After descending from the mountains the final 10 km of our walk followed the East Munster Way and later the Tipperary Heritage Way, two long distance footpaths which end near the Knockmealdown mountains. The Tipperary Heritage Way is a 55km path between Cashel and the Vee while the East Munster Way is a 70 km walk from Clonmel to Clogheen, the...more
After descending from Crohan West we found ourselves in a conifer forest, 10km from the car park where the walk ended. We got lost initially and only knew where we were when we came across the Liam Lynch monument, which was marked in the OS map.This is an impressive monument to a local man who fought in Ireland’s War of Independence against Britain...more
A quick detour from the path between Sugarloaf Hill and Knockmealdown takes you to Knockshane, the second highest peak in the Knockmealdown range, at 768m. The path to Knockshane can also be used as an alternative descent from Knockmealdown. It’s worth making the detour for the views to Knockmealdown as it’s possibly the best viewpoint available...more
After climbing Knockmealdown many people turn back and head down via Sugarloaf Hill or by Knockshane, the second highest peak. An alternative is to extend the walk to take in the eastern Knockmealdown peaks. These aren’t as high but the scenery is equally good so this is the path we chose. We descended from Knockmealdown via the steep south east...more
Knockmealdown is the highest peak in the Knockmealdown mountains and is the goal of most walkers who hike in the range. The name comes from the Irish “Cnoc Meal Mhaoldomhnaigh”, which means Muldowney’s Hill. The summit is marked by a trig stone and on a clear day offers superb views. The views to the south include Dungarvan Harbour,Youghal in...more
Crohan West was the final summit we reached in the Knockmealdowns. By this time we were soaked and looking forward to getting down from the mountains. The mist was coming down fast, it was very windy and it there was even a bit of hail as we reached the summit. On a fine day the views are supposed to be superb. Unfortunately, we could only see...more
The Knockmeladowns are split between counties Waterford and Tipperary and the border passes through many of the summits in the range, including Sugarloaf Hill, Knockmealdown and Knocknagauv. Parts of an old border wall can still be seen between these three peaks, making the path much easier to follow in places.more
Sugarloaf Hill was the first summit we climbed in the Knockmealdowns. It takes an hour from the Vee to reach the summit, along a path which is rather poor in places. The summit is marked by a cairn and there are excellent views in all directions. Especially towards the Galty mountains to the north, and to Knockmealdown, the highest in this range,...more
It can be easy to lose your way in the Knockmealdown mountains, even with an OS map and a compass. The paths in the smaller, less-popular eastern peaks are especially bad.
After hiking past Knocknafallia we had to cross Knockmeal to get to Crohan West. However, it was difficult to see the path. We ended up on a different path which went around the mountain, but, knowing this was going the wrong direction, we had to turn back. Eventually we climbed Knockmeal through the heather and the long gorse and eventually found the path near the summit. Down below it had been completely eroded.
Hiking boots are essential in the Knockmealdowns. Many of the paths are poorly maintained and you may have to walk over boggy ground and puddles (see picture 2).
The weather in Ireland is famously changeable and nowhere is this more apparent than in the mountains. During our hike we had rain, sun, high speed winds, mist, and hail stones. It's important to bring suitable waterproof gear.
Miscellaneous: An OS map and a compass are essential items in the mountains. There are no signposts so it can be easy to lose your bearings. OSI map No 74 is the one to use for the Knockmealdowns.
Also, a walking companion is very useful. We walked for over 8 hours through the mountains on a fine August day and we saw no one until towards the end of the hike. If you were on your own here and had an accident it might be days before anyone passes by. If you do plan to hike alone, make sure you tell someone at your hotel or campsite where you're going and what time you expect to be back at.
None of the mountains in the Knockmealdowns are too challenging but there are many distinct peaks which can be combined into a good walk.The peaks above 400 metres are (in descending order of height):Knockmealdown (794 m) Knockshane (768 m) Knocknafallia (668 m) Sugarloaf Hill (663 m) Knocknagnauv (655 m) Knockshanahullion (652 m) Knocknalougha...more
Clogheen is the nearest village to the Knockmealdown Mountains. In the village there are a couple of pubs, a Spar supermarket and a small grocery store but not a lot more. I didn’t see any restaurants or take-aways, so if you fancy a meal Clonmel or Cahir are the nearest towns. We returned from our hike one evening just in time to buy picnic food...more