30-Dec-2000 -- I had been introduced to www.conflunce.org by a
co-worker of mine Henry Schmitt. As all of the confluences close to
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania had already been visited I decided that I
would try to visit one in England while visiting my parents for Christmas.
This worked out very well as it gave my father an excuse to buy a few
more Ordinance Survey maps!
So a couple of days after Christmas day I went to the sales and
bought a Magellan 310 handheld GPS and of course my father bought
three maps. After looking at the Ordinance survey maps we found that
the confluence was located just off the A3 near a small village called
East Meon. So, on The 30th of December 2000 my parents and I
decided to track down the confluence at 51degrees North and 1
It was a bright and crisp winter day, with about one inch of snow.
So all of the main roads were safe to travel on, but we were a bit worried
about the small country lanes that we might encounter. We traveled
about 30 minutes south down the A3 and took the exit to East Meon.
Immediately we were stuck behind a farmer hauling hay bales. After
about four miles he was able to pull over and let us by. The lane we
were on was covered in snow and was lined with banks and tall hedges
on either side. (See picture #2). We soon passed through the small
village of East Meon which was a total of about 10 houses and found
ourselves on another very icy snow covered lane, just the same as the
first one pictured. About five minutes outside of East Meon I yelled stop
we are here! So making a mental note of what the area looked like as
we slid right by in an attempt to stop. We decided it would be safer to
continue down the lane to find a good place to park. We were still able
to see the site from the end of the lane where we parked as shown in
So, Father managing the camera, we all walked back to the spot where
we passed the confluence. The spot was not far from where we had
parked so we were back there in a matter of minutes. We found that
the spot was about 50 meters away from the road in a farmer's field on the
other side of the tree that we photographed (#1). We felt due
to the height of the embankment and the hedges that we would not try to
stand on the exact spot. So my father photographed my mother and I at
the tree, and also the GPS and map (#4 and #5).
This done we headed back to the car (#6) we decided to head
into West Meon to find a pub for a good warm pub lunch!
21-Feb-2004 -- Coordinator's Note: This is a commercial working farm, and has been well-documented. Since our visits interfere with operations, further visits are discouraged.