'The Maidens' : Stone Pair

TownlandAntynanum
CountyAntrim
Grid RefD 260 104
GPSD 26041 10376 (3m)
Longitude6° 2' 1.56" W
Latitude54° 55' 30.15" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownGlenarm (7.1 Km)
OS Sheet9
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 10th February 2008

Although it was starting clear the fog today made the location of these stones hard to assess. They stand next to a low field boundary in a boggy dip, but I can't tell you what views they have. Later in the day we were on the hillside above and could see Slemish. I don't know if it's visible from the stones, though.

Both stones are no more than 1.5m tall and stand about 5m apart. The northern stone is jagged and may have been broken off at the top in antiquity. The other is more of a slab with rounded edges. Tall clumps of reeds grow all around the stones, making very difficult to photograph both at once from the side. They are a nice stone pair and I'll probably be back on a nicer day to appreciate them properly.

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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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