the Degree Confluence Project

United Kingdom : England

1.1 km (0.7 miles) W of Barkway, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Approx. altitude: 142 m (465 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 52°S 180°

Accuracy: 9 m (29 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View North #3:  View East #4: A hungry & unimpressed Dawn walking south #5: View West #6: All Zeros (honest!) #7: Our destination BT Ipswich. #8: Our Trusty Stead!!

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  52°N 0° (visit #15)  

#1: 52N 000

(visited by Phil Sharpe and Dawn Sharpe)

15-Jul-2005 -- This was the first of 2 Confluence Points we visited during the weekend. (See 52N 001E). We were visiting the area on our way to Ipswich as we had to go to a meeting there. As part of our summer holidays we are joining a charity called TELECOMS EASTERN EUROPEAN CHALLENGE. We are involved in a project in Romania to help renovate a care home for teenagers with challenging behaviour so we were on our way to meet the other people who are also on the trip.

We started out after work so it was about 20:45 when we arrived. Dawn wasn’t very happy as it was getting late and she was hungry (It’s not good to upset Dawn on an empty stomach!!) so I drove as far as I could along the bridleways skirting the fields to get as close as possible. Our Micra is very versatile unfortunately it just won’t go wrong and give me justification to buy a newer more masculine car!! Having got the car as far as possible around the edge of the field we were only left with approx 250m to walk; Dawn would soon get some Dinner….or so we thought!!

With not much time left before sunset we quickly trotted around to the edge of a field heading due north to the point. After getting as far as we could in that field we had to negotiate a barbed wire fence to get into the correct field. The fun and games didn’t end there as once we were over and Dawn was persuaded to carry on and this was not stupid and we shouldn’t turn back and that it would be stupid to do so when we are so close we found that this field was full of chest height dried Oil seed rape.

This was proving to be an absolute nightmare to walk through and although doing my best not to damage the crop I bet the farmer wouldn’t be best pleased at the sight of me. (At least it didn’t have its yellow flowers.) It didn’t take me long before rethinking and coming up with a cunning plan. Back at the field edge where there were no crops I walked east 10-20m until I hit the prime meridian and then struck north up the nearest and luckily for me north running tractor furrow which took me to the exact spot!! We arrived at the spot at 21:21 just as the sun was setting. I had some problems with the focusing of my SLR camera probably due to the light however I managed to take the relevant photos and we made our way back to the micra.

An interesting thing happened whilst we were walking across the field which was a bit uncanny. Whilst we were walking through the fields barely 10m from the CP. we found a deflated balloon with a tag attached asking whoever had found it to send it back to a particular address. The funny thing was that I don’t know how we got onto the subject but whilst driving there earlier that evening we were saying that it would be good to find one such balloon! What are the chances of that! (we don’t get out much!!) (When we retuned home we sent it off; there is a prize to be won if ours has travelled the furthest) I enjoyed visiting this confluence point at that time on a summers evening. Apart from Dawns nagging the area was very silent and picturesque. WOMEN!!!

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#1: 52N 000
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: A hungry & unimpressed Dawn walking south
#5: View West
#6: All Zeros (honest!)
#7: Our destination BT Ipswich.
#8: Our Trusty Stead!!
ALL: All pictures on one page