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Sperrin Mountains Area   SW Cen: Glenelly South West Subarea
Place count in area: 64, OSI/LPS Maps: 12, 13, 6, 7, 8 
Highest place:
Sawel, 678m
Maximum height for area: 678 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 657 metres,

Places in area Sperrin Mountains:
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion NE Top 493.6m
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion 526.6m
N: Claudy Hills:   Crockdooish 321mCurradrolan Hill 270mEglish 277mLetterlogher 249mMullaghmeash Hill 244mSlieveboy 259mStraid Hill 303m
NE Cen: Glenelly North East:   Barnes Top 456mCraigagh Hill 460mCrockbrack 526.1mKnockanbane Mountain 441mMeenard Mountain 620mMeenard Mtn W Top 480mMullaghaneany 627mMullaghash 480mMullaghsallagh 485mOughtmore 569mSpelhoagh 568m
NE: Glenshane North:   Benbradagh 465mBoviel Top 454mCarn Hill 448mCarntogher 464mMoneyoran Hill 414m
NE: Glenshane South:   Bohilbreaga 478mCoolnasillagh Mountain 423mCorick Mountain 430mCrockalougha 407mMullaghmore 550mWhite Mountain 537m
NW Cen: Glenelly North West:   Dart Mountain 619mDart Mountain North-West Top 525mLearmount Mountain 489mLearmount Mountain South Top 492mMullaghasturrakeen 581mMullaghcarbatagh 517mMullaghclogha 635mMullaghclogher 572mMullaghdoo 568mSawel 678m
NW: Maheramason Hills:   Clondermot Hill 220mGortmonly Hill 218mSlievekirk 370m
SE Cen: Glenelly South East:   Carnanelly 562mCarnanelly West Top 503.4mMullaghbane 467mMullaghturk 416m
SE: Cookstown Hills:   Cregganconroe 300mFir Mountain 362mOughtmore 382m
SW Cen: Glenelly South West:   Clogherny Top 408mCraignamaddy 385mCrocknamoghil 335mMullaghbolig 442mSpaltindoagh 420m
SW: Mullaghcarn:   Curraghchosaly Mountain 416mMullaghcarn 542mMullaghcarn South Top 525m
SW: Newtownstewart Hills:   Bessy Bell 420mMullaghcroy 242m
W: Strabane:   Balix Hill 403mKnockavoe 296mOwenreagh Hill 400m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Craignamaddy Hill Creig na Madaí A name in Irish (prob. Ir. Creig na Madaí [PDT], 'crag of the dogs') Tyrone County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Psammite & semipellite Bedrock

Height: 385m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 13 Grid Reference: H52200 89500
Place visited by 37 members. Recently by: dino, Claybird007, wintersmick, Kilcoobin, Hoverla, trostanite, pdtempan, dregish, mallymcd, eamonoc, muschi, MichaelG55, LorraineG60, scottwalker, eejaymm
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Longitude: -7.190127, Latitude: 54.750731 , Easting: 252200, Northing: 389500 Prominence: 160m,  Isolation: 4.7km
ITM: 652137 889491,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crgnmd, 10 char: Crgnmdy
Bedrock type: Psammite & semipellite, (Glenelly Formation)

Craignamaddy is the 988th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Craignamaddy (<i>Creig na Madaí</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Approaching Craignamaddy from the East (Pt 366)
 
Harry Goodman on Craignamaddy, 2010
by Harry Goodman  26 Mar 2010
As we wanted to walk the hills on both sides of Barnes Gap (19 March 2010) we parked at H5517389565 starA. From here there is a figure of eight route which allows the walker to climb Craigamaddy on the first loop and then come back to the car for a break (lunch/snack). Initially we headed SSW down the road (signed for the Ulster Way) to the start of a good stony track ( H5500089100 starB) which contoured around the side of Mullaghbane and which we followed to a stile on the right some 2.6km from the start of the walk. There were views S from this lofty track across the valley to Mullaghcarn and SW to Bessy Belle. Once over the stile we followed a winding rough, muddy, stony track up the hillside to its end and then a short distance out to a fence at Pt 366 (H5350088500 starC). From here we turned left and followed the broad ridge down and then up to Craignamaddy and its flat top extending for some 700 metres W. Fortunately for us the undistinguished high point of the hill is at the E end a few metres south of the fence avoiding the necessity to trudge out over a further 700 metres of clumpy heather in search of the unmarked summit (H5220089500 starD). Indeed the top is so flat that one could aimlessly walk around looking for the highest tuft of heather/grass. From here, some 4.9k into the walk, we headed back E along the fence to Pt 366 and then, instead of returning by our outward route opted to continue E along the fence over the lower top of Mullaghbane and then unerringly along the fence to our start point at Barnes Gap. All of the time to the N across the Glenelly Valley were fine views of the High Sperrins Ridge from Mullacarbatagh to Sawel and beyond. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/861/comment/4536/
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three5four0 on Craignamaddy, 2008
by three5four0  22 Dec 2008
(see Mullaghbolig for the start of this walk)

From Barnes Gap the Central Sperrins Way traverses the south flank of Mullaghbane, past a couple of old style, and increasingly rare vernacular farm buildings to a stile on your right at 535885 starC (no sign). Cross this and follow the track up hill, which fades out before you reach a fence on the crest of the hill, there will be a fence junction to your left with a stile at 535894 starE . Cross the stile and follow the fence to the summit of Cragnamaddy, which in true Sperrins style was a bit rounded & soft.

After the earlier hills being mist bound, it was good to have views from the last hill of the day, with all the higher hills being topped with snow and a good golden sunset lighting up the hills all around. West of the summit at 521895 starF, a track (not obvious at first) leads down hill (north east) to the Central Sperrins Way, however, new wire fences, topped with barbed wire have been erected right across this track. You may wish to cross the fence north of the summit and descend north, to try and pick up the track and hopefully avoid the wire fencing as well.

Once on the Central Sperrins Way turn left and walk down the improving track with one more stile (on your left) as track becomes tarmac to a road junction at 520903 starG, turn right down a lane to the Landahussy road, turning right here for the last 3km back to the car park. Giving a walk of around 13.3 miles.

Alas, in search of a pint of Guinness to round the day off, we stopped at the pub in Cranagh only to find it closed, perhaps the locals were taking the vows at Toberanna seriously. So we sped off home to enjoy several bottles of Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout, a tasty end to the day indeed. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/861/comment/3485/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Craignamaddy (<i>Creig na Madaí</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Close to summit, looing towards higher Sperrins to the north.
A Broad Flattish Top
by Aidy  18 Mar 2016
I took the car up a passable but rough track off the Magherabrack Rd, parking at around H 53465 88507 starH. As it turned out, after walking slightly west, I found myself on the much better Meenadoo Road, and as I continued west along it, I could have easily taken the car up it instead and parked a little closer to the point where I left the road for the hillside. I cut north, leaving the road around H 52825 88842 starI, going through some coniferous trees to avoid walking through a farmyard even though the farmhouse itself wasn't being lived in. I continued in a general northwesterly direction to the top, although it was a meandering route due to boggy patches and awkward fences. As I got closer to the top the ground was hard going, with thigh deep tussocky grass and heather to wade through. The top itself is a broad flat area, making it hard to identify a highest point. Fairly decent views around the Sperrins, although the day had turned dark and gloomy with a flat light on my visit. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/861/comment/18462/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Craignamaddy (<i>Creig na Madaí</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Ag teacht anuas ó Chreig na Madaí / Descending from Craignamaddy
 
Mórsheisear sa cheo / magnificent seven in the fog
by pdtempan  8 Nov 2020
Bhí mórsheisear againn a dhreap sa cheo inniu ón Bhearnas go dtí mullach Chreig na Madaí. Leanamar Bealach Lár Shliabh Speirín ar feadh cuid mhaith den tsiúlóid, ach chuamar amach thar thalamh garbh (portach agus fraoch) chun barr an chnoic. Ní raibh sé furasta an fíormhullach a fháil agus fuaramar tuairiscí a rinne daoine eile ar an chnoc seo an-chruinn. Níor ghlan an ceo ach go hachomair chun radharc a thabhairt dúinn ar Ghleann Aichle nuair a bhíomar ag leanúint an iomaire suas go dtí an mullach, agus ansin ina dhiaidh sin bhí radharcanna againn i dtreo an Ghoirtín agus muid ag teacht anuas. Bhí breis agus 4 uair an chloig de dhíth orainn le haghaidh an tsiúlóid mar gheall ar an tír-raon deacair agus an gá le bealach a aimsiú go cúramach sa cheo, ach bhí siúlóid an-dheas againn.

We were seven intrepid souls who ventured today in the fog from Barnes Gap to the summit of Craignamaddy. We followed the Central Sperrins Way for much of the walk, but headed out over rough ground (bog and heather) to reach the top. The summit was not easy to distinguish and we found other members description of this peak very accurate. The fog only lifted briefly to give us a view of Glenelly when we were following the ridge up to the summit, and then later we had views towards Gortin as we descended. The walk took over 4 hours due to the difficult terrain and the need to navigate carefully in the fog, but we had a very enjoyable walk. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/861/comment/21275/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Craignamaddy (<i>Creig na Madaí</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Fences Galore
by dino  6 Jul 2022
Walked this following Harry Goodman's description and also in combination with Mullaghbolig.

The terrain was a nice mix of quiet country road, farm lanes and open hillside. From Point C there is a clear track almost all the way to unnamed Pt366 as it follows the now abandoned Central Sperrins Way.

From this it was a simple matter of following the fence line all the way to Craignamaddy summit which is totally unmarked. On the way I crossed a number of fences. The first still had a stile but the rest required a little bit of gymnastics.

The return to Barnes Gap also followed the fence with quite a number of crossings also required. However, this area doesn't seem to have been grazed for quite a while and the fences are quite old and easily crossed.

The final drop down to the road is very steep but easily manageable with care. There is one small cliff that needs to be avoided and a hidden stream overgrown with grass and bog at the very bottom. I found this the hard and wet way going in up to my unmentionables and frightening the life out of me. It took more effort than expected to extricate myself but was easily crossed with a large step once I worked out exactly where and how wide it was.

I parked in the official International Appalachian Trail car park at the bottom road junction. There is a toilet block here and a water tap around back as well as picnic tables and a covered area if the weather is nasty.

I went on to Mullaghbolig but estimate 11km round trip from the car park.

Detailed report and videos on my blog: https://niallharran.com/2022/07/01/sperrins-hike-part-i-craignamaddy-385m/

Video on my YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/tuiUSgnZm6g
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