09-Jun-2012 -- I’ve enjoyed following this project for years but this is the first visit I’ve logged (although not the first visit I’ve made). Hopefully it will not be my last visit, though I think I still need to persuade my husband that this is a profitable way to spend a day!
We were excited to be picking up our first ever brand new car and wanted to go somewhere in it. I reckoned that we ought to head a couple of hours from Leicester (where the garage was) to get a reasonable run in the car. But where to go? 53°N 0° seemed about the right distance and so plans were made. The other visit reports suggested that this was an easy confluence to reach but that it can be a bit muddy underfoot. So as well as ensuring we had the gps and a camera with us, we also took along our walking boots. Not sure how many other people go to collect a new car with such paraphernalia in tow?
We headed from the garage in Leicester to Melton Mowbray, where we stopped for a Pork Pie Platter lunch, then on to Boston on the A607 and A52. It was a lovely run along rural A-roads. We arrived at the confluence area about 4pm, parked up at the side of the A16, donned our walking boots and then followed the footpath along the north-side of the Cowbridge Drain.
We were excited to find 53°N but there was then a bit of to-ing and fro-ing to locate the confluence. Thankfully it was just off the side of one of the tractor tracks and not within the crops. After taking photos we continued along the footpath to the far side of the field where there was a minor road. We walked over the bridge to the south-side of the Cowbridge Drain and back along a much-less muddy footpath to our shiny new car.
The field is currently planted with broccoli, which looked like it was close to being ready to be harvested (to my novice eye!). Our footwear was the right choice as the tractor tracks that we followed were quite muddy in places, and thankfully we also had bags to put our boots in to keep the car clean!
Time of visit: 4.30pm
Altitude: 14ft (est. 5m)
GPS error: 17ft (est. 6m)
Distance from the confluence: 0m