31-Dec-2000 -- I had been planning to do 53N0W for almost six months
but had never quite got round to it. Looking at the map the surrounding
area looked very flat and un-photogenic. Nevertheless I had promised
myself that this confluence would be done by the end of the year. So on
the 31st Dec we, (Jonathan, Josh and I) set off, under leadened skies
promising more snow, for Lincolnshire.
It was 65 miles from home to the site. The journey was uneventful.
On the way we passed the unique eight sail windmill at Heckington (see photo). .
The confluence is in the ‘Fens’ a low-lying farming area covering many hundreds
of square miles in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The farmland
is criss-crossed by drainage channels. A public footpath follows the course
of one of these to within 30 yards of the confluence.
My new GPS (e-trex) guided us to the site efficiently enough. Out of the car
for a 300yd trudge across a frozen ploughed field before arriving bang on.
We find all the zeros and take the enclosed photographs.
The photographic potential and challenge of the terrain is once again
limited, yet we make the best of what can see and hurry back to the car
as it's bitterly cold outside.
We check that we’ve got what we want on the camera LCD display
and are soon on our way back home.