Ascent of Knockanallig on 2018-12-07

Climber: David Howells

Date:Friday, December 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:876 ft / 267 m

Ascent Trip Report

Knockanallig, Bere Island, Country Cork, Ireland (Marilyn).
I’m keeping these summaries short as I’m on a two month tour of Ireland and there’s a lot of hills to hike and therefore lots of entries.
All mapping used are view ranger digital OS 1:50 or 1:25. You will get the best results by uploading my wikiloc gpx giles into this mapping software.
This was a great hike around Bere Island after I had parked up in a car park in Castletown on the mainland. I caught the 9am ferry to the western end of the island which took 20 mins. Ferries go to the eastern end of the island too from Beal Lough and you can do a great walk from the eastern side as well. The island is a super place for a hike with a couple of decent sized hills in the west and several other ‘humps’ with Martello towers on them in the east. If it was summer I’d have done a 30k+ route to link everything up. Anyway on a very windy cloud swept day I left the ferry point wanting to hike the highest peak by combing the lighthouse loop with the doonberg Loop. Heading south you turn first right (W) after 800m and follow a rough vehicle track all the way to the lighthouse. It climbs steadily and the views are great. At the lighthouse you head NE for a good 2km on a trail marked by posts. Eventually you get to a ruined napoleonic signal tower. The views are great and you can see Knockafallig across the valley. You drop down east into the said valley and follow a variety of tracks and trails until you hit a wide track heading south by spot height 173. This good track brings round to the north right under the quite imposing craggy east face of Knockanallig. This track is marked the Beara way on the map. The track runs directly underneath a 100m+ high rock face so I decided to walk past the summit area by about 300m where it was easy to get on the ridge and head upwards and south. Basically you now run opposite but parallel to the track you walked up on but obviously higher up. There is a trail and this is marked by posts *yellow markers. It’s not long before you get to the cairned summit with fantastic coastal views all round. You then drop down SW following the posts. The trail gets vague now and yellow marks start appearing on rocks in addition to the posts.
Now the Doonberg Loop takes you on a big southern anti clockwise loop here. I followed the marked rocks and posts and my gpx route ended up at variance to the route marked on the map. Follow my gpx trail as it is correct. It gets rough and boggy but not that bad. The views of the eastern end of the island with the humps and Martello towers are superb. The loop does drag on a bit and the path does get vague but keep looking for the marked rocks and posts. The route is also very undulating. Eventually you will get to a sizeable historically authentic standing stone where there are great views to be had. This also marks the end of the rough hiking as you are now back on tarmac. Simply follow the road now all the way back to the ferry terminal. Now I will say that this is a great hiking island and this is a really good route. I loved it despite strong winds, drizzle and shotgun hailstones. The views are great all round but I will come back and when I do I’ll take in the eastern end.
All in all 17.5kms with a surprising 882m of ascent gone in 4hrs 35min. Simply superb!

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2894 ft / 882 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2894 ft / 882 m
    Grade/Class:Moderate hike
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Hail, wind, drizzle and blue skies!
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2894 ft / 882 m
    Loss on way in:2894 ft / 882 m
    Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Start Trailhead:876 ft / 267 m
    Time:4 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Howells
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