'The Harp Stone' : Standing Stone

TownlandWhitfield North
Grid RefS 540 084
GPSS 53955 08387 (7m)
Longitude7° 12' 37.21" W
Latitude52° 13' 28.94" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownWaterford (7.3 Km)
OS Sheets75, 76
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 16th July 2006

This stone gets its name from the large protuberance that projects from one side making it look harp-like. When asking a local lady for directions to the stone she told me that she hadn't heard of that name for it, though.

The stone stands over 3m tall on top of a ridge in a hay field. Trees obscure the views to the east and south, while barns block the view to the west. Only to the north can you appreciate what a great location this is.

The walk up the short, overgrown farmtrack alone makes a visit here worthwhile, but the massive stone itself is so good that I'm surprised it's not more widely known.

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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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