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Slieve Meelmore Mountain Sliabh Míol Mór A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Míol Mór [PNNI], 'big mountain of the ants') Down County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 680m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J30594 28702
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Longitude: -6.000668, Latitude: 54.189586 , Easting: 330594, Northing: 328702 Prominence: 109m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 730479 828585,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvMlm, 10 char: SlvMlmr
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

A substantial tower has been built on the summit. The spot height is given as 704m on the 1:25,000 map, but this does not square with the contours, which only go up to 680m. Spellack (speilic, ' a splintery rock') is a spur on Slieve Meelmore.   Slieve Meelmore is the 142nd highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Slieves Meelbeg, Meelmore and Bearnagh from Doan
 
The impostor among the Seven Sevens
Short Summary created by Peter Walker,  6 Sep 2017
The lower of the Meelmore/Meelbeg pairing, Slieve Meelmore has historically been one of the Seven Sevens based on the height listed on older maps. In the present day it is a steep-sided whaleback crossed by the Mourne Wall with some substantial crags overlooking the hollow of Pollaphuca on its eastern flank.

The most commonly used ascent is via the Trassey Track, starting from the road near the substantial car park at (311315 A), following the track up to the dramatic col between Slieve Bearnagh and Meelmore. From here the summit is gained by a straightforward and steep ascent alongside the Mourne Wall.

One can also start from the picnic site further up the road (292297 B), from here a path can be followed up the stream valley falling from the Meelmore/Meelbeg col. The stream guides the way once the path fades although the ground is rough and boggy, and the summit is easily gained following the wall from the col.

The views are unsurprisingly extensive, with the most dramatic feature being the adjacent monstrous peak of Slieve Bearnagh. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/4898/
 
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Meelmore Highs
by Bleck Cra  3 Sep 2014
Meelmore is an odd critter. To all intents and purposes, she is fairly dull, although she can surprise you with postcard views along the ridge to Donard and in the winter, her Eastern flank is a glistening must. She is a big hill and so, inspired, the cartographer entitled her, “Meelmore”. She is neighbour to the more ostentatious Bearnagh and sibling of her smaller sister - yup you got it: “Meelbeg”.

Shall I relate a tale of explicitness from the outset? Of course I shall. Some balmy summers ago, I and the bumblebees were exploring this big warm earth mother. Atop Meelmore, there is (as on Donard) a somethingorother at the elbow of the wall, a stone structure with a roof and the smell of a bad pub. I was skirting this folly, enroute to Spellack, when I noticed that she, naked as God made her (and he certainly did) had him (pale, thin and nervous), pinned to said edifIce. As her, he was birthday bare other than his ankles, whose modesty was covered by his kecks. When he saw me, he drew said kecks up so hard they nearly came off over his head and then stood catatonic, with them up to his armpits, which as we all know only makes matters worse. She, was doing a kind of female Lee Evans: right no left no right no …. and so she stopped, like a child sprayed with freezing water: arms out and fingers flapping like skylark wings. Dull old Meelmore ……. and she addressed me through a meteor shower of giggles, squeals and snorts, “you should have bells on your feet”. Clucked I in true Ulster disapproval “and you girl, should have bells on your toes.” And so the shaky beginnings of the Meelmore High Club. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/1327/
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Picture: Meelmore from Meelbeg
 
A strange beast
by paulocon  14 May 2010
From some angles, it really is a strange beast.. kind of like a beached whale or the back of an elephant. Whatever it is, it had loads of people scurrying up, down and around it! For summit baggers, there are huge gains to be made with Carn, Loughshannagh, Meelbeg, Meelmore and Bearnagh so close to each other and the walking (with the exception of that climb up Bearnagh) pretty easy going.

As for that climb up Bearnagh! From Meelmore it looks impossibly steep, ridiculous even! Even glancing across at it was causing my legs to cramp so I decided to cross the wall and take a dander up to the summit proper of Meelmore to take my mind off the task ahead. That summit lies a hundred metres or so away from the watch-tower (what exactly was 'watched' from these towers?) and is marked with a cairn. My 'quiet time' at the top was interrupted by that rarest of creatures, a fell runner, and before I had time to raise my hand to salute him, he was off round the corner and was descending towards Bearnagh in what I can only describe as an uncontrolled and impossibly fast stumble.

I decided to stick to what I know best and slowly picked my way down across the rocks to the gap between Meelmore and Bearnagh before heading off up the ridiculous gradient.. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/4731/
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The Seventh Seven?
by Gribster  23 Aug 2010
I have climbed Slieve Meelmore quite a few times now, including twice as part of the mis-named Mourne Seven Sevens event which takes place every summer. A Mourne Seven is any summit in the Mourne Mountains which is higher than 700m. There has clearly been some confusion about the height of this summit, and I'd like to clarify things once and for all. Some previous editions of the old OSNI 1:25,000 Mourne Country Outdoor Pursuits Map show a spot height of 704m at the stone tower located at the corner of the Mourne Wall which crosses the summit. Contours are shown on the map at 10m intervals and the highest contour on Slieve Meelmore has a value of 680m - there is neither a 690m nor a 700m contour shown on this summit. The stone tower is no more than four or five metres tall, therefore the top of the tower can't possibly be any higher than 695m. The actual summit of Slieve Meelmore is located at a cairn beside the wall about 200m south of the tower - still below the 690m contour. It is quite clear that the 704m spot level was a typo which appeared in one of the earlier editions of the Mourne map and escaped correction for a few years. The Mourne Country Outdoor Pursuits Map has since been replaced by the Mourne Activity Map, which shows a more accurate spot height of 687m at the summit cairn - the highest contour on Slieve Meelmore remains to be the 680m. I have also taken a GPS elevation reading of 685m at the summit with an accuracy of 6m. When the Mourne Seven Sevens event was first organised, the map showed seven summits - including Slieve Meelmore - with heights of more than 700m. To this day, the organisers still state that all heights are taken from the 1990 edition of the map - despite the fact that a corrected version has since become available. Unfortunately, this summit doesn't qualify as the Mournes Seventh Seven - there are only six Sevens - however it does offer great views and is well worth a visit. Also, although the summit of Slieve Meelmore is lower than that of Slieve Meelbeg, the name refers to its larger volume. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/6044/
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short hike but amazing
by fatredline  7 Jul 2014
Bypassed Newcastle for this one headed toward tullymore forest park then the mourne high scenic route which is on the left further on up the road there's a car park near fofanny dam its on the mourne activity map my new found bible I think the route goes through some private land but its easily enough navigated just walk your way up to the mourne wall you can see it from the car park near enough and follow left once u get near the top there's some great views of Ben Crom reservoir there is also some tough gradients to the summit very rocky but totally worth the view into the mournes from the east got caught out in a hail and thunder on the way down was my first experience of a mountain storm. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/17541/
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Happy Valley Hike
by hbowman  22 Aug 2010
I climbed this mountain today for the 4th time, but decided to approach it from different angle. Started off from the Happy Valley car park (293296 C) and followed the path, beside a lovely stream up to the Mourne wall at the saddle between Slieve Meelmore and Meelbeg. Before the saddle, the wall from the Happy Valley car park turns sharply left. It is possible to climb the mountain by following the wall. However, the gradient is quite steep and, more importantly, one does not get the decent view towards Ben Crom, Binnian and Lamagan instantly. So, upon reaching the wall, we crossed the stile and turned left towards Meelmore. For anyone thinking about this route for the first time, don't forget to turn around and enjoy the views towards Doan, Silent Valley and Knockchree. Upon reaching the summit nice views were to be had towards Slieve Bernagh, Brandy pad, Commedagh and Donard. Above all, the view towards Lough Island Reavy Reservoir is stunning from Slieve Meelmore. I think Slieve Meelmore is probably the best mountain in the Mournes to study the reservoir from. Returned back the way we came. 5km walk in total. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/6041/
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