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simoburn: Track 4743 in area near Spinans Hill, Wicklow (Ireland)
Spinans Hill and Cloghnagaune
Length: 15.9km, Creator time taken: 4h49m, Ascent: 561m,
Descent: 568m

Places: Start at S91036 89789, Spinans Hill, Spinans Hill SE Top, Cloghnagaune, end at Start
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Spinans Hill and Cloghnagaune
This route is a fantastic day out in the minor hills of West Wicklow. The Spinans are easy enough to access however I would query the access points as there seems to be plenty of signs, gates and fences. Having said that we could not find anyone to ask so we went on our merry way anyways. We parked at S91036 89789, where there is room for a couple of well parked cars. It appears to be an old entrance to what looks like an old estate house or farm.
From here it's an easy ramble along old back roads with lovely hedgerows to S92458 90696, where a private forest road accessed the hill. From here up the forest track and along the fire break/ forest track to a fence one must cross. Again I stopped to think that access here is problematic. Applying the forgiveness rule over permission. We headed over to the summit of Spinans hill.
Spinans hill in the background - access allowed???

Once back over the fence and on the way to the South East top, access seems less problematic. A general wander in the right direction will take you out of the forest and onto the approach slope of Spinan SE top and its impressive ruins of a extentive ring fort - Brusselstown Ring fort. From the summit down the SE spur one will find a gate to rejoin the road and the onward journey.
Spinan SE Top

Along the road we went towards Cloghnagaune and there were many sights to see. As other MV users have noted there is a stunning stone circle and if you look hard enough a Rath with an Ogham stone in the middle, not to mention an old graveyard too. Plenty to explore without mentioning the summit. Some users have written about harrowing bush-wackery to the summit but on our visit most of the route is now quite clear. We did have one dense section however in looking at the map via satellite imagery it would appear we turned off our trail too early and at S 93011 88850 the way would be clearer and rightly noted by other MV users.
Boleycarrigeen Stone Circle

The summit of Cloghnagaune is dull in ways compared to the surrounding and somewhat hidden gems (stone circles and ogham stone etc). After a quick visit to the graveyard we headed towards Spinans Bridge and back to the car. It appears there is ongoing logging along this track (in March 2022) and there are other tracks in real life that are not on the map, so don't be surprised to find these. All in all, a wonderful day's outing but do keep in mind that access in, on and around Spinans hills may be difficult and permission should be sought. Cloghnagaune summit on the other hand appears to be easy enough to access and we came across several other walkers out enjoying the trails of Cloghnagaune.

Uploaded on: Fri, 23 Sep 2022 (20:49:49)
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