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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
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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 147th highest in Ireland. Sawel is the highest point in county Derry and also the highest in Tyrone.

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Picture: MountainViews Exclusive... The County Top of Tyrone
paulocon on Sawel, 2009
by paulocon  5 Oct 2009
Poor Tyrone... not only did they relinquish their All-Ireland title this year but after exhaustive investigations on behalf of MountainViews, I can now somewhat exclusively reveal that the county high-point doesn't actually lie on the summit of any mountain nor is it adorned by a splendid trig pillar or cairn offering panoramic 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. The County doesn't even find itself in a cosy arrangement where it shares it's summit with a neighbour in the way that Carlow/Wexford and Tipp/Limerick among others so happily do. Instead, Tyrone finds itself in the same rather unfortunate and embarassing position as Monaghan, Leitrim and Roscommon of having a County Top that lies on the slopes of a mountain which peaks in adifferent County.

It had been speculated that the summit of Tyrone was Mullaghclogha - indeed, this is the top visited by Paul Clements in his book 'The Height of Nonsense'. Recently, the popular opinion swayed towards the notion that there was some sort of magical imaginary line that ran through the trig pillar at the summit of Sawel demarking the border between the two counties.

However after exhaustive investigation, we can now reveal the location of the highest point in County Tryone. Speaking with the Strabane District Council Countryside Officer, we were told that 'Sawel`s highest point is actually just in Co. Derry but the highest point in Tyrone is only 30 or 40 metres away from the trig point. If you cross the fence to the south of the trig point, you will be standing on the highest point in Tyrone'.

On Saturday morning in windy conditions, I made my way to the summit of Sawel, took a bearing South, walked 30 or 40 metres, crossed the fence and claimed the County Top of Tyrone in the good name of MountainViews. Being far too tight to own a GPS or any sort of a fancy watch that would give the elevation, I simply shuffled along the fence and located what looked to be the highest point and made a rather memorable yet simple pronouncement. I was also far too lazy and wind-battered to go off and find a couple of stones to construct a cairn at this location for future generations to gaze at in awe and reverential respect.

This news has come as a shock to many among the peak-bagging community. I can only apologise to those collecting County Tops who share the same obsessive gene as me in having to stand at the exact high-point of each County in order to get to that great Trig Pillar in the sky.

For the MountainViews investigative team, this messy work continues with the next task being to debunk the myths regarding the high points of Counties Roscommon and Leitrim. Linkback:
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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)
Gave this one another stab with my trusty dog Sus .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Sawel)
A Beginner's View .. by Aidy   (Show all for Sawel)
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