J3027 : The Mourne Wall, Slieve Meelbeg

taken 5 years ago, 4 km from Kilcoo, Northern Ireland

The Mourne Wall, Slieve Meelbeg
The Mourne Wall, Slieve Meelbeg
The Mourne Wall at the summit of Slieve Meelbeg looking towards Slieve Meelmore (hidden by low cloud).
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.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 28 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 July, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands 
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Place (from Tags)
Mourne Wall  Mourne Mountains 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 301 279 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:11.0324N 6:0.4759W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 300 279
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Kingdom of Mourne  Mountains of Mourne  Slieve Meelbeg  Mourne Wall 

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