08-Jun-2004 -- After our overseas confluence trip to Argentina in October last year, this
late spring we decided to go for a closer destination to explore: The United
Kingdom. Nowadays, when booking early enough, unbelievably cheap flights are
available within Europe, and due to our limited budget we choose the best
and most economic airline: "Ryanair". Gone
are the days when the traditional airlines, taking advantage of their
monopoly, charged you several hundreds of Euro, Dollars or Pounds just for a
short leg between two European cities. "Ryanair" makes it for not more than
a handful of coins, and so we got a flight from Friedrichshafen (on Lake of
Constance, Germany) to London-Stansted for only 3.99 Euro (about 4.50 $)
We arrived at London-Stansted on June 7th and took a rent-a-car with which
we proceeded to Morecambe, where we arrived in the evening and checked in a
small hotel. As the first point to visit we had planned 54N 3W, one of the
last British offshores, located in the Heysham Lake, - being of course not a
lake in the traditional meaning of the word, but a huge bay of the Irish
A few days prior commencement of our trip we had posted an enquiry on the
confluence mailing list, asking for any British prepared to join and assist
us. Mr. Gordon Spence, having visited
already almost all British confluences, immediately contacted us. No other
person than Gordon could have been more welcome, and his experience and
enthusiasm did safeguard a smooth and professional procedure.
Gordon, living at Northampton, arrived the next early morning and informed
us the boat he had arranged not to be ready prior 3 p.m.
So we decided to visit first 54N 2W first.
We went to the area in order to approach the point from the South. Close to
a water reservoir there is a car parking, and thence we had to proceed along
a water reservoir on a bridle way. After passing cows and sheep we began the ascent
towards the plateau on which the confluence is located.
From former visits' narratives and Gordon's experience we learned and
expected the area and esecially the plateau to be very boggy and wet. But we
realized that this is not valid for all seasons, and fortunately we could go
there without rubber boots and getting wet. A few metres from the confluence there is the only bog we found. Werner marked the
point he believed to be correct with a small Austrian flag, but Gordon and
Captain Peter did only agree after having throroughly
discussed the matter and scrupulously taken into consideration all points of
view and probabilities.
Finally we took the pictures in all directions, of which we enclose the view
to North and East.
After this visit we began our descent again and proceeded back to