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Wicklow Area   S: Aughrim 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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Preban Hill Hill Cnoc an Phreabáin A name in Irish prob. Ir. Cnoc an Phreabáin [PDT], ‘hill of An Preabán or the parcel
of land’
Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Binnion List, Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist Bedrock

Height: 389m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 62 Grid Reference: T08602 79156
Place visited by 55 members. Recently by: jimhoare, childminder05, moggy40, MartaD, SenanFoley, briankelly, abcd, srr45, ewen, loftyobrien, simoburn, JoHeaney, eugeneryan959, Barry28213, PaulNolan
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Longitude: -6.388481, Latitude: 52.852703 , Easting: 308602, Northing: 179156 Prominence: 183m,  Isolation: 4.3km
ITM: 708537 679192,   GPS IDs, 6 char: PrbnHl, 10 char: Preban Hil
Bedrock type: Dark grey semi-pelitic, psammitic schist, (Ballybeg Member)

Preban is a townland in the parish of the same name. Has been called Ballymanus Hill.   Preban Hill is the 979th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Preban Hill (<i>Cnoc an Phreabáin</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Looking SW from Preban to Croughan Kinsella.
Plain Preban
Short Summary created by simon3, wicklore  28 May 2010
It is possible to start to the north at T09186 80205 starA while a more interesting approach can be made across fields and bog from the west starting at T071 806 starB. For the former route the OS sheet 62 is reasonably accurate as regards tracks. The latter route crosses farmland so it is courteous to check with local farmers, who have granted access previously.
Preban Hill is forested, and the summit area consists of a junction of forest tracks. The highest point appears to be nothing more than a grassy ridge alongside the junction. A Trig Pillar indicated on the map does not appear to be present on the ground.
Approaching from the west there are good views southwest to Ballycumber Hill, and north to Carrickashane Mountain, Croghan Moira, Ballinacor Mountain and Ballycurragh Hill. From near the summit there are views towards Croughan Kinsella. Linkback: Picture about mountain Preban Hill (<i>Cnoc an Phreabáin</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: View of Preban Hill from the bog to the west.
wicklore on Preban Hill, 2008
by wicklore  20 Oct 2008
Scouting along the minor roads surrounding Preban Hill I stopped to talk to a farmer at a gate at approx T071 806 starB. I asked him about access to Preban Hill. He said there were no public paths or access up from this side. He then asked if I was from “The Department”. I explained that I was just a hillwalker. I showed him my rucksack, compass and map. Seeming satisfied he immediately said I could park in his gateway and head up from there with a request that I close all gates. Pondering the mysterious “Department” I headed SE, first across his field and then over fences up into a gorse field. 20 minutes from the car had me up onto the heathery slopes. I came across a small stone cairn, but had to head further east to the slightly higher ground at the 377m spot height at T077 795 starC. (For the purpose of this post I will call this Preban West Top) A smaller cairn marked this spot. There were great views back NW to Ballycurragh Hill, and SW to Ballycumber Hill. Looking further north I was presented with new views of Carrickashane Mountain, Croghan Moira and Ballinacor Mountain. I could see the main summit of Preban Hill nearly 1km further east. (T086 792 starD) While Preban West Top was a treeless bog, I could see that Preban Hill main top was half covered in forest. I made my way east over the bog, down into the col and reached the trees. I handrailed the trees along a track up to the main summit. Up to now I had felt a relative isolation and enjoyed the quiet bog. Now I was disappointed to find that the main summit area consisted of a crossroad junction of forest tracks. I judged the summit to literally be a grassy lump at the crossroads. The trees obscured views in all directions except to the W and SW. While Preban Hill may be covered in forest, it should be no problem to navigate to the summit from the N, E or S using the good quality forest tracks. However I was more than satisfied with my approach from the west across the bog and had a guilt factor of nil. I retraced my route back to the relatively unspoiled West Top, and then back down to my car. I would strongly advise calling to any local farm for permission to head up from the west side as this involves crossing farmland. Otherwise a route up Preban through its forested sides should be easily managed. Linkback:
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Picture: Summit area of Preban Hill
wicklore on Preban Hill, 2008
by wicklore  21 Oct 2008
At the summit of Preban Hill you can take your pick as to where exactly the highest point is. I chose the grassy ridge at the SE corner of the crossroads . The grassy ridge is visible in the background of the photo. Linkback:
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Picture: Views from Preban
simon3 on Preban Hill, 2009
by simon3  8 Dec 2009
As Wicklore says, the summit of Preban is a crossroads. It has trees on three out of four sides. Nevertheless, from the general area of the summit there are some interesting views such as this one of Croghan Kinsella to the south. Linkback:
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rewarding views
by mickhanney  29 Jan 2011
I wasn't aware this hill had a name. The name I had given to it in my own head was Annacurra hill as its the hill which sits behind my little village. Its a hill I know well from walking, running and biking. I usually enter it from Roddenagh wood across the road via a break in the fence and a single track which leads to the main forest track to the top. At the top you can extend your walk by a few k by heading straight on but this trail ends in a cul de sac and back tracking is required. There are 3 separate trail entrances on the road that goes between Roddenagh and Kiladuff, which gives route options. Coillte are felling trees here at the moment but this hill is generally quiet and peaceful and gives lovely views over towards Lug to the rear and Croaghan Kinsella out east. Linkback:
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Update on felling and Antenna
by mickhanney  28 Aug 2023
In recent times there has been a huge amount of felling of forestry on and around Preban hill. A few years back an antenna was erected at the back of the Five Townlands in the forestry. Now the antennae stands across an empty deforested landscape. The top sections of forestry along the main fire-road are mostly cleared now too. On the ground it isnt pretty to the eye but the views of the surrounding countryside are really opened out.

Update 28 Aug 23. The Met Mast (antenna) on Preban hill is gone. Whether that is a good or bad omen for Turbine building I don't know, as I saw reports of Planning refusals for a wind farm on the hill. There had been a huge amount of felling in on the hill in the last few years, so the views on the ground aren't pretty but the bonus is the clear views of the surrounding countryside. Linkback:
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