the Degree Confluence Project

United Kingdom : England

1.1 km (0.7 miles) W of Barkway, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Approx. altitude: 142 m (465 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 52°S 180°

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: East #3: South #4: West #5: GPS Montage #6: Terje - spot on #7: Walking back to the car #8: Panorama

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  52°N 0° (visit #9)  

#1: North

(visited by Gordon Spence)

01-Aug-2004 -- I was last at this point just 7 weeks ago with Captain Peter and Werner Furlan - so why do a repeat visit so soon??

I was contacted a week ago by Terje Mathisen, who is the project co-ordinator for the Scandinavian region. He was going to be in the UK for an International Scout gathering. Never being one to miss an opportunity I asked if he would like to visit a point or two while he was in the country.

The answer was yes and so we arranged that the best day would be today, as Terje would be able to get away for the day with his wife Tone Norløff. I gave Terje the grid co-ordinates for my house and he arrived just after lunch. We decided that only one point was going to be possible, and we had a choice!

The request was for the "most interesting", well then, let's see, 52N 01W is a flat field 500 yards from the road, the other candidate is in rolling countryside and is on the Prime Meridian - decision made! About an hour later and we pull up and park at the entrance to the Bridleway. It is a very hot day today - just nice for the 20 minute walk into the point.

As I was last here only very recently, the views are pretty much exactly the same as last time, but they won't be next week! More on this later....

After a very pleasant 1/2 mile walk we came to the field with the CP. Terje wasn't very keen on walking into the field because of the crops, but when I showed him that there was a tractor track aligned exactly with the Prime Meridian - we set off. Three minutes later and we are there.

I took the locating pictures - North (Pic 1), East (Pic 2), South (Pic 3) and West (pic 4), along with the GPS Montage (Pic 5) and the 240 degree panorama sweep (Pic 8).

Terje found that if he leaned over a little bit, his GPS unit showed that magical 0.0.0 (Pic 6), all that remained was to follow the bridleway back to the car (Pic 7).

Oh yes, so why will it look different next week? In the centre of the West picture if you zoom right in, you can just make out the combine harvester that was cutting the crop as we were taking the pictures....I feel a little trip coming on in the near future!

 All pictures
#1: North
#2: East
#3: South
#4: West
#5: GPS Montage
#6: Terje - spot on
#7: Walking back to the car
#8: Panorama
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