Baraveha: source of the Blackwater

Patrick O’Brien tells us about a recent visit to Baraveha – the highest point in the Mullaghareirk Mountains.


17 Nov 2018: 

My son Dillon and I were heading for Ballydesmond to the source of the Blackwater and a nearby High Point at Baraveha

I had read that “The Source of the Blackwater” trail was an easy way to access this High Point but that due to the construction of a wind farm the walk was currently closed. We said we would go for a look anyway and were surprised to find the forest entrance open when we arrived.

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We used Peakhunter to drive to a spot close to the High Point which was right at the base of turbine one. This was slightly higher than the actual source of the Blackwater, a spot referenced by others as good access to the open mountain to reach the top.

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It was misty as we walked the single kilometre across quite boggy ground to the High Point marked by a single iron bar in the ground by a fence. With very little visibility we logged the High Point on Peakhunter and made our way back to the car.

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I guess the access issues will be sorted once the wind farm is finished and the loop walk returns to normal but for now it remains officially closed.

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