Peter Walker: Track 4057 in area near Silver Hill, Bluestack Mountains (Ireland)
Silver Hill & Carnaween
Length: 11.6km, Creator time taken: 2h35m, Ascent: 601m, Descent: 580m
Places:Start at G88640 88965, Silver Hill, Cullaghacro, Carnaween, end at G88729 89198 250m N from Start Logged as completed by 1
Occasionally MV's 'Lists Czar' feels obliged to actually pay a bit of attention to the lists. So a short sharp raid to Donegal's Bluestacks was in order, primarily to nab the hair's-breadth VL of Silver Hill. A quick cannibalisation of David Guenot's track from the south added Carnaween to the itinerary, what with the desirability of trying to keep the Arderin count ticking over at the same time. The rough road serving the conspicuous windfarm serves the middle-aged English hillwalker fairly well too, and a few kilometres of brisk shlepping soon saw me at the reservoir to the south of Silver Hill, an expanse of water totally absent from the 3rd Edition of OSI Sheet 11. A cautious crossing of its outflow brought typical Bluestacks terrain underfoot for the plod up to the summit, tussucks, bog, bit of rock, all that malarkey. It was a murky day without that much view, so I didn't linger. The next stage brought more of the same, only downhill, with the short ascent of Cullaghacro for variety. I contoured the next (unlisted) knoll to its west, before dumping my rucksack for the pull up Carnaween, knolly and steep and a bit tiring. A fine summit though, even if Elvis was absent on this occasion. The sudden realisation that I might miss my Tesco delivery slot if I didn't get a move on led to the return to the rucksack being a pretty long-striding lope. The descent line back to the road was something I'd scoped out at the start of the walk (Carnaween being very steep on this side) and proved to be amenable enough to be covered at a decent lick. It's not far back to the car from here, a car I arrived at only 23 minutes after leaving Carnaween's top. Go me.
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