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Mouldy Hill Hill Donegal County, in Binnion List

Height: 312m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2,7 Grid Reference: C35400 28900 This summit has been logged as climbed by 17 members. Recently by: cody1, mark-rdc, jmcg, Hilltop-Harrier, Garmin, AntrimRambler, Harry Goodman, shaunwilson, conor1, walkingnw, cerosti, NICKY, Peter Walker, three5four0, gerrym
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Longitude: -7.44617, Latitude: 55.106088 , Easting: 235400, Northing: 428900 Prominence: 167m,   Isolation: 5.4km
ITM: 635341 928882,   GPS IDs, 6 char: MldyHl, 10 char: Mouldy Hil

Mouldy Hill is the 1015th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mouldy Hill in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: Lough Swilly
 
panorama on Inishowen
by gerrym  18 Apr 2010
Mouldy Hill provides a much better experience than its name might suggest. It provides a great 3km walk along an broad undulating ridge high above Lough Swilly, with far reaching views. Lots of activity below but none up along the top.

Starting point is the large carpark at White Strand at approx 345302 A on the main road into Buncrana. Walk back to the Harbour Inn and take the short journey along Tank Rd, turn left onto Hillview road - passing caravan parks lumbering out of winter hibernation and the myriad of new build housing. At a white washed building turn right, dropping before rising up the hillside towards a dazzling display of gorse, with the smell of burning peat even on this sunny afternoon.

A wide road turns steeply right uphill (the hard hat on a post signalling the quarry ahead). Pass the large quarry gates after 20 minutes of walking and continue staright onto a rough track. Heaps of silt and murky ponds give visual clues to the hidden current workings. The track climbs its way up the side of the quarry with cracking views N to Slieve Snaght with patches of snow, Bulben, Urris HIlls and Raghtin. Forestry, first broadleaf and then conifer, accompanies the climb until the road crests and ends.

Cross the open hill SW over dull and lifeless heather to reach the top in one hour. From the small cairn the views stretch impressively along Lough Swilly - across to the golden sands at Rathmullan and down past Inch Island. Out west Knockalla, Loughsalt, Muckish, Errigal, the other Slieve Snaght and the Bluestacks stood out. South the Sperrins, with the distinctive drop from Sawel up to Dart. Scalp and Eskaheen blocked views beyond to the east and the views north were still there!

A short steep drop brings a line of undulating hills stretching to the cairn and cross . A fence traverses along the hills, occasionally dropping off towards Lough Swilly. Beautiful walking on a beautiful day, with the blue of the lough mirroring the blue of the sky and contrasting with the deep browns of the hills. The large wooden cross and cairn are certainly impressive and a short walk further SW brings lovely views over the marina to Inch Island. Drop down over rougher ground towards a small transmitter and houses - the road then winds steeply downhill to the main road.

Turn left and follow the busy road before crossing and taking the road to the marina. The golden sands of the beach beckon and hold attention all the way back to the carpark, though when the tide is in may have to walk atop the boulders beside the golf course. All in all took nearly three hours with stops. Great mix of walking - quiet roads and tracks, hillside, beach - and great views throughout. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/4645/
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Picture: Inch Island and Lough Swilly from Mouldy Hill
A cheating English peakbagger writes...
by Peter Walker  26 Oct 2010
I know it's probably belittling it a little, but once I got it into my head to try to get all 22 Inishowen tops done in four days I needed a quick way up Mouldy Hill. So I eschewed any coastal starts and studied the map, eyes alighting on the road running high up the south flank (past a settlement named Roosky on Sheet 7). There is a very short track marked as leaving the road at 359 281 B: on the ground it has a gate at the bottom and is almost opposite a farm. I managed to squeeze a car off the road a short way to the east.

Once over the gate the track soon ends at a fence, easily conquered by means of a gap at its right hand end where it meets another (no clambering required). You're now climbing between two fences (which on my visit formed comforting barriers between myself and the livestock): keep close in to the right hand one. At the top of the strip is another blocking fence: climb over a handy gate and a short plod leads to the ridge at 359 285 C.

From here said ridge provides tussocky but reasonable going to the top. A little energy could be conserved by cutting the ridge corner on the right (north-east), but that would rob you of the fine seaward prospect. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/6151/
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Picture: Letters may be missing but the intention is clear!
 
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by Harry Goodman  13 Mar 2012
I climbed Mouldy Hill on 5 Mar 2012 as my last but one hill on the mv Inishowen list. Having looked at the posts by those who had already been to the top I decided to follow part of gerrym's route. However, as I had no desire to walk on roads I drove up to the quarry and parked near the entrance gate at C3587330352 D. I then walked up the rough track to the left of the quarry gates. A short way up C3607829261 E I came to a locked gate bearing a somewhat mutilated notice but, even in the absence of some vital letters, clearly indicating "No Trespassing - Trespassers prosecuted" (see photo). Beyond the gate the track was fenced off on the left and unfenced to the right along a small pine forest. In view of this I took a track to the left and at its crest C3618629606 F crossed a fence and continued S up the heather clad ridge to its high point C3620029200 G before heading SW along the undulating heather covered ridge to a fence junction C3570629019 H. Once across I continued SW to another junction C3556628982 I and then in the same direction (along a fence line) to the top, a small grass and rock covered area C3537728852 J, adjacent to a small flat heathery mound. I mention this simply because some may argue that this flat topped mound is where the true high point lies and, visually, this would be arguable. This said the small rocky area has a few stones to mark the top and is I presume regarded locally as such. I returned by way of ascent. Up and down was under 5k. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/6713/
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Asses prosecuted?
by three5four0  4 Jul 2010
Climbed Mouldy Hill from the beach carpark at C345302 and followed gerrym's route described below. Fine views abound from the summit cairn, but with an approaching down pour, we made a swift turn around and descended by the way of ascent. After climbing over the gate, again, on the track at C360296 K, I noticed the sign attached to it. The sign has had it's lettering picked off in the 'Fawlty Towers' style, revealing that asses will be prosecuted!

The Cyclists Rest bar, on the road to Burnfoot, serves a good pint of Guinness, which I drank several of whilst watching German run rampant over Argentina. Worth a visit for that post hill pint. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/5919/
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SharonBree on Mouldy Hill, 2009
by SharonBree  24 Sep 2009
Started at housing estate at Fahan. Drove up to end of road in estate, fabulous views over Lough Swilly. Climbed up hill past transmitters, Fahan cross on right hand side and along ridge above Lisfannon to Mouldy hill. Descended to road at back of Cassidy's quarry and down to Gransha. Alot of barbed wire fences to get over, but fairly easy going and dry. Not a very long walk, but gave nice views of Buncrana and surrounding area. Watch out for rusty barbed wire on the ground in places! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/4133/
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colinmdean on Mouldy Hill, 2009
by colinmdean  5 Oct 2009
Started from Harbour Inn pub, nr. beach carpark at Ludden. Walk a few hundred yds along Tank road and up Hillview. Over gate at the end of Hillview and then follow track upwards through field. Track gradually disappears, but carry on pretty much straight up for direct route to highest point. Can get quite steep at times but not dangerous.

Fabulous views of Lough Swilly during ascent. From the summit can see up to the atlantic and down to Letterkenny, with Muckish and Errigal also clearly visible.

From summit, turn south west to walk along the ridge and down into Fahan, approximately 2 miles back to pub from Fahan, can all be walked on the beach. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/4185/
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