Crockalough 402m hill, Antrim Hills Ireland at
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Crockalough Hill Cnoc an Locha A name in Irish
Antrim County, in Carn List, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 402m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 9 Grid Reference: D20779 23423
Place visited by 30 members. Recently by: eamonoc, whoRya, Bernieor, madfrankie, Wilderness, Ulsterpooka, trostanite, Miranda, JKelly, Fergalh, Peter Walker, Garmin, sandman, Cweed101, AntrimRambler
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Longitude: -6.111363, Latitude: 55.0435 , Easting: 320779, Northing: 423423 Prominence: 77m,  Isolation: 2.8km
ITM: 720701 923406,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crc402, 10 char: Crcklgh402
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Lower Basalt Formation)

Crockalough is the 933rd highest place in Ireland.

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In glorious weather like today there's only one p .. by slemish   (Show all for Crockalough) Picture about mountain Crockalough in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: steep slopes rising from Glenariff
gerrym on Crockalough, 2008
by gerrym  26 Dec 2008
Crockalough is the highest point of the majestic upland plateau separating two of the famous Glens of Antrim - Glenariff and Glenballyemon. This visit to the plateau starts in the village of Waterfoot, parking in the handy carpark next to the beach (243255 B). Return to the main street and head for the bridge over the Glenariff river, passing a number of pubs and taking in the smell of burning turf. Turn right to follow the coast road as it skirts the sandy beach of Red Bay and take the narrow road heading uphill at 243259 C.

This is a steep narrow lane which quickly increases available views over the Irish sea, past redbay pier to the Mull of Kintyre, Ailsa Criag and the Isle of Man. Turn left at the end of this lane and follow the road uphill - just after the brow take a concrete farm lane to the left at 235262 D, heading towards a noticeble mobile phone mast. Take a stone lane to the right, which greens and climbs to a gate leading to open hillside. Negotiate a maze of high gorse to to find short cropped grass reaching to the plateau above. The views continue to widen and deepen with height. Keep to the right of the headland to pick up a fence leading steeply uphill, cross a stile and a zig zag track brings the plateau in 45 mins with 1,200 ft of climbing.

An old stone wall runs along the spine of the plateau here, with sharp posts protruding, almost as if waiting for the heads of those who would defy the local chieftains. The higher Antrim hills to the N come into clear view. The walk continues on the more dramatic S side of the plateau, along the steep slopes rising from the Queen of the Glens - Glenariff. This has to be one of the best examples of a U shaped glaciated valley in the country, with lush green farmland hemmed in by dramatically steep slopes on either side. A stream is reached (220234 E) as it tumbles down into a waterfall and was just made to stop for a bite to eat. Continue to follow the edge of the escarpment as the valley below narrows to another stream (218224 F). Follow this stream back into the plateau.

The stream heads for the low rise over 1 km away that is the top of Crockalough. This is over more difficult ground at times as head for the S end of the rise. Along the top there are peat hags and water to avoid. There are two distinctive little points along this top that showed 405m on my GPS so take your pick. The return is a drop and walk along the N side of the plateau which is not as inspiring. A number of dropping fencelines bar the way and my trousers bear the scars. the descent off is as the ascent, with the tide now out making the beach more picturesque.

A walk of just over 10 miles which took nearly three hours. Great scenery and presence, even on a dull day with a biting easterly wind. Saw a couple of other walkers but that is certainly the exception along here. Trackback:
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2nd Jan 2010 .. by Daithi2004   (Show all for Crockalough)
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