Bunsen7: Track 4564 in area near Monabrack, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
Monabrack-Temple Hill Horseshoe with Return via Pigeon Rock Glen
Length: 14.3km, Creator time taken: 4h57m, Ascent: 1023m, Descent: 1042m
Places:Start at R86899 19663, Monabrack, Carrignabinnia, Lyracappul, Knockaterriff Beg, Knockaterriff, Temple Hill, end at Start Logged as completed by 1
A slight variation on other routes already posted which start from R868 196. The main difference being the return along the east bank of the river/stream in Pigeon Rock Glen. I understand that Pigeon Rock Glen is of interest to geologists as the river has cut through the sandstone to the older underlying rock. I could see the exposed rock at the bottom of the stream but was too focussed on keeping my footing to contrast it with sandstone at the time. This route is outlined in the John G O'Dwyer book on the Galtees, but I deviated to bag the Knockateriffs. 6 VLs in all on this walk, 3 of which have low prominence so not difficult to obtain. 2 of the Highest Hundred though (Lyracappul and Temple Hill), so it still racks up a bit of ascent. Joss Lynams "Best Irish Walks" also has describes this route, but in reverse. I waited for a clear day and enjoyed good views. I also had the pleasure of being accompanied by a small group of large birds overhead on the summit of Temple Hill, possibly a Red Kite or a Hen Harrier I would guess. The initial descent to the river bank at the head of pigeon rock glen could be slippery in wet conditions, a small modicum of care is required here as you may need to climb back up the deeply incised embankment to get around the interlocking streams. The valley widens as you turn east, stay north of the stream and you will avoid the bracken on the lower edges, eventually you find a track leading to a gate. You have to watch out for a left turn where the forestry edges right onto the road on the return - someone has put a piece of blue rope to mark this turn, which leads uphill to the ruined farmhouse.
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