In many views, the Knockmealdown Mountains appear as a series of rounded heathery summits separated by deep gaps. Motor roads offering easy access to a range of fine hill walks cross some of the gaps. The mountains are also crossed by three major way marked ways, so that a variety of walking opportunities can be enjoyed.
Hill walkers can climb the Knockmealdown Mountains from Newcastle and Clogheen on the northern side, or from Lismore and Cappoquin on the southern side. Any of these bases give good access to the higher parts of the range. Ground conditions are often dry and heathery, while forest tracks and narrow roads can be used to make easy approaches. The East Munster Way passes through the forests on the northern side of the range, while St Declan’s Way crosses a broad gap in the middle.
One of the features of the higher Knockmealdown summits is a prominent linear ditch. This marks the boundary between counties of Waterford and Tipperary, rising and falling over a series of rounded tops and broad gaps, offering a useful navigational aid throughout. Views embrace everything from the coast to neighbouring mountain groups.
Further westwards, the Knockmealdown Mountains dwindle in height, but still offer a fine variety of easy walks over gentler hills. Approaches can be made from the little village of Ballyporeen or the wonderfully quiet Araglin Valley. The Araglin Valley also features a good stretch of the way marked Blackwater Way, which can be followed to or from The Gap above Clogheen, where it links with the East Munster Way.