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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Mourne Walls


The Mourne Wall was constructed between 1904 and 1922 by the Belfast Water Commissioners to define and enclose the catchment area for the newly constructed Silent Valley Reservoir. The wall is 22 miles long, 1.5m high and 0.8m thick and is constructed entirely of granite from quarries around the Mourne Mountains using classic dry stone wall techniques. It encloses 9,000 acres of mountainous terrain and is designed to keep farm animals away from the reservoirs and rivers that flow into them. (Wikipedia)

The wall traverses 15 of the peaks in the range
You can see how the clouds were shrouding the mountainsides

The wall is well maintained but worrying to me was the scale of erosion on the slopes and along the wall due, to a large extent, to the volume of hikers.



  I find it a thing of beauty.

This is probably a wall built for  land boundary purposes.

Thanks for coming by!

Linking with Good Fences, thanks to Tex.



29 comments:

  1. Excelente trabalho e muito bem fotografado este muro.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.
    Andarilhar

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  2. Hello, beautiful scenes with the low clouds and wall. The countryside is lovely. The last view of the wall is my favorite. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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  3. Christine, what a rocky place...lovely.

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  4. I agree - the wall is beautiful! Think of all the work it took to construct it - that always amazed me. I love the low clouds and moodiness of the scene!

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  5. so impressive and so beautiful!

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  6. That is a nice looking wall with those big rocks.

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  7. oh these are great...sad though about the erosion, hope they can stop it...love the shot with the fog! have a great day christine :)

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  8. Beautiful wall. Hope it will stay in place for a long time and the erosion on the slope and along the wall will be arrested.

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  9. Very beautiful and interesting. The clouds add to the beauty. Our area is affected by smoke from wildfires in another part of the state this a.m.

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  10. can you imagine the dedication and work to build these amazing walls. beautiful captures!!!

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  11. We don't see walls like this here in the states. There is a certain beauty to it.

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  12. I agree with you...it is a thing of beauty!!

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  13. Very interesting history! Great shots!

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  14. Loving more shots of the wall!

    (I feel sheepish for cheating and looking it up on wikipedia a couple days early!)
    ~

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  15. I wonder if the wall redirects the water to cause the erosian

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  16. I love it. Never heard before about this wall. I am learning through your blogposts and nice photos ツ

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  17. Love the foggy day shot of the wall. I've heard of that wall but never seen photos before. And I've always loved the title of the Mourne Mountains, sounds so soulful to me although I realise it is probably just the Anglican of an old Gaelic word.

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  18. that is one beautiful stone wall/fence. It must have taken a long time to build it. The fog adds to the beauty of the landscape.

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  19. I'm always fascinated by these fences and how they work. They would be great fences instead of wood here in the Pacific Northwest because they wouldn't rot in the rain...
    Wonderful dreamy photos with the fog.

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  20. Wow that stone wall is impressive. Great pictures.

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  21. Looks so mysterious, stone walls and fog. a truly breathtaking.

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  22. I agree Christine,The Mourne wall is a thing of beauty.. imagine the patience it took to find the right shape and size stones to fit together.. and such a long wall it is 😊

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  23. How cool. The stone wall is amazing. That last shot was so pretty.

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