Townend : Standing Stone

CountyAntrim
Grid RefC 934 382
GPSC 93434 38221 (3m)
Longitude6° 31' 59.17" W
Latitude55° 10' 56.17" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBushmills (2.8 Km)
OS Sheets4, 5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th March 2008

This is a huge standing stone! At its tallest point it measures around 2.5m. It is 2m wide and over 1m thick. By volume it must be one of the largest standing stones in Northern Ireland. The top of the stone has two high spots and looks as though it may have once been taller.

It stands on a ridge that runs north-south, offering good views. The farm buildings that stand around it do limit these somewhat, but there is a clear view to Knocklayd to the east. I was taken totally by surprise when I first saw this stone - it's really nice.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

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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