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Mourne Mountains Area , N: Bearnagh Subarea
Feature count in area: 58, all in Down, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29, EW-CLY
Highest Place: Slieve Donard 849m

Starting Places (33) in area Mourne Mountains:
Alex Steddom Tree, Aughrim Airstrip, Ben Crom Dam, Bloody Bridge Car Park, Carlingford Greenway, Carrick Little, Crocknafeola Wood, Crotlieve Mountain, Donard Car Park Newcastle, Drummanmore Picnic, Fofanny Reservoir, Forest Office CP, Gamekeepers Lodge CP, Happy Valley Trassey Rd, Hen Mountain CP, Leitrim Lodge CP, Mayo Road Corner, Meelmore Lodge, Newcastle Harbour, Ott CP, Red Bog Road, Rourkes Park, Sandy Brae, Silent Valley Reservoir Head Rd, Slieve Donard Trail Head, Slieve Foye Viewing Point, Slievefoy Forest CP, Spelga Dam E, Spelga Dam N, Spelga Dam S, Trassey Car Park, Two Mile River CP, Yellow Water Park

Summits & other features in area Mourne Mountains:
Cen: Loughshannagh: Ben Crom 526m, Carn Mountain 585.2m, Carn Mountain North Top 553.7m, Doan 592.6m, Ott Mountain 526.8m, Slieve Loughshannagh 617m, Slieve Muck 670.4m, Slievenaglogh 445m
E: Binnian: Slieve Binnian 745.9m, Slieve Binnian East Top 639m, Slieve Binnian North Top 678m, Slieve Binnian North Tor 682.5m, Wee Binnian 460m
E: Donard: Chimney Rock Mountain 656m, Crossone 540m, Millstone Mountain 460m, Rocky Mountain 524m, Slieve Donard 849m
E: Lamagan: Cove Mountain 654.8m, Slieve Beg 595.9m, Slievelamagan 702.2m
N: Bearnagh: Slieve Bearnagh 739m, Slieve Bearnagh North Tor 680m, Slieve Meelbeg 701.9m, Slieve Meelmore 687m
N: Castlewellan: Slievenalargy 280m, Slievenaslat 272m
N: Commedagh: Slieve Commedagh 767m, Slieve Corragh 641.9m, Slievenaglogh 584.4m, Slievenaglogh East Top 571m
N: Croob: Cratlieve 429m, Slieve Croob 534m, Slievegarran 391m, Slievenisky 446m
N: Rathfriland: Knockiveagh 235m
S: Kilkeel: Knockchree 306m
S: Rostrevor: Crenville 460m, Finlieve 578m, Slievemartin 485m, Slievemeel 420m, Slievemeen 472m
W: Hilltown: Gruggandoo 382m, Slieveacarnane 296m
W: Slievemoughanmore: Crotlieve Mountain 347m, Eagle Mountain 638m, Rocky Mountain 404m, Shanlieve 626m, Slievemoughanmore 560m, Tievedockaragh 473m, Wee Slievemoughan 428m
W: Spelga: Butter Mountain 500m, Cock Mountain 504m, Cock Mountain South-West Top 505m, Hen Mountain 354m, Pigeon Rock Mountain 534m, Pigeon Rock Mountain South Top 530m, Slievenamiskan 444m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Slieve Meelbeg, 701.9m Mountain Sliabh Míol Beag A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Sliabh Míol Beag [PNNI], 'little mountain of the ants'), Down County in Ulster province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Slieve Meelbeg is the 112th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference J30076 27913, OS 1:50k mapsheet 29
Place visited by: 657 members, recently by: amcneill, SenanFoley, Muscles1960, Marykerry, eimirmaguire, rhw, Nailer1967, knightsonhikes, Henning86, MeabhTiernan, orlaithfitz, davidrenshaw, Magic, Prem, Carolineswalsh
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Longitude: -6.00834, Latitude: 54.183728, Easting: 330077, Northing: 327914, Prominence: 193m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 729997 827919
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)
Notes on name: Oddly enough, despite the adjective beag ('small'), it is actually higher than Slieve Meelmore, so perhaps it is a question of bulk rather than height.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvMlb, 10 char: SlvMlbg

Gallery for Slieve Meelbeg (Sliabh Míol Beag) and surrounds
Summary for Slieve Meelbeg (Sliabh Míol Beag): Lofty Mourne summit with lots of routes.
Summary created by markmjcampion, Peter Walker 2023-05-03 20:51:03
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Picture: Slieve Meelbeg (with Meelmore behind) from Butter Mountain
Slieve Meelbeg lies beside Slieve Meelmore in the mid north of the Mournes. It is a steep-sided but relatively unremarkable hill with few crags. The iconic Mourne Wall traverses its summit. Very fine views abound, especially NW over the rolling country of mid County Down.

NNE. From the large CP at TrsyCP (J31136 31418), follow the Trassy Track up to the dramatic col between S Bearnagh and S Meelmore. Now either take the Mourne Wall over Meelmore or follow a track contouring under the S side of that mountain to the col between it and SM, taking the Mourne Wall up from there. 2hrs+

N. Start from the picnic site HpVlTr (J29281 29709) - a path can be followed up the stream valley to Meelmore/Meelbeg col. The stream guides the way once the path fades although the ground is rough and boggy - summit is easily gained following the wall from the col. 1.5 hrs

W. Follow the Ott Track from Ott CP (J27993 27869) to the col between Carn Mt and S Loughshannagh; from here the Mourne Wall leads over the latter's summit and up onto SM itself. 1.5 hrs

S. Make your way from A (J30609 21052) up to the Ben Crom Dam, crossing the dam and follow the path under Ben Crom into the valley of the Ben Crom River. A sometimes boggy path leads up this stream to the foot of SM, and a steep and pathless but otherwise straightforward climb then gains the summit. (This route from the dam is crucial during the Mourne Seven Sevens challenge walk). 3 hrs

Notable tracks incl track/2268, track/2384 and the mega track/2672
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simon3 on Slieve Meelbeg
by simon3 4 Jan 2004
This view could be seen just after sunset one late December day. To the right of the picture is the dark outline of Cock Mountain. Rising impressively on the skyline is Slieve Gullion, some 19k to the west. Linkback:
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darrenf on Slieve Meelbeg
by darrenf 8 Jan 2010
From Slieve Loughshannagh Meelbeg is an obvious extension. Slieve Meelbeg offers great views across to Fofanny Dam, Lough Shannagh, Blue Lough and across the entire mourne range. Yes yes it could be said that this is a somewhat mediocre summit but given the views mentioned, its easy access and scope for further walk extenions in almost every direction i think this is a super little summit! Ok, maybe the snow conditions on the day gave me a different perspective. From the summit we returned to the stile at the coll between Meelbeg and Loughshannagh and from here headed directly for the Ott road carpark. A short skip along the Ott road brought us safely back to our start position. Linkback:
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tsunami on Slieve Meelbeg
by tsunami 3 Jan 2005
There's nothing terribly fantastic about Meelbeg. It doesn't have the brilliant rock formations which can be seen on Bearnagh or Binnian. It isn't just as nicely placed as its brother Meelmore, nor is it quite as challenging a climb. It is best enjoyed as part of longer walk around the wall, in a similar vein to Slievenaglogh or Slieve Corragh - stop for two minutes on top to catch your breath and take a couple of photos and quickly move along to the next one. There are three main approaches to consider, each of which offer some degree of variation so as not to get bored! 1) Follow the Ott track to the shoulder between Carn and Slieve Loughshannagh, then as usual follow the wall across Slieve Loughshannagh and onto Meelbeg. 2) From the picnic site on Trassey Road, follow the rough pathway halfway up the valley between Meelbeg and Meelmore and then follow the river ontowards the wall on the shoulder between the two - waych your footing here, as the path runs out the ground gets rather uneven and at times boggy. 3) Everyones favorite - The Trassey Track from Meelmore Lodge, to the col between Bearnagh and Meelmore at Pollaphuca and then decide whether or not to tackle Meelmore first or contour around to the wall at the same point as route two. The photo shows the nice view of Bearnagh and Donard from Meelbegs summit. The views are rewarding, make no mistake, its just that theres nothing of any character to capture the imagination when you're here - this view shows clearly why you should move quickly onwards to Bearnagh and beyond! Linkback:
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Alex92 on Slieve Meelbeg
by Alex92 13 Feb 2007
I hiked up Meelbeg with my dad on Saturday (10/2/2007). Walking up the track, we were surprised by how deep the snow was, (up to a foot just on the track). But nothing prepared us for the shock we got once we reached the wall. The snow had drifted and was the same height as the wall, and in some places completely covered it. The wall at this stage was over 6 foot tall! Linkback:
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Picture: The view south from the summit.
csd on Slieve Meelbeg
by csd 26 Feb 2006
I have to agree with tsunami on this one. It's one of the Mournes' more mediocre summits. That said, it can be completed in less than two hours if bagging a new summit is all you're after. I parked at the small car park at Ott CP (J280 279) (which fills up quickly on fine days) and marched up the track that skirts the northern slopes of Ott Mountain. Once you hit the wall, turn left up towards Slieve Loughshannagh, which you'll summit before the depressing 100 metre drop before a 200 metre climb up to Slieve Meelbeg. I then headed for the southern end of Forfanny reservoir before heading back to the road. Linkback:
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