Cork Mountaineering Club

Munster’s longest established Hill Walking Club

Month: September 2019

Wednesday Evening 28 August 2019: Old Head of Kinsale

Eight walkers enjoyed this very pleasant route – the last of the summer evening walks for this year.  Our walk took us from the Garrylucas car park out as far as the Signal Tower on the western track, then back via the eastern track, as far as a laneway, which brought us full circle back to Garrylucas.  It was just beginning to get dark as we drove back to Cork.

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Sunday 25 August 2019: Mangerton via Punch Bowl

There were six walkers on this route too.  We went as far as the Punch Bowl.  The mist came in heavy, so did not continue to top.  The day was pleasant, though hot and humid.  All up and down safely.

Sunday 25 August 2019: Circuit of Gleann na gCapall

Six walkers set off in summer-like conditions.  All was well until we had crossed the Owgarriff River.  Then the midges attacked and continued to do so until we reached the top to cold, windy conditions, which made everybody very happy.  At the end, we were all happy with a good workout.

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Wednesday Evening Walk 14 August 2019: Knockadoon Head

There were 11 walkers out, and it was such a pleasant route that there was a suggestion that it be repeated as an annual event!

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Sunday 11 August 2019: Poet’s Way (Sheep’s Head)

There were eight people out on this very pleasant walk.  Apart from a very heavy shower at the start, the weather stayed fine for the day. The walk naturally fell into two distinct parts, the first along the spine of the peninsula with wonderful views over neighbouring Beara and Mizen.  After a refreshing cup of coffee at the lighthouse cafe the second half was mainly along the cliffs on the northern quieter side. The walk took just over four and a half hours.

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Sunday 11 August 2019: Coumasaharn Horseshoe

Six walkers enjoyed an excellent day.   There was a cold wind in places and conditions were somewhat wet underfoot. We began by climbing the steep face of Knocknaman that overlooks Cooomasatharn lake.  We then traversed Meenteog, Coomcarrea and Teermoyle. At this point, we made the decision to descend the arête over Coomreagh, as the full circuit over Drung Hill would have meant a late finish. We completed the walk in just over five hours.

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Wednesday Evening Walk 31 July 2019: Ballycotton Cliffs

Ten people joined the walk on the Ballycotton Cliffs.   It turned out to be a beautiful sunny evening with stunning views in all directions.  The cliff path was followed outward and back the same way.  Some of us went for an after-walk coffee and chat in Ballycotton.

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Sunday 28 July 2019: Mount Hillary

This, one of our favourite walks, was enjoyed by 11 walkers, in wonderful summer weather and with spectacular views.  They completed their day in traditional CMC fashion with refreshments in Mallow.

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Sunday 28 July 2019: Mount Brandon

Nine walkers enjoyed this inspiring route, starting at the Faha grotto. Ahead of us were local people doing the annual Féile na Lúnasa climb of Brandon. The weather gods had granted us ideal walking conditions, with extensive views as we climbed.  We had a short break in the coum before scrambling up the steep gully to the col, where we had great ocean vistas from Brandon Creek to Smerwick harbour we turned south to reach Brandon summit 952mtrs. Some opted to continue along the ridge to Brandon Peak, while others decided to return to Cloghane. Moving steadily along the ridge with views on our left down to the paternoster lakes and Loch Cruite we climbed Brandon Peak (840m) and Gearhane (803m). From here we descended steeply at first to reach the Owenmore river valley and the minor road leading back to Cloghane.  Then to Fermoyle beach for a welcome plunge in the surging surf.

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