01-Nov-2001 -- And that’s England complete!
On a warm autumn’s afternoon my family and I successfully targeted the confluence 51° North, 4° West. We headed south from our home in Birmingham, England, on our way to visit friends in Southampton. Heading along the M5 motorway for the most part, then west along the A361. After a few kilometers along the A361, you’ll need to turn left and head towards South Molton along the B3227 which will take you west. Using the Autoroute software on our laptop computer connected to the eTrex device, Emma directed us through the little village of Umberliegh and onto the A377. This road takes you right past the field that contains the Confluence. There is a row of trees on the left as you travel along the A377. About 200 meters past the trees, on the left, you’ll find an entrance to the field. We parked the car and gathered the required equipment. I headed into the field with the marker, compass and the eTrex. The confluence was about 500 meters in and on the left. This confluence, like our last, 51° North, 3° West, is in the middle of a field. This time the field had been freshly ploughed and because of the warm weather we have been enjoying, some grass had started to sprout.
This confluence is in Devon, which is a beautiful part of the country. Devon is mostly made up of dairy farms, and is famous for cream teas with scones. The countryside is made up of fields with cows and grass, so there are plenty of hedges about too.
This confluence is the last one in England to be visited for the first time. With Wales complete and now England completed, that just leaves Scotland to do and the UK will be done. With winter now well and truly here in the UK, Confluence hunting will be for the brave hearted!