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Crockalougha Hill Cnoc an Locha A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Cnoc an Locha [PDT], 'hill of the lake') Derry County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Psammite & semipellite Bedrock

Height: 407m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 8 Grid Reference: C71553 01141
Place visited by 26 members. Recently by: Hoverla, trostanite, eamonoc, Wilderness, Fergalh, pearnett, LorraineG60, MichaelG55, madfrankie, eflanaga, Ulsterpooka, sandman, Derry_Danderer, Peter Walker, Garmin
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Longitude: -6.886763, Latitude: 54.8529 , Easting: 271553, Northing: 401141 Prominence: 73m,  Isolation: 2.3km
ITM: 671486 901129,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crcklg, 10 char: Crcklgh
Bedrock type: Psammite & semipellite, (Dart Formation)

Crockalougha is the 909th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Crockalougha in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Walker on way down from Crockalougha
by Harry Goodman  22 Apr 2010
As I was in the area on 13 April to climb a couple of other hills and was passing Crockalougha,the last remaining top on my Local 100 List, I took trhe opportunity to climb it. I parked at the large cleared area off the B40 C7255099700 A, mentioned by dr_banuska and found it an excellent starting point for the walk. I took the good track directly across the road going NNE in the direction of Crockalougha. This path winds its way very gently across the hillside to peter out near some turf cuttings C7220700786 B in an area known as Altdoo or Black Glen. While the track is not marked on the OS 50,000 Sheet 8 it is clearly shown on the Sperrins Activity Map 1:25,000 Series a map that is invaluable for anyone wanting to plan routes in this area. From the turf cuttings I headed NW up the gentle heathery slope to the top of the hill, with frequent ups and downs and in and out through peat hags. As often is the case in the Sperrins the top is a large fairly flat area with, in my view, the high point C7156501164 C just before a fence running from E to W and then S along the forest edge. However to be sure of standing on the higest point one can quite easily tramp around the various competing clumps of heather! Like dr_banuska I also came across the small cement marker stone but am unsure of its purpose. As the Tyrone/ Derry County boundry line does not pass over this hill it must serve as a marker for some other purpose. Views N, E and W are restricted but the aspect to the S is much more open with the distant Belfast Hills clearly visable along with a number of Sperrin Tops. When there I also noticed a tiny lough to the NE down the slope by the forest edge but in the interests of time did not visit it. For a little variety, rather than totally retrace by steps, I decided to go SE directly down to my start point meeting the track taken on by outward route at C7224600220 D and followed it out to the road. An excellent short walk of some 4k that can be taken as a stopping off point on the way to visit other Sperrins Tops and comfortably coverd in about an hour. Linkback:
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thisbliss on Crockalougha, 2007
by thisbliss  14 Sep 2007
As the OS map suggests, this mountain is covered on almost 3 sides by forest, but decided to climb it anyway. Parked at forest track entrance out the moneyneena-dungiven road (C 726 022 E) Walked down the track into the altnaheglish valley which leads onto a good walk round banagher dam. The forest round this part has been harvested in the last year or so. Where the track does a u-turn, following the river, i continued on almost straight in the direction of crockalougha. Getting up the initial bank after crossing the river is no slouch of a job. A stick being a must which are handy to come by thanks to the remains of the deforestation. Once into the woods i just blindly headed off in the general direction knowing as long as i veered left i would come out in the clearing. As it happened i pretty much came out bang on top of crockalougha. The view is kind of limited at the top, (although mullaghmore, lough neagh and sl gallion do suffice!), but i really enjoyed the walk up as it combined the climb with also the eerie silence and isolation of walking through the woods, something about that feeling of raw nature i guess. Any-who, had lunch at the top and then followed the edge of the forest to (C 723 014 F) where there was a small lake not marked on the map but have noticed from mullaghmore before. After that found the source of the altnaheglish river and followed it back to where i left the forest track. As i said enjoyed the walk loads, took about an hour all in, and also managed to get loads of dried free wood for camp fire that night - nice! Linkback:
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Picture: Crockalougha summit, with Mullaghmore left and Slieve Gallion beyond, right
dr_banuska on Crockalougha, 2010
by dr_banuska  30 Mar 2010
PART 1: I'd already climbed most of the higher surrounding hills so rather than do a trip just for this one, I made it more interesting by including it in a lengthy circuit of the huge expanse of Banagher Forest, taking in the well-known dam and Altnaheglish Reservoir.

Unlike thisbliss, I approached from the south. Travelling from Draperstown/Moneyneany, I took the B40 towards Feeny and shortly after reaching the crest of the hill, turned into a large cleared area on the left which had some rubbish dumped in it. There was a good deal of broken glass in one part but I steered clear and didn't have any problems. It's literally just across the road from the good track that runs up Crockalougha, at 726997 G. I crossed the road and headed uphill via the track. Just before this petered out, I veered off and headed onto open hillside. This started off very easygoing but got more tussocky and uneven as I approached the summit. As thisbliss says, the summit area is largely surrounded by the forest, limiting views. However, I could see Mullaghmore to the E, Slieve Gallion to the SE and between them, Lough Neagh and the Belfast Hills beyond, plus part of the main Sperrins chain to the S. There was a L'derry Corporation boundary stone close to the summit, which I had also seen on some of those neighbouring hills.

I then headed downhill a little, crossed the fence and entered the forest at an obvious firebreak I'd spotted just a few mins earlier on the way up. I have the 1:25 Activity map which very helpfully shows all the lines of clearing in the forest, and using this I was able to navigate N towards the Altnaheglish River. I emerged from the forest, quite unexpectedly, on a height overlooking the reservoir with Altahullion Windfarm far beyond - quite a sight. I carefully made my way downhill towards the river and the track which runs along its far side, crossing the tiny river and reaching the track about 714024 H. I then followed the track W along the river, ignoring another track going off to the left, and followed it around as it hugged the eastern side of the reservoir. You gain in height so there are fantastic views across the reservoir, which is much larger than you might think. Finally I came to Banagher Dam and had a look around before having a quick lunch. Continued below. Linkback:
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Picture: Banagher Dam & Altnaheglish Reservoir surrounded by Banagher Forest
dr_banuska on Crockalougha, 2010
by dr_banuska  30 Mar 2010
PART 2: I then continued W along the track through the pretty Banagher Glen, the track once again closely following the Altnaheglish River down below. It may be possible to upslope again onto Streeve Mtn (390m) then down through the forest again to the other side, but seeing as I had the dog with me it didn't seem worth the hassle as I could see there were fences to negotiate.

After some time the track crosses the river again, and then shortly afterwards the Glenadra River, with a waterfall on your left at 674043 I. There's an Environment Agency board telling how when St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland, one particularly large one escaped and may still be living in the deep pool below! Just after the waterfall, a track joins from your left. I followed this track uphill along the Glenadra River, ignoring a turn-off to the left after a short distance. Further on, you cross the river and the track forks again, I took the right fork which continues to closely follow the river. You're almost level with it now and this is a very pretty part of the walk. After a while you pass a small water treatment plant and then shortly after, the track ends at the water's edge where there seem to be the remains of a stone bridge (the map shows the track crossing the river) at 692018 J. I crossed here as it's very shallow, though I did get a little wet - might be slightly better upstream a short distance. From here it's a short distance back to the main road at 701007 K, close to the entrance to Altbritain Forest on the other side of the road. From here it was about 20 mins' brisk walk back to the car.

It'd be possible to park at Altbritain or elsewhere along the circuit - even the main parking facility for the dam on the Dungiven side (though I think this is only open in summer months). Besides the broken glass, my choice was situated close to a blind corner, so not ideal. In any case, I would highly recommend this route, or a variation on it, if you have a number of hours to spare. Apart from the initial slog uphill towards the summit (almost forgot about poor Crockalougha), you're mostly pretty level and on good tracks. It was definitely one of my more memorable Sperrins expeditions, with the views and the varied terrain. It's probably best if you have the 1:25 map, though. Linkback:
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