Paddock Hill : Dubious Site

Grid RefT 146 983
Longitude6° 17' 30.83" W
Latitude53° 1' 23.33" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownLaragh (1.7 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th October 2003

We decided to walk along a stretch of the Wicklow Way to look for some stones I had been told about with a possible interesting alignment on the Devils Glen (A deep cleft in a ridge to the east).

I don't think we found these stones, but what we did come across can only be described as a 'possible or natural stone circle' ... and much more. From the path one stone (1.7m tall) sticks up above the top of the hill, but on approaching this stone you are confronted with a hole setting of stones. Running all acoss the southwest slope, just below the top of the ridge this curious setting really is set in a wonderful place. The views are astounding.

Each stone appears to be set into the ground, which says to me that they are not simply eratics.

Some 100 m south of the main setting is a huge quartzite boulder and a couple more granite stones. This stone is set upon the edge of the hill top and looks as though it was placed there on purpose, creating a 'proto altar' facing towards the sacred valley of Glendalough.

This has all the hallmarks of being 'the right sort of place' for a stone circle. a high plateau with great views and significant alignments - The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is visible to the NW.

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Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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