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The Swinging Bridge is a suspension bridge across the River Mourne in Sion Mills, County Tyrone. Getting to the cache involves a short walk along a tacmac footpath which brings you to a river side. Naturally, you should take care with children and animals when near a river.
Sion Mills village is situated in the North West of Ireland, only 2 miles from the Border with Co Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and equidistant from the City of Derry, Letterkenny in Co. Donegal and Omagh the County Town of Co.Tyrone, being 17 miles from each of them. It straddles the main road and bus route from Dublin (and Belfast) to Derry and Co. Donegal, which is also part of the "North West Passage" tourist route. Strabane, the seat of Strabane District Council and a very busy market town, is only 2 miles to the North. The village was founded in 1835 bt the Herdman family as the site for their Linen Mill.
The spectacular River Mourne was the reason the Herdmans chose this site, with its immense water-power which provided 1000 water horsepower. The suspension bridge was built to facilitate workers from the townland of Bearney on the east bank of the Mourne. The present bridge replaced a much earlier one which was washed away by a flood in 1987. The stretch of water that the bridge crosses is renowned as one of the best salmon fishing spots in Ireland and you should take the opportunity to watch the anglers practice their art from the vantage point of the bridge.
This is truly one of the most picturesque places in the NW of Ireland; no wonder it is used by many newly weds as the backdrop for their wedding photographs.
The cache is in a medium sized tab-lock box near a popular fishing spot close to the Swinging Bridge. Fishermen are very quiet and blend in with their environment so please be careful when retrieving and replacing the cache! No climbing is involved in getting to it. It's advisable to park in the car park adjacent to the old mill in Sion Mills and then follow the footpath along a steel perimeter fence which will bring you to the bridge.
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