Knockastakeen and Lough Muskry B
Slieve Bloom B
Coum Mahon and Coum Tay A
Glasha Gorge C
Nire Valley Horseshoe A
Coumalochas and Coumfea B
Corbally Wood C
Knockanaffrin Ridge A
Comeragh East Wall A
Kilsheelan Woods C
Brandon Hill B
Caher and Carrauntoohil A
Croney Hill and Lough Mohra C
Glenpatrick Bridge C
Scafell Pike A
Crinkle Crags A
Rothay Loop B
Glounreagh and Attychrann Valleys C
Lyracappul and Carrigabinnia A
Kockastakeen and Galtybeg A
Mahon Valley C
Ridge of Capard boardwalk on Slieve Blooms
Some Rambler Walks 2016-17
Croughaun after Christmas
Barrow Way C Lough Curra B Long Hill and Lachtnafrankee B Kilsheelan Woods C Coumalochas Horseshoe B Slievenamon B Coumknockaun and Coumtay Horseshoe A Crotty`s Lake and Rock B Croughaun B Ahenny and Knockroe C Brandon Hill B 792 and Knockaunapeebra A Ned Curran`s and Coumtay B Vee Woods C Knockshanahullion B Milk Hill B Glenshelane C Boolas B Knockmealdown Ridge A Kilcash Woods C Slievecushabinnia-Farbréaga Horseshoe A Knockanaffrin from Moanyarha B Lough Mohra C Croagh Patrick B Keenagh Loop and Knockaffertagh B Mweelrea A Glounreagh Horseshoe A Farbréaga Comeraghs B Dolomites Walks
Descending Ben Lugmore on Mweelrea walk
Some Rambler Walks 2015-16
On the Spink
Farbréaga in Knockmealdowns B Knockshanahullion B Sturrakeen B Coumalocha and Coumfea Horseshoe A Tipperary Heritage Trail C Comeragh East Wall A Ned Curran`s C Knockanaffrin Ridge A Mt. Leinster B Kilcash Woods C Knocksheegowna B Lachtnafrankee B Mahon Valley C Farbréaga Comeraghs B Crotty`s Rock B Castlemorris Woods C Boolas B Knockaunapeebra and 792 A Galtymore from Black Road A Farbréaga and Slievecushabinnia Horseshoe A Brandon Hill B An Bearna Breac Windgap C Knocknagnav and Crohaun Horseshoe A Knockmealdown in the snow A Cummeengeera Horseshoe A Coomarkane Valley B Old Kenmare Road C Carrigavantry Reservoir C Templehill A Glenpatrick Bridge C Derrybawn Ridge and the Spink B Austrian Tirol Walks
Above Seebensee in Tirol
Some Rambler Walks 2014-15
Ballyhouras B Knockanask and Knocknasculloge B Dunhill Castle and Annestown Beach C
Borheen Lough to Lough Curra B Milk Hill B Knockanaffrin Ridge A Kilcooley Abbey C Coumshingaun and Crotty`s Rock B Coumduala-Gap-Boolas A Crotty`s Lake B Seefin B Galtymore A Glenshelane C
Lough Muskry Loop A (above) Coumtay and Knockaunapeebra A Slievenamon from the north A Raven`s Rock C Coumlara and Sgilloges B Knocknafallia and Knocknagnav B Kilcash Woods C
Knockmealdown Ridge A Lyreacappul A Long Hill and Lachtnafrankee B Copper Coast C Lough Mohra BBQ Walk C Errigal A
Slieve League A (above) Mangerton A
Some Rambler Walks 2013-2014
Araglin River Valley B
South Leinster Way C Crotty`s Rock B Glenary Valley C Slievenamon B Coumknockaun and Seefin B Knocksheegowna B Coum Éag Loop B Lachtnafrankee B Galtees Horseshoe A Farbréaga B Galtybeg and Grenane A Dunmore East C Passage East C Mount Leinster B 792 and Mahon Falls A Nire Lakes B Ned Curran`s C Glenshelane C Glenmoylan and Knockmoylan B Knocknalougha B Glenpatrick Bridge C Glencorbet Horseshoe A (above) Western Way C Diamond Hill C Ben Nevis A Buachaill Etive Mór A (above) West Highland Way B Carrauntoohil A Binnians Ridge A Slieve Donard A Some Rambler Walks 2012-2013 Lough Muskry A Coumlara B
Slievenamon B Coumshingaun B Comeragh Plateau A Glenstookaun A Comtay and Leacatsimlay B Lachtnafrankee B 792 via Mahon Falls A Knockshanhullion B Mount Brandon A (below) Carrauntoohil A Boolas-Gap Horseshoe A Lough Curra B Luggala B Barrow Way C (above) Munster Way - 5 legs C Galtymore A Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn B Snowdon A The Glyders A Lough Mohra and Knocksheegowna B Farbréaga B Knockmealdown A Knocknagnauv and Knocknafallia A Lough Anscaul B SomeRambler Walks 2011-2012
Glenpatrick Bridge C
Knockanaffrin Ridge A
Nire Horseshoe A
Comeragh East Wall A
Coum Éag B
St. Declan`s Way and Knocknagnav B
Black Head in the Burren B
Scafell Pike A (at Stockley Bridge, above)
Some Rambler Walks 2010-2011
Ned Curran`s C Kilmacoliver Hill C Knockshanahullion B Lough Mohra C The Gap and Boolas B Colligan Valley A Carrigcam C Lachtnafrankee and Long Hill B Farbréaga from Kilrossanty B Sgilloges B Coumshingaun C Portlaw Woods C Comeragh East Wall A Mahon Óg and 792 A Moanyarha B Newtown Woods C Slievenamon B Brandon Hill B Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe A Knockmealdown and Glengalla Wood A Curraheen C Nire Horseshoe A Raven`s Rock C Croney Hill C Lough Muskry B O`Loughlin`s Castle B The Gap B
Carrauntoohil A (above)
Some Rambler Walks 2009-2010
Knocknaclugga in Knockmealdowns - Grade B Borheen Lough-Galtymore A Coolishal and Portlaw Woods - both C The Gap and Boolas B Comeragh Plateau A Coum Knockaun B Boolabrien Ridge A Russellstown Wood C Milk Hill B Crotty`s Rock and Lake B Coumshingaun B Kilclooney Wood and Ashtown C Coumduala and Knockanaffrin Ridge B Carrigsheegowna and Shauneenbréaga B Slievenamon B
Glasha Gorge and Croney Hill - both C
Nire Lakes B
Long Hill and Lachtnafrankee A
Newtown Woods C
Suir Towpath C
Melleray and Knocknafallia B
Galtymore-Cush Horseshoe A
Liam Lynch Monument-Crohán B
Camaderry Ridge and Glendalough A (above)
Blackstairs and Mt.Leinster B
Walk 1 Glenpatrick Bridge Loop Grade C 9 km 2 hrs.
Start: Glenpatrick Bridge Picnic Area - S293195. Follow the Glasha stream west through Coolishal Woods to Harney`s Cross, return along the Old Military Road with good views of Knockanaffrin Ridge.
Walk 2 Coumshingaun Loop Grade B 6 km 2.5 hrs.
Start: Kilclooney Wood - S341102. Go west then south through Kilclooney Wood before exiting the trees and turning north, passing the entrance to Fáscoum corrie, finally climbing into Ireland`s largest and best known glacial hollow.
Walk 3 Cruachán Déiseach Loop Grade C 6.5 km 2 hrs.
Start: Mauma Road S278019. Cruachán means rocky hill. There are two Cruacháns in Waterford. This one is located just south of the Monavullagh Ridge and gives great views over Dungarvan Bay.
Walk 4 Carey`s Castle Loop Grade B 14 km 4 hrs.
Start: Old Bridge Clonmel S202220. Follow the East Munster Way to the Holy Cross over Clonmel. From there do an anti clockwise loop via Carey`s Castle and the valley of Glenary, returning to the cross and back to the Old Bridge.
Walk 5 Coumtay Loop Grade B 10 km 3.5 hrs.
Start: Mahon Falls car park S314078. Coumtay is the coum just west of Coum Mahon. Follow the road south for a short while before picking up a path west into Coumtay. Visit the atmospheric ruin of Ned Curran`s on the way.
Walk 6 Coumalocha and Coumfea Loop Grade B 10 km 4 hrs.
Start: Nire car park S277128. A clockwise loop through some of the Nire coums occupied by some sizeable lakes.
Walk 7 Monavullagh Ridge Linear Grade A 12 km 5 hrs.
Start: Mauma Road S278019. This linear walk was one of the highlights of the year`s walking. Follow the southern ridge of the Comeraghs (knowns as the Monavullaghs) from south to north, passing Coum Éag, Coumaraglin, Coum Knockaun, Coumalocha, Coumtay and descending Comeragh Mountain to the finish at Mahon Falls car park.
Walk 8 Raven`s Rock Loop Grade C 10 km 2.5 hrs.
Start: Harney`s Cross S261204. Follow the East Munster Way west through Coolishal Wood for about four kilometres before turning back west along other forest paths north of Burnt Rock to the vantage point of Raven`s Rock, which overlooks Clonmel.
Walk 9 Cruachán Paorach Grade B 14 km 4hrs.
Start: Kilclooney Wood S341002. The other “rocky hill” in Waterford. This one is named after the Anglo Irish Power dynasty. Cross the main road and follow a mix of woodland paths and back roads to climb this hill situated east of Coumshingaun and overlooking Clonea.
Walk 10 Coumduala Linear Grade B 11km 3 hrs.
Start: Glenpatrick Cross S283187. A walk on forest tracks along the edge of Knockanaffrin Ridge with a short hop across the open mountain to Lake Coumduala, birthplace of the Clodiagh river.
Walk 11 Slievenamon Grade B 9 km 3.5 hrs.
Start: Kilcash S315281. Tipp`s iconic mountain. Follow the path to the top. Return the same way or head south and pick up the path above Kilcash Wood back to the start.
Walk 12 Knockmealdown and Sugarloaf Loop Grade A 10 km 4.5 hrs.
Start: The Vee S030100. Climb the steep slope to Sugarloaf, then follow the county boundary wall between Waterford and Tipperary to Waterford`s highest point, Knockmealdown at 794 metres. Head south west and pick up the R 669 back to the Vee.
Walk 13 Galtymore Linear Grade A 10.5 km 4 hrs.
Start: Parking area on minor road near Skeheenarinky R893204. Follow the Black Road (old turf road) to the top of Ireland`s highest inland mountain at 919 metres. Return via Galtybeg.
Walk 14 Cnocán an Phíobaire and 792 Loop Grade A 9.5 km 4.5 hrs.
Start: Mahon Falls car park S314078. An alternative walk this to the intended plateau loop. Went up by the fence to the west of Coum Mahon, veered east at the top of the falls and climbed Cnocán an Phíobaire on the way to 792. Descended in the fog along the Mahon Óg.
Outside of Kerry and Wicklow, the Comeraghs is the most spectacularly glaciated area in Ireland. The nine square kilometre area of the Central Comeragh Plateau is encircled by no less than nine coums. Surely this makes it the most glaciated piece of real estate in Ireland! Here is some
information on some of the glacial features to be found on our local mountains.
What is a “coum”?
A Coum ( “com” in Irish, “corrie” or “coire” in Scots` Gaelic, “cirque” in French and “cwm” in Welsh) is the birth place of a mountain glacier (a river of ice). How old are the Comeragh coums? According to Frank Mitchell, one of Ireland`s leading authorities on glaciation, most of the ice sculpting which created the coums was done between about 300,000 and 130,000 years ago. How many coums in the Comeraghs? There are at least 14. Here goes: Lough Mohra, Lough Coumduala, Crotty`s, Coumshingaun, Fáscoum or Kilclooney, Coum Mahon, Coumtay, Coum Knockaun, Coum an Éag, Coumfea, The Coumalochas, The Sgilloges, Coumlara and Coum Iarthar or The Boolas. How many have lakes? Nine. Mohra, Coumduala, Crotty`s, Coumshingaun, Coumtay, Coumfea, The Coumalochas, The Sgilloges and The Boolas. What is the most spectacular coum? Many believe it is Coumshingaun. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of a classic armchair or bowl shaped glacial hollow in Britain or Ireland. It`s backwall drops a sheer 400 metres, well over 1200 feet, and it`s lake measures in excess of 35 acres. What is the longest coum? Coum Iarthar or the Boolas. It measures over 1.1 km from the “lip” moraine at the mouth to the cliff wall at the back. What is the largest coum? The Coumalochas, one of the feeder coums at the head of the NireValley. Measured from behind the “lip” to the bottom of the cliffs all around, it is almost 1 sq. km. in area. What is the highest lake? The innermost of the four Boolas, at 560 metres above sea level.
What is an”arête”? A French word, it is a narrow cliff-sided ridge between two coums. There is a very good example between Coumshingaun and Fáscoum. What is a “moraine”? Another French word for a glacial feature. Basically, a moraine is a low ridge of unsorted glacial debris, mainly large boulders, left by moving and melting glaciers. Many lateral (running along the side of the coums), transverse ( running across), and end (the lip at the mouth of the coum that often ponds in the lake) moraines can be found in the Comeraghs. What is a “tarn”? Essentially tarns are the lakes that occupy some coums. The name comes from “tjorn”, a Viking word meaning “tear shaped”. They vary in size, for example Coumshingaun is a tarn but so too are the six or seven small lakes in Coumtay. What is an “erratic?” A large boulder transported by a glacier. Sometimes they occur in large numbers down slope from a coum, as at Fáscoum. What is a “u-shaped valley”? The straight, steep sided, flat floored valley through which a large glacier travelled slowly over a long period of time. The Nire and Mahon valleys are considered good examples. What is a “hanging valley”? A valley left high above the main glaciated valley, probably occupied by a glacier but by a much smaller one than that of the main valley. The Comeraghs don`t have any hanging valleys, the inner coum above the main coum in Crotty`s is the nearest thing. What is a “col”? A dip in a ridge, often called a saddle or gap because of it`s shape. Glacial erosion and frost action may have helped to lower ridges at narrow points. A col often indicates the path melt water took at the time of glacial melting. “The Gap” between the Nire and Rathgormack is a good example, as is “Bealach an Mháma” or the Mauma road between Crohaun and the Monavullagh Ridge. What are “ribbon lakes”? Often called “pater noster” or “rock basin” lakes or “loganna”. A “Log” means a hollow in Irish and these lakes were created in glacial valleys by a combination of glacial plucking to create the hollow and morainic deposition to impound the water. There are often a number of lakes laced together by a stream and in some valleys there may be a noticeable drop in elevation from the innermost to the outermost lake, hence the term “glacial staircase”. The Boolas is the only Comeragh example. What is a”nunatak” or “pyramidal peak”? A mountain top that stood above the level of the glacier. Also called “Matterhorn peaks”. They may also have been created when the high ground between a few adjacent coums was sharpened and steepened. Stookeenmeen near Coumshingaun and especially Knockanaffrin are good Comeragh examples.