If you trace the Prime Meridian from the North Pole, heading South, the first landfall you will make is on the East Coast of England. Here, a 306-mile (493-kilometer) footpath is marked off following the Meridian line as closely as possible. Dubbed the Greenwich Meridian Trail, the long-distance walk follows the invisible geographic marker from the English Channel in Sussex northward to the east Yorkshire coast at Sand le Mere, and Patrington.
From the South it comes up through the outskirts of Boston, and up through the Lincolnshire Wolds. Then on to Cleethorpes, and after that, with the Humber Estuary in the way, to Spurn Point, and Patrington – ending at Sand Le Mere.
Sadly the marker for the end of the walk at Sand Le Mere, has been washed into the sea following the coastal erosion, and although it survived the initial fall, it has now vanished from the beach. Hence my first blog post showed the 0 marker on the main road. Sadly, I suppose the route is getting slightly shorter, year on year, following the problems on the Yorkshire coast.
Another boring fact is that Louth is the largest Town north of London that the Meridian actually passes through properly. There are some that have the line just outside the town perimeters, like Holbeach and Boston.
Once the line goes into East Yorkshire it quickly leaves the County (like many other things) just near Holderness, and from there it is entirely over water all the way to the Pole.
And for those who like facts and figures, it only passes through 8 countries en route.
They are, in order North to South, England, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso and Ghana – so maybe I’ll visit all of them…
Anyway….. to conclude this post, here’s the Meridian in Cleethorpes, where my journey really starts… I’ll revisit on a less wet day with a few better images.