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Wicklow Area   NW: Mullaghcleevaun 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

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Gravale Mountain Droibhéal A name in Irish (Ir. Droibhéal [PNCW], 'difficult passage') Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite with microcline phenocrysts Bedrock

Height: 719.0m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 56 Grid Reference: O10489 09421
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Longitude: -6.350288, Latitude: 53.124177 , Easting: 310490, Northing: 209421 Prominence: 125.79m,  Isolation: 1.6km
ITM: 710414 709453,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Grvl, 10 char: Gravale
Bedrock type: Granite with microcline phenocrysts, (Type 2p microcline porphyritic)

Eoin Mac Neill believed that the name Drobeóil, mentioned in the Metrical Dindshenchas and seemingly referring to a pass, had survived in the mountain name Gravale (JRSAI lxv, 14). On Nevill's map of 1760 the high ground W of Gravale is marked as Lavarna. Price says that this is pronounced Lavarnia and is derived from Leath-Bhearna. On the Downshire Estate map of 1806 Lavarna Gap is marked on the ridge above Lavarney Spout, between Gravale and Duff Hill. Price comments that this was a route from Lough Dan to Blessington.   Gravale is the 100th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Gravale (<i>Droibhéal</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Gravale from the SE
A rounded boggy top on the Sally Gap to Mullaghcleevaun ridge
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Colin Murphy, simon3  11 Sep 2023
Although comparitively high, Gravale lacks much excitement although views particularly to the south towards Laragh and SW towards Mullaghcleevaun are worthwhile. No difficulties apart from finding the trail through the heather in low cloud.

NE. From the NE park near the Sally Gap (O13040 10971 starA). Ascend Carrigvore by heading a couple of hundred metres down the road to the NW, all the time keeping an eye out for a fairly obvious track to the left. After summiting Carrigvore drop down to its SW col before ascending to the top of Gravale. Allow 1.5 hrs to the summit.

SE. For a quick route up start at O12045 08287 starB on the road south out of the Sally Gap. Allow 45 mins+

S. There is also parking at O11366 07319 starC and there is a fairly quick route to the summit from here too. Follow track/1478 for an easy 7k loop with 435m ascent.

NW Access is also possible by starting at the Coronation Plantation. Park near O09693 13564 starD and follow the river due south to approx. O09643 11878 starE before heading up the feint NNW spur of Gravale. There's a couple of hours walking in this as the ground underfoot can be heathery and tussocky.

Track/2821 and track/2355 are long multi-peak loops with lots of ascent and track/4284 is a long linear track that would require a car split. Linkback: Picture about mountain Gravale (<i>Droibhéal</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Forelorn cairn with Kippure in background
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by march-fixer  22 May 2012
This hill looks as if its arms are supported by the two neighbours. It does not have a lot going for it other than really excellent views down the valley towards Laragh. The approaches from both Carrigvore and Duff Hill leave a lot to be desired, with soft boggy saddles which will test your nimbleness at avoiding bog hags and wet peat trenches.

The summit is subject to a fair bit of erosion which leaves the summit cairn looking sorry in a field if boulders. The best reason to be up here is that you are either ... coming or ... going! Linkback:
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sinbadw on Gravale, 2005
by sinbadw  17 Jan 2005
We made our way from the summit of Carrigvore down into the saddle and up the slope to gravale slowly and torturously. The peat trenches were so numerous that we gave up trying to find our way over and around them and instread experimented with the non-newtonian nature of the liquid peat found therein. sometimes the approach of walking quickly across it paid off, other times we were less lucky. I was delighted to finally reach the top, stop briefly at the cairn and take shelter for a quick snack before heading towards Duff Hill. Linkback:
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Geo on Gravale, 2009
by Geo  23 Mar 2009
Following on from my comment on Carrigvore. From Sally Gap via Carrigvore with good underfoot conditions but thick mist about an hour's walk from the Gap. I was anxious to top this hill as it was on the top 100 highest and I'm still trying to get these done! Not the most exciting place on earth in mist but thankfully later on the return journey we saw the views as they unfolded through the haze. Relatively easy to get to and a nice part of Wicklow for people beginning to walk as its relatively easy going as long as there hasnt been recent wet weather and there are no treacherous slopes nearby if mist should descend. Topped by a summit cairn which may take a little bit to find as the top is relatively flat and uses its peat hags to hide it! Linkback:
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GWPR on Gravale, 2003
by GWPR  20 Feb 2003
Summit Cairn, Gravale with Sorrel in the background. Dull itself but with nice views to Sorrel and
Mullagahcleevaun. Linkback:
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nohoval_turrets on Gravale, 2002
by nohoval_turrets  21 Oct 2002
Really not much to recommend this apart from the fact that it can lead to Mullaghcleevaun. Carrigvore, Gravale and Duff are very much alike, and a walk with all three really lacks variety. Linkback:
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