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Sawel Mountain Samhail Phite Méabha A name in Irish
(Ir. 'Samhail Phite Méabha' [DUPN], 'resemblance of Maeve’s vulva') County Highpoint of Derry & Tyrone, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Psammite & semipellite Bedrock

Height: 678m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 13 Grid Reference: H61796 97305 This place has been logged as visited by 298 members. Recently by: PaulNolan, Cormacg, LucyPye, GoldCircle, strangeweaver, David-Guenot, DeltaP, NualaMc, scottwalker, LorraineG60, Daingean, Juanita, LorraineG, eejaymm, johnballinger
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Longitude: -7.039464, Latitude: 54.819745 , Easting: 261796, Northing: 397305 Prominence: 657m,  Isolation: 1.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 661731 897294,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Sawel, 10 char: Sawel
Bedrock type: Psammite & semipellite, (Dart Formation)

This rather colourful name seems to derive from the appearance of the glen on the S side of Sawel.   Sawel is the highest mountain in the Sperrin Mountains area and the 147th highest in Ireland. Sawel is the highest point in county Derry and also the highest in Tyrone.

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Lording it over Derry and Tyrone .. by group   (Show all for Sawel)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Sawel in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Summit of Sawel at 9am on Tuesday morning last
 
wicklore on Sawel, 2008
by wicklore  31 Oct 2008
At 6:50am on Tuesday morning last I sat in my car on the lonely Barnes Road to the east of Sawel at H639 974 G. I was parked at a double gate, but careful not to block it. The outside temperature gauge read -1 Celsius and it was dark. Terrible weather was predicted but so far it had just rained. I spent some time getting my full winter gear on as I waited for the sun to rise. At 7:20 when it was light I headed up along the fence which led from the road up the eastern side of Sawel. It was soon joined by another fence and I continued to follow it east for the next 1.5 hours. Gerrym’s comment on the fence leading almost to the summit provided comfort as a shocking hail and snow storm unleashed itself upon me. Soon the ground was covered in icy snow and the going got much tougher. Visibility was down to maybe 30 feet at times but following the fence made navigation easy. However both gps and compass were constantly checked. At point H619 973 H the fence veered SW and I struck off to follow the slope uphill into the freezing fog and snow. This would be the only real navigation challenge of the day, and it turned out not to be a challenge as within a few minutes I came to the summit pillar. The contrast of black and white as the pillar rose out of the frozen ground made it look like a pencil drawing. Experience told me not to leave my gloves off for more than half a minute when taking photos. Even at that my hands were freezing and made putting my gloves back on difficult. While I did not benefit from any views I had bagged two County Tops with one mountain. The severe weather and the fact I was alone meant an extension to Dart Mountain was out of the question. I simply retraced my route back to the fence and followed it down to the road just over 2 kms away. While the fence made this route a straightforward handrail to the summit, it provided a great safe route to test winter gear in such weather. One thing that surprised me was that large balls of compact ice formed under my boots, providing me with ‘stilts’. Possibly the snow was getting caught in my gaiter straps underfoot, and then forming into lumps. Walking poles were used to knock these off every so often, but it was the first time I had experienced this. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/3409/
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A 'very' Shapely Top .. by gerrym   (Show all for Sawel)
 
This was my first venture into the Sperrins and w .. by slemish   (Show all for Sawel)
 
Derry / Tyrone County Top .. by Gribster   (Show all for Sawel)
 
After following the weather forecast to see where .. by kernowclimber   (Show all for Sawel)
 
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