I had been wanting to do this walk for a while. Two weeks ago, when I went for a little hike up Knockanoughanish my eye fell on the little mountain track going up from the R571 main road onto Knockreagh.
As I read up on Knockreagh on mountainviews I learnt of a bigger looped walk taking in several mountains. It made sense on the map. The first nice day, I decided, I should try it. Today was one of the finest days in a while, the October sun beaming down solidly, and thus it was done.
The mountain track from the R571 onto Knockreagh is easy going and it leads almost all the way to the summit. Meanwhile the views over the Kenmare river, the Dunkerron mountains and the McGillaCuddy Reeks are fantastic, especially on a clear day like today.
From the summit of Knockreagh, it’s easy to see where next to go. The slightly taller summit of Coomnadiha looms on the horizon. At 650 meters tall, Knockatee and Knoughanoughanish look puny. I was truly blown away by the view from the summit. On the south side, you can see Kenmare and the windmills and hills behind Kilgarvan. The north side looks out over Bantry Bay, Whiddy Island and the Sheep’s Head peninsula. On the east it’s Gleninchaquin and the entire mountain range between Glengarriff and Kenmare that fills the panorama.
On the west, it’s our next destination: Droppa and Cummeenbaun. They are slightly less tall than Coomnadiha so it didn’t take me lots of climbing to get there. The terrain up here is relatively flat upland bog, it is extremely wet so going can be slow.
Cummeenbaun would be my last summit of the day. I had thought it would take me maybe an hour tops to get back to the main road. How wrong was I. The terrain required lots of attention: uneven tall grass, very wet bogland, rocky and steep slopes. Eventually I made it down into the valley where I met the Glentrasna River. I had to walk downstream for a mile or so to find a place to cross (although I was fully aware another mile downstream there is a bridge). Now all there was between me and victory was a field full of cows and their produce. Lovely!