17-Nov-2004 -- On the 17th of November 2004 Matthew Southwell and I left Oxford heading to N52 0 by public transport. We took the X5 coach leaving from the Oxford bus station at 0635 to Cambridge via Buckingham and Milton Keynes, the return ticket was £5.
This trip got us into Cambridge at around 1045, we then walked to the train station which was about a mile from the bus station, we arrived a few minutes late for the train to Royston, so had a 40 minute wait for the next train, this wait would put us back a bit if we missed the only bus from Royston to Barkway.
The train trip from Cambridge to Royston was on the 1131 and the journey time was only 13 minutes, the return ticket was £4.30. In Royston we walked into the main area, as we new that a bus that would take us to Barkway was leaving soon. It took as a little while to find the bus station and by this time the bus had already left, the only bus of the day, so we had to start walking toward the CP, this would put about 3 hours on our trip.
The walk was about 6 Kilometres each way, we did good time, it only took us about 1 hour 45 minutes to get to Barkway and then heading down past the church onto the public right of way to the point. We did make a little error on the right of way, walking straight on when we should have took the right turn on the bridle way which takes you very close to the CP.
It was at this point that I started to run out of batteries in the GPS and also the Digital Camera, so we were using the GPS sparingly. Then we arrived at the site, we walked down to the point, which is in a field that had just had the produce pushing though, so was not sure exactly what it was, took the photo’s, luckily I had my SLR with me so I was able to get the photo’s on 35mm, as but this time we had run out of batteries.
We were at the point for about 10 minutes and then started our return walk into Barkway and then onto Royston, picked up a post card from Royston, I also got a stamp in my passport at the Royston Post Office.
Back in Cambridge at about 1700 Matt and I had a beer in a small English pub and had a chat with a few of the locals before catching the coach back to Oxford, arriving at about 1930, a very good day Matt’s first visit to Cambridge and also to a CP, and my 2nd CP.