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wicklore
2009-12-01 23:16:57
"Knockeyon on right (with relief exaggeration) commanding fine views over Lough Derravaragh" from wicklore Contract pics
Picture: Knockeyon on right (with relief exaggeration) commanding fine views over Lough Derravaragh (Contract pics)

Re: Knockeyon
Context of comment:On 04 November Bryanmccabe asks can Knockeyon in Westmeath be added to the MV list of hills.
Message:Hi Bryanmccabe. I was looking at this hill on Trailmaster. It is certainly in a lovely setting and I cant wait to get there for the views.

However it wouldn't currently qualify to be included in MV's lists as it doesn't have the 150 metre prominence that is required for hills under 400 metres in height. It does have a striking 155 metre drop to the lake on its SW side. However, by applying the formula MV uses (measuring from the col that connects it to nearest higher hill - Mullaghmeen) it appears to only have a prominence of about 135 metres. This would prevent its inclusion on MV's lists of hills.

I believe there is scope for MV to include hills like Knockeyon that are just outside the criteria for inclusion. There are no doubt many hundreds, if not thousands, of lovely little hills that deserve mention because they have outstanding views, present a challenge, have special historical significance or possess unique natural character etc. Montpelier Hill (The Hell Fire Club) overlooking Dublin is one I'd like to see included for example. But as a sub 400 metre hill it only has a prominence of about 70 metres, meaning that this remarkable hill is also left out.

Thanks for highlighting Knockeyon - I for one will make an effort to visit it in the near future.


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