|Ferns - High Cross|
I did not intend to visit this place, in fact I did not have th map of this area and so was ignorant of its presence. As I drove towards Ferns I could see, silhouetted against the sunrise, the roung tower. The abbey ruins are quite spectacular in their own right, added to by the crosses and cross slab.
There are numerous information points around the site.
I was lucky enough to just share these ruins with the sunrise and some sheep.
Can anywhere seriously be as picturesque all the time!? Last time I stopped here it was sunrise, today the sun was up, but the mist was swirling around in picture card fashion. Unfortunately, by the time I'd finished looking at the crosses it had lifted.
Today's farm animal of choice in the field was cows, not sheep.
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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.