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Dublin/Wicklow Area   Wicklow Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 130, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 49, 50, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 925m
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Dublin/Wicklow:
Ballinacorbeg 336mBallinastraw 284mBallycurry 301mBallyguile Hill 188mBallyhook Hill 288mBray Head Hill 240mCarrickgollogan 276mCarrigeen Hill 298mCarrigoona Commons East 242mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mCupidstown Hill 378.6mDowns Hill 372mDunranhill 342mEagle Hill 296mKilleagh 249mKilliney Hill 153.5mKilmichael Hill 267mKilnamanagh Hill 217mKnockannavea 400.8mKnockree 342mMount Kennedy 365.9mSlieveroe 332mWestaston Hill 270m
Dublin Mountains:   Corrig Mountain 617.1mGlendoo Mountain 586mKippure 757mKnocknagun 555mMountpelier Hill 383mPrince William's Seat 555mSaggart Hill 396.9mSeahan 647.3mSeefin 620.6mSeefingan 722.9mTibradden Mountain 467mTwo Rock Mountain 536m
Wicklow Mountains:   Annagh Hill 454mBallinacor Mountain 531mBallinafunshoge 480mBallineddan Mountain 652mBallycumber Hill 431mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mBaltinglass Hill 382mBarranisky 280mBenleagh 689mBlack Hill 602.2mBrockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCarrick Mountain 381mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigleitrim 408mCarriglineen Mountain 455mCarrignagunneen 561mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mChurch Mountain 544mCloghernagh 800mCollon Hill 238mConavalla 734mCorriebracks 531mCorrigasleggaun 794mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mCullentragh Mountain 510mCushbawn 400mDerrybawn Mountain 474mDjouce 725.5mDuff Hill 720mFair Mountain 571.2mFananierin 426mGravale 718mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mKanturk 523mKeadeen Mountain 653mKirikee Mountain 474mKnocknacloghoge 534mLakeen 357mLittle Sugar Loaf 342mLobawn 636mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mLuggala 595mLugnagun 446.2mLugnaquilla 925mMaulin 570mMoanbane 703mMoneyteige North 427mMullacor 657mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mMuskeagh Hill 397mPreban Hill 389mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 641mScarr North-West Top 561mSeskin 344mSilsean 698mSleamaine 430mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1mSlievecorragh 418mSlievefoore 414mSlievemaan 759mSorrel Hill 599.5mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mStoney Top 714mStookeen 420mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563mTinoran Hill 312mTomaneena 682.4mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 546mTrooperstown Hill 430mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m

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Benleagh Mountain Binn Liath A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Binn Liath [PDT], 'grey peak') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin Beg, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Aphyric granodiorite Bedrock

Height: 689m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: T03866 94180
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Longitude: -6.454146, Latitude: 52.988643 , Easting: 303866, Northing: 194180 Prominence: 24m,  Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 703789 694219,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnlgh, 10 char: Benleagh
Bedrock type: Aphyric granodiorite, (Percys Table Granodiorite)

Benleagh is the 129th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Benleagh in area Dublin/Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Fraughan Rock Glen from Benleagh
Tough climb, so-so top, amazing views
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  16 Apr 2013
Starting at the large carpark at T06617 94163 A in Glenmalure, cross the nearby footbridge. Once across the ford, follow the good Coillte track as far as T057 948 B, where the track splits. Take a left into Fraughan Rock Glen and continue as a far as T 054 939 C, level with the edge of the tree plantation. Head directly up along the line of these trees. It is steep terrain and the going underfoot can be treacherous, as there are multiple boulders, hidden bog holes, rotting tree stumps etc, but it is passable with care. You will eventually emerge at T053 944 D. The remainder is a simple, relatively gentle climb to the SW of about 500m, which will take you to the top, which is unremarkable, but marked by a small cairn. However, the views on this last section of the walk overlooking Fraughan Rock Glen are as good as any you will see in Ireland. Linkback: Picture about mountain Benleagh in area Dublin/Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: View of Benleagh from Carriglineen
New Comment: Six curves and a cliff.
by simon3  11 Sep 2020
A fine view of Benleagh can sometimes be had from the SE, in this case from Carriglineen above the Glenmalure valley. Linkback:
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What have these cliffs not seen!
by padodes  20 Apr 2010
A blue sky over Benleagh and not a contrail in sight, thanks to the vagaries of Icelandic ash! And that wasn’t the only thing I had to wonder at, as I walked along the arching cliff-top the other day.

For one thing, a group of climbers was slowly working its way up one of the crumbling buttresses of the cliff face (the one you can see in the photo). Do those chaps know something about the law of gravity that the rest of us known nothing of? The granite on the cliff face, shattered by the passage of ice into giant, cantilevered blocks, has all the appearance of a tilted, top-heavy stack of dominos that only needs a careless nudge to come tumbling down. I’m sure a mathematician could produce a very sobering calculation of the various probabilities.

Looking around, I almost found it more reassuring to turn my thoughts to the bloody battle that raged in the two valleys around Benleagh, on the 25 August 1580. When Lord Grey made his ill-fated attempt to crush the Gaelic power of Feagh McHugh O’Byrne by leading his army into Glenmalure, it is surmised that he left his baggage train in the Glen of Imaal and approached either from the west, over Table Mountain and Camenabologue, or from the southwest, between Cannow Mountain and Benleagh, dropping down into the Fraughan Rock Glen. One of the English chroniclers who lived to fight another day describes the terrain as follows: “When we entered the foresaid Glen, we were forced to slide some tymes three or four fadoms er we colde staie our feete; it was in depth where we entered … full of stones, rocks, bogs and wood, in the bottom thereof a ryver full of lose stones, wch we were dryven to crosse dyverse tymes.” Even in its present state of deforestation, one can still imagine what the invading troops had to contend with in these valleys before ever the wily Feagh fell upon them. Anyone sitting that August day on Benleagh would have had a grandstand view of some of the proceedings. Linkback:
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padodes on Benleagh, 2007
by padodes  5 Oct 2007
Benleagh can also be approached from the south, and even without having to do any rock climbing it is one of the more challenging ways of getting to the top. The photo, which I took three weeks ago while descending from Art's Lough, helps to visualise the route. Following the forest track from Baravore into Fraughan Rock Glen, when you draw level with the last stand of now fast disappearing pines on the right hand side before the cliffs begin to tower above (the pines visible mid way up the slope on the right of photo), leave the track (roughly, T 054 939 C) and head straight for the left hand side of the pines (T 052 940 E) and from there climb straight up the steepening slope. When I climbed it myself earlier this year, I emerged through a little gully onto the ridge at T 051 943 F. Looking at the picture, this route may appear quite straightforward, but it gives little idea of the difficulties of the terrain. The slope quickly becomes a jumble of rocks and boulders, often with a thick covering of heather, fern, furze and fraughans. It sometimes requires a hands-on effort to keep balance and avoid hidden holes between the rocks, but scrambling would be too fine a word for it. Once on the ridge, it is easy to follow it westwards to its hightest point before turning slightly NW to the nondescript summit of Benleagh itself. In fine weather, the walk along the ridge offers wonderful views of the hanging valleys at the head of the glen or of Art's Lough to the south, like a blue eye winking across from under the dark brow of Cloghernagh. It's easy to wax lyrical in places like this. Linkback:
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Picture: It was so nice i had to paint it.
A nice ascent
by Rob_Lee  2 Jun 2014
There's nothing too interesting about Benleagh top, it's fairly flat and boggy, though it is exciting to hear the rumble of explosions coming over the hill from Glen of Imaal artillery range.
To make up for the unimpressive summit Benleagh has a lovely ascent from Fraughan Rock Glen. Before you start the steep climb up the side of the valley you walk along a quiet and peaceful track with lovely views looking up from between the high cliffs to the foot of Lugnaquilla. Linkback:
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GWPR on Benleagh, 2003
by GWPR  3 Dec 2003
Winter now and the shorter day mean an earlier start to get 5/6 hours in the mountains.

I start at Baravore Youth Hostel at the top of Glenmalure and follow the track around to the left
to reveal the great opening of the Fraughan Rock Glen. On my right hand side are the imposing cliffs of Benleagh. and on the left the brooding shoulder of Cloghernagh ,in shadow in the early morning light. Climbing up by the left side of the waterfall, winter rains have formed cascades over great polished slabs of granite. To the sounds of gurgling waters I arrive at the top of the hanging valley leading to the opening of the Fraughan Rock Glen. I head for a gully directly ahead and start a short scramble to arrive on a bony ridge which connects to that great East-West Spur between Lug and Cloghernagh.
Lug is ahead now and above the South Prison the ground is white with frost.
Arriving at the great cairn I take a breather and some photos of course! Hikers are arriving from all
directions to meet at this great gathering point. Others are heading for Table Mt and the Three Lakes
but I head east now for Cloghernagh and plan to descend by Art’s Lough.
On my left Kelly’s Lough is dark and mysterious under Corrigasleggaun.
Arriving at the cairn on Cloghernagh I take great care to get the next part right as the descent to Art’s Lough is a bit tricky. Joss Lynam in his excellent book ‘ Walk Guide – East of Ireland’ recommends – ‘To avoid cliffs on the direct route (from the cairn on Cloghernagh) walk about north/northeast for approx. 500m., then swing north and finally northwest to descend on a grassy ramp to the lake.’ Having followed these directions faithfully what a sight I beheld. Here in the late winter sunlight , Art’sLough like a liquid mirror held a perfect relection of the Cliffs of Benleagh! Could I capture on camera this magnificent mountain view? I took as many photos as the late evening light allowed with the thought that I still needed light for the tough descent from Art’s Lough to the track back to Baravore. Reluctantly I descend with an everlasting image in my mind, if not on film! Linkback:
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