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BrianKennan: Track 4584 in area near Ben of Howth, Dublin (Ireland)
Howth Figure-8 Hike
Length: 18.1km, Creator time taken: 4h37m, Ascent: 478m,
Descent: 483m

Places: Start at O2818739341, Ben of Howth, end at O2841339324 226m E from Start
Logged as completed by 2

This thoroughly enjoyable walk starts and ends at Howth Dart station and takes in some wonderful sights at the Howth summits and along the coast. The walk follows a combination of roads, pathways and clear trails throughout. Gators are not required, however parts of the trail pas through gorse.
The walk starts out along the Balscadden road and then joins a well established path which winds around the coast and up to the summit car park.

From there the walk continues on to the Ben of Howth summit.

The trail then skirts around Howth Golf Club and climbs to the top of Shielmartin Hill before descending to re-cross the Carrickbrack Road and follow a trail down to the coast where the Sutton Martello Tower was visible to the North. Watch out for the trip of goats that roam, along with their herder, between 9AM and 4PM each day.

The coastal walk follows more trails and pathways with wonderful views across to Dalkey, some palatial homes, a couple of remote stony beaches, and the picturesque Baily Lighthouse.

The trail then climbs steeply again to the summit car park, bfore joining the cliff walk and reemerging onto Thornmanby Road. From here we returned to Howth Dart Station, where some of us couldn't resist the call of Leo Burdocks. A thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Uploaded on: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 (11:24:31)
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British summit data courtesy:
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(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2100 Summiteers, 1400 Contributors, Monthly Newsletter since 2007