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Wicklow Area   Cen: Glendalough North Subarea
Place count in area: 116, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
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 Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 474mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 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 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 523mKnocknacloghoge 534mLuggala 595mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 561mSleamaine 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 682mDuff Hill 720mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 531mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mKilmichael Hill 267mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 431mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 397m
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 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

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Conavalla Mountain Ceann an Bhealaigh A name in Irish (Ir. Ceann an Bhealaigh [PNCW*], 'head of the road/pass') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Dark slate-schist, quartzite & coticule Bedrock

Height: 734m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: T03970 97153
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Longitude: -6.451457, Latitude: 53.0151 , Easting: 303970, Northing: 197153 Prominence: 109m,  Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 703906 697166,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Cnv734, 10 char: Conavalla
Bedrock type: Dark slate-schist, quartzite & coticule, (Butter Mountain Formation)

The second part of the name refers to the old road (bealach) which led from the west over the mountains into Glendalough.   Conavalla is the 87th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Conavalla (<i>Ceann an Bhealaigh</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Conavalla from the south
 
Lonely top well defended by navigationally tricky land & sucking bog.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, simon3  21 Dec 2020
Conavalla has a plain, lonely place at the head of the Glenmalure valley. It's a boggy expanse that lies on both the circuits of Glenmalure and Glendalough with good Wicklow views from Lug up to Tonelegee.
SE. Park at Barravore T06606 94182 A from where you proceed NW up forest tracks. Aim for T03491 96277 B from where an ascent can easily be made now that much of the forestry is gone. 6k 1.5-2hrs
NE. Park near the Wicklow Gap at O07626 00175 C, walk the road to Turlough Hill and past Lough Firrib. From here the route is notoriously difficult in misty conditions without a GPS. When wet, which is to say often, the flattish region around 350 to 700m to the NE of the summit has perhaps the worst bog in Wicklow.
To avoid much of the bog, head along the traditional route over the disused quarry towards Lough Firrib on 296 degrees, stop at the rocks (T:06045 98347 D ) which precede the descent into the Turlough-Firrib boggy arena. From here head resolutely on 246 degrees downwards, then over a shoulder and down to the Glenealo river, and then upwards to Conavalla. Allow 2 – 3 hrs
N. From the N start either at O02041 01435 E or O03746 02212 F and head up the Glenreemore valley before ascending steeply to Art's Cross T03789 98934 G. Head on to Three Lakes O03213 96205 H and then up the NW spur of Conavalla. 3hrs+
Track/2090 is a winter-only [frozen bog] route from the NE
Track/3368 is an 18k loop of the head of Glenmalure while track/2334 is a 26k version. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/86/comment/4846/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Conavalla (<i>Ceann an Bhealaigh</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Art's Memorial
padodes on Conavalla, 2008
by padodes  17 Feb 2008
Just west of Art’s Cross (T 038 991 I), a stream tumbles from the plateau to form Gleenreemore Brook in the valley below. Slightly east of the foot of the waterfall can be seen the memorial to Art O’Neill (T 036 994 J), indicating the spot where, according to tradition, he breathed his last. It’s easily missed, since the grassy ramp that marks the beginning of the ascent (or end of the descent) alongside the waterfall takes you away from it. It’s a granite plaque in Irish set into a striated boulder, with a little cross on top. It was placed there, as a few lines tell us at the bottom, by Cumann Siúlóirí na hÉireann in 1992 - the four hundreth anniversary of Art's death - to replace another that had been there since 1932. Although this is a recent memorial, it is sculpted in the elegant demi-uncial script of earlier years, so my guess would be that it has simply copied the 1932 model. Passing by yesterday, 9 Feb. ’08, I noticed several Christmas wreaths were still lying at the foot of the memorial, so obviously Art is no forgotten figure in our history. The fact that he faced the rigours of these hills in winter gives him a place in walkers' hearts, too. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/86/comment/2960/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Conavalla (<i>Ceann an Bhealaigh</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
 
csd on Conavalla, 2003
by csd  14 Sep 2003
Surrounded by sucking bogs, Conavalla can take quite an effort to get to if it's been wet. Beware, the nice fat forest track on the southern side of Conavalla, shown on the Harvey and Hely maps, doesn't extend as far as shown. If you're thinking of using it to head for Lugduff I'd think again! Picture shows Conavalla taken from the top of the Table Track, with Tonlagee in the background on the left. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/86/comment/641/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Conavalla (<i>Ceann an Bhealaigh</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Art's Cross
padodes on Conavalla, 2008
by padodes  13 Feb 2008
Almost 2 km due north of Conavalla, at the edge of the upland plateau rolling wetly down from the top of the hill and about midway between Lough Firrib and Three Lakes, lies Art’s Cross (T 038 991 I). In pre-GPS days, when thick fog descended on this broken bogland, it could be quite tricky to find the landmark, since the terrain never allowed the walker to follow anything remotely similar to a direct bearing. As it happens, the Cross doesn’t mark the exact spot where, according to tradition, Art O’Neill died in 1592 on his flight from Dublin Castle to Glenmalure with Red Hugh O’Donnell. That spot lies in the valley, below, close to the foot of the nearby waterfall. The view from the top, looking northwards, takes in a beautiful expanse of mountain scenery from Tonelagee in the NE right across to Mullaghcleevaun in the N, and Moanbane and Silsean in the NW (the latter three, left to right, are visible in the photo). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/86/comment/2959/
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Tom Milligan on Conavalla, 2005
by Tom Milligan  19 Jun 2005
Traversing the boggy area between Lough Firrib and Conavalla can be a source of some nervousness for many, especially in wet conditions, but there is a way to this summit from Turlough Hill which bypasses Lough Firrib and provides a relatively pleasant and bog-free experience. Heading along the traditional route over the disused quarry towards Lough Firrib on 296 degrees, stop at the rocks (T:06045 98347 D) which precede the descent into the Turlough-Firrib boggy arena. From here head resolutely on 246 degrees downwards, then over a shoulder and down to the Glenealo river, and then upwards to Conavalla. You'll be asking yourself "Why don't we do this all the time?". Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/86/comment/1762/
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Sometimes a hill doesn't like you
by ewen  6 Jan 2018
Conavalla hates me. It really does. I finally reached the top on my fourth attempt. Three other attempts were thwarted by weather but I was going to beat it. Third attempt via Tomaneena and I was determined to get it.
The mountain threw everything it had. Mist, blizzard and bog all combined to try and make me turn back. At one point the ice broke on the bog and I sank over my knees. I got one leg out but the other was stuck fast. I had to sit down and dig out peat with my hands. I then crawled over cracking bog ice to a hag where I considered turning back. No, the top was only a few hundred metres and I did get it.
Returning to Lough Firrib, I took a wide detour to avoid the worst of the bog but Conavalla released her white out. Luckily I had GPS as well as my map so she let me proceed to Tomaneena and down to Wicklow gap.
The bog is a killer but I beat Conavalla. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/86/comment/19834/
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