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Galty Mountains Area , W: West Galtys Subarea
Feature count in area: 24, by county: Tipperary: 18, Limerick: 8, of which 2 are in both Limerick and Tipperary, OSI/LPS Maps: 66, 74, EW-G
Highest Place: Galtymore 917.9m

Starting Places (19) in area Galty Mountains:
Aherlow House Hotel, Annaslinga, Attychraan Loop Trail, Cahirabbey Upper, Carrigeen, Clydagh Bridge, Combaun Woods CP, Combaun Woods Track, Galtyway Climb Black Rd, Glengarra Woods, Kilmoyler Railway Boreen, Kings Yard, Lake Muskry Trailhead, Lissantrelick Paradise Hill, Lisvernane, Pigeonrock Behanagh Rivers fork, Scaragh Reservoir, Scarragh Wood S, Scarragh Wood W

Summits & other features in area Galty Mountains:
Cen: Central Galtys: Cush 641.2m, Galtybeg 799.2m, Galtymore 917.9m, Greenane 801.3m, Greenane West 787m, Knockastakeen 581.6m, Knockeenatoung 601.3m, Lough Curra Mound 600.4m, Seefin 446.6m, Seefin North Top 444.1m
E: East Galtys: Laghtshanaquilla 629.4m, Laghtshanaquilla North-East Top 598m, Slieveanard 437.8m, Slieveanard NE Top 448.5m, Sturrakeen 541.7m
N: North Galtys: Slievenamuck 369m
W: West Galtys: Benard 479.5m, Carrignabinnia 822.9m, Knockaterriff 691.6m, Knockaterriff Beg 679.3m, Lyracappul 824.9m, Monabrack 630.1m, Slievecushnabinnia 774.8m, Temple Hill 783.1m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Benard, 479.5m Hill An Bhinn Ard A name in Irish,
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(Ir. An Bhinn Ard [OSI], 'the high peak'), Tipperary County in Munster province, in Carn Lists, Benard is the 631st highest place in Ireland. Benard is the most westerly summit and also the second most southerly in the Galty Mountains area.
Grid Reference R82122 19930, OS 1:50k mapsheet 74
Place visited by: 73 members, recently by: abcd, westside, Cunn2000, jollyrog, Krzysztof_K, niallellis, Arcticaurora, JohnRea, LiamG1951, ConMack23, chelman7, Colin Murphy, Mugg, mlmoroneybb, maryblewitt
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -8.262978, Latitude: 52.33116, Easting: 182122, Northing: 119930, Prominence: 84.5m,  Isolation: 2.3km
ITM: 582076 619981
Bedrock type: Lithic conglomerate and sandstone, (Pigeon Rock Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Benard, 10 char: Benard

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Summary for Benard (An Bhinn Ard): A peakbaggers summit with some view
Summary created by jackill, Geo 2013-08-19 12:45:54
   picture about Benard (<em>An Bhinn Ard</em>)
Picture: Benard on the right
Park your car at Coumban forest entrance ComBan Wd (R81985 18557) where there is room for 8-10 cars.
Walk uphill on a gentle slope and turn left at the first junction where you can.
Follow the forest road to A (RA (R81899 19837)) where there is a rough ride all the way to the summit. As of August 2013 the trees up as far as this ride have been harvested, but the ride-line (apart from a couple of fallen trees, easily by-passed) is the easiest to climb. There is a brief strip of tree's just before the summit which now has it's eastern flank felled and allows some views of the higher Galty range
Member Comments for Benard (An Bhinn Ard)
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   picture about Benard (<em>An Bhinn Ard</em>)
Picture: Early morning sunlight on nearby Knockaceol Hill.
Easy start, tough finish.
by Colin Murphy 4 Oct 2021
I note that the last comment on this hill was 6 years ago, and can report that the forest ride has all but vanished under a new plantation and growth of reeds and heather. Having left the main forest track at A (RA (R81899 19837)), I did manage to follow several old winding and badly rutted tracks some of the way up, but these eventually disappeared and had to clamber up the final bit through knee-deep vegetation and rotting tree stumps. Not a hill I intend to revisit. Baggers only need apply. Linkback:
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Picture: Cool walk, quiet trees.
simon3 on Benard
by simon3 12 Jun 2007
All of Benard is wooded. I visited the area south and west of the summit and it was very pleasant to walk through on a hot day. The trees are Sitka and probably not so far from being harvested. Enjoy them while you can. There's a ride that leaves the forest road at A (R81899 19837) and goes right to the top.

Our photo shows said trees.
A cool gem but there are no views at the top. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking up the forest ride
Easy Hill in western Galtees
by Onzy 6 Dec 2013
Easy ascent using forest tracks most of the way from the entrance to Coumban Forest, before climbing up what was previously a ride between the trees and is now the south eastern edge of the forest, the remainder having been harvested recently.

The ride starts at about B (R819 198), at a point where machinery has clearly accessed the hill - much churned up ground. The going is steep here, today was dry but if it were wet, this ride could be real trouble coming down.

An hour will see you easily up and down. This hill would also provide a relatively easy start point for a longer traverse of the western Galtees, with access towards Temple Hill and beyond possible, making use initially of a network of forest tracks. Linkback:
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Picture: Benard
simon3 on Benard
by simon3 11 Jun 2007
The heavily wooded Benard from the east. Forests can vary but at present it is possible to use a ride from the summit of Benard, join various tracks and paths and walk to Temple Hill. Parts of Benard show use by quad bikes. Linkback:
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Picture: Don't Be Arsed!
by ciarraioch 24 Aug 2014
Just Say No! Really! The nadir of peak bagging.

Dreadful clear-felled summit. To compound matters the way off back to the car park (short of retracing ones steps) is not obvious, but such exists by following the gougings of the digger to the SW until you reach a woodland road. Linkback:
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