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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 summit has been logged as climbed by 275 members. Recently by: declanohagan, lw24, tomodub, dillonkdy, paddyobpc, ShayGlynn, Cobhclimber, MichaelG55, sperrinlad, CaminoPat, pearnett, cohf88, guestuser, susanc, Apple
I have climbed this summit: YES (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -7.039496, Latitude: 54.819727 , Easting: 261796, Northing: 397305 Prominence: 657m,   Isolation: 1.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 661729 897292,   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.

Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/
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Lording it over Derry and Tyrone .. by group   (Show all for Sawel)
 
At 6:50am on Tuesday morning last I sat in my car .. by wicklore   (Show all for Sawel)
 
A 'very' Shapely Top .. by gerrym   (Show all for Sawel)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Sawel in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking east from the highest point in Tyrone
 
slemish on Sawel, 2009
by slemish  20 Nov 2009
This was my first venture into the Sperrins and where better to start than the daddy of them all? Sawel looked majestic in the afternoon sunshine as I approached it via the road from Sperrin. Wanting a quick up and down, I parked at the second cattle grid as others suggested from here it is the easiest route up (639974). It's a long climb but not too steep, only in a couple of places did I find the going tough. The summit looks incredibly far away on the initial stages so I didn't stray too far from the fence, just to avoid boggy sections. It was amazingly sunny for late November and I was enjoying the weather, but nothing prepared me for the force of the wind coming up from Dart as I approached the 678m summit. I couldn't stand at the trig pillar for more than about a minute. The trig pillar looked very weather-beaten and no wonder. The only comparable wind I had experienced before was on Trostan but this was definitely worse. Excellent views however down the ridge to Dart and Mullaghclogha, north to Sleve Snaght and Binevenagh and round to Benbradagh and the lower Sperrins. It's only up here you get a sense of the scale and indeed the wilderness of the Sperrins. To the east I could just make out the outlines of Knocklayd, Slievenanee and Slemish through the haze. I made a hurried sortie over the fence to bag the county top of Tyrone as well, then descended quickly to get out of the wind. Job done - the highest mountain I've climbed so far and the first over 2000ft. Total trip - about 1.5 hours. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/4275/
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Derry / Tyrone County Top .. by Gribster   (Show all for Sawel)
 
Climbed 5.3.06 after a week of cold weather and s .. by gerrym   (Show all for Sawel)
 
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