Feature count in area: 58, all in Down,
OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29, EW-CLY
Highest Place: Slieve Donard 849m
Starting Places (33) in area Mourne Mountains: Alex Steddom Tree, Aughrim Airstrip, Ben Crom Dam, Bloody Bridge Car Park, Carlingford Greenway, Carrick Little, Crocknafeola Wood, Crotlieve Mountain, Donard Car Park Newcastle, Drummanmore Picnic, Fofanny Reservoir, Forest Office CP, Gamekeepers Lodge CP, Happy Valley Trassey Rd, Hen Mountain CP, Leitrim Lodge CP, Mayo Road Corner, Meelmore Lodge, Newcastle Harbour, Ott CP, Red Bog Road, Rourkes Park, Sandy Brae, Silent Valley Reservoir Head Rd, Slieve Donard Trail Head, Slieve Foye Viewing Point, Slievefoy Forest CP, Spelga Dam E, Spelga Dam N, Spelga Dam S, Trassey Car Park, Two Mile River CP, Yellow Water Park
Summits & other features in area Mourne Mountains: Cen: Loughshannagh: Ben Crom 526m, Carn Mountain 585.2m, Carn Mountain North Top 553.7m, Doan 592.6m, Ott Mountain 526.8m, Slieve Loughshannagh 617m, Slieve Muck 670.4m, Slievenaglogh 445m E: Binnian: Slieve Binnian 745.9m, Slieve Binnian East Top 639m, Slieve Binnian North Top 678m, Slieve Binnian North Tor 682.5m, Wee Binnian 460m E: Donard: Chimney Rock Mountain 656m, Crossone 540m, Millstone Mountain 460m, Rocky Mountain 524m, Slieve Donard 849m E: Lamagan: Cove Mountain 654.8m, Slieve Beg 595.9m, Slievelamagan 702.2m N: Bearnagh: Slieve Bearnagh 739m, Slieve Bearnagh North Tor 680m, Slieve Meelbeg 701.9m, Slieve Meelmore 687m N: Castlewellan: Slievenalargy 280m, Slievenaslat 272m N: Commedagh: Slieve Commedagh 767m, Slieve Corragh 641.9m, Slievenaglogh 584.4m, Slievenaglogh East Top 571m N: Croob: Cratlieve 429m, Slieve Croob 534m, Slievegarran 391m, Slievenisky 446m N: Rathfriland: Knockiveagh 235m S: Kilkeel: Knockchree 306m S: Rostrevor: Crenville 460m, Finlieve 578m, Slievemartin 485m, Slievemeel 420m, Slievemeen 472m W: Hilltown: Gruggandoo 382m, Slieveacarnane 296m W: Slievemoughanmore: Crotlieve Mountain 347m, Eagle Mountain 638m, Rocky Mountain 404m, Shanlieve 626m, Slievemoughanmore 560m, Tievedockaragh 473m, Wee Slievemoughan 428m W: Spelga: Butter Mountain 500m, Cock Mountain 504m, Cock Mountain South-West Top 505m, Hen Mountain 354m, Pigeon Rock Mountain 534m, Pigeon Rock Mountain South Top 530m, Slievenamiskan 444m
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islands as such.
Hen Mountain, 354mHill Sliabh na Circe A name in Irish,
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Ir. Sliabh na Circe [PNNI3], ‘mountain of the hen’, Down County in Ulster province, in Local/Historical/Cultural Lists, Hen Mountain is the 1051th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference J24530 27608,
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Notes on name: Hen Mountain is the lower neighbour of Cock Mountain. Other peaks in the area named after birds are Eagle Mountain and Pigeon Rock Mountain. The tors on Hen Mountain offer some scope for rock climbing. The Glack is a saddle between Cock Mountain and Hen Mountain. Ir. glac/glaic denotes the grasp of a clutching hand or the gap and is one of many anatomical terms applied to the Irish landscape.
Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: HnMntn, 10 char: HnMntn Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1388/
Gallery for Hen Mountain (Sliabh na Circe) and surrounds
for Hen Mountain (Sliabh na Circe):
The Mournes in miniature
Summary created by Peter Walker
Hen Mountain is a conspicuous outlier of the Western Mournes, with steep slopes rising to a summit bristling with numerous spectacular granite tors, and it provides an excellent miniature summary of the huge appeal of this group of hills.
The summit would generally be reached at the beginning or climax of a longer hillwalk, linking as it does to the higher (but much less aesthetic) Cock Mountain. An ascent invariably starts from the small car park and picnic area on the Sandbank Road just north of the Rockyriver Bridge at (A (J232 276)). Cross the road and take a sandy gravelly track on the left of the obvious house. This climbs gently up to a gate with a stile on the right at (B (J239 276)); once past this head straight up the slope (there is a path, but circumstances underfoot are reasonably straighforward anywhere). Keep left of the impending West Tor to reach a small pool; the summit is the first of two large tors on the left. There is much outcropping rock but the highest point is easily attained on (mostly) grass.
The summit area is a fascinating playground of granite, very much deserving a leisurely exploration.
Our plans for Slieve Donard scuppered by fog, we drove instead to the carpark for the Rocky Mtn Circuit only to find all the mountains up here also shrouded in fog. Thinking we'd have to confine ourselves to a roadwalk, Hen came to the rescue. We trudged up the grassy path through the mist. Now I'm not advocating hillwalking in foggy conditions, but the thing about Hen is that it does have that path up. Also, the three tors up top act as misty beacons to guide you about. we used them as staging posts to keep our bearings despite the fog. Very enjoyable and unusual to sit on one of those great granite tors utterly shrouded in cloud and yet know there's a safe way down. Our great day out ended in only an hour and a half of a hillwalk - but that was better than nothing. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1388/comment/18339/
A little hill with some personality.
16 Nov 2016
Hen Mountain in autumn colours offers an amazing contrast with the green fields behind. This pic was taken on 13. November this year from the upper slopes of Cock Mountain SW Top. No time to visit it this time, but I have put this hill on my bucket list for one of my next trips to the Mournes, as it seems to be worth exploring its tors !! Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1388/comment/18710/