'Sorrento Point' : Rock Outcrop

Grid RefO 273 262
Longitude6° 5' 29.88" W
Latitude53° 16' 15.1" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (7.4 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Thursday, 21st March 2002

What a wonderful place this huge rocky outcrop is. It is a public park now and has lovely footpaths leading to the top and benches scattered around.

The views are simply beautiful. To the north Howth seemingly floats as the sea and sky merge around it. Out in the bay is Dalkey Island with its church and Martello tower. To the south the Wicklow mountains rear up dark and ominous on the horizon.

If the Mother was worshiped in this area as all early manuscripts say then surely this place was special. A great place to chill out on a spring or summer day.

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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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