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Colin Murphy: Track 5073 in area near Cnoc na Searrach, Derryveagh Mountains (Ireland)
Longish walk to isolated top
Length: 8.9km, Creator time taken: 3h52m, Ascent: 637m,
Descent: 636m

Places: Start at B9331012712, Cnoc na Searrach, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

Crocknasharragh is a fairly isolated top, which is almost a 5km walk in due to the zigzagging nature of the terrain, and although a Carn, it requires about 400m ascent. There is parking for 2/3 cars at the northern tip of Lough Barra.
Lough Barra in all its glory
There is also a larger parking/picnic area about 300m SW along the R254. I ascended directly up the steepish slope over rough grass and muddy spots, although quite manageable. The slope eases for a while at about 200m ascent, where I turned west for about 500m before another steepish section. The views on the ascent over Lough Barra were tremendous on the glorious day I had.
The River Barra meandering from the lough.
As I gained height the grassy surface was gradually replaced with a mixture of rocks, grass, some heather and some boggy patches. I continued in a general NW direction for about 1.5km, before turning more directly west, dropping a little to a broad col.
Crocknasharragh finally appeared 1.5 hours into walk.
It was only around this point, 1.5 hours into the walk, that I first caught sight of Crocknasharragh, a prominent rounded hill rising from boulder/rock-strewn surroundings. I had to negotiate an unpleasant but small area of peat hags in the col. The last 1km was a fairly gentle climb up the eastern slope.
One of the many interesting boulders on the summit, with Errigal in the distance.
The summit is an interesting area, with some unusual boulders, a few of which look like they’ve been stood upright by human hands, but are probably the result of natural forces. The high point is marked by a large cairn and a trig pillar. My return route was a bit to the south and avoided most of the peat hags.
Summit trig and cairn.

Uploaded on: Fri, 26 Apr 2024 (11:06:51)
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