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Netherlands

1.9 km (1.2 miles) N of Langezwaag, Friesland, Netherlands
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 53°S 174°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: Standing on the point and the GPS #7: Drainage channel between meadows #8: Roe-deer escaping in the grass #9: Tractor and birds in the landscape #10: The small road that leads close to the point

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  53°N 6°E (visit #8)  

#1: The point just on the other side of the channel

(visited by Jean-Luc Frérotte)

English

26-May-2013 -- en route vers le nord des Pays-Bas, je passe visiter la confluence 53N-6E. Elle se trouve non loin de l'autoroute A7. Elle est facile à trouver : il faut prendre la sortie 27, et aller vers Gorredijk puis prendre la première à droite, Alde Dijk, et encore la première à droite dans une voie sans issue. Au point 53°00'32",7N - 6°00'29",3E, juste près d'une ferme, je gare la voiture et je continue à pieds vers le sud dans les champs.

Le point se trouve à environ 700 m, au milieu de prairies drainées par des canaux. Ce n'est pas difficile, il y a un chemin qui conduit tout droit vers le point, le long des prés et des canaux, et toutes les barrières sont ouvertes. Un peu plus loin, un tracteur retourne l'herbe coupée, suivi par des oiseaux qui cherchent à manger.

Le temps est dégoûtant depuis des semaines, il pleut, il y a du vent et il fait froid. Le sol est spongieux. Pendant ma promenade vers le point, deux chevreuils cachés dans les hautes herbes se mettent à courir devant moi. J'arrive sans difficulté sur le point qui se trouve juste à côté d'un canal.

Le GPS indique une altitude de 8 m sous le niveau de la mer, mais en réalité on est seulement à -4 m. Je fais les photos puis je ne m'attarde pas, il fait vraiment trop froid.

English

26-May-2013 -- On the way towards the north of the Netherlands, I come to visit the confluence 53N-6E. It is not too far from the highway A7. It is easy to find: take the exit 27, direction Gorredijk, then take the first on the right, Alde Dijk, and again the first on the right in a dead end. At the point 53°00'32",7N - 6°00'29",3E, just in front of a farm, I park the car and I go by foot towards the south in the fields.

The distance to the point is approximately 700 m, between meadows drained by small channels. It is not difficult, there is a kind of path which leads straight towards the point, along the meadows and the channels, and all the fences are open. A little further, a tractor turns cut grass upside down, followed by birds looking for some food.

The weather has been awful for several weeks, it's raining, there is a strong wind and it's cold. The ground is spongy. During my walk towards the point, two roe-deers hidden in the high grass start to run in front of me. I arrive easily on the point which is just beside a channel.

The GPS indicates an altitude of 8 m below the sea level, but actually it is -4 m only. I take the photographs then I go back to the car, it's really too cold!


 All pictures
#1: The point just on the other side of the channel
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: Standing on the point and the GPS
#7: Drainage channel between meadows
#8: Roe-deer escaping in the grass
#9: Tractor and birds in the landscape
#10: The small road that leads close to the point
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