|Samhail or Samhail Phite Méabha|
Sawel as seen from the southeast. Photo taken 22 July 2007.
|Elevation||678 m (2,224 ft)|
|Prominence||657 m (2,156 ft)|
|Translation||likeness to Meabh's vulva (Irish)|
Location in Ireland
|Location||County Londonderry/County Tyrone, Northern Ireland|
|Topo map||OSNI Discoverer Series 13 The Sperrins (1:50000), OSNI Activity Map Sperrins (1:25000)|
The Irish name of the mountain, Samhail Phite Méabha, is a reference to a glen or hollow on the side of Sawel. It was also historically called Slieve Sawel, 'Slieve' being an anglicization of Sliabh ("mountain").
The mountain is the highest peak in the Sperrin Mountains, and the 8th highest in Northern Ireland. To the north of Sawel is County Londonderry, and to the south, County Tyrone. The summit is 678 metres (2,224 ft) and is composed of crystalline limestone. Around the peak, there is "montane heathland", with plant life including heather, bilberries and cowberries, although this is being damaged by hillwalking and grazing. Sawel is the source of the River Faughan, a 29 miles (47 km) long tributary of the River Foyle.
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