SP9905 : Bottom of White Hill Looking North-East

near to Whelpley Hill, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Bottom of White Hill Looking North-East
Bottom of White Hill Looking North-East
Looking N.E. towards "The Larches". After sustained rain a stream sometimes appears here flowing N.E. towards Bottom Farm where it joins a more established (but very seasonally variable) stream.
Streams are a bit of a rarity around here as the chalky soil usually absorbs rain like a sponge.
[Edit June 2010] [Tom Presland added] "The stream is known as the 'Bourne Gutter'. According to local legend it only flows in times of national strife. It last flowed in 1992 during the first Gulf War having not flowed since 1945."
[Rob Farrow added] I have seen this stream flowing much more recently than 1992. It tracks through countryside past Bottom Farm and Vale Farm and appears most years after heavy rain in the autumn - it can be clearly seen from the "new" A41 dual carriageway when travelling westwards - perhaps it was warning of the looming financial crisis at the end of the first decade of the 2000s !
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Friday, 10 February, 2006   (more nearby)
Friday, 10 February, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 990 054 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.3144N 0:34.0595W
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