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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
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Longitude: -7.039464, Latitude: 54.819745 , Easting: 261796, Northing: 397305 Prominence: 657m,  Isolation: 1.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 661731 897294,   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 146th highest in Ireland. Sawel is the highest point in county Derry and also the highest in Tyrone.

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Picture: Sawel summit
 
murphysw on Sawel, 2009
by murphysw  2 Feb 2009
Travelled up to the north at the weekend with the best of intentions of doing Sawel properly, from the Glenelly valley. But Saturday was nothing short of horrendous, with lashing rain and hail and strong winds. But I had come all this way and was not for turning back this time as reaching the top would mean I had finally climbed the highest point in every county. I parked the car at about H638975 A, just after the second cattle grid and where there are plenty of parking options. Keeping to the right of the fence I walked the 2 km to the summit, in possibly the worst conditions I have experienced. Boggy and wet ground added to the joy. Paused briefly at the top for pics. Job done, at last! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/3559/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Sawel in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Hold onto your had.. Just a tad windy!
paulocon on Sawel, 2009
by paulocon  5 Oct 2009
Climbed Saturday last as part of my County Tops effort. Despite a forecast of high winds and an absolute downpour as I drove through Omagh, my hike up the Eastern side of Sawel was made in calm conditions with the sun illuminating the surrounding landscape and throwing up a haze around the valley as it lifted the moisture from the ground.

From the townland of Sperrin, I took the road for Port and parked up in the layby to the right after the second cattle grid. From there, a fence leads most of the way to the summit and the highest point in County Derry. The calm conditions quickly changed as I reached the top, the noise of the wind could be heard when I got within 100 metres of the summit and as I crossed the crest of the hill, I was nearly blown off my feet! I had contemplated crossing to Dart but the wind was coming square-on from that direction and even standing at the trig point for a photo presented a challenge! The only company I had on the hills was a group of dishevelled looking sheep huddled in a miserable-looking group on one side of a peat hag close to the summit.

I had been informed by the local Countryside Office that to reach the highest point in Tyrone, you simply cross the fence to the south of the trig point as the fence marks the County Boundary. I quickly done this and skirted along the edge of the fence before making my way back down the Eastern side of Sawel away from the buffeting wind. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/4181/
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Picture: Dillon at the summit of Sawel
 
-Derry and Tyrone CHP
by paddyobpc  24 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 22 Jun 2016. Even though we were over on the West coast of Donegal on holidays we had our eye on two neighbouring counties to the east, Derry and Tyrone, and in particular "Sawel Mountain", a shared county high point of both these counties. Rachel joined Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself and we drove the width of the county of Donegal into county Derry to climb it. We parked on the Sperrin road as detailed by Kieron Gribbon’s book “Ireland's County High Points – A Walking Guide” and followed the fence to the summit. The fence pretty much followed the border of Derry and Tyrone to the trig stone and the route was boggy and wet in parts. Fantastic views again from the top of this one. It took just short of 2 hours up and back, a distance of 5Km and climbing over 330m. See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/18818/
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dino on Sawel, 2007
by dino  24 Sep 2007
Combined a walk from Paddy Dillon's "Walking The North of Ireland" and The Rough Guide - Walking in Ireland to give a 17km walk from the B47 to the road just below County Rock and up to the trig point on Sawel. Despite the terrible weather forecast the weather was beautiful, warm, sunny and only windy on the very top. Fantastic views all round and a cracker of a day. Headed on to Dart and back down to the B47 after stopping for photos at the trig Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/2837/
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Picture: Sawel from County Rock
Great views but very soft underfoot.
by jlk  8 Sep 2012
Great views but very soft underfoot. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/14798/
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