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simon3: Track 3882 in area near Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
Length: 11.6km, Creator time taken: 5h36m, Ascent: 564m,
Descent: 575m

Places: Start at M02230 64705, Maumtrasna North-East Top, Buckaun East, end at Start
Logged as completed by 2
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possibly an Arderin Beg, however to confirm this will need survey quality measurement.
It also goes near Buckaun East Top. This summit doesn't quite make the criteria for an Arderin Beg, being around 5m short. Nevertheless it enjoys a very significant position. Incorporating it makes walking around Maumtrasna more interesting.
The route taken here does not go up the eastern nose of MNET.
On the right is the start of the approach to Maamtrasna NE Top.
Other shared tracks do take this steep route, however it is relatively straightforward to circle round the ridge and come at the top from the NE. This route is a little longer but is definitely safer and gives great views into the valley between Maumtrasna and Barnahowna.
Maumtrasna NE Top is an extremely minor bump, though nobody should be in an doubt that there are extreme slopes to its north and south particularly.
It makes for some great views over Dirkbeg Lough.
View of Dirkbeg Lough.

Walking around the head of the valley that Dirkbeg Lough is in, you will find extremely rough ground without any sign of a path.
Returning this route comes down off the south side of Buckaun, partly because the end of the ridge or at least its northern side is cliffy.
The rough end of Buckaun .. the route is on the left, south side.

All in all this route exploits the sides of Maumtrasna, way better than the flat top.

Uploaded on: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 (17:30:02)
Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/track/3882/  
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