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gerrym: Track 2341 in area near Mullaghcarbatagh, Sperrin Mountains (Ireland)
Walking the Mullaghs
Length: 18.5km, Creator time taken: 7h29m, Ascent: 927m,
Descent: 866m

Places: Start at H52069 91387, Mullaghcarbatagh, Mullaghclogher, Mullaghasturrakeen, Mullaghclogha, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

Starting point was the picturesque Drumnaspar picnic area at the western end of the Glenelly Valley. Plenty of parking space here beside the Glenelly River, though haven’t tried the picnic tables as yet!

A short walk further west along the road brings a turn right on to the Castledamph Road. This starts the journey uphill, with Glenmsass Burn tumbling down to the left. A large murder of crows was controlling the local airspace and lambs were skipping in the green fields. A local farmer had his eye on me as I was loitering with intent (to video) and we had a friendly chat and even an offer to call in next time I was in the area.

Views reached up Glensass to Mullaghcarbatagh which was bathed in sunshine in between showers. When the road levels out and just after a stand of young conifers turn left up a track and follow it for nearly 2 km as it rises up valley. A flag flies at times warning of shooting and the friendly farmer had told me they target shoot from the other side of the valley (helmets not required!).

At fork take poorer track to right to the head of valley then climb slope of Mullaghcarbatagh (517m). As near top ground is rockier and there is a near perfect cairn at the summit after an hour of walking. There is another cairn with a cross off to the north west which is worth visiting for its views. At the end of the Sperrins can see the windfarm on Owenreagh Hill and the large transmitter mast above the town of Strabane. To the south is Mullaghcarn with its distinctive communications masts atop.

Drop down steeply off the rocky top heading east, following a fencline like a rollercoaster over the tops to come, the first of which is Mullaghclogher. This is a fairly easy climb over good ground to reach the joining of three fences at the top in 20 minutes. Fantastic views up to Slieve Snaght and in a line down west to Muckish, Aghlas, Errigal and further down to the Bluestacks.!

A short steep drop brings the col with Mullaghasturrakeen. Again the fence is a followed, moving away at times to avoid wetter areas. As climb pass rocky areas on northern slopes where ravens soar, to the south the glacial breach of Barnes Gap is in full view. The summit yet again is marked by the joining of fences. The views to the north and west continue to be fantastic.

Drop down north east following the fence line to the next col over some very wet ground. The rise to Mullaghclogha is not too taxing in itself but added to what has gone gives it an additional bite. The fencelines meet and play merry but travel a little further to reach a small pile of stones for the top. Views open out further east from here to the rest of the Sperrins .

Return back over Mullaghasturrakeen and down to the col, where a rough track is followed down the valley, reaching old farm buildings and a surfaced lane. A right turn is taken and followed for 1 km before dropping down to the the main road and a short walk back to Drumnaspar picnic area.

Uploaded on: Fri, 27 Dec 2013 (22:23:36)
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