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heatherganderton
777093.  Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:28 pm Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm sure I saw on an episode of QI that the furthest you could possibly be from the sea (in the UK) was only about 71miles. I've been having an argument with my friend about it but can't seem to find much evidence to support myself short of getting out the old map. Does anyone have anything concrete I can use. She's disputing the meridian point in the UK (i don't know why).

Help!

 
suze
777098.  Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:45 pm Reply with quote

Hi Heather. You'll be pleased to learn that you are correct.

The furthest point from the sea in the United Kingdom is in Derbyshire, and the nearest sea to it is The Wash 70 miles away.

Two reasonably reputable sources: 1, 2.

 
heatherganderton
777462.  Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:03 am Reply with quote

Excellent!

thank you for that!

 
sjb
777471.  Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:16 am Reply with quote

Coventry is apparently farther from the coast than any other city. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coventry ( 2)

 
Celebaelin
777483.  Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:51 am Reply with quote

And Meriden, not far away from Coventry, is the 'centre of balance' of mainland Britain (assuming equal rock depth and density for the area described by the coastline), er, roughly.

 
sjb
777492.  Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:06 am Reply with quote

This made me giggle (from Meriden link):

Trivia
Meriden is also known as a birthplace of Napalm Death, an English extreme metal/grindcore band.

 
djgordy
777764.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:37 am Reply with quote

I always thought they were a bit middle of the road; I didn't realise they were middle of the country too!

 
Posital
777903.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:58 am Reply with quote

Depends how high you are - if you're 10 miles above Coventry - then it's a bit further...

 
Moosh
777923.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:47 am Reply with quote

Hmm, all this stuff about distance from the sea does seem to assume Britain is completely flat. Taking altitude into account, is there anywhere further from the sea than the answers given above?

I'm not sure where you'd get the data to work this out, anyone got a list of altitudes and positions in the UK and another list of positions on the coast?

 
djgordy
777957.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:39 am Reply with quote

The highest point in Britain is Ben Nevis which is 4409 ft, but since that is only 0.83 miles I doubt that it is going to make much of a difference.

 
Ainee
777963.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:46 am Reply with quote

heatherganderton wrote:
Hello,

I'm sure I saw on an episode of QI that the furthest you could possibly be from the sea (in the UK) was only about 71miles. I've been having an argument with my friend about it but can't seem to find much evidence to support myself short of getting out the old map. Does anyone have anything concrete I can use. She's disputing the meridian point in the UK (i don't know why).

Help!


Well, the QI Elves may have been wrong about that.

Borth from Bromyard is 84.5 miles. Aberystwyth is 81.6 miles. Those are the nearest seasides for us Bromyardians. I don't count the Bristol Channel as seaside.

Ainee

 
djgordy
777969.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:00 am Reply with quote

Ah, but are those road miles or as the crow flies?

Also, the Bristol Channel clearly is the sea side. The mouth of the river Severn is at Brean Down so anywhere upstream of that is river, anywhere downstream is sea. That is why Burnham on Sea isn't called Burnham on Severn.

 
Ainee
778070.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:15 pm Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
Ah, but are those road miles or as the crow flies?


Dunno, my longest tape measure is only 60 metres.

Oh, and Bromyard to Burnham on Sea is 99.4 miles. Yes, this is by road but almost directly straight , as routes go. Must run along Leylines.

Ainee

 
suze
778077.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:29 pm Reply with quote

Current thinking seems to be regard the Second Severn Crossing as the point at which the River Severn becomes "sea". In a straight line, that is 44 miles from Bromyard.

 
Ainee
778123.  Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:20 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Current thinking seems to be regard the Second Severn Crossing as the point at which the River Severn becomes "sea". In a straight line, that is 44 miles from Bromyard.


Hmmmm. Having been there, I think Borth and Abergavenny are worth the extra mileage for a trip to the seaside.

Ainee

 

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