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Wicklow Area , W: Baltinglass Subarea
Feature count in area: 115, by county: Wicklow: 108, Kildare: 4, Wexford: 2, Carlow: 3, of which 1 is in both Wexford and Wicklow, of which 1 is in both Carlow and Wicklow, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW, EW-DM, EW-LG, EW-WE, EW-WS
Highest Place: Lugnaquilla 924.7m

Starting Places (205) in area Wicklow:
1916 Memorial Car Park, Aghavannagh Ow Bridge, Aghowle Wood, Altidore Wood Entrance, Annacurra National School, Annalecka Bridge, Asbawn Brook L8350, Aughrim National School, Ballard Road, Ballinabarny Gap, Ballinagappoge Bridge Layby, Ballinagappoge Mountain Hairpin, Ballinagore, Ballinahinch Wood, Ballinastoe MBT CP, Ballinastraw South, Ballineddan Upr Fork, Ballinfoyle Upr Cross, Ballycoog, Ballycreen Brook Bridge, Ballycumber, Ballycumber Bridge, Ballycumber Lane, Ballycumber Wicklow Way, Ballylerane, Ballylow Bridge, Ballylusk Quarry, Ballymanus Lane, Ballymoyle Shooting Lodge, Ballynultagh Gap, Ballynultagh Lane, Ballyreagh Wood, Ballyross Forest, Ballysmuttan Long Stone, Baravore, Barnbawn South, Barranisky North, Barranisky West, Bohilla Land Roundabout, Bohilla Lane Mid, Boranaraltry Bridge, Bray Harbour, Brewel West, Brittas Bay North CP, Buckroney Sand Dunes CP, Bus Terminus, Camera Hill Track Cross, Castletimon Wood North, Clara Vale, Clone House Road, Clonegal, Cloon Wood Cp, Coate Bridge, Coolballintaggart Ledge, Coolbawn House Lane, Cransillagh Brook , Crone Wood CP, Crossbridge, Crossoona Rath, Cummer Wood South, Curtlestown Wood CP, Deputy's Pass CP, Derralossary Church, Derry River Bridge, Devil's Glen CP, Devil's Glen Wood, Djouce Wood Calary, Djouce Wood Lake, Djouce Wood Long Hill, Donard, Donnelly's Lane Car Sales, Drumgoff Forest, Dunranhill North, Dunranhill SE, Dunranhill South, Dwyer McAllister Cottage CP, Enniskerry, Fentons Pub, Fitzsimons Park GAA, unuseableFlemings Footbridge Glen Rd, Gap Pub, Gap Road, Glen Beach CP, Glen of the Downs CP, Glenbride Lane, Glenbride Lodge, Glencree Reconciliation, Glendalough, Glenealy GAA, Glenmacnass Tonelagee CP, Glenmalure Hostel, Glenmalure Lodge, Glenmalure Waterfall, Glenview Hotel, Gowle House, Great Sugar Loaf CP, Grove Bar, Heffernans Well Wood, Hill View, Hollywood Glen, JB Malone CP, Johnnie Fox Pub, Keadeen NE trail, Keadeen Trailhead, Kevins Way Footbridge, Kilbride Army Camp Entrance, Kilcandra South, Kilcommon View, Killalongford Wood, Kilmacrea Cross Roads, Kilranelagh House Gate, Kilruddery Car Park, Kilruddery Cottages, Kings River, Kippure Bridge, Kippure Estate, Kippure Transmitter Gate, Knickeen Cross, Knocknaboley Lane Leeraghs Bog, Knocknaboley Lane Stone Cottage, Knockrath Little, Knockree west, Kyle Loop North, Lackan Wood S, Lake Dr Fraughan Brook, Lake Drive, Lake Park Cross, Lake View Pub, Laragh Free Car Park, Laragh NSch, Lead Mines CP, Liffey Bridge, Liffey Head Bridge, Lough Bray Lower, Lough Bray Upper, Lough Tay North Viewing Point, Lough Tay Wicklow Way CP, Luglass Lane L97561, Lugnagun Track, Macreddin Village, Mangans Lane, Military Road Carrigshouk Hill, Military Road Inchavore River Nth, Military Road Inchavore River Sth, Military Road NW Lough Tay, Military Road Ballyboy Bridge, Military Road Cloghoge Brook, Military Road Croaghanmoira, Military Road Fananierin, Military Road LaraghWicklow Way, Military Road Slieve Maan, Monspolien Bridge, Moortown House, Mountain Rescue HQ, Muskeagh Little Wood, Nahanagan Lough NE, Novara Avenue, Bray, Oiltiagh Brook Knickeen, Old Bridge Cross, Old Bridge Scouts , Old Wicklow Way entrance, Paddock Hill SE, Pier Gates CP, Powerscourt Waterfall CP, Putland Road, Quintagh East, Raheen Park CP, Raheenleagh East, Railway Walk CP, Rathdrum Railway Station, Rednagh Wood, Rocky Valley, Roundwood, Sally Gap, Sally Gap N, Seefin Trailhead, Seskin SE, Shankill Tributary Bridge, Shay Elliott, Sheepshanks Bridge, Shillelagh, Slievecorragh Track, Slievefoore South, Sraghoe Brook, St John's Church, St Kevins Chair, St Kevins Church, St Kevins Way R756, Stone Circle Bridge, Stookeen South, Stranahely Wood, Stranakelly Cross Roads, Tallyho, Templeboden, Tithewer, Tomcoyle Lower, Tomriland Wood, Toor Brook, Trooperstown Hill Access, Turlough Hill CP, Upper Lake CP, Vallymount GAA CP, Vartry Reservoir Upper, Zellers Pub

Summits & other features in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North: Brockagh Mountain 556.9m, Brockagh Mountain NW Top 549.5m, Brockagh Mountain SE Top 471.7m, Camaderry East Top 677.3m, Camaderry Mountain 698.6m, Conavalla 734m, Tomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South: Carriglineen Mountain 456.6m, Cullentragh Mountain 510m, Derrybawn Mountain 476.1m, Kirikee Mountain 474.5m, Lugduff 653.2m, Lugduff SE Top 638m, Mullacor 660.7m, Trooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee: Carrignagunneen 561m, Fair Mountain 571.2m, Stoney Top 713.7m, Tonelagee 815.8m, Tonelagee E Top 668m, Tonelagee South-East Top 545.8m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue: Bray Head Hill 238.9m, Carrigoona Commons East 242m, Downs Hill 372.9m, Great Sugar Loaf 501.2m, Little Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce: Djouce 725.5m, Knockree 342.1m, Maulin 570m, Tonduff 642m, Tonduff East Top 593m, War Hill 684.8m, White Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy: Ballinafunshoge 480m, Kanturk 527.4m, Knocknacloghoge 532.4m, Luggala 593.3m, Robber's Pass Hill 508.9m, Scarr 640m, Scarr North-West Top 559.8m, Sleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry: Ballinacorbeg 336m, Ballycurry 301m, Dunranhill 342m, Mount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington: Carrigleitrim 408m, Lugnagun 446.2m, Slieveroe 332m, Sorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun: Black Hill 602.2m, Carrigshouk 572.5m, Carrigvore 682.4m, Duff Hill 720.8m, Gravale 719m, Moanbane 703m, Mullaghcleevaun 846.7m, Mullaghcleevaun East Top 796m, Silsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills: Cushbawn 400m, Killeagh 249m, Moneyteige North 427m, Preban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira: Ballinacor Mountain 529.3m, Ballycurragh Hill 536m, Ballyteige 447m, Carrickashane Mountain 508m, Croaghanmoira 662.3m, Croaghanmoira North Top 579.5m, Fananierin 426m, Slieve Maan 547.8m, Slieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella: Annagh Hill 454m, Croghan Kinsella 606m, Croghan Kinsella East Top 562.1m, Slievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills: Lakeen 357m, Monaughrim 206m, Seskin 344m, Stookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills: Ballycumber Hill 429.7m, Eagle Hill 296m, Muskeagh Hill 398.2m
SE: Wicklow South East: Ballinastraw 284m, Ballyguile Hill 188m, Barranisky 280m, Carrick Mountain 381m, Collon Hill 238m, Kilnamanagh Hill 217m, Westaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass: Ballyhook Hill 288m, Baltinglass Hill 382m, Carrig Mountain 571m, Carrigeen Hill 298m, Cloghnagaune 385m, Corballis Hill 258m, Keadeen Mountain 653m, Spinans Hill 409m, Spinans Hill SE Top 400m, Tinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla: Ballineddan Mountain 652.3m, Benleagh 689m, Camenabologue 758m, Camenabologue SE Top 663m, Cloghernagh 800m, Corrigasleggaun 794.6m, Lugnaquilla 924.7m, Slievemaan 759.7m
W: Donard: Brewel Hill 222m, Church Mountain 544m, Corriebracks 531m, Lobawn 636m, Slievecorragh 418m, Sugarloaf 552m, Table Mountain 701.7m, Table Mountain West Top 563m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Spinans Hill SE Top, 400m Hill Cnoc na Spíonán (mullach thoir theas) A name in Irish,
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For origin of name, see Spinans Hill., Brusselstown, Wicklow County in Leinster province, in Carn Lists, Spinans Hill SE Top is the 956th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference S93044 91136, OS 1:50k mapsheet 56
Place visited by: 72 members, recently by: nupat, NualaB, Kaszmirek78, mickhanney, John.geary, Ansarlodge, SenanFoley, oreills8, simoburn, annem, JoHeaney, hibby, loftyobrien, davsheen, pinchy
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Longitude: -6.616069, Latitude: 52.963284, Easting: 293044, Northing: 191136, Prominence: 40m,  Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 692972 691175
Bedrock type: Andesite & andesitic tuff, (Donard Andesite Member)
Notes on name: Brusselstown Ring is at the SE end of Spinans Hill. This fort is mentioned in several Irish annals as Dún Bolg [PNCW].
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Spn400, 10 char: SpnnsHlSET

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Picture: The Spinian Bull
wicklore on Spinans Hill SE Top
by wicklore 10 Oct 2008
Wary of csd’s forest ordeal on Spinian, today I sought and found an easy approach to Spinian which I did after tackling Spinian SE Top.
Initially I went looking for Simon3's starting point for Spinian SE Top. Having recently suffered the curse of a forest crawl and gorse field obstacle course I was anxious to have an easy walk on this wet and cloudy day. I found a new parking spot just off the road at Moortn Hs (S924 907). I asked at an intercom in the gate across the road and the lady said it was ok to park there. A track led north and almost immediately I reached the edge of the forest which can be seen in Padodes photo of Spinian SE Top taken from Keadeen-I was at the corner of the long finger of forest stretching to the left. Keeping the forest on my left I crossed fences and fields and soon came to the summit. The bad weather meant visibility was down to a couple of hundred feet so I can't comment on the wonderful views I know must be available from up there. I would urge caution when climbing the large stone wall enclosing the summit in wet weather as it was quite slippy. I got a start when I saw what looked like a large bull sitting near the summit (see photo) but on closer (careful) inspection it turned out to be a large boulder! Leaving the summit I considered csd’s comments on the awkward route over to Spinian which he had done in reverse. I decided to explore the possibility of a direct route through the forest. I followed a fence west from the summit until it reached the trees. The fence continued into the trees with a track beside it and I followed it until the track ran out. The forestry grew denser and the fence disappeared into the murky darkness. In the interest of aiding future walkers I valiantly plunged in.
To my surprise and delight following this fence was easy and soon brought me across the ‘finger’ of forest to the fields on the other side. I emerged from the dense forest at a hut. To return to the parking spot from here simply turn left, keep the forest on your left and reach your car in a few minutes. Padodes’ photo from Keadeen makes it possible to visualize all of this. I would recommend this as a return route if parking where I did as it was easier than climbing across many barbed wire fences on the way up. Note-the spread of forestry on Spinian is much more extensive than shown on the OS map. From the hut I continued on to find the main Spinian summit. (See Spinian for the next section.) Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/841/comment/3370/
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Brissels or Brussels
by Bunsen7 16 Dec 2017
Climbed both hills on 16/12/17, following the main route described by others here on MV.

The forestry between the tops has thinned out a little (or so it seems by reference to previous comments) and further inroads are being made into the forestry with machinery that make the route much more obvious.

When researching this hill before my visit I found myself confused as to the pronunciation (Spinnian's?, Spynan's?) and was enlightened by, well, you guessed it, google.

Apparently in the early 1800s there was an English geologist named Thomas Weaver charged with doing a little research into the geology of Wicklow. He seems to have spent quite some time traversing the range and commenting on the geology of many lesser known hills.

His publication described the hills of Spynan's (Spinan's), Brisselstown (Spinan's SE), Kilranela (Cloghnagaune), Tinoran, and others in the Baltinglass area.

On this hill, "Brisselstown" as he spelled it, he noted that "Craggy protuberances stud the upper part and form the summit of this hill which is encircled by three concentric mounds, [...], which with the crags above display a kind of mural crown, perceptible at a great distance. The object of these enclosures is not at present known, [...], and the craggy summit may have served as an altar."

I certainly found the summit more interesting than the main top to the west, which is flatter with a number of shallow bog pools.

The same publication, Transactions of the Geological Society of London, Volume 5 (1821?), measured the hill at 1330 feet, which seems fairly close! Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/841/comment/19812/
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Picture: The view west from Spinans Hill SE Top
csd on Spinans Hill SE Top
by csd 22 Jul 2007
This shot shows Spinans Hill viewed from Spinans Hill SE Top. You can see the line of forestry blocking the way: I came from the right (north), handrailing the edge of the trees using the field visible. Even with this there was some pushing through forestry required, though the trees are not nearly as dense as on the northern approaches to Spinans Hill itself. The area around the summit of SE Top must have been a site of some importance in antiquity, judging from the number of cairns and other artefacts visible. Brusselstown Ring, which encircles the summit, is said to be the largest ring fort in Europe, and is supposedly the setting for the central action in the Bórama. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/841/comment/2781/
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Picture: Looking into history
padodes on Spinans Hill SE Top
by padodes 19 Mar 2008
The most impressive way to become acquainted with Spinans Hill is, I think, to climb to the summit of its towering neighbour, Keadeen. The almost aerial view from there shows the low, twin-topped hill to advantage, and especially the great oval hill-fort on the nearby east top, the Brusselstown Ring, with its crumbling boulder rampart. (An obliging arrow of sunshine lit it up for me as I took the photo yesterday.) The remains of another hill-fort on the sister top to the west is now smothered in forestry. I’ve seen the Ring variously described as a Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age monument, which leaves me none the wiser. There is no exact agreement either on the measurement of the axes of the Ring, with 320 x 200m or 300 x 190m being given in different documents. Wicklow people seem happy, at least, to sing its praises as the largest hill-fort in Europe. I have read that an outer stone defence, about 5km in circumference, but now almost razed to the ground, encompasses the two tops and their respective forts, but it is hard to identify in the photo. As far as place-names go, learned heads have conjectured that the “Dún Bolg” mentioned in the Bórama (cattle tribute feud) episode in the Book of Leinster is the name our embattled ancestors gave the Ring. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/841/comment/3004/
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Picture: The view east from the summit: Keadeen to the right, Lugnaquilla to the left.
csd on Spinans Hill SE Top
by csd 22 Jul 2007
Spinans Hill SE Top is a much more appealing summit than the main top to the west. Note, though, if you're planning to approach from Spinans Hill that your way will be blocked by a wall of dense forestry. The tree cover is now much more extensive than shown on Sheet 56, so I had to detour to the north (losing some height in the process: grr!). The summit area of SE Top is littered with ancient stones, and the peak itself is in the form of an interesting rock outcrop. Great views of Keaden, Lug, and all the other west Wicklow favourites, as well as Blackstairs to the south. I left to the north to head back to my car (see Spinans Hill comment for location), but I can't really recommend this as it involves crossing a deep man-made trench and several fields full of livestock. Perhaps someone else will have better luck with the Spinans with an approach from the south. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/841/comment/2780/
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