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Sperrin Mountains Area   SW: Newtownstewart Hills Subarea
Place count in area: 64, OSI/LPS Maps: 12, 13, 6, 7, 8 
Highest place:
Sawel, 678m
Maximum height for area: 678 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 657 metres,

Places in area Sperrin Mountains:
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion NE Top 496m
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion 528m
N: Claudy Hills:   Crockdooish 321mCurradrolan Hill 270mEglish 277mLetterlogher 249mMullaghmeash Hill 244mSlieveboy 259mStraid Hill 303m
NE Cen: Glenelly North East:   Barnes Top 456mCraigagh Hill 460mCrockbrack 526mKnockanbane Mountain 441mMeenard Mountain 620mMeenard Mtn W Top 480mMullaghaneany 627mMullaghash 480mMullaghsallagh 485mOughtmore 569mSpelhoagh 568m
NE: Glenshane North:   Benbradagh 465mBoviel Top 454mCarn Hill 448mCarntogher 464mMoneyoran Hill 414m
NE: Glenshane South:   Bohilbreaga 478mCoolnasillagh Mountain 423mCorick Mountain 430mCrockalougha 407mMullaghmore 550mWhite Mountain 537m
NW Cen: Glenelly North West:   Dart Mountain 619mDart Mountain North-West Top 525mLearmount Mountain 489mLearmount Mountain South Top 492mMullaghasturrakeen 581mMullaghcarbatagh 517mMullaghclogha 635mMullaghclogher 572mMullaghdoo 568mSawel 678m
NW: Maheramason Hills:   Clondermot Hill 220mGortmonly Hill 218mSlievekirk 370m
SE Cen: Glenelly South East:   Carnanelly 562mCarnanelly West Top 505mMullaghbane 467mMullaghturk 416m
SE: Cookstown Hills:   Cregganconroe 300mFir Mountain 362mOughtmore 382m
SW Cen: Glenelly South West:   Clogherny Top 408mCraignamaddy 385mCrocknamoghil 335mMullaghbolig 442mSpaltindoagh 420m
SW: Mullaghcarn:   Curraghchosaly Mountain 416mMullaghcarn 542mMullaghcarn South Top 525m
SW: Newtownstewart Hills:   Bessy Bell 420mMullaghcroy 242m
W: Strabane:   Balix Hill 403mKnockavoe 296mOwenreagh Hill 400m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Bessy Bell Hill Sliabh Troim A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Troim [DUPN], 'mountain of elder') Tyrone County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Psammite Bedrock

Height: 420m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 12 Grid Reference: H39100 82100
Place visited by 63 members. Recently by: wintersmick, pdtempan, TommyMc, Hoverla, trostanite, dregish, mallymcd, BogRunner1, McQuaid89, Lucky1, tonyk66, sperrinlad, BigFly, MichaelG55, LorraineG60
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Longitude: -7.394544, Latitude: 54.685449 , Easting: 239100, Northing: 382100 Prominence: 355m,  Isolation: 6.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 639040 882093,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BsyBl, 10 char: Bessy Bell
Bedrock type: Psammite, (Newtownstewart Formation)

Bessy Bell and its lower neighbour, Mary Gray, are named after the heroines of a Scottish ballad. This begins Bessie Bell and Mary Gray, they were twa bonny lasses. The obvious Scots origin of the name did not deter Samuel Lewis from making an extravagant connection between Bessy Bell and the pagan deity Baal in his Topographical Dicitionary of Ireland (1843): “On the summit of Bessy Bell, or ‘Boase-Baal’, on which in pagan times sacrifice is supposed to have been offered to Baal or Bel, is a large and curious cairn.” Sliabh Troim is the original Irish name. Also recorded as Sliab Toad [LGÉ].   Bessy Bell is the 847th highest place in Ireland.

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This is a fantastic hill with very rewarding view .. by mcna   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
 
Approach from east following Ulster Way .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
 
Four Seasons In A Day .. by Aidy   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Bessy Bell (<i>Sliabh Troim</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Mullaghcarn seen under a duvet of cloud from Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell
 
Perfect stroll for a winter's day
by pdtempan  2 Jan 2021
Climbed this peak with a friend on Dec 30, a clear, crisp winter's day. We followed mcna's route, parking on the Cashty Road at H374809 A. It is worth noting that, after climbing for about 500m, the forest track descends gently for a while until reaching a junction of paths. Here the main track turns hard right and uphill, with a sign for Bessy Bell Wind Farm. When the track began descending, I was wondering if we had missed a right turn, as our route appeared to be heading N, skirting left of the summit. However, we stuck with the main track, and once we reached the hard right turn uphill, we were reassured of being on route for the top. I was using the Sperrins Activity map, which only covers Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell at 1:100,000 scale, which was not detailed enough for our purposes. There was a dusting of fresh snow on the hill. Visibility was excellent. Mullaghcarn was visible to the E under a soft duvet of cloud. The peaks of the high Sperrins were also partially covered in cloud to the NE. To the NW we were able to make out Errigal as a pointy snow-white peak, along with its neighbours: craggy Slieve Snaght, the Aghlas and Muckish. The Bluestacks (or The Crows, as my Tyrone friend calls them) were sharply delineated to the W. We ambled on our way up, taking 1hr 5mins, as we were recceing for a group walk later in the year. We spent about 3/4 hour at the summit admiring the views and the summit cairn (marked as Donall Gorm's Cairn on the 6" map), chatting to a couple of other walkers and having our lunch. We took 35 mins to walk back to the car. It was an ideal trip for these short winter days. On returning home, I checked the old 6" map online and found that there are several antiquities in the area of the wind farm, which lies below the summit and E of the route we took. These include a well called Toberneill, an old cemetery, a chambered grave and some stone circles. I am not sure whether the Baronscourt Estate allows access to these sites, but will endeavour to check this out. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/738/comment/21949/
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The Lure of Bessy .. by eamonoc   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
 
I started on the Cashty Rd and parked at the 2 wh .. by pquinn572   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
 
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