'Lead Mines' : Miscellaneous Site

Grid RefO 227 209
Longitude6° 9' 45.34" W
Latitude53° 13' 27.63" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBray (4.1 Km)
OS Sheet50
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Tuesday, 19th March 2002

Why has it taken me so long to visit this place? Everyone who visits my house looks up at this tower and asks if it's a round tower. Nope, it's a chimney.

The chimney itself must be 25m tall and has steps running around the outside. A lot of these have broken off or are in the process of doing so. There are many of the steps lying around on the ground. On inspection it would appear that the steps would have, thankfully, had a rail too.

It is possible to enter within and stare up to the heavens. Watch out for bird poo coming down though.

To the west is what seems to be a stone wall running off down the hill. this is infact all that remains of the world's longest brick built flue. It is over a mile long and leads down to the lead works in the valley below.

The views from here are simply stunning. As with the whole of this area the view across Dublin bay and to Howth and Lambay beyond take my breath away every time.

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Heading south from Stepaside through Kiltiernan take the first left after passing the R116 junction. Follow this road around and take the second left. Park in the Carrickgollogan car park just 200m or so along. Walk straight up the hill from the car park to the brow of the hill and then walk north down a track and you will see the tower in front of you.

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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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