J2923 : Stile and gate on the Mourne Wall

taken 9 years ago, 5 km from Moyad, Northern Ireland

Stile and gate on the Mourne Wall
Stile and gate on the Mourne Wall
Stile and gate on the Mourne Wall near Slieve Muck.
The Mourne Wall here is a basic dry stone wall construction and not to the same standard as the famous sections seen in areas such as J3228 : The Mourne Wall.
The wall here is broken by the Banns Road which runs towards Lough Shannagh. The wall continues north west to the summit of Slieve Muck.
The Mourne Wall
The Mourne Wall is a 22 mile long wall in the Mourne Mountains. It was built between 1904 and 1922 by the Belfast Water Commissioners to enclose their water catchment areas in the Mournes and protect the area from the effects of cattle and sheep on the water course. The wall is predominately constructed from local granite stone using traditional dry stone walling techniques; on average the wall is about 1.5 metres high and 0.8 to 0.9 metres thick. It is not uniform in construction along the entire length - the 'classic' granite wall is only to be found north of Carn mountain and Long Seefin with particularly impressive sections on Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard; elsewhere the wall largely resembles dry stone walls found elsewhere in the Mournes and south County Down. In places, such as Slieve Muck, the wall is not constructed of granite at all.
Belfast & District Water Commissioners gates and buildings
Images relating to Belfast & District Water Commissioners buildings and gates found throughout County Down between the Mourne Mountains and Belfast. They are found in and around the Silent Valley and in numerous places above the underground Mourne Conduit which carries water to Belfast. The buildings are mainly pumping stations, wells or houses (mostly now vacant) for staff. The red gates were erected, mainly through farmland, so that BWC staff (linesmen) could walk the length of the Mourne Conduit and visually check for problems at the surface. The posts have BWC cast into the metal at the top (Belfast Water Commissioners - see J3452 : BWC gate near Ballynahinch for a close-up) and there are a few to be found where the letters are back to front! The gates are also found in several places on the Mourne Wall - see J2923 : Stile and gate on the Mourne Wall and J3228 : The Mourne Wall at the Hare's Gap for examples.

See also the associated shared description for The Mourne Wall at LinkExternal link .
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J2923, 28 images   (more nearby )
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Saturday, 14 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 16 March, 2009
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Dry stone wall   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 292 238 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:8.8258N 6:1.3625W
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Irish: geotagged! J 292 237
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