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United Kingdom : England

near Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, England, UK
Approx. altitude: 229 m (751 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 52°S 177°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: The view North #3: The view East #4: The view South #5: The view West #6: All the zeros #7: Fill up before you visit this confluence #8: Not even this phone could get a signal #9: Does anything lie beneath? #10: Arthurs Stone

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#1: The Confluence

(visited by David Williams)

31-Aug-2014 -- On the road to (almost) nowhere.

The confluence is right up against the Welsh-English border - and like many such boundaries this runs along a physical barrier - the Black Mountains. No roads cross these mountains - all diverting either North or South. This all means that the district around the confluence is a bit of a backwater - on leaving the main Hereford-Abergavenny route the roads get progressively smaller and quieter.

You pass the long abandoned last petrol station in England (alternate view) and then one, by one, your mobile phones lose signal (Vodafone, 3, O2 and even the misleadingly named Everything-Everywhere).

The confluence itself is sited in the shade of a rather conveniently placed oak tree. No stock in the field this time - I guess it was awaiting a late summer hay cut.

There is a large flat stone under the tree - but I don't think it is a marker as such - possibly relocated to avoid damage to farm machinery but perhaps there is something buried underneath. A few miles away you can visit Arthur's Stone - which is a real Dolmen.

A visit to this confluence and a tour of the surrounding countryside makes a very pleasant Sunday morning trip.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence
#2: The view North
#3: The view East
#4: The view South
#5: The view West
#6: All the zeros
#7: Fill up before you visit this confluence
#8: Not even this phone could get a signal
#9: Does anything lie beneath?
#10: Arthurs Stone
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