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Slievemeel Hill Sliabh Míol A name in Irish
Down County, in Carn List, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 420m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J21146 20593 This summit has been logged as climbed by 56 members. Recently by: eflanaga, bryanjbarry, stevebullers, rowanofravara, madfrankie, eamonoc, Peter Walker, redspud, Wilderness, Fergalh, garrettd, killyman1, Ulsterpooka, BleckCra, Garmin
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Longitude: -6.14799, Latitude: 54.120177 , Easting: 321146, Northing: 320593 Prominence: 65m,   Isolation: 2km
ITM: 721068 820599,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvml, 10 char: Slievemeel
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Slievemeel is the 848th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievemeel in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking to Slievemeel from Crenville
 
Another steady little hill
Short Summary created by wicklore,  14 May 2011
Slievemeel is situated midway along a ridge of upland that starts with Slievemeen above Carlingford Lough to the south, and which leads eventually to Shanlieve and Eagle Mountain to the north. It is a part of the 400 metre group of hills known as Rosstrevor Mountains, and the lower slopes of these hills are extensively forested. Slievemeel has some nice views of the higher mountains to the north, as well as such small hills as Tievedockeragh, Gruggandoo and Crenville. There some good views along Carlingford Lough and over some of the coastal villages such as Rostrevor.

Slievemeel can be reached from the carpark at J196 174 A. At about 250 metres altitude it takes some of the effort out of the walk. Follow forest tracks north about 3kms to J205 200 B. Climb the fence to handrail a forest edge upwards for about 1km before turning east to reach the boggy summit about 150 metres away.

Reaching Slievemeel from Crenville to the south is difficult due to forestry and tough underfoot conditions between the two hills. You could make your way out onto the forest tracks shown on the map but Crenville makes you work, so think hard if you want to approach Slievemeel from here! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/735/comment/5494/
 
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Picture: Tievedockaragh and Kilbroney Red Bog from near the summit of Slievemeel
Making a Meel of it!!
by Trailtrekker  24 May 2012
I must preface my comments on this hill by saying that I love the Mournes, from its big beauties like Bearnagh to its little hills like the Hen. However, this is one hill that won’t live long in the heart for me or be revisited! Its not that it was gruelling, like Donard on the worst day of winter, I did this yesterday evening on one of the finest days of summer. It’s just that it has no real character, it doesn’t link up nicely with its neighbours like most in the Mournes. By the standards of this area the views are average, with the bulk of Finlieve and Shanlieve blocking views of the greater hills to the north, also, the route I took to the summit was a bit of a mess!

I took in Slievemeel as part of a 12k circuit, starting out at the yellow water picnic area taking the summit of Tievedockaragh first. From here I headed over open ground for Slievemeel. As Wicklore had mentioned on the general forum earlier this week, the good weather gives us a great opportunity to get out and walk in areas that are usually boggy. The route between Tievedockaragh and Slievemeel is definitely one of these areas. Being aware of the dangers of Shanlough and the nearby Red Bog I wasn’t aware of any such dangers on the route I took (however, if I did take a foolhardy route and got lucky I would appreciate for some of the wiser ones to advise).

From the summit of Tievedockaragh I headed south for the edge of the forest, from here I simply skirted the edge of it until I reached the far end, at the foot of Slievemeel. From here it was a straight forward ascent to the top of this boggy, featureless hump of a hill! This route was tough enough going in dry conditions, it would be a pure slog in the wet and not one I would repeat, but it did make a circuit!

The route I took for my descent was far better and more interesting and an approach that I would recommend as a possible alternative to the route already outlined in the previous comments (for those of you who are ticking this hill off a list, I wouldn’t bother with this hill otherwise). From the summit I headed roughly north west towards the forest, hoping for a fire break, some tree felling or any kind of opening that would let me out of here. At J 20951 20766 C I came across a small stile that took me into a very mature section of the forest, I soon came across mountain bike tracks and was able to follow them back to the end of a forest track at J 20952 21038 D. If you were approaching this from the forest track, look out for a gap at the top right part of the clearing, the bike track is very muddy to start with and then the route is soon covered by boardwalks. I followed the forest track for about 1.5k to J 19896 19863 E where it joins the Mourne Way, which I followed back to my car. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/735/comment/6818/
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Picture: Eagle mountain from Slievemeel summit
 
A walk of two halves
by garrettd  5 Sep 2014
Having bagged Slievecarnane and Crotlieve as a warm-up earlier in the day, I decided on a main course of a circuit of Slievemeen, Slievemartin, Crenville and Sleivemeel. The advise from other posters on the challenges of Crenville weren't ignored and a little online research for Kilbroney Park revealed a far better and more uptodate map with all its bike tracks than my 15 year old Sheet 29 OS Map.

I should preface my comments by saying that I did this walk mid-week in early September and met only one mountain biker on the stretches of bike track that I used. I would not recommend trying to use the bike tracks at weekends when they would likely be far busier and hazardous to walkers.

The circuit started at the upper carpark at J196173 F, taking the good walking tracks past Cloghmore and into the gap between Slievemeen and Slievemartin, climbing the former first and then backtracking to head to the latter. That was the easy part of the walk and the going gets much more difficult from here. Although the south side of Crenville didn't look all that bad from the slopes of Slievemartin, I wasn't about to ignore the warnings of tussocky, boggy ground offered by others. At this point I descended to the Red/Black bike track heading north around the slopes of Slievedermot and ascended Crenville from a point after where the Red and Black tracks split at approximately J208191 G. There is a section of board walk through the forest and after this the northern slopes of Crenville open out to reveal clear access to the summit. The underfoot conditions are difficult with holes and tussocks and long grass all the way. I can't compare with the southern side, but if that's worse then it should really be avoided.

To get from Crenville to Slievemeel is where I went wrong. I went back to the Red track and continued (east). Cycle tracks, unlike walking tracks are made unnecessarily long by adding meanders at every available opportunity and the walk around to the southern slopes of Slievemeel took about 75 minutes, almost all of it through dense, dull forest.

A better route for my walk would have been to descend from Crenville and re-trace my steps back to where the Red and Black tracks split and descend north on the Black track to the forest edge at J204199 H. This would have been far more direct and a much more pleasant walk. The route back to the upper car park is made returning to this point and taking the forest track for around 1km to J197194 I, where it forks. Take the upper (left) fork for about another 2km to reach the car park. The OS Sheet 29 is reliable for all of the last forested section of this circuit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/735/comment/17665/
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Picture: The view south towards Crenville and Rostrevor.
csd on Slievemeel, 2008
by csd  3 Feb 2008
I approached Sleevemeel from the forest tracks to the west. Parking at the end of the small boreen at J192 192 J, my intention was to follow the tracks up to the saddle between Crenville and Slievemeel. This is harder than it looks. Coming from my starting point, you actually need to take what looks like a small path on the right about 5 - 7 mins after the forest opens out on the Mourne Way track. This will bring you up to the track that leads to the col. The summit of Slievemeel is a rounded boggy affair, adorned by a modest cairn. You do get some great views over to Crenville and Rostrevor to the south, Tievedockeragh to the north, and Shanlieve to the east. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/735/comment/2956/
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three5four0 on Slievemeel, 2008
by three5four0  20 Jul 2008
After the slopes described in my descent from Shanlieve, the ascent of Slievemeel from the NE was not to bad, i.e., not as bad as the previous slopes. A couple of small rises mark the summit area, one with a small cairn on its NE side. The descent is more of the same, with
a fence to cross before the forestry track. Beware!, the fence is close to a small stream/ditch in a couple of places, which you can not see due to the vegetation. So, be wary stepping over it, as there may be more of a step down than it looks.

Onto Crenville now. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/735/comment/3239/
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