the Degree Confluence Project

United Kingdom : Scotland

4.5 km (2.8 miles) WNW of Haggs (Falkirk), North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Approx. altitude: 183 m (600 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 56°S 176°E

Quality: good

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#2: Douglas on the confluence #3: South from 56N 4W #4: West from 56N 4W #5: East from 56N 4W

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#1: The spot

(visited by Douglas Chappelle and Kathy Rodgers)

14-Jan-2001 -- Sunday 14 Janauary 2001 was a beautiful Scottish winter's day. Two nights of hard frost had resulted in clear skys and crisp air. This confluencing had only been planned for a week ever since I saw mention of this project on Slashdot. There were supposed to be a few more people involved, in the end it was just Kathy and me. 56N 4W is only about twenty minutes by car from where we live.

Having located the area on the map we drove to the village of Banton. After getting our bearings we followed the GPS which took us over a few fields to the confluence point near Boiling Glen.

Although this area is used for sheep and cattle grazing there is evidence of some sort of industrial activity, most likely coal mining.

The photgraphes show the area quite well. The sun was so strong that the view to the south is not quite as clear as I would have liked. You can just make out the outline of Tinto Hill near Biggar (about 50 miles away) on the horizon just in from the left hand side.

 All pictures
#1: The spot
#2: Douglas on the confluence
#3: South from 56N 4W
#4: West from 56N 4W
#5: East from 56N 4W
#6: North from 56N 4W
ALL: All pictures on one page