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Maximum height for area: 339 metres Summits in area: 33
OS Map(s): 24, 25, 26, 27, 27A, 28, 28A, 28B, 31, 32 for all tops Set Area Map On
   

Slieve Bawn Hill Roscommon County
Sliabh Bána A name in Irish (Language)
(Ir. Sliabh Bána [logainm.ie], 'mountain of Badbgna')
Height: 262 metres OS 1/50k Mapsheet: 40 for top
Grid Ref: M95476 74312 Latitude: 53.718614 Longitude: -8.069288
ITM: 595426 774329 Prominence: 207m   Isolation: 17.3km
Rating graphic. 6km NW of Lanesborough. The name has nothing to do with bán, 'white'. Bána is the modern form of Badbgna, name of a Fir Bolg chieftain of this area. In clear conditions it is possible to see as far as Crough Patrick. There is also a fine view of the many islands on Lough Ree. Has been called Aghalard.
Slieve Bawn is the 1136th highest summit in Ireland. Slieve Bawn is the second highest point in county Roscommon. Our data has reached 49% of the goal for this summit. (Details)
   

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Bawn in area North Midlands, County Roscommon, Ireland
Picture: You can't go wrong! Contract pics.
 
by wicklore  8 Jul 2009 Using the local minor roads we reached M960 735 (Point A) which is one of the places to enter the many forest tracks that weave over and around Slieve Bawn. There is no Coillte barrier so it’s possible to drive as far as you want to along the tracks. We met many other cars and motorbikes doing just this, and it seems to be a popular local activity. The tracks are more or less accurate as depicted on the OS map. Slieve Bawn consists of two summits about a kilometre apart. The northern summit, about 25 metres above the col, contains the mast and cross as shown in paddyhillsbagger’s photo. A kilometre to the south of this is the main summit which is about 37 metres above the col. This is where the summit trig pillar is which still retains a height bench mark plaque on its side that has disappeared from almost all other trig pillars. There is dense forestry around the main summit, so it was a relief to find a clear track up. When travelling along the forest tracks look out for the signpost at M956 744 (Point B), which points the way up to the summit. A 5 minute ramble up the track between the trees brings you to the summit trig at M954 743 (Point C). The expansive forestry on Slieve Bawn means that views can be sporadic as you travel along the tracks. From either summit views are good out to the west and north, while Lough Ree appears to the south from other points along the forest tracks. There was a nice feeling to this hill and it’s easy to see why it's popular with so many walkers and Sunday drivers.
Point A: M960 735 Point B: M956 744 Point C: M954 743
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by spoon  4 Nov 2008 Sliabh Bán is not so challenging and more suitable for a brisk walk out and about in the fresh air. With easy access there are several paths which can be taken so you can vary the length of your walk. The summit too is easily found and has as OS marker at the top but can be very muddy under foot, even in summer if there has been rain. On a clear morning it can be possible at times to see as far as Crough Patrick from the west side and from the opposite side there is a view of the many islands on Lough Ree.
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Drive-in top with poor views.
by simon3  5 May 2010 We couldn't find the first access point mentioned by wicklore as the place to enter the forest. A local man suggested that we turn NW at M96927279 (Point D) near a pub - this is on the road from Curraghcroe to Ballagh. Follow the forest roads and when there is a choice, take the turn that leads you nearest in bearing to the summit. You will come upon the sign mentioned by wicklore and then it's 250m to the top.
Views are as mentioned before "sporadic".
Point D: M9692 7279 (turn area map On)
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Picture: Trig and sky - not much else of a view from the top. Contract pics.
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by Alan Lee  5 Nov 2008 As Spoon said this is not very challenging but there are many paths and options through a considerably large forestry to vary your walk. As I live only 12 miles away I walk here quite frequently and seldom meet other walkers.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Bawn in area North Midlands, County Roscommon, Ireland
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by paddyhillsbagger  20 Jun 2009 The hill at the top of Lough Ree! Lovely views and loads of forest paths. Holy Cross next to phone mast and short muddy walk to trig.
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