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simoburn: Track 2747 in area near Kings Mountain, Dartry Mountains (Ireland)
PMG Walk 78 - Benbulbin area.
Length: 29.6km, Creator time taken: 6h 3m, Ascent: 1282m,
Descent: 1257m

Places: Start at G68820 43571, Kings Mountain, Benbulbin South-East Top, Benbulbin, Benwiskin, Benwiskin South Top, Annacoona Top, Truskmore SE Cairn, Truskmore, Tievebaun, end at G75218 51836 10km NE from Start
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PMG Walk 78 - Benbulbin area. Day 20 in the hill! Today I was in County Sligo by the famous Benbulbin. I awoke to rain at 7am and the disappointment was big. I thought it would be a dry day so I waited a little longer to get up. 8.20am and the rain had stopped, breakfast was had, and I was off up Kings Mountain. The weather was cloudy with clear spells and I had high hopes for some sunshine throughout the day. Benbulbin, famous for it's shape (just google it and see what I mean) was the next summit on the list. From it's summit, sadly half covered in cloud, you can not see the steep cliffs and its fortress like escarpment. I did get the highest point cloud free though Next was Benwiskin with it's equally impressive cliffs that simply drop off one side of the hill! Amazing! Annacoona Top also know as Slievemore had amazing drops from it's summit. Views from here were great and one can not help feel transported to another world with steep ground, cliffs like bright green walls as such and oneself on top of what feels like a plateau. Then I got to tick off the highest point in County Leitrim; Truskmore South East Cairn at 631m, followed by the highest point in Sligo; Truskmore at 647m. Finally I descend via Tievebawn. Except for some drizzle I stayed dry for the day...woohoo! With some stunning views and some nice walking it was a lovely day! Sadly in the low light conditions of the day the photos don't do any justice to mountains like Benbulbin or Benwiskin! The walk today was overall very good, the only thing I would comment on is access on and off the hills. There are many reports of problems with access on to Benbulbin and Benwiskin and I tried my best to find a good way on and off the hills. With that said while getting onto the hills at Kings Mountain it was the advice of Aly Moffatt that helped me out. Coming off the mountain I was half paranoid that a shotgun wielding farmer would meet me with disagreement. However this did not happen I am happy to report. So now as I sit on the couch in Aly Moffatts family house at the base of Kings Mountain I am warmed by their hospitality and of course there lovely fire burning in front of me! I feel like a couchsurfing stalker. Aly who by the way is totally awesome, put me up for 3 different nights in Westport, then when she heard I would be here walking and she happened to be here this weekend too she and her family have put me up for another night! This of course means that I had my third shower in three weeks and it is so good to be clean!!!! With dinner dished up to me, a beer opened for me I certainly feel humbled by everyone's generosity here! Thank you all so much guys!!!! I am also getting the low down on some local knowledge of the hills here. So today saw 5 PMG summits fall from the list leaving 67 PMG summits to go!

Uploaded on: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 (15:34:10)
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