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simon3: Track 2225 in area near Tooth Mountain, Caha Mountains (Ireland)
Cummeengeara Circuit with Knocknaveacal and easier descent.
Length: 17.8km, Creator time taken: 8h41m, Ascent: 1065m,
Descent: 1081m

Places: Start at V76724 57296, Knocknaveacal North Top, Knocknaveacal South Top, Tooth Mountain, Coomacloghane, Eskatarriff, Eskatarriff East Top, Lackabane, Tooreenbaha, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

This is the exploration of a hopefully useful loop including (as of 9 June 2013) the six summits surrounding Cummeengeara aka Rabach's Glen. The time taken is longer than would be normally necessary because we were surveying the area and taking dozens of pictures in the sunny weather. It would otherwise have taken us 6:30 to 7:00 hours.

There is limited parking for perhaps 5 cars at or near where this route starts. Initially use the Beara Way through forestry and emerge onto rough but walkable ground at the north of the track. Go up between two of the tines of the trident headed Knocknaveacal (named on the OS 1:50k, just north of Tooth Mountain) and then to the main ridge at Tooth. After that follow the mostly broad scarp around. An exception is the astonishing Eskatarriff East which comes to a rounded point above a 300m cliff. Dropping off Lackabane's north side the route is on a knife edge spur potentially difficult in poor conditions. Finally and very carefully descend from the ridge NE of Tooreenbaha past crags to a dirt road and bridge as shown before a walk of about 1.4km on the public road.

Go for the great views. From the early part of the walk the historic Knockatee so beloved of Richard Mersey is very prominent across a sea inlet to the north - it's one of the most perfectly formed small summits in Ireland. For much of the first half of the walk the Dunkerrons to the Reeks on the Iveragh Peninsula are well displayed. At times even the Dingle peninsula can be seen. Later the view includes the Slieve Miskish area, Hungry Hill, the Knocknagrees, the Healy Pass and snatches of the Sheep's Head Peninsula. Then there are ever changing views into Rabach's Glen including huge rock formations and the ruins in the Pocket. This is some route ideally done in good visibility. It could be done in reverse also.

Note: No fee was required of us on this route.

Uploaded on: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 (18:41:20)
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British summit data courtesy:
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