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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 and in Derry/ Tyrone Counties in NI and in Ulster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Psammite & semipellite Bedrock

Height: 678m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 13 Grid Reference: H61796 97305
Place visited by 380 members. Recently by: Louise.Nolan, Jai-mckinney, Brendanbarrett, ElaineM76, Carolyn105, nolo, marcel, John.geary, RockyCaver, DavidHoy, N.Dillon, Kilcoobin, Kilcubbin, IndyMan, fellrunner
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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 145th highest in Ireland. Sawel is the highest point in county Derry and also the highest in Tyrone.

Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/
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Climbed 5.3.06 after a week of cold weather and s .. by gerrym   (Show all for Sawel)
 
The Sperrins. Four words, excepting my stoppage, .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Sawel)
 
Photo of the fence that leads almost to the summi .. by wicklore   (Show all for Sawel)
 
Derry / Tyrone County Top .. by Gribster   (Show all for Sawel)
 
Gave this one another stab with my trusty dog Sus .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Sawel)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Sawel in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking back on the ascent
 
A Beginner's View
by Aidy  27 Aug 2013
Can't add much to previous comments, but as this is my first climb, I thought I'd give a beginner's perspective, This site, along with gerrym's videos on youtube inspired me to have a go, so maybe if someone is thinking of starting to hike, I can do the same.

Chose Sawel as its the highest point in my native Tyrone and within easy reach. I went up the East side following the fence from the second cattle grid on the Sperrin Road, in bright late afternoon sunshine. Not too steep or difficult although I needed a couple of breathers when the legs protested. The fence was a great security blanket and you can't miss the summit. The views are great but unfortunately it became very murky and hazy at the top, so no great photos. Dutifully hopped over the fence too, so I could claim Tyrone as well as Derry.

I found it to be a great mountain for a beginner. I had no specialist gear, just wellies and a fleece, and had no navigation to do. Great views from the top, not too demanding, up and down in 2 - 3 hours, and two county tops on my first climb! If you're hesitating, give it a go - I'm hooked now. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/144/comment/15161/
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