Wateresk : Standing Stone

Grid RefJ 391 342
GPSJ 39088 34210 (7m)
Longitude5° 51' 59.16" W
Latitude54° 14' 15.97" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDundrum (2.6 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 2nd March 2002

This great stone stands on a bend in the road like a sentinel.

It is around 3m tall and almost egg shape in plan. Although I can't really say much more the stone has left quite an impression on me due to its location and the tranquility around it ... shame about all the telegraph poles.

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Sunday, 9th January 2005

Due to cutting my trip a little short I was well ahead of schedule for meeting my friend, so I thought that coming here and to the nearby tomb (see Wateresk (County Down)) was a good plan. The lane by the stone was doing a very good impression of a swimming pool!

The main purpose at stopping here was to get a photo for scale and take a GPS reading. I managed to do both and get extremely wet doing it - bargain!

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Marked Sites


From Newcastle take the A2 north for about 3km and turn left. Take the first left and continue for just 350m and as you round a bend you will see the stone at the side of the road.

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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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