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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)
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Antipode: 56°S 176°E

Accuracy: 1 m (3 ft)
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#2: North #3: East #4: South #5: West #6: Proof #7: Things change... #8: ...disrepair #9: Residents #10: Death

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#1: The spot

(visited by Gordon Spence)

19-Apr-2010 -- Spring 2010 Holiday

Visit 4 of 5

Continued from 55N-02W.

This morning we took Oscar (the dog) to the beach for some exercise for all of us. We had a nice time walking along the shore while Oscar had a great time chasing the gulls, playing Frisbee and paddling in the surf.

At home we often walk down by the lakes and he will paddle in for a drink. What he didn't know of course is that sea water is salty and doesn't taste very nice...

We got back to the cottage at about 3pm, so while Lynn had some down time I headed off to this point. Oscar had to stay behind as from previous experience I expected the field to be full of livestock (a correct assumption).

It's only 22 miles in a straight line, but nearly an hour's drive from the cottage before I turn off into Banton and continue on for High Banton to park up and walk in. I often get asked "why do you go back? You've seen it so what's the point". You say "things change", well they're right. Compare two years ago, with now. Taken from the same spot.

Boots on, jacket on, Sat-Nav in pocket and off down the track. I've been here three times before (2002, 2008 & 2009) so I know exactly where to go. As you reach the gate and the stile, you can see that it is now in urgent need of repair. It was fine eight years ago.

So I simply open the gate and walk through. The field as expected does have livestock in it, plenty of sheep and lambs. Not all of which are still standing on four legs though. Life is tough round here, but death is even tougher.

On up to the point, take the required photo's. Very quickly get a WAAS lock and straight away accuracy is reported as being just 8 feet. Into averaging mode and 15 minutes later we are down to less than 4 feet.

Having enjoyed the view and the tranquillity, it's time to pack up, head back to the cottage and enjoy an ice cold beer.

Continued at 54N-01W.


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#1: The spot
#2: North
#3: East
#4: South
#5: West
#6: Proof
#7: Things change...
#8: ...disrepair
#9: Residents
#10: Death
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