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United Kingdom : England

2.3 km (1.4 miles) N of Blakeney Point (Cape), Norfolk, England, UK
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 53°S 179°W

Accuracy: 2.6 km (1.6 mi)
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#2: GPS receiver at the location of the first photo #3: South from the sea's edge (the view from the top of the bar would have been prettier!) #4: West along the sand bar #5: East along the sand bar #6: Some more successful visitors

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  53°N 1°E (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: It's out there !

(visited by Adrian Godwin)

24-Jul-2003 -- The confluence point is some distance from real land, but there is a large area of sand bars and marshes (maintained by the National Trust as a wildlife reserve) that extends rather closer. At very low tide it may even be possible to walk to the point, but you'd better be a strong swimmer - people are often drowned here by the fast-rising tide.

This visit was intended to be carried out as part of a walk organised by a rambling club (the Ivel Valley Walkers). The walk included a boat trip to visit a seal colony at the edge of the sand bar and I hoped that the route would take us close to the confluence point.

Unfortunately, it didn't : the seal colony was close to the mouth of the estuary and we had no need to go on the open sea (given the size of the boat, this was probably a good thing!)

Our nearest approach was therefore a little later on, when we walked down the sand bar and crossed the 1 degree E line : at this point, we were still 1.4 mi south of the confluence point.

It's an utterly beautiful area, with good walking and unspoilt wildlife. I thoroughly recommend a visit. There are several harbours with small boats, and it may be possible to arrange a longer trip than I managed.


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#1: It's out there !
#2: GPS receiver at the location of the first photo
#3: South from the sea's edge (the view from the top of the bar would have been prettier!)
#4: West along the sand bar
#5: East along the sand bar
#6: Some more successful visitors
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the water, 2.3 km from a spit of land connected to England.