A Conversation for Compass Points of Britain
SMURF Started conversation Aug 25, 1999
The lowest point in Britain. I'm sure this would be somewhere in the fens but where exactly I do not know.
Jan^ Posted Aug 25, 1999
it may not be lowest geographically, but it is the pits, I vote for Stevenage, Herts. I spent 16 months there, seemed like 16 years.
Deek Posted Aug 26, 1999
Good Question Smurf ! My Boys Own Book of the Lowest Points in G.B. tells me you are about right. It's 2.7 Mtrs (9 ft. in English money) below sea level in the Holme Fen near Ely, Cambridgeshire. If you count places you can't walk on without a diving suit in England it would be the bed of Lake Windermere, Cumbria at -27 Mtrs, and Scotland takes the lowest place with the bed of Loch Morar, Highlands at 301Mtrs below sea level. If you count caves G.B.s deepest is Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 308 Mtrs Deep in Powys Wales. Englands deepest cave is Giants Hole Oxlow Caverns Derbyshire at 214 Mtrs. Not a lot of people know that.The highest point BTW, although I'm sure you already know, is Scotlands Ben Nevis. (Just thought I'd chuck that in for the sake of completeness) Best Wishes, A.M.
SMURF Posted Aug 27, 1999
I wouldn't go walking in the fens without a diving suit. Very marshy place. Ely Cathedral is quite impressive because it sticks out so much with all that flat land about. And of course Ely itself used to be an island. And I believe there was once a beach at Wisbeach.
Now what about the longest river? (it was along time ago that I did geography)
Deek Posted Aug 27, 1999
Er...yes, in the UK it's the Severn. 220 miles from the source at a lake at the east side of Plinlimmon, Powys in Wales to the Bristol Channel .
Can't say I've been to Ely, It sounds nice, Must pay it a visit and perhaps a walk around the fens.I've been to Peterborough though, I seem to remember it was quite flat.
Jan^ Posted Aug 28, 1999
To quote Noel Coward - "Very flat, Norfolk", (Private Lives)
The highest point in the UK from Siberia is the University Library tower in Cambridge. I lived behind it and it was COOOOOOOLD! The winds you know....
SMURF Posted Sep 1, 1999
The fens are very famous for being flat, wet and very cold. I grew up in King's Lynn (I'm sure I've already said that) and I'm convinced there is nothing quite like the wind in the fens. A lovely place for a summer holiday (so I've been told).
Fred Posted Oct 30, 1999
Do YOU have a strange attraction to traffic lights??
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