The Confluence web site does have a certain appeal to it. Immediately I thought of "square bashing", a pastime that radio amateurs get up to whilst their tomato plants mature. They work a station at an arbitrary location, talk about their tomatoes, and fill in a square on a map. This is a very sad pastime and is to be despised!
However, people that go visiting confluences are not like this at all! I had to join in!
Alarmed that my nearest confluence, 52°N 1°W, in Buckingham had been recently taken, I looked eastward. 52°N 0°E is 17 miles south of Cambridge, where Jenny and Bernie live.
|10:00 am on Sunday 21st January finds us heading towards Barkway, a very pleasant flint walled village in Hertfordshire. UpMyStreet.com classify the place as a very affluent commuter village. It looks it too. (We decided we weren't charging enough contracting and our rates would have to go up this year!) We take a lane by the church that turns into a track, and after a mile finally runs out.|
|We start walking. There's a quarter of a mile to the confluence. It's in the middle of a large muddy field sown with winter wheat. A strong wind, and driving sleet add to the fun. The field is regularly rutted with tractor tyre marks - these form "safe" paths to get access to the middle: we don't really want to trample the farmer's crops. We get within 30 ft of the confluence - that's near enough! The Etrex GPS boasted 22ft accuracy, so we're well within the 100 metre limit.|
Our photos, like so many on
web site, show yet
We congratulate each other. We should do this more often. The warmth of the van beckons, and we return. Walking into the bitter easterly wind is COLD!
We see a fox. We wonder what the locals think to fox hunting.
Back in the van we give a call out on the Worked All Britain frequency - to see if we can give anyone a new square. (What a giveaway!)
We collect Jenny's family and celebrate with a traditional Sunday Roast Dinner in a Cambridge pub. We tell them of the morning's excitement, but they didn't really understand.
Boys with toys
Here's the trail from the GPS. X marks the confluence at OSGB grid ref 537000, 235000.
The 1 km square shows our track around the field, an abortive rut, and our destination 12 metres short of the confluence.
And here's a map from MapPoint 2002:
Import the trail into MapPoint.
Nick has some comments on MapPoint here...