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wicklore
2009-06-22 22:45:42
"Small hills - on a good day you can see forever" from wicklore Contract pics
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A Great Day
My Local 100

Sunday 21st June was a great day for me. With one walk I completed my Local 100 hills, and also completed my nationwide 200th summit.

My 100 local hills (as defined on MV) are spread across 8 counties – Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Meath, Cavan, Louth & Offaly. So much for local! I had planned it so that Croghan Hill in Offaly would be the final of the lot. This is because I was quite taken with the notion of it being the most isolated hill on MV (32kms from the next nearest hill in the Slieve Blooms).

The Local 100 have ensured that I visited hills and places I might never have bothered with. The spirit of exploration has been strong as I discovered previously unheard of hills. By exploring these I discovered fantastic new views (Slieve Boy, Carriglineen, Cornasaus), new pain endurance levels (Collon Hill, Barranisky, Carrick Mountain) and new curiosities at summits (Baltinglass Hill – massive intact ringfort, Slievecorragh – lonely Teddy on Dan Clancy’s chair, Tara Hill – intact benchmark plaque on the side of the trig pillar).

There were plenty of run of the mill hills with little to offer in the way of excitement – Clogrennan, Clermont Cairn, Slievefoore. But exploring these new places was excitement enough in itself. Often, apparently innocuous hills turned out to have fascinating history or mythology attached to them. Mount Oriel – the High Man, Croghan Hill – St Brigid, Carnavaddy – Cuchulain’s dog Bran.
If I had to recommend just one of my Local 100 for others to visit it would have to be Croghan Hill in Co. Offaly. The views far across the land are stunning from this lonely height. It really sums up all that can be offered by the multitude of baby hills that are out there waiting to be visited.
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Ben Dash: One of my earlier attempts
TommyV 4 days ago.
Ben Dash was one of my earlier attempts at hill bagging, back in the days when I had no gps and didn't believe I needed a map. I went through some bog that people had bagged turf on before I found...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Foye: Not bad.
shanks a day ago.
Excellent if introduceing new walkers reasonably well signed but was a little overgrown in spots and path really close to wire fencing at others. Apart from that ☺

  
Summit Comment
Knockardakin: Bag it as part of the cliff walk
TommyV 4 days ago.
I technically haven't bagged the summit of this hill as it wasn't listed on MV when I did the Ciiffs of Moher walk, but it would be a very small detour to bag it. I was no more than 50 meters from...

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Clifden Hill: Didn't bag it
TommyV 4 days ago.
I drove as far as the point mentioned by Jamessheerin. Nice views over Lough Inchiquin, the drive trhough the trees only add about ten mentres of elevation and lots of briars so I got back in my c...

  
Track
Wicklow Coastal Walk
Onzy 2 days ago.
Route from Pennycomequick Bridge to Brittas Bay.Not to be taken lightly - the stretch around Mizen Head is blocked by fi walk, Len: 9.2km, Climb: 104m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
Track
La Gomera- Unfinished Business - GR132
GSheehy 3 days ago.
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Cloontohil: My nearest MV hill
TommyV 4 days ago.
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Knocknalarabana: A quick drive.
TommyV 4 days ago.
More of a drive than a hike. Well worth it for the views.

  
Track
Pouy de Hourmigué
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 17.9km, Climb: 1379m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

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Devilsbit Mountain: Get a bit of the Devil in ya!
TommyV 3 weeks ago.
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Track
The Laugavegur (Hot Springs) Trail, Iceland
mcrtchly 2 weeks ago.
Listed as one of the top twenty best treks in the world by National Geographic, the Laugavegur Trail (The Hot Spring Rou walk, Len: 56.6km, Climb: 1414m, Area: Iceland, South ()

  
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Cooneen Hill: Very average
TommyV 3 weeks ago.
Nothing to add to simon3's directions. Like quite a few of the hills in North Tipperary, this one is through a Coilte forest track to begin with and then the tough push through some horrible groun...


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