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march-fixer: Track 4530 in area near Binn Ghuaire, Twelve Bens (Ireland)
A Diamond in the Rough
Length: 7.1km, Creator time taken: 1h59m, Ascent: 397m,
Descent: 399m

Places: Start at L71097 57537, Binn Ghuaire, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

As part of our mountain bagging trip to the west we decided to limber up by tackling Diamond Hill. While the weather was mild, the clouds sat on the top thereby obscuring the beauty of this lovely mountain. Having parked in the local church car park we headed up through the visitors center. There is a well maintained path for the entirety of the walk. Currently there is a one-way system in place in order to maintain social distancing.

Diamond Hill with cloud cover.

As we passed the higher of the paddocks we were greeted by a very enthusiastic foal who thoroughly enjoyed our attention with a good scratch of his main and a good pat. The pair of speciality cows were not nearly as interested in us.

The views even from the lower reaches are very good as you look out over Letterfrack. As you reach the shoulder of the mountain the climb gets more exacting. The well placed steps and boardwalk make for safe passage. Normally there is a fantastic view down over Kylemore Abbey and grounds but not on this day!

Summit of Diamond Hill

Continued the nicely maintained path back along the circular route to the car-park before heading for an excellent fish lunch (with liquids!) in a local hostelry! So don't forget to bring your Vaccination Certificate to ensure entry since eating outdoors in poor weather is not recommended.

Uploaded on: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 (17:04:42)
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