25-Sep-2005 -- I started this confluence visit as a bike trip at 6:15 a.m. in my home in London-Hammersmith. This Sunday morning the roads were not busy and cycling was pleasant. While the beeline distance was 77 km, it took me 102 km by road. I passed through Weybridge, Woking, Aldershot, Farnham and Petersfield.
When I had approached the confluence point to just 1 km near the village Langrish I suddenly got very hungry (I hadn’t eaten since I left home). Just in that moment there were Blackberry hedges next to the road and I filled my stomach with these sweet fruits until I had totally blue fingers.
The confluence point was easy to find. It is located directly in the village Ramsdean on a cattle farm. After I got permission to access the private land, I just had to walk 50 m on a track until I could ‘zero’ the coordinates. The point is located directly at the corner of an empty stable. The cows were grazing in the meadow nearby.
Since I didn’t look in the documentation from previous visits, I didn’t read the discouragement advice. Since the public road is only 50m from the CP, it actually would not have been necessary to enter the farm for a complete visit!
The way back I took small country roads. This was much longer and more exhausting but therefore more pleasant. Exhausted and very hungry but satisfied I reached my home at 6:50 pm with 217 km on my odometer.
CP visit details:
Time at the CP: 11:50 a.m.
Duration: 12.5 h (until I was back home)
Distance of bike parking: 50m
GPS height: 124m
Description: The point is located on a cattle farm in the village Ramsdean. The area around is hilly (mountains are called South Downs) with farm and forest lands.
Given Name: The Blackberry Confluence
Coordinator's Note: Please note that as previously stated, this is a working farm and further visits are discouraged. As is noted you can "complete" this CP by staying on the road.