'The Coffin Stone - Djouce' : Portal Tomb

TownlandDjouce Mountain
CountyWicklow
Grid RefO 178 104
Longitude6° 14' 23.27" W
Latitude53° 7' 52.1" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownRoundwood (7.1 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 14th October 2001

What a walk it is to reach this place. Not a trek that should be made on a very cloudy wet day in October like I did! For the last 1km I was engulfed in and soaked by the clouds.

The Wicklow Way path here is very, very badly damaged. The peat bog is becoming so eroded that the bare rock is visible in many places. The authorities have now put down a boardwalk made from railway sleepers to try and stop the erosion. I don't think they'll reverse it, though. Unfortunately, the erosion has led to both the cairn and standing stone to be washed away. The Coffin Stone lies on the north west side of the mountain and is quite a walk from the peak.

It is extremely long and narrow, probably measuring 6m in length. It seems as though it was never really was lifted off the ground very much.

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Directions

From Enniskerry take the R760 and then the R755 south. Turn off onto the R759 and park at O 169 074. From here follow the Wicklow Way. As the path reaches Djouce Mountain it turns sharply and heads north east. Just keep walking straight onwards and upwards from here.

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External Links

Track Erosion In Wicklow

Very good reports on tracks and trails that are badly eroded in Wicklow and therefore should be avoided.
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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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