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David-Guenot: Track 4042 in area near Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland)
Benglenisky + Benlettery
Length: 7.4km, Creator time taken: 3h27m, Ascent: 623m,
Descent: 710m

Places: Start at L75873 48578, Benglenisky, Benlettery, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

Plenty of space for parking at the starting point. Carefully cross the N59, then cross the stile and contour the crag to the right.
The start of the walk, with Benlettery in the right background and Benglenisky hiding behind the fir tree.

There is a fence higher up. I found a convenient spot to cross it on the way up, but best is to use the stile I found on the way down. The route-finding was then easy with the good visibility. The boggy ground turns heathery and thus firmer as you gain height.
It's a long way to Benglenisky.

I decided to head straight up to the top of Benglenisky, but this meant venturing in steep, rocky ground and contouring crags, using the hands on a few occasions. There may be easier lines of ascent from that side, but I reckon a safer option would be to head to the col between Benglenisky and Benlettery.
The views N from the summit of Benglenisky, with Benbaun to the right.
I spent a few minutes embracing the stunning views from the top of Benglenisky, delightfully blinded by the golden reflection of the blazing sun in the myriad of lakes to the SW, before continuing towards Benlettery -I had planned to make a detour to Bengower but was running short of time. I passed by a few ponds which were still frozen, adding to the feeling of isolation and to the magic of the scenery.
One of the partially frozen ponds E of the summit of Benglenisky, with Benbreen and Bengower in the distance.
Benlettery was the first Irish mountain I ever climbed back in September 2005, so being back up there right on time for sunset was a very special moment for me.
Such a special, emotional moment to be back up there over 13 years after !!

The first part of the descent is steep and requires great care, but it then eases as you reach a low spur heading SW, which can be followed back to the starting point.

Uploaded on: Sat, 2 Mar 2019 (10:46:37)
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British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
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