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Mourne Mountains Area   N: Bearnagh Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Slieve Meelmore Mountain Sliabh Míol Mór A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Míol Mór [PNNI], 'big mountain of the ants') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 687m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J30594 28702
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Longitude: -6.000668, Latitude: 54.189586 , Easting: 330594, Northing: 328702 Prominence: 109m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 730479 828585,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvMlm, 10 char: SlvMlmr
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

A substantial tower has been built on the summit. The spot height is given as 704m on the 1:25,000 map, but this does not square with the contours, which only go up to 680m. Spellack (speilic, 'a splintery rock', probably ultimately derived from Latin spelunca, ‘cave, den’) is a spur on Slieve Meelmore.   Slieve Meelmore is the 132nd highest place in Ireland.

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The Seventh Seven?
by Gribster  23 Aug 2010
I have climbed Slieve Meelmore quite a few times now, including twice as part of the mis-named Mourne Seven Sevens event which takes place every summer. A Mourne Seven is any summit in the Mourne Mountains which is higher than 700m. There has clearly been some confusion about the height of this summit, and I'd like to clarify things once and for all. Some previous editions of the old OSNI 1:25,000 Mourne Country Outdoor Pursuits Map show a spot height of 704m at the stone tower located at the corner of the Mourne Wall which crosses the summit. Contours are shown on the map at 10m intervals and the highest contour on Slieve Meelmore has a value of 680m - there is neither a 690m nor a 700m contour shown on this summit. The stone tower is no more than four or five metres tall, therefore the top of the tower can't possibly be any higher than 695m. The actual summit of Slieve Meelmore is located at a cairn beside the wall about 200m south of the tower - still below the 690m contour. It is quite clear that the 704m spot level was a typo which appeared in one of the earlier editions of the Mourne map and escaped correction for a few years. The Mourne Country Outdoor Pursuits Map has since been replaced by the Mourne Activity Map, which shows a more accurate spot height of 687m at the summit cairn - the highest contour on Slieve Meelmore remains to be the 680m. I have also taken a GPS elevation reading of 685m at the summit with an accuracy of 6m. When the Mourne Seven Sevens event was first organised, the map showed seven summits - including Slieve Meelmore - with heights of more than 700m. To this day, the organisers still state that all heights are taken from the 1990 edition of the map - despite the fact that a corrected version has since become available. Unfortunately, this summit doesn't qualify as the Mournes Seventh Seven - there are only six Sevens - however it does offer great views and is well worth a visit. Also, although the summit of Slieve Meelmore is lower than that of Slieve Meelbeg, the name refers to its larger volume. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/6044/
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tsunami on Slieve Meelmore, 2005
by tsunami  5 Jun 2005
Previous contributor CSD calls this a fairly easy days walk......... if you are of a comparitive fitness level to Paula Radcliff then perhaps yes it is - if like me you're not quite olympian standard then this mountain can provide a good test of your fitness and stamina. It won't take you long, today I made the summit from Meelmore Lodge carpark in just under the hour - going the long way round (anticlockwise) following the ulster way and returning by pollaphuca, but you'll need a little extra effort and a few extra deep breaths along the way. The problem is the underfoot conditions. From Pollaphuca it's very rocky and uneven and from the ulster way, although all maps indicate a path high up the valley side, it is more accurate described as river bed! The sheer amount of exposed rock is however a good indicator as to this hills previous life, and following this "riverbed " leads to a wonderful example of the type of stone masons shelters in the Mourne area (pic) at roughly 550m (J302285 A), and, baring in mind how tired my feet were at this point from trudging along the valley, all due respect goes to the men who once spent their working days here - their little personal quarry is evident right besifde the shelter - with the precision cut stone still lying around it's as if work had just ended for the weekend. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/1734/
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Picture: Spellack to and fro
Meelmore any way you Spellack
by BleckCra  16 Oct 2013
Some very good work has been done on who do we think we are. We now know things like every Afro Caribbean has a European waymark on his evolutionary trail; that around 4% of our DNA has Neanderthal origin; and more recently, that most of us in the West are related to ..... most of us in the West.
That affords us the indulgence of choosing whom we like to be our progenitors. "Haggard Hammeraxe the Horrible" or "Oink" a neolithic sodbuster from Surrey.
Like the Irish surname Sullivan, it is more exciting to believe it descends from suil abhain, one eyed when in fact it is more likely it comes to us through Moorish Spain and Suleman.
Slieve Meelmore, despite a bizarre claim for it to be named after ants, descends from Irish - "the big bald one." (The surname Moyles has the same heritage.) We might wish it to be remarkable but even to our Irish forefathers it was pretty unremarkable.
Still, it is a good walk and not too tough once you have dealt with the deceptive Poluphuca - but were I to recommend a way on to it and recommend it with every bit of me, it would be by Spellack - unsung, unphotographed under the radar - and if you like, one of the easiest yet most rewarding scrambles in the Mournes.
Spellack is an activity centre. You can do anything with it: saunter aimlessly amongst its nooks and crannies or perched above hair-raising precipices, scare the complete BJ out of you - and if you are a Sunday scrambler like me ..., pretend to have the BJ scared out of you.
Attack from the Trassey track out of Bryansford.
Spellack - meaning "total excitement" - well something like "busted pointy rocks" actually. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/15229/
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zeaphod on Slieve Meelmore, 2004
by zeaphod  20 Feb 2004
Another nice view - this time of Bernagh, with a large gnome who followed us all day! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/849/
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Picture: Missing stepping stones
Stepping stones washed away
by Donard850  16 Feb 2013
The valley between Meelmore and Meelbeg is a popular approach from the carpark at the upper end of the Trassey Road. One approach is to take the left side of the valley and cross the stream via stepping stones and climb the steps to the stile. This crossing is also part of the route of the Ulster Way. Recent heavy rains have washed the stepping stones away leaving a deep pool. However, it is still possible to cross with dry feet using a convenient boulder just a little downstream from the steps. The stepping stones washed away were fairly big rocks and their loss is an indication of the power of water in what is normally a little stream.

See bigger version of photo and other Mournes photos at :

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Picture: Bearnagh from Meelmore
 
Great views of the Mournes
by simongray12190  29 Nov 2015
Great weather and great views on the day we went up Meelmore. Heading up the Trassey track we then forked off to the SW towards the col between Meelmore and Bearnagh before heading up along right hand section the wall towards the top of Meelmore. You'll be greeted with a small stone shelter at the summit along with amazing views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. The quickest way back is to jump over the wall at the shelter and head down the NE side of the mountain which gets steep as you get further along so watch out. Once you make it down the steep section then you can head back down the valley before crossing the river and heading back down the trassey track. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/138/comment/18402/
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