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The Hag’s Glen Circuit – Cruach Mhór to Knockbrinnea

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Headed off to the mighty Reeks Saturday with my mate Colm to complete the circuit of the Hags Glen starting at Cronin’s Yard.

We started off the day by first taking in the magestic peak of Cruach Mhór.The forecast was for good sunny spells but soon we were pulling on the rain jackets and finding shelter ‘neath the boulders just under Cruach’s summit.  The rain eased and the cloud whipped away giving us the view you see here to the left.  We scrambled over slippy lichen covered rock more so than usual ( must be all the rain?!? ) still delighted to be on the majestic Eastern Reeks and happy to be out and about no matter what the weather!!!….
We slipped and slided our way along across The Big Gun Ridge to our next objective Knocknapeasta.(Cnoc na Peiste – “Hill of the serpent”) or Slug!!! 
From here we continued along the Eastern Reeks to take in Maolán Buí, Cnoc an Chuillin and Cnoc Toinne. From the top of The Devils Ladder we slogged up the final slopes to the top of Corrán Tuathail. Lots of people about as the Bike and Hike day in aid of Mercy Hospital Cork was being held today –
Congrats and well done by the way to everyone who took part in this,a cycle from Cork city and then a climb of Corrán Tuathail…. a truly fantastic achievement.
                      http://www.irishheart.ie/iopen24/bike-hike-t-10_26_621.html

From the summit of Corrán Tuathail we head across the superb Beenkeragh Ridge to Beenkeragh where we finally stop for our lunch!Should have brought a bit more with me as I think it’s time for a change from dry bread roll with banana!!!The shared kit-kat lifts the sugar levels and spirits and from here we begin the descent over the awkward boulder fields to the summit of Knockbrinnea.

 From here we headed down the long bracken covered slopes to hit the first of the bridges which take us back with aching knees to Cronin’s Yard! A big, big day and definitely one of the best in the country !!!! The delicious toastie and creamy coffee in Cronin’s was never so well earned..