Forth Mountain lies a few kilometres SW of Wexford Town. Mountain is a bit of an ambitious addition to this hill's name as it is one of the 50 smallest hills on MV. (Out of the current 1054 listed). It is a small ridge of upland about 1.5 kms long stretching NE SW. It has two summits, with the highest point at the NE end. The southern half of the ridge is covered in forestry and I didnt go there.
I was skirting around the hill looking for a way onto the summit area. The public road is only 40 - 50 metres below the highest point in places. However there are farms on all sides of the summit and I resorted to using the farm access road at A (S984 196)
. This leads to a farm at the summit area, with barns, livestock and some houses. Those with dogs should take note of this obvious restriction on letting their four - legged friends run free. The lane runs through the farm and leads to the rocky summit outcrop. Im not sure about public access as I never saw anyone to ask. There are a number of communications masts and rocky outcrops around the summit area, and the trig pillar is atop the biggest of these. The trig pillar retains one of those curious benchmark plaques that pdtempan discusses in Motley Views General Forum (04-06-2008). These rectangular plaques have disappeared from most trig pillars that they were originally on, so its nice to see them on rare occasions
From the top the views are magnificent and include Wexford Town, Rosslare harbour and the wider coastal area. The Saltee Islands were visible to the south east, and the Blackstairs to the north. Out to the west I could see some low hills including Slievecoillte and Carrickbyrne Hill near New Ross. A friendly farm dog joined me at the summit and accompanied me back down the track past the farm to my car. I think information about public access to this hill would be badly needed but I couldnt find out on this occasion.
This hill is well worth a visit for those passing by. It requires absolutely minimal effort in return for fantastic views. Remember to bring a treat for the friendly local farm dog! Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1013/comment/4263/