Commons East : Stone Circle

Grid RefM 718 018
Longitude8° 25' 14.59" W
Latitude53° 3' 58.04" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownWhitegate (13.3 Km)
OS Sheet52
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 30th June 2002

This sign posted circle lies 200m from the road across some very boggy ground. There is nothing exceptional about it but it is a very nice little arrangement. There is something about the stones and the balance of structure that appealed to me.

The marsh grasses are quite tall right now and obscure some of the smaller stones. There are two 1m high stones at the south east, presumably an entrance. The other stones are no more than 30cm high. I thought at first that these had fallen because they are wider than they are tall, but they are definitely set in their positions.

The weather was miserable while I was here and so I don't think I saw the circle at its best, but I still quite liked it.

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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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