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This graticule covers the part of the United Kingdom (UK) from 52° to 53° latitude, and from 0° to 1° longitude. It contains the city of Cambridge, and several smaller towns including King's Lynn, Wisbech, Thetford, Ely, Newmarket and Haverhill.

Until Sheffield overtook it in 2011, Cambridge was the UK's most active graticule. Although most of the early activity was based around the city, we are now fortunate enough to have active geohashers to the north and east as well, and new hashers and meetups in any part of the graticule are most definitely welcome. Meetups are always good!


[edit] Future plans

Nothing is currently planned for today or tomorrow, but if you're thinking about planning an expedition, please do edit this page. People actively watch it and you may well get some interest.

[edit] The area

The Cambridge graticule covers not only the county of Cambridgeshire, but also parts of Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. Most of it is land, but the Norfolk coastline falls just inside its northern edge, and, further west, it includes The Wash in Lincolnshire. Much of the terrain is quite flat, with some hillier land in the south, and much of it is farmland.

Due to the symmetry of coordinates about the prime meridian, the neighbouring Northampton graticule, to the west, will never provide a closer hashpoint than our own graticule, no matter how close to the border you are. However, if the day's coordinates fall close to the meridian, then the hashpoints in the two graticules will be quite close together, offering a good opportunity for a Double geohash.

As most of the graticule is very flat countryside, and Cambridge itself is arguably the "cycling capital of England", this graticule offers excellent opportunities for bicycle geohashing.

[edit] Mailing list?

If there's sufficient (i.e., any) interest in having a mailing list for visitors to Cambridge geohashes to coordinate expeditions, we could set one up. Register your interest on the dicussion page! Tongs (talk) 07:20, 26 November 2014 (EST)

[edit] Expeditions

See also: Category:Meetup in 52 0.

Cambridge has enjoyed several spikes of activity over the last few years, and was the UK's most geohashed graticule until Sheffield took over the record in 2011. Cambridge, Sheffield and Norwich are now vying for the title -- watch this space!

Here's what's happened recently.

[edit] 2015

[edit] 2014

[edit] 2013

  • 29 July 2013 (Mon): The hashpoint was on a river bank in Wicken Fen, near Cambridge. Benjw took the opportunity to explore some local cycle trails during the afternoon.
  • 12 March 2013 (Tue): Benjw arrived in yet another muddy field near Ely, which looked strangely familiar from September's expeditions.

[edit] 2008-2012

Eighty one expeditions took place between 2008 and 2012. These are detailed on the archive pages for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The highest number of expeditions in a calendar year was the 27 expeditions during 2010. In September 2012 this graticule was the most active in the UK with 11 expeditions, one was a retro, and all were successful.

[edit] Local Geohashers

See also: Category:Geohashers in 52,0.

The following are known to be currently active:

  • Benjw is in central Cambridge. He hashes by bicycle and car, albeit sporadically, but checks the wiki frequently and is always keen for meetups.
  • MagicIan is in the Norwich graticule.
  • PaintedJaguar is in Cambridge.
  • Sourcerer is also in the Norwich graticule.
  • Transhumanist is in the Northampton graticule, but still considers himself a Cambridge resident and is working on improved means of transport.
  • The Tongs are in Cambridge and have only just started geohashing.

Other hashers have previously been active in this graticule; they are listed on the 2008 archive page.