13-Mar-2007 -- So, I find myself back at the spot that found me completing all of the England land based points some 3 1/2 years ago, but why am I back at this particular point?
It all goes back to about a month before Christmas when the BBC called to ask if I would have any objection to them passing my phone number to a journalist from The Independent in Cairo who wanted to talk to me...
This resulted in my visit to 52N 00 on 21st Jan this year and subsequent feature in the Sunday supplement of 4th February.
This was seen in a few places and I was contacted by a tea time chat show with a view to going on, I couldn't do it as I was in Vancouver at the time.
Subsequently I was contacted by Hannah who as an MA student was doing a project on the area and did I know any active members in that part of the country?
As it happens there aren't any and so I offered my services. We arranged to meet up in the local village of Ebbesbourne Wake at 10am.
Well the best laid plans etc. There was an overturned lorry on the M1 near Northampton leading to gridlock and an accident on the A34 near Oxford. I was 25 minutes late. Not bad for a 152 mile drive in the rush hour.
It is a glorious early spring morning, bright sunshine, clear blue sky and warm as well. To top that off I found Hannah to be fun, curious and keen to get a successful visit under her belt.
We parked at the local village hall and set off in Hannah's car for the point. The idea being that I knew where I was going and to give Hannah an idea of what it is like to have to try and find where you need to go.
It was less than a couple of miles to the turn off to the CP but it was down a deeply rutted bridleway and the exhaust scraped a couple of times. Hope your car's ok Hannah!
Parking at the bottom of the hill I gave the sat-nav to Hannah and we set off. At this time of the year the crops were barely an inch high and we followed the tractor path in. Luckily this was on exactly 51N.
As we wandered along chatting about the project Hannah suddenly noticed that we had gone past 2w by 0.1S. Hmmmm...back track and we hit 188.8.131.52.
The ritual "Confluence Dance" was then performed as Hannah wanted to be exactly on the spot. Five minutes later and we had achieved our object.
This is a beautiful part of Southern England as can be seen both by the usual cardinal photo's and also the panorama taken about 3 miles from the CP.
On the way home I stopped at Stonehenge, I wonder if this was the Confluence point of it's day?