11-Oct-2002 -- Having done 56N 4W on the way to our vacation, the obvious thing to do was to go South via a different route. It would allow my family to see some more of Scotland and Northern England, oh yes, it would also take us within 2 miles of this CP. What an amazing coincidence!
I visited this point nearly eight months ago, 26th February, just at the end of Winter, so I felt that a return visit in the Autumn was worthwhile. Last time I came along the A69 and up to the confluence from the South. This time I was heading down the A68 and approaching from the North.
We crossed the B6318 and took the first left turn, down an unmarked single-track paved road. After about haf a mile it ended in a farmyard, so turn around and back to the main road. Carry on and the next left is signposted "Aydon Castle", I remembered this from last time so we turned off.
This brought us to the CP from the opposite direction and the turning off to the road that looks like a drive was on the left. We pulled in and I parked up at the side of the field.
Again the only one I could persuade to join me was Dani, Lynn and Rachel stayed in the car, well it was raining. I saw a car coming and flagged it down. The driver wasn't the landowner but the gamekeeper. I asked for permission to wander. Provided we walked it was ok to continue, as he drove off we got a word of advice "mind the top wire, it's electrified".
I should point out that it is only 24v and designed to keep livestock in....anyway we jumped over it and headed for the CP. As before it was quickly found, the field is still lying fallow.
The picture looking slightly E of N looks pretty much the same as last time (Pic 1), this time I have added pictures looking South (Pic 2), East (Pic 3) and West (Pic 4). The GPS montage (Pic 5) shows a height variance of 8 feet from the last visit.
The last two pictures, show Dani (Pic 6) and myself (Pic 7) standing on the spot. Perhaps someone else could do a Summer visit next?