A Route Card for the Maamturks (Direction: to Leenane)

The Turks can be considered as divided into four pieces by three main passes: at Maumean/ Patrickswell (with lake), at Mám Ochóige (with lake) and at Maam Turk (no lake, very steep, narrow col).  This routecard therefore is shown in four sections.  Routecards are all very well but they are no substitute for having a map, compass and your own clear way of selecting your route.  The column Nais below represents Naismith time (12 min/ km + 1 min/ 10m height gain).   Absolutely no other allowance for the time taken to cover the ground has been used.   You will need to compensate for rough ground, taking time to navigate in mist,  getting tired, stops etc.

Notes.
The initial leg deliberately goes left to reduce even higher gradient than it has.
We recommend using Turn 5 and a descent to the left as safer and quicker than heading down the ridge to Loch Mham Ochóige
particularly in mist.
The "GPSID" field relates to the waypoint identifiers used in the GPS route presented here.
An alternative, more formatted route card is available here.

Recent organised walks take a more northerly route after Meall Cheo - If you want to do this, take the ridge towards Búcán and at the middle of the col turn north and head down the valley there, then east on the Western Way to Leenane.

A Route Card for

The Maamturks

Places .......................................................

Navigation to Leenane..........................

Statistics .................................

Height

Distance

Bearing

Nais

Cum Time

Heigt +/-

Grad-ient

Climb

Name GPSID

m

m

Mag

min

hh:mm

m

%

Cum %

Start  (969496) START

99

 

0

Pt on slope TURN

150

760

224º

14

00:14

51

6.7

2

Corgemore/ Corcóg CORCOG

613

1266

285º

61

01:15

463

36.6

22

Turn towards col TURN 2

480

647

324º

8

01:23

-133

-20.6

22

Crúiscin COL

380

471

274º

6

01:29

-100

-21.2

22

Shannagirah /Mullach Glas MLCHGLAS

624

704

244º

33

02:01

244

34.7

32

South of Big North Lake NOFNLAKE

590

362

244º

4

02:06

-34

-9.4

32

Col (NW of Mullagh Glas) COL2

530

304

309º

4

02:09

-60

-19.7

32

Eastmost Pond SOFEPOND

610

889

298º

19

02:28

80

9.0

36

Binn Mhór (Trig pillar) BINN MHOR

663

532

258º

12

02:40

53

10.0

38

Binn Ramhar 3 ponds in NS row NOF3PONDS

590

530

312º

6

02:46

-73

-13.8

38

S end of Col S ENDCOL

275

873

302º

10

02:57

-315

-36.1

38

Chapel   Maumeen/ Mám Éan ORATORY

259

551

325º

7

03:03

-16

-2.9

38

Pt on Ridge TURN 3

550

704

343º

38

03:41

291

41.3

51

Binn Chaonaigh BNCHNGH

633

517

16º

15

03:55

83

16.1

54

Pt on Ridge TURN 4

580

294

284º

4

03:59

-53

-18.0

54

Saddle COL 3

525

230

338º

3

04:02

-55

-23.9

54

Top at 650 TOP 650

650

700

353º

21

04:23

125

17.8

60

Top  at 659 TOP 659

659

130

329º

2

04:25

9

6.9

60

Col  COL 4

625

223

269º

3

04:28

-34

-15.2

60

Flat top FLATTOP

683

275

276º

9

04:37

58

21.1

62

Barrslievnaroy/ Binn idir an Dá Log BNIDRNDLG

702

288

353º

5

04:42

19

6.6

63

N. BiaDL N BIADL

693

205

14º

2

04:45

-9

-4.4

63

Pt on slope to left of ridge TURN 5

450

485

279º

6

04:50

-243

-50.1

63

L Mham Ochóige LOCMAMOCH

380

673

331º

8

04:58

-70

-10.4

63

Small Saddle COL5

365

76

307º

1

04:59

-15

-19.7

63

Small Bump BUMP

370

35

330º

1

05:00

5

14.3

63

Maumahoge Col COL6

345

116

306º

1

05:02

-25

-21.6

63

Knocknahillion Side / Cnoc na hUilleann CNCNHULN

500

453

301º

21

05:23

155

34.2

70

Col Veer Left Initially COL7

495

410

331º

5

05:28

-5

-1.2

70

Maumeen/ Mám Éan MAUMEEN2

540

259

348º

8

05:35

45

17.4

72

E of Pond E OF POND

505

166

339º

2

05:37

-35

-21.1

72

Barrlugrevagh BRRLGRVGH

555

443

298º

10

05:47

50

11.3

74

Plateau on Letterbreckaun PLATLTTBRK

650

716

300º

18

06:06

95

13.3

78

Letterbreckaun/Binn Bhriocáin BNBHRCN

667

314

282º

5

06:11

17

5.4

79

Pt on Plateau  TURN6

650

279

75º

3

06:14

-17

-6.1

79

Small Pond on Saddle POND 1

580

329

61º

4

06:18

-70

-21.3

79

Top TOP600

600

114

66º

3

06:22

20

17.6

80

Gowlaunard GOWLNRD

435

1024

324º

12

06:34

-165

-16.1

80

Maam Turk (Holy Well) MAAMTURK

355

329

52º

4

06:38

-80

-24.3

80

Ridge Maumturkmore RIDGEMTM

450

243

36º

12

06:50

95

39.1

84

Top TOP480

480

373

309º

7

06:58

30

8.0

85

Top TOP465

465

386

340º

5

07:02

-15

-3.9

85

Saddle COL8

365

333

44º

4

07:06

-100

-30.0

85

Top TOP390

390

180

31º

5

07:11

25

13.9

86

Gleniska GLENISKA

340

499

350º

6

07:17

-50

-10.0

86

Col of Despondency COLDESPOND

255

263

67º

3

07:20

-85

-32.3

86

Ridge RIDGE

555

1438

37º

47

08:07

300

20.9

99

Meall Cheo MEALLCHEO

578

456

325º

8

08:15

23

5.0

100

Lochán/ Pond POND 2

430

1327

20º

16

08:31

-148

-11.2

100

Road (873618) ROAD873618

3

1140

59º

14

08:45

-427

-37.5

100

Map length, metres =

24314

          Cum climb m. =

2336

Cum descent m. =

Imperial measure, miles=

15.11

Climb, feet.

7664

-2432

Revised: April 2006.
Simon J Stewart, © 1995 - 2007 c/o the Ramblers, Wayfarers, Dublin.  www.simonstewart.ie

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