2009-03-11 52 0

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Wed 11 Mar 2009 in Cambridge:
52.0756037, 0.1407393

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In a field in Duxford, just south of Cambridge.

This expedition was part of a multihash by Benjw. For the other parts, see:  
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This is becoming relatively common -- a geohash in a field, close enough to the prime meridian to allow me to visit another one (also in a field) quite close by. Today's Cambridge graticule geohash was just outside Duxford village, south of Cambridge.

Duxford has a few claims to fame. It has an Imperial War Museum, and an airfield. It even has a Concorde -- which will never take off again now it's there, because they chopped a bit off the runway to build the M11 motorway, and now it's too short for Concorde to take off again. It's also the home of John Rutter, the composer. And it's got the headquarters of Volvo.

It also has a hashpoint, and it was only two villages away from where I had to be all morning. So I went. It would have been appropriate to have played some of John Rutter's music in the car, but I didn't have any CDs with me. I parked in a lay-by on Grange Road, outside a house I've been to before, for work. Looking at the map, this was about 800m from the hashpoint, as the GPS flies, so it would have been good for a cubicle hash honorary mention had I been there that day.

I enjoyed a nice stroll in the sunshine up a track between a field and a narrow strip of woodland. I seemed to be going up a hill -- a rarity in this area. When I crested the top of the rise, I found a large pond, complete with ducks. It must be man-made as you wouldn't expect to find a pond at the top of a hill, but how long it's been there, I don't know. I sat for a while and enjoyed the splendid views over the museum/airfield, Thriplow village, and over the fields I could even see as far as the cement works at Barrington, about 10km away.

I then realised that I'd gone too far up the hill, in my eagerness to see what was at the top. I went back down, and through the trees to the field on the other side. There were large tractor ruts in the field, which I walked in until I was about 5m from the hashpoint, and then I stepped between the plants for the last bit.

Just for a change, I then walked back along the other side of the trees.

Shiny ribbons earned[edit]

Benjw earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 0) geohash on 2009-03-11.
2009-03-11 52 0 view.jpg

Photographic documentation[edit]