Ballynahown : Wedge Tomb

Grid RefV 844 516
GPSV 84426 51592 (5m)
Longitude9° 40' 19.52" W
Latitude51° 42' 17.87" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownArdrigole (3.5 Km)
OS Sheet85
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 5th September 2004

Ok. So I was supposed to be going home, but I saw a sign to Ballynahown Wedge Grave and decided to check it out. I really shouldn't have, because it took me around some very windy and narrow lanes, which took ages to drive along.

When I arrived at the spot where the signs pointed off the road to the tomb I parked and started the long, long climb. When I eventually saw the tomb I was amazed. Amazed at how poor it is. You have to wonder why some of these are signposted sometimes.

The remains constist of a roofslab supported by the two wall stones.

The tomb does offer spectacular views over Bantry Bay, though and the mountains that rise up to the north of the site ensure your attention is thrust that way.

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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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