grassy slopes, from the Glencorbet Valley to the north (ample parking just after the bridge at L799574 starA) that route is most often used to head up Benbaun, bypassing the Knockpasheemore summit in the process. The most direct route to Knockpasheemore is to start from the east at L81226 56960 starB. As of 2019 the layby near there may not be available so may need to go further. The owners of the land in the Gleninagh valley DO NOT want you to park on their access road though they are happy to allow hillwalking. A sturdy fence can be overcome by following it to the NW for a few minutes where it ends.

The views are truly astounding, ranging from the distant Mweelrea and Sheeffry groups, to the nearer Maumturks and some of the main Twelve Bens, with many other hills and mountains visible in all directions. The most spectacular view is perhaps of the Bens just across the Gleninangh Valley to the south. Linkback: Picture about mountain Knockpasheemore (<i>Binn Charrach</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: View of Maam Turk.
simon3 on Knockpasheemore, 2009
by simon3  13 Apr 2009
This summit is something of an outlier to the NE of the Bens and, like so many outliers, it has excellent views both of its parent group the Bens and also of the Maumturks, the Bens north of Kylemore Lough and further afield.

The photo shows the pass of Mam Turk of the eponymously named Maumturks. Many weary travellers following the Maamturk walk will remember the hard pull up out of this pass all too well.

Beyond is first the darkish horizontal stripe formed by the area of Mám na Lí (SE ridge off Leenane Hill) and then Bunnacunneen in the Joyce Country.

On a good day, tarry a while on this summit to pick out several other interesting features. Linkback:
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Picture: Carrot Ridge (left), Binn an tSaighdiúra and Binn Chorr seen from Binn Charrach's plateau
ahendroff on Knockpasheemore, 2009
by ahendroff  24 Jun 2009
Binn Charrach is a peach of a 400m+ hill for glorious all-round views of Gleninagh, the Bens, Maumturks and hills farther away in Connemara. Easily summitted from L800575 starC, there are spaces for a few cars after the bridge. An interesting horseshoe is also possible, taking in Binn Bhan, Log an Tairbh, Muckanaght (note steep ground descending off it), Binn Bhreac, Binn Bhan and Loughermore. I spent a few hours on Binn Charrach's plateau practicing micro-navigation and walked into the darkness for some night navigation on a glorious midsummer's evening that rewarded me with fantastic light and photo opportunities. Linkback:
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Picture: Knockpasheemore Ridge
A worthy climb
by wicklore  8 Jun 2010
I parked at a lay-by with enough room for three or four cars at L81226 56960 starB on the R334 Recess to Kylemore Lough road. I headed across the road to the fence at the base of Knockpasheemore referred to by murphysw in his comment on Benbaun. I followed the fence a couple of hundred metres to the right until the fence ceased at a stream, which gave an opportunity to get around the fence. I then headed back SSE for about 1km, which gave me a chance to warm up while gaining gradual height. The walk from the fence was dry enough, but there was evidence in places of how difficult and boggy it could be after a spell of bad weather. At about L81282 56261 starD I turned W for a direct 200 metre haul up to the summit cairn at L80691 55737 starE.

Besides the mountains visible as mentioned by Simon3 and ahendroff, there were great views all the way over to the Mweelrea’s, the Sheeffry’s, the Ben Gorms and Maumtrasna. However while heading for Benbaun along the Knockpasheemore ridge, the best views are directly across the Gleninagh valley to Bencorrbeg, Binn an tSaighdiùra, Carrot Ridge and Bencollaghduff. Their sheer grey cliffs and massive drops to the valley below left me in awe.

The Knockpasheemore ridge stretches for about 2 kms from Knockpasheemore at the NE end to the start of the climb up to Benbaun at the SW end. The ridge is mostly heathery and boggy, and I saw one place where presumably a sheep farmer had fenced off a nasty looking area of marsh. However with the recent good weather the ridge was quite dry and very little avoiding of wet ground was needed. There are stone cairns at intervals along the centre of the ridge which would be useful navigation aides in poor weather. However the ridge is wide (100 metres at the narrowest) so staying away from the edges shouldn’t be hard). It was interesting to see how suddenly the terrain changed from heather to rock at the start of the climb up to Benbaun. The ground changes literally over the space of about 30 metres, and then it’s a haul of 270 metres ascent over mostly boulders and scree up to Benbaun.

The only other thing I can add for Knockpasheemore is that a local man told me that there is a line of standing stones on the southern side of the ridge, but I didn’t see them on my route.
My photo shows the long Knockpasheemore Ridge, with Knockpasheemore on the right leading to Benbaun on the left Linkback:
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Picture: Knockpasheemore summit cairn and view across Connemara bog to Mweelrea (peak left of centre) and the
The peat-hag capital of Connemara
by markwallace  4 Jan 2017
The descent from Benbaun to the R344 via Knockpasheemore/Binn Charrach is hard going after a day in the Bens. The Knockpasheemore ridge looks nice and flat from below, but is boggy, undulating and crossed by innumerable peat hags, making straight progress impossible. There are also a number of small summits along the ridge, all of which the anxious peak-bagger will feel compelled to visit lest they suddenly morph into MV-listed peaks at some point in the future. Nice views indeed from Knockpasheemore summit, but they're the same ones you'll have seen from Benbaun.

If descending from Knockpasheemore to the R344, note that a stile has been erected over the fence at around L809571 starF. Linkback:
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Picture: Valley Floor from Bin Bhan showing Binn Charrach on left
aburden on Knockpasheemore, 2009
by aburden  12 Jan 2009
Taken 8th Jan 2009 Linkback:
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