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Dart Mountain Mountain An Dairt A name in Irish
(Ir. An Dairt [OSM], 'the lump') Derry/ Tyrone County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Psammite & semipellite Bedrock

Height: 619m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 13 Grid Reference: H60254 96309 This summit has been logged as climbed by 162 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, peter1, guestuser, MichaelG55, Cobhclimber, sperrinlad, pearnett, Ulsterpooka, mountainmike, hivisibility, Wildcat, Peter_I, wwwalker, windy
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Longitude: -7.063671, Latitude: 54.810987 , Easting: 260254, Northing: 396309 Prominence: 89m,   Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 660189 896298,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DrtMnt, 10 char: DrtMntn
Bedrock type: Psammite & semipellite, (Dart Formation)

Cloudberries are found on the western slopes. This rare alpine plant resembles the strawberry plant, to which it is related. The fruit are like orange pearls. The OS Memoirs derive the name from Ir. dart, 'a lump', explaining that When viewed at a distance, it looks like a a lump on Sawel. However, Daigart is the name of a district mentioned by Tírechán in the Tripartite Life. O'Ceallaigh reviewed this information, along with MacNeill's assessment of it, and concluded that Daighart was probably the mountain country of Gleann Fhoichle (Glenelly), in the parish of Both Domhnaigh (Bodoney) and at the bottom of Samhail (Sawel) (Gleanings from Ulster History, Séamus Ó Ceallaigh, p. 23).   Dart Mountain is the 255th highest summit in Ireland.

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Easy summit in the shadow of Sawel. .. by group   (Show all for Dart Mountain)
If you can arrange two cars, traversing Dart-Sawe .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Dart Mountain)
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Dart Mountain in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: A backwards glance at Dart on the way down via the forest track
dr_banuska on Dart Mountain, 2009
by dr_banuska  15 Jun 2009
Like many other people, I combined Dart with its slightly higher neighbour, Sawel, the two tops being on my wish list ever since an abortive attempt last year. After reaching the latter's summit from the usual approach from the east (see entry on that page), I crossed over the fence close to the trig point and headed down towards the broad ridge joining the two mountains. As I said before I had naively imagined a small drop and narrow col when in fact it's quite a steep drop and a wide col. This made the thought of climbing Dart a bit more daunting but I decided to go for it anyway (I originally thought it would be a simple case of dropping down, taking a leisurely stroll along the narrow ridge, up a little bit to Dart, down again the same way, up a little bit to Sawel then all the way down the other side to where I started... all in 40 mins or so!).

I ran a good bit of the way down, which probably wasn't a good idea as I ended up on my back facing the wrong direction, with my dog running over to see was I ok! The view on the descent and rise is an interesting one, different from ascending Sawel: for one thing Dart has a more distinctive, craggier peak. Like Sawel it's rather boggy in parts and called for a few jumps. Towards the top I followed the line of the same fence, which I realized I probably could've followed the whole way, but I had fancied a straight drop and rise, peak to peak. There is a small cairn at the summit with views somewhat similar to Sawel e.g. Binevenagh, Lough Foyle and Inishowen to the north, although here there were better views west towards Mullaghclogha. I was able to pick out the minor road running north from the tiny village of Cranagh towards Park (Co. Derry), and slightly to the east, the forest track that others have mentioned. Once again, I crossed the fence and headed towards the track. The were some dramatic views on the way down this west side of the mountain, and a nice view down towards Cranagh with its pretty yellowish chapel. It started to rain and I hurried across sometimes awkward terrain before finally meeting up with the track (again I had to cross the fence, and again realized I could've followed it down). From here it was a gentle walk down towards the B47 Glenelly Rd, just east of Cranagh. I would recommend taking two cars if possible, as others have said, and parking them east of Sawel and west of Dart. Alll in all this circular route, while certainly an enjoyable day's hiking, is very long and requires a lot of road walking; the B47 is pretty busy. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/244/comment/3848/
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Having had a rather late start (avoid going throu .. by csd   (Show all for Dart Mountain)
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