WALK REPORTS – Comeragh Mountains Sunday November 20th
Pat Sheehan led the Easy Walk last Sunday & started in the Comeragh Drive Road: Co-Ords S 271 016.
The group took the track North Westwards to Coumaraglin Mountain 617M. As we headed off across the snow covered terrain the sun was shining brightly & there was great visibility.
We had lunch at the stone circle, surveying the steep & slippery gradient of Seefin which the Short Walkers had the pleasure of climbing and the even greater pleasure of descending.
We retraced our steps back around the cliffs of Barnanmaddra Gap to the peak of Farbreaga (The False Man) so called because the cairn
of stones at the peak are said from a distance to resemble a man.
We rejoined the track we had walked up earlier & followed it down to our starting point.
The Walk took 4 hours to complete,at a leisurely pace,& for a November day the weather could hardly have been better.
The Short Walk with 12 commenced the walk at the foothills of Farbreaga – the false man! From there the group passed the Barnanmaddra Gap and continued to the saddle – with standing stone – and onto Seefin with a not dis-similar return route. In all the route involved approximately 11km & 650 metres cumulative ascent.
We had clear views of the snow-capped Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains.
Well done to three members who took the opportunity to put their recent map-reading theory-training into practice with able guide Donal O’Leary.The Short walk was led by Niamh Sherlock.
The moderate walk completed the circuit of Coumshingaun in the eastern Comeraghs. There were 10 in the group and, starting in Kilclooney wood, we did a clockwise traverse of the horseshoe. The weather was dry, bright and cool with snow and ice on higher ground. We completed the walk in four and a half hours, distance was 9km and the total ascent was 720m- Joe Murphy.