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Wicklow Area   S: Tinahely Hills Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW, EW-DM, EW-LG, EW-WE, EW-WS 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 924.7m
Maximum height for area: 924.7 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 556.9mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 549.5mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 471.7mCamaderry East Top 677.3mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 456.6mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 476.1mKirikee Mountain 474.5mLugduff 653.2mLugduff SE Top 638mMullacor 660.7mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 713.7mTonelagee 815.8mTonelagee E Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 545.8m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 238.9mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372.9mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342.1mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 527.4mKnocknacloghoge 532.4mLuggala 593.3mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 559.8mSleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry:   Ballinacorbeg 336mBallycurry 301mDunranhill 342mMount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington:   Carrigleitrim 408mLugnagun 446.2mSlieveroe 332mSorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun:   Black Hill 602.2mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682.4mDuff Hill 720.8mGravale 719mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 846.7mMullaghcleevaun East Top 796mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 529.3mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 662.3mCroaghanmoira North Top 579.5mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 429.7mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 398.2m
SE: Wicklow South East:   Ballinastraw 284mBallyguile Hill 188mBarranisky 280mCarrick Mountain 381mCollon Hill 238mKilnamanagh Hill 217mWestaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass:   Ballyhook Hill 288mBaltinglass Hill 382mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigeen Hill 298mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mKeadeen Mountain 653mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mTinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla:   Ballineddan Mountain 652.3mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794.6mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759.7m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

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Ballycumber Hill Hill Cnoc Bhaile an Chomair A name in Irish, also Coolafunshoge Hill, also Mullins Hill an extra EastWest name in English Coolafunshoge from OSI Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Carn List, Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist Bedrock

Height: 429.7m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 62 Grid Reference: T02804 75837
Place visited by 74 members. Recently by: childminder05, SenanFoley, briankelly, abcd, simoburn, JoHeaney, loftyobrien, Colin Murphy, ewen, eugeneryan959, jgfitz, Pepe, pinchy, ClareKeeley, Barry28213
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Longitude: -6.475706, Latitude: 52.824047 , Easting: 302804, Northing: 175837 Prominence: 236m,  Isolation: 3.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 702730 675876,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bly430, 10 char: BlycmbrHil
Bedrock type: Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist, (Ballybeg Member)

Ballycumber Hill is the 807th highest place in Ireland.

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Wicklow Way gives good approaches
Short Summary created by mcrtchly, simon3, wicklore  25 May 2014
The Wicklow Way contours to the east of Ballycumber Hill along an old drover path. This gives easy access to the hill from both the northeast and southwest. From the northeast start at T049 771 starA, while from the southwest start at T021 744 starB. In each case the Wicklow Way will bring you onto the slopes of the hill, from which a route over the hillside bog can be made to the summit. An alternative and quicker route is to start at the end of Mangans Lane (T04098 74789 starC) and follow the marked way (Kyle loop) to a col then turn left following a muddy track to the summit.

There is a ringfort on the northeastern slope, while the summit is marked by a Trig Pillar. There is forestry to the north and west of the summit which isn't marked on the Ordnance Survey map.
There are good views south to the little known Wicklow hills of Muskeagh, Seskin, Lackeen and Stookeen. Further south the Blackstairs, and even the Comeraghs are visible in clear weather. Linkback: Picture about mountain Ballycumber Hill (<i>Cnoc Bhaile an Chomair</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: View of the NE slopes of Ballycumber Hill
Finally reached the top.
by wicklore  30 Apr 2014
October 2008 and Ballycumber was the last hill for me to climb in Dublin/Wicklow. I had walked around it twice previously on the Wicklow Way but had not climbed to the top. I parked at T049 771 starA to the NE at the point where the Wicklow Way leaves a minor road and fords a stream. I remember this stream in spate, but luckily it was quiet last Sunday as you have to literally walk through it. It is easy to find your route-both because you are following the Wicklow Way and because you are on a well defined drover track. (The same one MV member csd used when approaching from the SW)

Follow this track uphill and you emerge onto open ground with the slopes of Ballycumber to your right. Keep an eye out for a ring of trees just above you to the right-this marks the remains of a ring fort. Soon after the ringfort at about T050 760 starD turn right uphill and head SW. Follow various animal paths through the heather until you reach the saddle just west of the 397m spot height.

Up to now it has been open bog and hillside. Now aim for a point at T039 758 starE where a fence can be seen holding back the forestry. This forestry is not marked on map 62 and it actually extends to the summit. By staying on the open hillside and by following this fence as it heads uphill to the west you will reach the summit trig pillar of Ballycumber Hill. Views to the north are limited by forestry. However some of the more obscure hills that I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of over the last several months were visible to the south-Muskeagh, Seskin, Lackeen and Stookeen. Also I was delighted to see my old pal Preban Hill to the north as I climbed Ballycumber. Never heard of these hills?-they are well worth checking out!

I returned by the same route and the walk was just under two and a half hours. I met two men skinning a freshly killed rabbit in the stream near my car and they were definitely acting a bit cagey-perhaps no licence to hunt? Linkback:
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Picture: Ballycumber Hill Mushrooms
osullivanm on Ballycumber Hill, 2009
by osullivanm  5 Sep 2009
Having read the very interesting comments from Wicklore and CSD, we decided to try completing a "circuit" of Ballycumber Hill. We started from the ford at T049 771 starA with the intention of returning on the track which connects to the Wicklow Way at T04501 77998 starF. We rambled southwards along the Wicklow way, then veered south west to climb to point 397. True to recent form, the weather frustrated us - it started to rain and continued for the rest of the day!. Undaunted, we followed a reasonably good track to Ballycumber Hill. We stopped for a magical lunch in the forest, sheltered from the rain, we stretched out on the mossy forest floor listening to the slight swish of the wind in the trees and admiring a most beautiful clump of mushrooms growing from a fallen tree. Re-invigorated, we retraced our steps along the track to pick up the ridge running to point 425. As we approached the forest we saw what looked like a telecommunications mast but, further on found a notice re a planning application for a windfarm which suggests our mast was something to do with this. We continued on the track northwards and then picked up a "ride" eastwards through the forest. This proved quite difficult underfoot but did connect with our intended track back to the Wicklow Way. We followed this track only to find that the exit was blocked by a sturdy fence and much forest "debris" - branches etc. Having overcome the obstacles, we had a lovely stroll back along the wicklow way to our starting point. We left feeling that there was another little bit of research to be done to see if there is a more satisfactory finish to our circuit - perhaps by continuing further Northwards towards the Wicklow Way and, who knows, maybe when we return we will also see a windfarm there.!! Linkback:
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Picture: Trig Pillar on Ballycumber Hill
A walk with so many options.
by Harry Goodman  19 Sep 2013
This is a hill though low in height is of considerable bulk covering some 15km sq. It is also a hill that is serviced by three National looped walks and the Wicklow Way all of which open up opportunities for walks of varying length and intensity. The three loops are Mangan's (9km), Ballycumber (14km) and Kyle 20km) and all start near Tinahely but can be joined at various points around the hill (as in my case) and linked together to suit a walker's interest or time available. All three routes, while not crossing the high point of the hill, pass close to it thereby making its inclusion available for very little extra effort. Routes are downloadable from the National Looped Walks web-site.
As I was short for time having climbed Slieve Maan and Ballycurragh Hill earlier in the day I drove to T050772 starG. From there I followed a minor road down (SW) across a narrow bridge to a junction marked by a low level stone monument, where I turned left onto a stone and gravel farm track parking off road at T 0392677649 starH where a green lane joined it on the right, 1.5km from leaving the main road. I then followed the track S a short way to T0391076459 starI and took a narrow rough track on the right up into the forest signed for the Ballycumber Loop. Once clear of the forest the track turned right and followed the forest edge up to a shallow col, about 300 metres W of Pt. 397 (known locally as Garryhoe) and crossed a stile. I turned right and followed the fence up a broad gentle rise over good, soft, peaty ground. Where the waymarked walks turned down left I continued straight on up along the fence line to T0309876082 starJ I turned left and, continuing to follow the forest edge, walked out to the Trig Pillar marking the top of the hill. Unfortuately as the weather had closed in the views commented on by others were not seen apart from a glimpse of Croaghan Kinsella and Annagh Hill to the SE on my way down. Total distance walked 4.5km. Linkback:
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Picture: The view from the summit cairn, Blackstairs in the distance
csd on Ballycumber Hill, 2008
by csd  16 Mar 2008
I parked at the bridge over the River Derry on the Wicklow Way, just off the R747 at T021 744 starB. I took the left turn after the bridge, and followed the Wicklow Way onto Coolafunshoge Lane, and old droving road. The lane meanders its way around the south of Ballycumber, and I took the left turn up to the summit near the area marked Mangans.
The summit affords some lovely views; Mount Leinster and the Comeraghs are visible to the south. I took a more direct route back to the Derry River, heading south down the spur before turning southwest to intercept Coolafunshoge lane again. Linkback:
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Kyle loop
by mickhanney  29 Jan 2011
Ballycumber hill is now readily accessible because of the new waymarked trails that have been developed around Tinahely. The Kyle loop is the longest of these walks and it traverses Ballycumber and joins the Wicklow way for a section. I've done this loop a no. of times now. The main advertised route starts at a trailhead at the top of Mangans lane but this means a 2k walk along a tarmaced lane, each way. Instead I usually park at the ford on the Wicklow way near Ballinglen and follow the route anti-clockwise from there. The waymarked trail is marked anticlockwise and this direction probably gives best views. Its a lovely route. The section from Kyle uphill is tough, particularly after rain as the ground here is quite soft. Good views to reward the effort though. Linkback:
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