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gerrym: Track 1437 in area near Antrim Hills (Ireland)
Black Hill
Length: 8.5km, Creator time taken: 2h26m, Ascent: 257m,
Descent: 258m

Places: Start at D33290 07280, Black Hill, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1
A beautiful section of the Antrim Hills Way for anyone without the time or transport to do it all (though i would highly reccomend it). Starting high at the scenic and well equipped carpark.

Cross road and stile to climb the manicured hillside, another stile brings a fencline which hugs the top of the steep hillside. Intermittent marker posts plot the route and a number of walls and fences are crossed by steep and high stiles.

Views are immediately stunning over the Causeway coast and towns, over the vastness of the Irish Sea - small ferries contrasting with the bulk of the Scottish coast and the Isle of Man. The montrous cupcake of Ailsa Craig also appeared out of the murk. To the west the views were crystal clear and far reaching, past Slemish to Slieve Gallion and an incredibly long line of hills north to Benevenagh.

Heavenly walking on ground so easy it could be in your backgarden. Not an ounce of shelter though and would not be a pleasant place on a rough day. From the top of Scawt Hill (378m) I could just make out the tops of the Mournes beyond Sallgh Braes and a mist enveloped Mull of Kintyre rose out of the sea.

The trig pillar on Black Hill was visible from here but a good way off, good in the sense that I would relish the distance and ground to come. A farmtrack labours up from below and is crossed and just after a prominent standing stone the Way heads inland from the edge of the hillside. The ground is wetter and there are more marker posts and a little bridge.

The trig pillar on Black Hill is the target! A grand spot with all the views mentioned and now further up the headlands of the coast and down into the forested Glenarm. I could even see Slieve Donard past all the other obstacles in the way. A flock of sheep came to suss me out but soon lost interest and left me to savour the sights.

Return was more direct heading S to Ballygilbert Hill and picking up part of the aforementioned farm track before rejoining the Antrim Hills Way at a stile over a stone wall. Then it was a green rollercoaster all the way back to the carpark, though i had the views S now without getting a crick in my neck.

Not a soul on these very accessible and well marked hills on a Saturday afternoon!

Uploaded on: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 (22:41:01)
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