Cumber : Standing Stone

CountyDerry
Grid RefC 545 063
Longitude7° 9' 1.25" W
Latitude54° 54' 4.89" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownClaudy (1.1 Km)
OS Sheet7
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th July 2002

This is a curious stone. As I stood at the gate to the field it looked like another neglected stone in a meadow. However, as I crossed the long (and very wet) grass I realised that it is not all that neglected after all. Someone had taken the trouble to cut the grass in a 4m diameter circle around it. What's more a mown path lead to the other field gate. Someone cares about this stone!

The stone has split low down and the top part has started to drift away from the rest. The pointed shape of the stone makes it look like a shark's head rising out of the field from the one side.

It is 1.8m tall and 1.2m wide at its base.

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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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