18-Feb-2001 -- At last a UK confluence with a touch of adventure. 53N4W is in the Snowdonia
National Park in North Wales. The family and I took a couple of days holiday in Betws-y-Coed
during the February half term. The location was chosen because of its proximity to 53N4W.
We drove 120 miles uneventful miles to park the car at Tanygrisiau which is half a mile southwest
of the town of Bleanau Festiniog. The village itself has a station on the famous BF Steam
The weather the week before had been superb, we had been under the influence of a
persistent area of high pressure that the weather forecasters said would start to move away during
the following day. Not wanting to risk missing the opportunity while the weather was so good we
set off as soon as we could. The confluence is about two miles from the road. The Ordanance
Survey maps indicate a good set of paths leading to within 200 feet of the target. Points of
interest along the way include several ruins notably from the old abandoned slate mining
quarrys and a derelict Chapel, presumably for the spiritual well being of the miners on their way
home from work. After an hour and half we strike off from the path and the GPS leads us to the
exact point. Interestingly the OS map puts it on the other side of Lynnau Diffwys (a small lake)
perhaps a 150 feet away but I'm not arguing with the instrument as we re-check the location
and take it as correct.
I bag several photographs and we head back to the car. The completion of this confluence
means that we now have a coast to coast conection in the UK as well as the US!
(53N 0E through to 53N4W), progress indeed.