At the summit of Curradrolan Hill, looking towards Crockdooish.
There was still enough snow about to make access by road to the bigger mountains problematic, so a few days after being up Curraghchosaly Mountain and Gortmonly Hill, I again made for one of the smaller outliers in the Sperrin Mountains, the 270m high Curradrolan Hill. There was also still the chance of “thundersnow” and after nearly being struck by lightning on Gortmonly Hill, I was still a bit wary, and wanted a hill that I could get down quickly! Curradrolan was perfect, as I was able to park on a road that traversed the lower slopes.
As I set off, the weather was actually really good, and I immediately encountered the first point of interest, a megalithic portal tomb, between 4000 and 4500 years old.
There were also instant views down over Lough Ash at the bottom of the hill, and beyond to larger Sperrin hills and mountains.
Crockdooish Hill, which I would also visit in the near future – the subject of a future post too.
A little mini cliff to be negotiated on the way to the top.
As I mentioned, my experience on Gortmonly Hill (see previous post) was still fresh enough in my mind to make me wary of lightning, and I nervously kept an eye on distant stormclouds. They kept their distance however, and I knew I could get down the small hill in minutes if needed.
It didn’t take long – ten or fifteen minutes, to get to the top and a small cairn.
From here, for such a small hill, the views were magnificent, taking in the surrounding hills and mountains, particularly the main Sperrin ridge.
The snow-capped Sperrins.
Up here, I also came across the grisly remains of what was probably a lamb, but looked like some bizarre crustacean from the seabed.
This point looked to be a little higher than the cairn.
The main Sperrin range in the distance.
Starting back down again.
Some rabbit or hare tracks, probably rabbit judging by the size, but I wouldn’t know enough to be sure.
Back down at the portal tomb, next to the road, I took a bit of time now to take a closer look. When it was excavated, the cremated remains of three people were found in the tomb.
And that was it for Curradrolan – a very short walk, but on the plus side, the views were great, the tomb was fascinating, and I wasn’t nearly killed by lightning!