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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 906th highest place in Ireland.

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Crockalougha .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Crockalougha (Cnoc an Locha))
As the OS map suggests, this mountain is covered .. by thisbliss   (Show all for Crockalougha (Cnoc an Locha))
PART 1: I'd already climbed most of the higher su .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Crockalougha (Cnoc an Locha)) Picture about mountain Crockalougha (<i>Cnoc an Locha</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
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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