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Antrim Hills Area   N: North Antrim Hills Subarea
Place count in area: 27, OSI/LPS Maps: 14, 15, 4, 5, 8, 9 
Highest place:
Trostan, 550m
Maximum height for area: 550 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 515 metres,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Cross Slieve Hill Croisshliabh A name in Irish (Ir. Croisshliabh [OSNB*], 'cross mountain') Antrim County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Conglomerate and (subequal/subordinate) sandstone Bedrock

Height: 206m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 5 Grid Reference: D23700 29500
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Longitude: -6.063063, Latitude: 55.097337 , Easting: 323700, Northing: 429500 Prominence: 150m,  Isolation: 5.1km
ITM: 723621 929482,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrsSlv, 10 char: CrsSlv
Bedrock type: Conglomerate and (subequal/subordinate) sandstone, (Cross Slieve Group)

This name may signify 'cross mountain' in the sense 'transverse', but since this does not seem to suit the topography, it may rather be due to a cross once located on it.   Cross Slieve is the 1389th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Cross Slieve (<i>Croisshliabh</i>) in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: A quiet resting place at Layd Church
Circular walk from Cushendall
by gerrym  4 Nov 2011
Starting point at beach in Cushendall (241280 starA) in company of golfers, children playing in the park, sea air and the noise of waves crashing.

Follow the rough lane uphill and turn off right on a green track which drops and rises to the cliff path, giving great views over the beach and across the bay to bigger hills. Numerous landslips have eaten to the edge of the path in places giving the path a precarious feel.

The path turns inland at a steep gully. A faint and overgrown track heads off downhill to the storm beach at Port Obe below. This is well worth a diversion and i disturbed 2 herons as I passed by an impressive waterfall coming down the gully and flowing out to sea. A nice bit of lunch on rocks with waves lapping at my feet before i headed back uphill.

Continued on the path and was met by barriers with 'cliff path closed' signs which had not been present at the other end! OOPS!! Layd Church presents itself and is a pleasant sight surrounded by trees and the stream bordering its edge. Established in 1306 it is well worth exploring the church and memorials which look out to sea.

Continue uphill past a carpark with stunning views, turn right onto the road and follow for 5 minutes before turning left and going uphill to reach the strangely located Glenville caravan park.

A farm track (mentioned elsewhere here) has a gate with 'beware of bull'. A farmer was out in the fields in his 4x4 and a chat confirmed that it was okay to follow the track which goes all the way to the summit. It also confirmed that it was always good to ask and give respect! I gave a herd of cows a wide berth as i went uphill past old farm buildings.

Views open out dramatically and the top is reached in an hour. Even on a dull day the views up 5 of the the Glens to higher tops were fine as were those out to sea. A pair of buzzards circled and rose on the winds ever higher above me. A fairly short walk brings the second slightly lower top and little Ellen's Lough.

Drop down to the 2 transmitter masts and take the lane to the road. This drops gently back into Cushendall for the next half hour, with the other end of the rough lane (241284 starB) providing a short cut back to the carpark.

A beautiful walk of 2 hours from coast to hill and back on cliff paths, quiet roads and farm tracks. Beautiful sights all the way and some good local history to explore. But beware the bull if he is there!! Linkback:
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Picture: Looking back to Cushendall and the Antrim Plateau from the track up to Cross Slieve
Harry Goodman on Cross Slieve, 2010
by Harry Goodman  27 Jan 2010
As Cross Slieve was the only top in the Antrim Hills MV list that I had not climbed I took advantage, when in the area on 26 Jan 2010 to climb Croaghan, to complete my list. Having noted slemish's comments that the summit is on private farmland and is therefore inaccessible, I sought access by walking up a rough farm track from D2383628898 starC. This leads to the summit and it was my intention to seek permission at the farm house marked on the map some distance up. Initially I passed through an unlocked steel gate. When I arrived at the farmhouse I found it had long been deserted and in a ruined state. I continued up the track to it's end on the flat top of the hill. The high point (206m) lies some 125m to the left (W) at D237295 starD at a fence junction. The land here is so flat that many points within a 100 x 100 metre square could (visually) be the high point! When I was there I crossed over a stile near the end of the track, on the right and made my way across to the lesser highpoint shown on the map as 203m and from there out to tiny Ellens Lough before re-tracing my steps back to track. A brisk walk up and down this little hill would take 20 minutes or so, but once there my wanderings extended my time to about 55 minutes. Back at the car I met a local man who advised me that the owner of the land lived in the house some 150 metres back along the road. I called at the house and advised that I had been up the track to the top and had intened to ask permission at the farm house, only to find it deserted. The lady to whom I spoke had no objections to what I had done. Apart from passing through one gate on the way to the top of Cross Slieve by this route there is no need to cross any barriers. One final point regarding slemish's comment about "private farmland" and "accessability". The vast majority of upland areas are privately owned but access to the hills in most areas is not a problem. If in doubt seek permission. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking south-west from Cross Slieve to Trostan and Tievebulliagh
northern summit
by slemish  16 Apr 2010
I had previously claimed on MV that the summit of Cross Slieve was on private farmland. This advice had been given to me by a Cushendall resident and I never thought to question it. Thanks to Harry Goodman's efforts however we have discovered that Cross Slieve is actually very accessible. For the sake of variety, I decided to climb to the northern 'second summit' which is only a few metres lower than the 206m main summit - although the whole summit area of Cross Slieve is so flat it makes very little difference. I parked at the bottom of the access path to the mobile phone transmitter on the Layde road between Cushendall and Knocknacarry (245305 starE). From here you go up the path and into the field behind the transmitter. Climb over the farm gate at the back of this field and you will see a small lake known as Ellen's Lough ahead. The 203m summit is just to the left of this lake. Great views from here up Glenballyeamon towards Lurigethan, Trostan, Tievebulliagh and Slieveanorra. Looking out to sea, you can easily pick out the Scottish coast and various isles across the North Channel. If visiting the area be sure to take in the nearby ancient ruins of Layde church and the little 'fairy-hill' of Tieveragh on the southern side of Cross Slieve. Like Slemish, this is an extinct volcanic plug and from the south looks just like a miniature version of Lurigethan which it directly faces. I returned to the car by way of ascent. This is a very easy walk - I was up and down in less than 20 minutes. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking towards Lurigethan from the slopes of Cross Slieve
three5four0 on Cross Slieve, 2010
by three5four0  28 Mar 2010
I read Harry Goodman's comments on Cross Slieve, whilst the wind battered the outside of the Hostel we were staying in. In one memorable incident, it lifted an old brandy barrel - which had been weighed down with blocks - right up into the air and towards a parked van, causing much panic in the immediate vicinity. But then Patagonia summers are like that.

With Cross Slieve being the last MV summit in the Antrim Hills section and my last local 100 hill that i had to complete, i was naturally keen to get going, once I returned from the southern hemisphere that is. Spoke to the Lady at the farm house and all was well for an ascent. I followed Harry Goodman's route, up the track to the summit area. I agree with his comments regarding the highest point, perhaps erring towards the slight rise to the left of the spot height and the fence junction. Where a fence runs SSE with an open gate in it, this would of course be entirely within the margin for error in a 1:25000 map.

Walked out to the other 200 metre top , past some dead sheep, and over a small foot stile and another fence. The altimeter confirmed this area as 200 metre and I returned by the way of ascent for some celebratory pints of Guinness in McBrides in Cushendun.i Linkback:
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