J3120 : Air Well close to Silent Valley

taken 2 years ago, 3 km from Attical, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Air Well close to Silent Valley
Air Well close to Silent Valley
Air well close to the Silent Valley. The reservoir entrance is in the trees behind. This appears to be the first air well over the Mourne Conduit outside of the Silent Valley and the pipeline passes underneath farmland and crosses beneath the Head Road at this point - there are several sets of BMC gates here as well which can be seen in the dry stone walls. The conduit continues to the south of the Head Road, hugging the 130m (400ft) contour until it crosses the Head Road again at Dunnywater and curves around the north-eastern slopes of the Mournes to the pumping station at Drinnahilly J3530 : Pumping station on the Silent Valley-Belfast water pipeline.
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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J3120, 54 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Saturday, 10 April, 2021   (more nearby)
Sunday, 11 April, 2021
Geographical Context
Energy infrastructure  Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Water resources 
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 311 206 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:7.0727N 5:59.6749W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 312 206
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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