02-Aug-2004 -- I was having a look through my past visits after visiting 52N 0W yesterday when I realised a few things, this point was my first ever UK visit, it was nearly three years ago and that nobody had been there since. The photos I recorded last time needed updating and besides it might have changed....
I have been past this point literally dozens of times on the way to my wife's parents house. The A50 - the main road linking Stoke-on-Trent and The Potteries with the M1 passes within about a mile or two, meaning that tens of thousands of people a day could pop in, if they knew it was there of course!
I came at the point from the North this time. I pulled up at the entrance to the farm and spotted a man cutting the hedge back about 500 yards down the road. I wondered if he was the landowner so walked down and had a chat with him. It turned out that Mr. Ratcliffe is indeed the landowner. He remembered somebody else calling "recently" - I have checked the records and it seems that "recently" was the original visit over 4 years ago.
Mr Ratcliffe seemed a bit concerned about having a lot of people turning up and asking to go onto his land. To that end would any future visitor please contact Mr Ratcliffe (of Harewood Hall Farm) BEFORE turning up. He is not discouraging future visits, he would just like some advance warning.
I was given permission to drive right in and park in the yard, with the usual Country Code warning of "if the gate's shut close it after you, if it's open leave it that way". It is possible to park within the 100m required for a succesful visit.
Through the first gate, through the (empty) stockyard, past the sign to "Beware of the Bull", and over the next gate. The view (Pic 1 North) is exactly the same as last time, evidently the field is not cultivated. Although there is an exact CP marker (Pic 5) indicating that the field is actually used though...
I took the locating pictures - North (Pic 1), East (Pic 2), South (Pic 3) and a GPS montage (Pic 7). Pic 4 shows me at the exact spot and the Panorama (Pic 6) was taken from the top of the mound. By the way, there was no dog (Pic 8).
Coordinator's Note: Mr Ratcliffe of Harewood Hall Farm (the landowner) would like any future visitors to contact him
before just turning up. He is not discouraging visits, he just wants advance