the Degree Confluence Project

United Kingdom : England

2.9 km (1.8 miles) SE of Frith Bank, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Approx. altitude: 2 m (6 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 53°S 180°

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: East #3: North West West #4: North North West #5: GPS #6: The Drain #7: Farmer's Truck #8: Urban decay

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#1: North East

(visited by Gordon Spence)

28-Jun-2007 -- I have to drive out to Lincolnshire to go and see a client - in the small village of Pinchbeck which seems to have had it's first mention in the registers in around 1560. This CP is only about 25 minutes further on so it seemed obvious, leave home a bit earlier and make a repeat visit.

After a pleasant 90 minute evening drive through some lovely scenery I arrive at Boston and decide to approach the point from the East this time. So right at the roundabout and then first left. As you go along this road you see evidence of how people are no longer working the soil.

Approach the drain and park on the left by the public footpath. Cross over the bridge and turn left. From her it is about 600 yards to the CP. You have a choice, you can drop down to the path running along the drain, which looked rather wet and was overgrown. Or you can walk along the edge of the field. No contest really.

In the last few days England has seen some of the worst floods in recent living memory (as close to hear as about 150 miles) so I was extremely surprised to see that the field has recently (few days by the look of it) been planted and the soil is dry and firm. Contrast this with the conditions at my first visit here.

As you walk along the edge of the field you soon arrive at the prime meridian but you are still about 40 yards south of the 53N line. I took all of the usual pictures then decided that as it was firm underneath and I could walk on the tractor tracks between the new crops to nip out to the actual spot.

This is my second visit gere with a WAAS enabled GPS and neither time have I been able to get a 3D lock on. Don't know why, I can get one in my back garden (down to 6 feet) out in the Fens it's absolutely flat for miles. Indeed the altitude was shown as only 12 feet (about 2 miles from the coast). Best I could manage was 13 feet accuracy.

95 visits in the book so 100 will be achieved this year and it's taken 6 years.

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#1: North East
#2: East
#3: North West West
#4: North North West
#5: GPS
#6: The Drain
#7: Farmer's Truck
#8: Urban decay
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