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    With some help from Andy Fletcher on the main forum, I have been able to locate a website that gives distances between coordinates in miles, nautical miles and kilometres, and have now happened across a second that gives the coordinates for United Kingdom locations, based on a typed-in location name.

    I've found this very useful, as I've often found myself wondering what the distances are between various locations, and thought others might find it of help as well. e.g. finding the distance from Catterick to Hornchurch.

    Go to: http://geodaisy.com/ and type in the place name 'Catterick'. This gives the result N54:22:37 W01:37:44.

    Then type in 'Hornchurch' and you get the result: N51:33:43 E00:13:04

    Go to http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/extras/index.html and click on the link 'Distance'. In the respective boxes, type in...

    54.27 N and 01.37 W for Catterick, and
    51.33 N and 00.13 E for Hornchurch.

    The result is given as:

    From: 54 27'N , 1 37' W
    To: 51 33'N , 00 13'W
    209 Miles
    181 Nautical Miles
    336 Kilometers

    Hope other forumites find this of use, too.

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    Many thanks Steve. Already bookmarked.
    Stewart

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    Thanks Steve,

    It is well worthwhile - trying to make me homesick eh!
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    Another good one here:

    http://www.uk.map24.com/

    Type in the two place names, then click the "Route" button.

    At the top of the map which results, click on the measuring-tape icon (fourth from the right). A piece of software loads. Click on the first place, drag the little target button to the secon place. A circle appears, with a distance (in km) from the centre point to the edge of the circle.

    "Good enough for government work," as some of my more unkind colleagues used to say.

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    Dear Each/All,
    I find that the "Ruler" facility on Google Earth gives me what I want, in terms of distances. 3 'clicks' and you've got the distance in a selection (statute miles, nautical miles, kilometers, yards, metres, etc, etc) of units. No long-winded entries of place names or lat/lon. Moreover, you can put the second 'click' precisely over the First Location (the geographical village of Lower Slopton-in-the Marsh is not going to be the same location as RAF Slopton-in-the Marsh!!), and the third 'click' over the Second Location - answer comes up in whatever Units you want. Couldn't be easier.
    I would take a minor issue with Mark. The phrase we used to use was "Close enough for Govt work"!!!!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies

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    Does anyone have a similar "fill in the boxes" site for converting CassiniGR to NGR? Pete

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    Hi Pete:

    Best site for Cassini site stuff is here:

    http://www.echodelta.net/mbs/eng-grids.php

    There's an explanation of protocols here:

    http://www.echodelta.net/mbs/eng-overview.php

    and the wonderful "coordinates translator" here:

    http://www.echodelta.net/mbs/eng-translator.php


    Bear in mind that to get the translator to work, you need to select the correct grid from the drop-down menu, then enter the Cassini coordinates, including both letters. The maps themselves will give you clues re: which letters to use if you don't already know.

    One of the best sites out there, IMHO.

    PS - I stand humbly corrected on the Government Work stuff, though it's been years since I did any! (grins)

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    Many thanks. P

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    No worries Pete.

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    Hi Steve,

    Check out this site:

    http://www.ferris.edu/FACULTY/burtchr/geodesy/datums.html

    Go to DTCC4.1.2, register & download. That gives you a free coordinates translator, that offers a choice of input & output systems. Registration does not lead to unsollicited emails or anything of that kind.

    Rob

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