Highfield : Rath

Grid RefJ 312 794
GPSJ 31189 79353 (5m)
Longitude5° 58' 3.13" W
Latitude54° 38' 42.67" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBelfast (5.6 Km)
OS Sheet15
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 27th April 2008

This rath is quite near to the east car park to the Cave Hill Country Park and not too far away from a landfill tip.

The banks are well defined and stand over 1m high and have an impressive 50m diameter. On the eastern edge there is what appears to be the foundations of a rectangular building - which must be a later addition, perhaps a farmhouse that took advantage of the enclosure to mark out its back garden.

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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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