the Degree Confluence Project

United Kingdom : England

3.0 km (1.9 miles) NW of Fletching, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Approx. altitude: 25 m (82 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 51°S 180°

Accuracy: 8 m (26 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: East #3: South #4: West #5: Transatlantic greetings #6: GPS Montage #7: Real engineering #8: Steamed up

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  51°N 0° (visit #5)  

#1: North

(visited by Gordon Spence and Joseph Kerski)

08-Apr-2004 -- This pair of visits (together with 51N 1E) goes back to the 26th February when I started corresponding with Joseph regarding my visit to 30N 95W. We realised that we had both been to 52N 0W and also 37N 122W, small planet indeed.

I have done all of the land based points in England and the invitation to help Joseph bag a water based one couldn't be turned down.

Only problem was, we would need a boat and I live about 140 miles from the Confluence Point. I turned to the BBC, having worked with them before on the project. A call led to a call, to the Radio to a journalist and eventually to a boat owner who might be able to help us.

Arrangements were made and I picked Joseph up at 6.25am from his hotel in Canterbury. We headed to the car to head to Folkestone for our 8am meeting at the docks only to get a call putting it back to 11.25am.

I had come prepared to try and fit in a revisit to 51N 0W and wondered aloud if Jospeh was up for it? Silly question really!

We took the same approach as my last visit, the Bluebells weren't out yet but the last few Snowdrops were to be seen and a woodpecker was the only sound to break the silence of a lovely spring morning.

I took the locating shots North (Pic 1), East (Pic 2), South (Pic 3) and West (Pic 4) followed by a "transatlantic" shot of both of us (Pic 5). The GPS montage (Pic 6) again clearly shows that the Garmin can't decide whether it is in the East or West.

I wanted to take in a quick visit to the Bluebell Railway as I like to see old engineering up close. You can freely wander into the engine shed, where this 90 ton loco can be seen (Pic 7). The railway was opening for the public to ride the trains the day after (Easter Friday) and the crew had this nice engine in steam (Pic 8).

Job done and off to 51N 1E

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#1: North
#2: East
#3: South
#4: West
#5: Transatlantic greetings
#6: GPS Montage
#7: Real engineering
#8: Steamed up
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