J3527 : The summit of Slieve Donard

taken 13 years ago, 5 km SSW of Newcastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland

The summit of Slieve Donard
The summit of Slieve Donard
The highest point in Northern Ireland, at 850m. The Mourne Wall crosses the summit, and makes a right-angled turn here. It is unusual, to say the least, for a trig point to be placed on a pillar rather than on "natural ground".
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 catchment areas in the Mournes and protect the area from the effects of cattle and sheep on the water course LinkExternal link . The wall is predominately constructed from local granite 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 it largely resembles the traditional 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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J3527, 99 images   (more nearby search)
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David Purchase   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 5 October, 2010   (more nearby)
Saturday, 23 July, 2022
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Irish: geotagged! J 3580 2769 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:10.8146N 5:55.2476W
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Irish: geotagged! J 3580 2769
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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