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Wicklow Area   W: Baltinglass Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 925m
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry 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 657mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 714mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 546m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mLittle Sugar Loaf 342m
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 641mScarr 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 357mSeskin 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 925mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

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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 994th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Baltinglass Hill in area Wicklow, Ireland
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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/864/comment/5623/
 
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/864/comment/16101/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/864/comment/4498/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/864/comment/6004/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/864/comment/3308/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/864/comment/3310/
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