Binevenagh

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Binevenagh
Castle-rock-derry.jpg
View from Eagle's Rock towards Binevenagh.
Highest point
Elevation385 m (1,263 ft)
Prominence170 m (560 ft)
ListingMarilyn
Coordinates55°07′N 6°55′W / 55.11°N 6.92°W / 55.11; -6.92Coordinates: 55°07′N 6°55′W / 55.11°N 6.92°W / 55.11; -6.92
Naming
Native nameBinn Fhoibhne (Irish)
English translation'Foibhne's peak'
PronunciationIrish: [ˌbʲiːn̠ʲ ˈɛvʲnʲə]
Geography
Binevenagh is located in Northern Ireland
Binevenagh
Binevenagh
Location in Northern Ireland
LocationCounty Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Parent rangeAntrim Plateau
OSI/OSNI gridC692302
Topo mapOSNI Discoverer Series 04 Coleraine (1:50000)

Binevenagh (from Irish: Binn Fhoibhne, meaning 'Foibhne's peak')[1] is a mountain in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It marks the western extent of the Antrim Plateau formed around 60 million years ago by molten lava. The plateau and steep cliffs extend for over 6 miles across the peninsula of Magilligan and dominate the skyline over the villages of Bellarena, Downhill, Castlerock and Benone beach. The area has been classified as both an Area of Special Scientific Interest[2] and as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).[3] The total area of the AONB is 138 km².

The Bishop's Road, named after the Bishop of Derry, extends across the plateau. Notable features include the Mussenden Temple and a cliff top viewing area on the Bishop's Road giving good views over Lough Foyle and across Inishowen in County Donegal.

Sport[edit]

  • Gliding - the Ulster Gliding Club uses the slopes for gliders.[4]
  • Hang gliding and Paragliding - the slopes are used for soaring by the Ulster Hang gliding and Paragliding Club (UHPC).[5]
  • Fishing - an artificial lake at the top of the mountain is used for trout fishing.
  • Motorsport - the Coleraine & District Motor Club run the Eagles Rock hillclimbing event during the month of July.[6]

Railway access[edit]

The trains on the Belfast-Derry railway line, run by Northern Ireland Railways (NIR), call at Bellarena railway station between Waterside railway station, in Derry, and Castlerock railway station. Trains continue from Castlerock to Coleraine railway station and other stations to Belfast Central and Belfast Great Victoria Street.[citation needed]

Plane crash[edit]

On 24 June 1944 a Royal Air Force Consolidated B-24 Liberator (FL977) of No. 5 Squadron RAF was returning to RAF Ballykelly after a combat mission over Iceland. The aircraft crashed into Binevenagh during its third attempt to land, killing all nine crewmembers onboard.[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Area of Special Scientific Interest[permanent dead link] Northern Ireland Environment Agency website 2001-04-01 Retrieved 2009-11-19
  3. ^ Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archived 7 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine Department of Environment - Retrieved 2009-11-19
  4. ^ Ulster Gliding Club Archived 9 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2009-11-20
  5. ^ Ulster Hang gliding and Paragliding Club - UHPC Archived 12 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Coleraine & District Motor Club Retrieved 2009-11-20
  7. ^ "Accident Consolidated Liberator V H FL977, 24 Jun 1944".
  8. ^ "Warrant Officer R R J REVELL (564007), Royal Air Force) [Royal Air Force WW2 Casualty ]".
  9. ^ "Henry Gordon Coombe - WartimeNI".

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