Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland
The Buzzards Nest Dawn, Mourne Mountain, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Photograph Aidan Monaghan
I trekked into the Mourne Mountains the previous evening to capture this dawn view. The waterway is Ben Crom reservoir & the pointed peak is Slieve Bearnagh with its distinctive North Tor and summit ridge. The other mountains in this picture are Ben Crom, Doan, Slieve Meelmoore, Slievenaglogh & Slieve Corragh
The steep ascent from Binnian-Lamagan to the 'buzzards roost ' suddenly brings into view Ben Crom's cliffs and steep scree slopes, as well as the dark waters of the reservoir which fill the valley. Ben Crom and downstream the larger Silent Valley Reservoir was built to gather water from the Mourne Mountains and is the main water supply source for most of County Down and a large part of Belfast. It is preternaturally quiet and still, a wonderful escape in nature.
Ben Crom was built as a mass gravity dam, constructed in concrete and dependent on its own weight for stability. It was faced with precast concrete blocks with a hearting of mass concrete containing ‘plumbs’ of granite, some of which were over five tonnes in weight. The cut-off trench below the dam was excavated to a maximum depth of 30 feet to tie in with the solid rock. Much smaller than Silent Valley, Ben Crom is 700 feet long at the top and has a capacity of 1,700 million litres.
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