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Dublin/Wicklow Area   Wicklow Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,   Summits in area: 111,   Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 49, 50, 55, 56, 61, 62, Extent1 For all tops   Highest summit: Lugnaquilla, 925m

Summits in area Dublin/Wicklow:
Ballinacorbeg 336mBallinastraw 284mBallycurry 301mBallyguile Hill 188mBallyhook Hill 288mBray Head Hill 240mCarrickgollogan 276mCarrigeen Hill 298mCarrigoona Commons 242mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mCupidstown Hill 379mDunranhill 342mEagle Hill 296mKilleagh 249mKilliney Hill 153mKilmichael Hill 267mKilnamanagh Hill 217mKnockannavea 396mKnockree 342mMount Kennedy 366mSlieveroe 332mWestaston Hill 270m
Dublin Mountains:   Corrig Mountain 617.1mGlendoo Mountain 586mKippure 757mKnocknagun 555mPrince William's Seat 555mSaggart Hill 395mSeahan 647.3mSeefin 620.6mSeefingan 722.9mTibradden Mountain 467mTwo Rock Mountain 536m
Wicklow Mountains:   Annagh Hill 454mBallinacor Mountain 531mBallinafunshoge 480mBallineddan Mountain 652mBallycumber Hill 431mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mBaltinglass Hill 382mBarranisky 280mBenleagh 689mBlack Hill 602.2mBrockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCarrick Mountain 381mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCarrigleitrim 408mCarriglineen Mountain 455mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mChurch Mountain 544mCloghernagh 800mCollon Hill 238mConavalla 734mCorriebracks 531mCorrigasleggaun 794mCroaghanmoira 664mCroghan Kinsella 606mCushbawn 400mDerrybawn Mountain 474mDjouce 725mDuff Hill 720mFananierin 426mGravale 718mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mKeadeen Mountain 653mKirikee Mountain 474mKnocknacloghoge 534mLakeen 357mLittle Sugar Loaf 342mLobawn 636mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mLuggala 595mLugnagun 446mLugnaquilla 925mMaulin 570mMoanbane 703mMoneyteige North 427mMullacor 657mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 790mMuskeagh Hill 397mPreban Hill 389mScarr 641mSeskin 344mSilsean 698mSleamaine 430mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlievecorragh 418mSlievefoore 414mSlievemaan 759mSorrel Hill 599.5mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mStoney Top 714mStookeen 420mTable Mountain 701.7mTinoran Hill 312mTomaneena 681mTonduff 642mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTrooperstown Hill 430mWar Hill 686m
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War Hill Mountain Cnoc an Bhairr A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc an Bhairr [PNCW*], 'hill of the summit') Wicklow County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists

Height: 686m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O16895 11338 This summit has been logged as climbed by 514 members. Recently by: elarbee, TipsyDempy, jillsteer, Joshua3, edgard13, chalky, cmcgov, Glanman2, geohappy, tmcg, newpark-cc, Astrofizz01, tomodub, paddyman, glenn3ie
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Longitude: -6.253946, Latitude: 53.140034 , Easting: 316895, Northing: 211338 Prominence: 71m,   Isolation: 1.4km
ITM: 716819 711370,   GPS IDs, 6 char: WrHl, 10 char: War Hill

Price's suggested Irish derivation for War Hill, whilst possible, seems rather tautological and is not backed up by any Irish attestations. Barr is itself a common term denoting a hill and is usually the first element in names, e.g. Barr Trí gCom (Baurtregaum), Barr na Coilleadh (Barnakillew), etc. Also hill of the top seems a strange way to describe War Hill, since it's really only a lower outlier of Djouce. An alternative is that the name was created in English, and this is supported by a reference to a battle on War Hill in a letter written on 15th December 1838 by Eugene O'Curry. “In the Townland of Lackandarragh in the Powerscourt Parish they shew a place called the Churchyard, but it does not retain the least vestige of either a church or churchyard. Some say that it was the place of sepulture of persons killed in a battle fought between the English troops and the O’Tooles some three hundred years ago. This battle was fought on War Hill, immediately overhanging this Churchyard, on the opposite side of the river.” Of course, one would expect these events to give rise to Battle Hill, rather than War Hill, so this suggestion must also be considered tentative.   War Hill is the 129th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain War Hill in area Dublin/Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: The perfect dome of War Hill from Djouce.
 
Small cairn, big view and sapping heather.
Short Summary created by simon3  6 Nov 2011
War Hill has huge views over Wicklow. If you approach it from the Maulin side these come as a great relief after tramping up its 1km heather covered north eastern side.
Sitting as it does mostly behind other summits as viewed from roads, probably the main reason people will come to it is as part of a bigger circuit.
This could start at O1920 1417 A (Crone Wood carpark) or some of the access points for Djouce such as O168 078 B. It is possible to walk directly to it from the vicinity of Sheepbanks Bridge O159 096 C on the R759 over rough boggy ground. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/129/comment/4889/
 
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padodes on War Hill, 2008
by padodes  21 Nov 2008
Every time I climb War Hill, I am reminded of the old Romans’ notorious lack of imagination. Just as they could sometimes find no better way of naming their sons than by using bare numerals (Primus, Secundus … Quintus, Sextus…), those who gave this hill its Irish name, Cnoc an Bhairr, the Hill of the Top, could hardly have chosen a less imaginative name either. Perhaps, though, that very bareness says it all. You cross this top because you’re on your way somewhere else, and you don’t linger on its windswept, waterlogged waste. The photo gives an impression of this. It’s a snap of the rather apologetic ‘summit cairn’ at O 1689 1133 D (taken facing northwards, so no prize for guessing the direction of the prevailing wind). The one redeeming feature of this hill is its NE spur, however. Running in the direction of Maulin, it offers excellent views and provides a very enjoyable ridge walk on winter days when it sparkles with frost and its frozen patches of bog moss are like pools of green glass, or in the late summer when you find clouds of little butterflies rising from the heather at every step. At times like that, it’s hard to believe the asphalt world of Dublin can be so close.

Although ‘War’ is only a meaningless transliteration of the Irish (Cnoc an) Bhairr, I have read that warring activity did, in fact, take place on the slopes of this hill between English troops and the O’Toole clan, back in the XVI century. The bodies of the fallen are said to have been buried at Lackandarragh, in nearby Glencree Valley. A stretch of the Wicklow Way, along Glencree River, runs through this very area, in the shadow of Knockree. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/129/comment/3457/
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Picture: Sugar Loaf and the Irish Sea
 
The Poor Relation
by march-fixer  27 Feb 2012
Not the most visited summit by the looks of it, as most access is either from Tonduff, Djouce or the Luggala direction. But this is part of its attraction! It has not been pounded into submission. Coming from the Tonduff direction there is a nice pull up the north eastern slope.

War Hill is unfortunately overshadowed in more senses than one by its neighbours to the north and south, but even so it has a pretty cairn at the summit and lovely views. There is a much better chance of seeing wildlife around here than the more busy tracks. But be warned there is no shelter of any sort to sheild you from the elements at the summit.

There are nice views down the back of Djouce to the south and south west and east over Dublin Bay. If you keep your eyes peeled there are plenty of deer to the south and west. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/129/comment/6701/
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Picture: The jungle of bracken along the Dargle valley
Battling with the vegetation
by mcrtchly  26 Jul 2010
As the weather wasn't too promising we decided to take a short afternoon walk in the Wicklow Mountains close to home. The 1979 Irish Walking Guides (East) describes a circular route from carpark at Djouce woods which takes in Djouce Mountain, War Hill and then follows the Dargle River past the Powerscourt Waterfall. This seemed an ideal walk for an afternoon.

The first part of the walk up Djouce Mountain is straight forward with a well defined path. From the summit of Djouce there is a less distinct path which runs first west then NW following a line of old iron posts towards War Hill (passing the impressive 'Coffin Stone' on the way). From the top of War Hill the route then goes NE towards the Dargle valley and here the problems began. Firstly the path becomes very unclear (and we eventually lost sight of it) and secondly we encountered an extensive growth of bracken along the floor of the Dargle valley. In places the bracken was over head height and with no path to be seen we had to forge our own way through. This was quite hard at times as our feet become tangled in the undergrowth or we tripped on unseen boulders which were masked by the bracken. After over a 1.5km struggle through the bracken we reached the Wicklow Way where it crosses the Dargle River and decided to call it a day by following the Wicklow Way back SE towards our car parked at Djouce Woods.

In the end this turned out to probably the most unpleasant walk that we have undertaken in the Wicklow's and certainly would not recommend the walk in Summer when the bracken is growing. It would be especially difficult and perhaps dangerous for children during this time of year. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/129/comment/5974/
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Picture: Eastside of War Hill
 
josvanderlinden on War Hill, 2008
by josvanderlinden  9 Jun 2008
7th of June: War Hill, the first hill to climb on my two day hiking trip in the Wicklow Mountains. Headed West from the footbridge near the Powerscourt waterfall and followed the Dargle river. Climbed to a rock formation on the East side of War Hill with a view on the Great Suger Loaf and Djouce Mountain. Not that spectecular and a really slow and boggy climb. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/129/comment/3166/
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Warhill similar to Djouce for views but not as grande
by YoungJohn  29 Jul 2010
Did this boggy topped Mountain as part of Paddy Dillons Walk No.1. Great views and similar to CSD, this mountain has views akin to Djouce but not as grand. It is worth doing and I stuck to the ancient iron fence post line as Dillon describes. A tiny 'lake' at its summit rivals Slieve Elva's in the burren for size! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/129/comment/5979/
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