the Degree Confluence Project

United Kingdom : England

near Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
Approx. altitude: 229 m (751 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 52°S 177°E

Accuracy: 7 m (22 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: Panorama South #3: Panorama North #4: GPS Reading #5: The Confluence Hunter #6: Michaelchurch #7: Highland Road in Wales (5km from the CP) #8: View to the West #9: View to the East

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#1: The Confluence from 50 m South

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

04-Jun-2006 -- This visit was done by riding a bicycle from my home in London. On the previous day, a Friday evening, I noticed that there will be good weather at the weekend and so I spontaneously decided to go. I started at 4:20 a.m. from a beeline distance of exactly 200 km in London-Hammersmith. In the afternoon I reached the town Stroud (65 km beeline distance), where I visited my old cycling buddy Mark. His wife Scarlet cooked a great meal for us and Mark showed me around the area. On a top of a hill we could get views to the confluence area, even though the confluence was still 40 miles away.

The next day – a Sunday – I headed off while everyone was still sleeping. I enjoyed the traffic-free roads and passed through Newent and Ross-on-Wye. Following small county roads I reached Pontrilas and finally the small village Michaelchurch Escley.

At a remaining distance of 350 m I parked the bicycle and followed a public footpath sign. Interestingly, there was not much of a footpath but an open meadow. I located the confluence 7 m north of a single oak tree on a huge grass-field (with an accuracy of 7 m). That's quite a coincidence in consideration that there is not any other feature around the single tree.

I also paid the St. Michael's Church a visit, which is just 250 m east of the confluence. On my way back, I made a little deviation to see the town Hay-on-Wye in Wales. From there I rode the extremely steep Gospel Pass. Around that pass, the highlands have a unique landscape with short grass. It's extremely beautiful (and just 5 km beeline from the CP). Unfortunately, I wasn't the only one to visit the valley on that sunny Sunday afternoon – touristy traffic made travelling on the single lane road quite dangerous.

After having cycled 354 km I took a train from Newport back to London. I didn't have much joy from the train ride: I slept the entire trip and woke up when the train had already reached London Paddington.

CP visit details:

  • Time at the CP: Exactly midday
  • Driving time to get to the CP: 1.5 days
  • Driving distance: 262 km from home
  • Distance of bike parking: 350 m
  • Distance to houses: 200 m
  • Topography: one a slope, hilly, some large mountains in the area
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 1.38 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 7 m
  • GPS height: 224 m
  • Vegetation: grass, one oak tree.
  • Weather: sunny, 20° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In western England near the Welsh border, at a peaceful meadow just up the hill of the small village Michaelchurch.
  • Given Name: The Single Oak Confluence

 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 50 m South
#2: Panorama South
#3: Panorama North
#4: GPS Reading
#5: The Confluence Hunter
#6: Michaelchurch
#7: Highland Road in Wales (5km from the CP)
#8: View to the West
#9: View to the East
ALL: All pictures on one page