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United Kingdom : Scotland

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

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View North #3: View South #4: View East #5: View West #6: GPS registration #7: A badger's home #8: Four dead sheep

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#1: Confluence point

(visited by John Dag Hutchison)

22-May-2008 -- From our Google maps photo we saw that the cp was only a few hundred meters from High Banton. The Tomtom car navigator brought us easily to a point which the navigator said was the "centre", the village had only a handful of houses. We asked a woman tending her garden if we could enter the cp area, and she told us that there was a bull there. She would not go there herself.

We entered a gate and walked along a tractor track which split into two. We took the branch in the direction of the cp and was met by a strong, nauseating smell of rotting bodies which turned out to come from four dead sheep dumped in a hole. The area around proved to be a dumping ground for rubbish of all kinds. The track ended there and the way forward was through dense forest and scrub. (That was where the wife turned back to the car.)

Fifty meters through this thicket a gully opened up. A small stream ran ten meters below. The decent was steep and covered with thorny bushes. The ascent the same. On the other side of the gully, behind some more trees was a barbed wire fence and a field with grazing sheep, but no bull in view.

Just a few meters from the confluence point a lonely tree in field had fallen over.

As on many other occasions the easiest way would have been to take the other option at the point where the tractor road split. That was what I discovered walking back to the car.

The weather was beautiful and sunny, but the nauseating smell of the rotting sheep lingered in my nose for the rest of the day....


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#1: Confluence point
#2: View North
#3: View South
#4: View East
#5: View West
#6: GPS registration
#7: A badger's home
#8: Four dead sheep
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