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Dart Mountain Mountain An Dairt A name in Irish
(Ir. An Dairt [OSM], 'the lump') Derry/ Tyrone County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Psammite & semipellite Bedrock

Height: 619m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 13 Grid Reference: H60254 96308
Place visited by 196 members. Recently by: marcel, mallymcd, fellrunner, John.geary, Haulie, dregish, glencree, eoghancarton, Grumbler, nupat, wicklore, Aongus, FrankMc1964, ilenia, Niamhq
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Longitude: -7.063641, Latitude: 54.810951 , Easting: 260254, Northing: 396308 Prominence: 89m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 660191 896294,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DrtMnt, 10 char: DrtMntn
Bedrock type: Psammite & semipellite, (Dart Formation)

Cloudberries are found on the western slopes. This rare alpine plant resembles the strawberry plant, to which it is related. The fruit are like orange pearls. The OS Memoirs derive the name from Ir. dart, 'a lump', explaining that When viewed at a distance, it looks like a a lump on Sawel. However, Daigart is the name of a district mentioned by Tírechán in the Tripartite Life. O'Ceallaigh reviewed this information, along with MacNeill's assessment of it, and concluded that Daighart was probably the mountain country of Gleann Fhoichle (Glenelly), in the parish of Both Domhnaigh (Bodoney) and at the bottom of Samhail (Sawel) (Gleanings from Ulster History, Séamus Ó Ceallaigh, p. 23).   Dart Mountain is the 254th highest place in Ireland.

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Easy summit in the shadow of Sawel. .. by group   (Show all for Dart Mountain)
If you can arrange two cars, traversing Dart-Sawe .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Dart Mountain) Picture about mountain Dart Mountain in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: looking to Dart across col from slopes of Sawel
by gerrym  27 Feb 2014

Dart is invariably tied at the hip with its bigger sibling (Sawel) and the join between the two is a defining feature in views of the Sperrins. Sawel has the kudos of highest and two county tops - somewhat greedy perhaps in taking the attention from those who may venture this way. All I can say is that they are at their best when experienced together.
Start at Sperrin Heritage Centre carpark ( 607936 D ), turn right and follow road along Genelly Valley for 10 minutes until come to a lane on the right ( 597933 E ) with a dead end sign. Climb up this lane and views quickly open out over the southern side of the valley.

As it levels out at around 300m the mountains of the northern side come into view, with the parallel road to Dart Pass below ,across Oughtboy Burn. Cross gate and strike off right onto open hillside for the shoulder of Dart. The climb is by way of a couple of steps between level areas before the short climb over rockier ground to the summit cairn, reached in 1h 20 mins.

There is a great view in all directions but especially west to Mullaghclogha and its steep slopes. Head north east with a short drop down into a broad col - with 1 km before the climb up the large bulk of Sawel, following the fence for short while but continuing straight when it veers off right.

The climb up Sawel is straight forward and on reaching the trig point the view west to the remainder of the range comes into sight. There is a long but gentle drop down from the summit to the road at Sawel Pass. The going all along was firm due to the recent dry spell but it would be a different story under normal conditions.

Turn right and follow the road down into the hamlet of Sperrin and then it is around 3 km back along the main road to the carpark. In all took around 4.5 hours and did i meet anyone else ? NO but i did see some bootprints! Can also climb from the direction of Sawel - see for a different approach. Linkback:
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Having had a rather late start (avoid going throu .. by csd   (Show all for Dart Mountain)
Like many other people, I combined Dart with its .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Dart Mountain)
A montage of the view from west of Dart, looking .. by madfrankie   (Show all for Dart Mountain)
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