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wicklore: Track 2460 in area near Hewson Hill, South Midlands (Ireland)
Low wooded hill with an interesting neighbour
Length: 4.9km, Creator time taken: 1h15m, Ascent: 158m,
Descent: 167m

Places: Start at S53312 97540, Hewson Hill, end at Start
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Hewson Hill forms part of a NE-SW ridge of three heavily forested hills. Hewson Hill is the final hill at the SW end of this ridge. The three hills are heavily forested but as MV members Fergalh and Paddyhillsbagger have pointed out there has been storm damage to the trees at the summit of Hewson. I was there in 2012 and captured a photo of the summit area before the storm damage. To be honest even then it was tangled and difficult to negotiate in the immediate summit area, so the fallen trees just add difficulty to difficulty!

A leisurely 5km-return stroll can be had here, making use of a rustic forest track. Start at S53312 97542 which is the entrance to the track on the N80 road. From here follow the track SW through beautiful deciduous forest. Looking back on my photos now I see that I spent a lot of time looking at and snapping flowers and insects along the way. The track will lead you past the first two hills and on to the Hewson Hill summit area. Some bashing about will be required to find the summit area but there is no trig pillar.

There are limited views due to the forestry at the summit, but in places along the access track there are views north across to the nearby Rock of Dunamase. Although the state of preservation of the castle is very poor the Rock of Dunamase is a site well worth visiting, and it affords great views of the surrounding countryside and back to Hewson Hill.

I completed a 360 degree loop of the summit area of Hewson Hill before rejoining the track and the leisurely stroll back to my car. This is definitely a walk for the late spring or summer when the flowers are in bloom and the insects buzzing about. The Rock of Dunamase is just 1km away and a must if visiting Hewson Hill.

Uploaded on: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 (19:54:21)
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