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Dublin/Wicklow Area   Wicklow Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 130, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 49, 50, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 925m
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Dublin/Wicklow:
Ballinacorbeg 336mBallinastraw 284mBallycurry 301mBallyguile Hill 188mBallyhook Hill 288mBray Head Hill 240mCarrickgollogan 276mCarrigeen Hill 298mCarrigoona Commons East 242mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mCupidstown Hill 378.6mDowns Hill 372mDunranhill 342mEagle Hill 296mKilleagh 249mKilliney Hill 153.5mKilmichael Hill 267mKilnamanagh Hill 217mKnockannavea 400.8mKnockree 342mMount Kennedy 365.9mSlieveroe 332mWestaston Hill 270m
Dublin Mountains:   Corrig Mountain 617.1mGlendoo Mountain 586mKippure 757mKnocknagun 555.3mMountpelier Hill 383mPrince William's Seat 553.5mSaggart Hill 396.9mSeahan 647.3mSeefin 620.6mSeefingan 722.9mTibradden Mountain 466.2mTwo Rock Mountain 536m
Wicklow Mountains:   Annagh Hill 454mBallinacor Mountain 531mBallinafunshoge 480mBallineddan Mountain 652mBallycumber Hill 431mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mBaltinglass Hill 382mBarranisky 280mBenleagh 689mBlack Hill 602.2mBrockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCarrick Mountain 381mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigleitrim 408mCarriglineen Mountain 455mCarrignagunneen 561mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mChurch Mountain 544mCloghernagh 800mCollon Hill 238mConavalla 734mCorriebracks 531mCorrigasleggaun 794mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mCullentragh Mountain 510mCushbawn 400mDerrybawn Mountain 474mDjouce 725.5mDuff Hill 720mFair Mountain 571.2mFananierin 426mGravale 718mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mKanturk 523mKeadeen Mountain 653mKirikee Mountain 474mKnocknacloghoge 534mLakeen 357mLittle Sugar Loaf 342mLobawn 636mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mLuggala 595mLugnagun 446.2mLugnaquilla 925mMaulin 570mMoanbane 703mMoneyteige North 427mMullacor 657mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mMuskeagh Hill 397mPreban Hill 389mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 641mScarr North-West Top 561mSeskin 344mSilsean 698mSleamaine 430mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1mSlievecorragh 418mSlievefoore 414mSlievemaan 759mSorrel Hill 599.5mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mStoney Top 714mStookeen 420mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563mTinoran Hill 312mTomaneena 682.4mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 546mTrooperstown Hill 430mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m

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Baltinglass Hill Hill Cnoc Bhealach Conglais A name in Irish
(poss. Ir. ‡Cnoc Bhealach Conglais [PDT], 'hill of Bealach Conglais') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Binnion List, Dark slate-schist, quartzite & coticule Bedrock

Height: 382m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 61 Grid Reference: S88505 89280
Place visited by 74 members. Recently by: Fjon, conormcbandon, ewen, shayc, Grumbler, finkey86, TipsyDempy, Wildrover, Bunsen7, Barry28213, Garmin, markmjcampion, peterturner, melohara, hannukkah
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Longitude: -6.684077, Latitude: 52.947333 , Easting: 288505, Northing: 189280 Prominence: 227m,  Isolation: 3.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 688436 689315,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BltnHl, 10 char: BltnglsHil
Bedrock type: Dark slate-schist, quartzite & coticule, (Butter Mountain Formation)

There is a hillfort on summit named Rathcoran and a second one to NW. The entry in PNCW for Rathcoran refers to an article on The Excavation of a Burial Cairn on Baltinglass Hill in PRIA xlvi (1941), p. 221. This makes it clear that Baltinglass Hill is the English name of this height. Has been called Coolanarrig.   Baltinglass Hill is the 991st highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Grassy slopes lead to the summit
Neolithic burial cairn inside an Iron Age hill fort
Short Summary created by kernowclimber, wicklore  9 Jun 2014
The summit lies inside the bivallate Iron Age hill fort of Rathcoran that completely encloses a Neolithic burial cairn thought to be contemporaneous with Newgrange, close to the trig point. Stripped of its earthen cover and robbed of its stone, the cairn comprises 3 passage-tombs and 2 single-chambered tombs. The site was excavated in 1934-6 revealing evidence of the cremations of at least 3 adults and a child. Fragments of quartz unearthed during the excavation suggest its use for decorative purposes. Finds of carbonised hazelnuts, wheat grains and a saddle quern point to the extent of local climate change, affecting both the landscape cover and human settlement patterns. In the Neolithic, the climate was drier and warmer, Wicklow's glens were densely wooded, people lived much higher in the uplands and farmers were able to cultivate arable crops above 1,000ft. Park to the right of the graveyard in Baltinglass at approximately S871 887 A and follow the lane next to the graveyard wall which enters a series of grazing fields. The approach is steep in places and involves negotiating a dense patch of gorse if you head towards the cross. By keeping to the right of the cross and heading uphill diagonally, the worst of the gorse is easily avoided. This hill offers excellent views east to the Glen of Imaal with Keadeen and Lugnaquilla being particularly prominent. Linkback: Picture about mountain Baltinglass Hill in area Dublin/Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Neolithic burial cairn inside an Iron Age hill fort
Climb back in time
by kernowclimber  10 Jun 2014
Baltinglass is set deep in the heart of Wicklow’s historic glens, and the sight of the imposing ruins of the Cistercian Abbey built above the bank of the River Slaney are testimony in stone to the fact that people settled here at an early period to farm the surrounding fertile land. But those who scale Baltinglass Hill looming above the village will be rewarded with much more than exceptional views. For close to the summit is evidence for the settlement of far earlier farmers in the area.

Parking is plentiful near the churchyard with its granite tower and a lane, shaded by trees hosting noisy rookeries which runs alongside, gives access to farmland. We pass across a couple of fields being grazed by sheep and cattle that are not perturbed by our presence. Eschewing the furze-choked cross, we head diagonally uphill to access croftland with large patches of unfurling bracken and a thin belt of easily traversed gorse at the top. The climb to this point is fairly steep, but the gradient eases as you pass into a large field used for grazing and the summit trig point looms into view.

After crossing this field, the widely spaced double ramparts of Rathcoran Iron Age hill fort are encountered, cut through by a stone wall we'd just crossed. A bird’s eye view would see it hugging the heather clad contours below the summit to completely enclose it. At the summit is a much earlier badly damaged burial cairn 27m in diameter which has been robbed of its granite stone to build a protective wall around it and to demarcate the boundary of Baltinglass and Rathbran parishes. The cairn, possibly contemporaneous with Newgrange, comprises 3 passage-tombs clearly constructed over time as they partly overlie each other, and 2 single-chambered tombs. The northern tomb is the best preserved, comprising a short passage with some of its roof slabs intact, leading to a chamber with 3 shallow recesses containing a large basin stone with pecked ornament. The southern tomb is a jumble of fallen orthostats, some bearing the faint imprint of spiral art, while the western tomb has a collapsed corbelled roof with a barely visible passage.

The site was excavated in 1934-6 revealing evidence of the cremations of at least 3 adults and a child. Finds of carbonised hazelnuts, wheat grains and a saddle quern point to the extent of local climate change, affecting both the landscape cover and human settlement patterns. From 3,000-3,500 BC, the climate was drier and warmer, the glens were densely wooded, people lived much higher in the uplands and Neolithic farmers could cultivate arable crops above 1,000ft, on the slopes of hills like Baltinglass.

The sweeping vistas over the Wicklow and Blackstairs Mountains alone are worth the climb, but to ponder the purpose and meaning of this high place to our distant ancestors and how it connects with the megalithic structures dotting hillsides nearby, make Baltinglass Hill an absolute must. Linkback:
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Picture: View to the east
Dec_Alcock on Baltinglass Hill, 2010
by Dec_Alcock  11 Mar 2010
The best access point for Baltinglass hill is along the laneway to the right of the graveyard. This has always been used for public access for the hill and permission is not necessary. This leads onto a grassy field below the cross which is easily traversed in a few minutes. A gate leads into a more rugged gorse covered field. There used to be a pathway, or sheep track, here which led directly up to the cross however this has become badly overgrown with gorse and is not recommended, by walking to the left around this area there is a much easier route. To reach the summit walk to the right along the ridge. From this point the walk is much easier as what were previously fields of heather, gorse and a fern has been reclaimed as grassland for sheep. While this makes walking less difficult unfortunately it has reduced the wilderness aspect of the hillside.
The hill fort and passage graves are located on the summit or “pinnacle” as it is known locally and are extimated to be approximately 5000 years old. They can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes. The site was first excavated in 1941and the surrounding wall is modern with the original having been robbed for wall building. The site contains remains of 3 small passage-tombs built at different times and partly-overlying each other, plus two single-chambered tombs. The view from the top is spectacular with Keadeen. Lugnaquilla and Mount Leinster among the peaks visible. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking North from Baltinglass Hill.
At last, my 100th Local Summit
by simon3  12 Aug 2010
Sometime in 1969 or 70 I started climbing the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains, some of which are in what I would now call my Local 100.
I have climbed many of the higher ones many times and this year made a push on the more far-flung places such as Oriel Hill and Carrigroe. My final Local 100 was Baltinglass Hill which I enjoyed with two other veterans: madfrankie and wicklore. So having completed the challenge I now make a further claim: that of the slowest rate of climbing my local tops at around 2.5/ year. Beat that, young turks.
This panoramic view from the SW of the Wicklow Mountains shows Keadeen as the darker bump on the skyline about a quarter in from the right. Lugnaquillia is further away and just visible behind it. The apparently straight wall is that of the ringfort near the summit. The panoramic nature of the picture makes it appear straight, however in reality it is a circular enclosure. Linkback:
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Picture: View of Baltinglass Hill from the village.
wicklore on Baltinglass Hill, 2008
by wicklore  14 Sep 2008
As I drove around Baltinglass Hill looking for a likely approach point, I asked a farmer unloading sheep about access. He offered that I could park in his field and head up through his farmland. I said that I hoped to find a more public route, and he said that there was a lane beside the graveyard in Baltinglass that gave access onto the hill. He said it was ok to head up the hill that way. I found an overgrown track to the right of the graveyard at approximately S871 887 A. I followed this and in a few minutes entered the fields below Baltinglass Hill. I headed up towards a large cross and antennae at approx 878 892 B. I reached a field of painful gorse which stopped a direct uphill route, and much retracing of steps was needed to find a way through.
Reaching the cross I paused to look back down into Baltinglass and across to Tinoran Hill. Beyond the cross were more fields inhabited by cows, sheep and horses. I had to walk through them and I wondered if this was really the more public route the farmer had in mind.
The trig point of Baltinglass Hill was about another 700 metres beyond the cross. I enjoyed reaching it as I discovered the fascinating prehistoric hillfort there. The stone wall of the hillfort is a complete circle up to about 5 foot high in places. The wall itself is about 12 feet wide and I roughly measured the inside diameter at 60-70 feet. It is big! Within the circle are the remains of a few burial chambers. The weather was deteriorating rapidly and the views out to the east were disappearing. I just had time to say goodbye to Keadeen before she was engulfed in the rain clouds that would shortly reach me. To the south the Blackstairs were also cloud covered. In good weather I imagine this would be a fantastic viewpoint across the Wicklow hills.
There are no walker tracks and with the arrival of rain and cloud I used my compass to head back to the cross. I dropped down northwest to the road and walked back to my car.
I have no doubt that there are other routes available that don’t cross so much farmland. The forestry to the northwest of the summit might offer an approach. I would recommend that permission is sought every time before heading up from the graveyard side. Linkback:
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Picture: Part of the Hillfort on Baltinglass Hill
wicklore on Baltinglass Hill, 2008
by wicklore  14 Sep 2008
This photo shows a part of the huge intact hillfort beside the summit of Baltinglass Hill. I roughly measured the walls at 4-5 feet high, 12-15 feet thick and the interior diameter at 60-70 feet wide. The hillfort on nearby Tinoran Hill is almost buried, so this came as a huge surprise! Linkback:
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