04-Jun-2006 -- This visit was done by riding a bicycle from my home in London. On the previous day, a Friday evening, I noticed that there will be good weather at the weekend and so I spontaneously decided to go. I started at 4:20 a.m. from a beeline distance of exactly 200 km in London-Hammersmith. In the afternoon I reached the town Stroud (65 km beeline distance), where I visited my old cycling buddy Mark. His wife Scarlet cooked a great meal for us and Mark showed me around the area. On a top of a hill we could get views to the confluence area, even though the confluence was still 40 miles away.
The next day – a Sunday – I headed off while everyone was still sleeping. I enjoyed the traffic-free roads and passed through Newent and Ross-on-Wye. Following small county roads I reached Pontrilas and finally the small village Michaelchurch Escley.
At a remaining distance of 350 m I parked the bicycle and followed a public footpath sign. Interestingly, there was not much of a footpath but an open meadow. I located the confluence 7 m north of a single oak tree on a huge grass-field (with an accuracy of 7 m). That's quite a coincidence in consideration that there is not any other feature around the single tree.
I also paid the St. Michael's Church a visit, which is just 250 m east of the confluence. On my way back, I made a little deviation to see the town Hay-on-Wye in Wales. From there I rode the extremely steep Gospel Pass. Around that pass, the highlands have a unique landscape with short grass. It's extremely beautiful (and just 5 km beeline from the CP). Unfortunately, I wasn't the only one to visit the valley on that sunny Sunday afternoon – touristy traffic made travelling on the single lane road quite dangerous.
After having cycled 354 km I took a train from Newport back to London. I didn't have much joy from the train ride: I slept the entire trip and woke up when the train had already reached London Paddington.
CP visit details:
- Time at the CP: Exactly midday
- Driving time to get to the CP: 1.5 days
- Driving distance: 262 km from home
- Distance of bike parking: 350 m
- Distance to houses: 200 m
- Topography: one a slope, hilly, some large mountains in the area
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 1.38 m
- Position accuracy at the CP: 7 m
- GPS height: 224 m
- Vegetation: grass, one oak tree.
- Weather: sunny, 20° C (felt temperature)
- Description of the CP: In western England near the Welsh border, at a peaceful meadow just up the hill of the small village Michaelchurch.
- Given Name: The Single Oak Confluence