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Good condition 2019-07-10 19:30 - TP12997 (Long Sutton Church Spire)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

As I've recently moved to Long Sutton and can see the church spire from my kitchen window, it would be a bit churlish not to log it. Found the cut mark without too much trouble as well.

The cut mark and lead plug
The church spire behind the trees


Good condition 2015-04-05 14:01 - TP4552 (Louven Howe)

FB Number: S4392   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I came across the moor from where the A169 crosses the Eller Beck, via Louven Howe Aux 1 pillar a few yards away. This pillar is in good condition and has a full compliment of metalwork. The views are OK if you like open moor land. Took the somewhat less strenuous but equally muddy way back by following the track south and then west back to the A169.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The stone waypost south of the pillar ©Pharisee


Damaged 2015-04-05 13:47 - TP7930 (Louven Howe Aux 1)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Damaged   Score: 5/10

I pulled off of the A169 onto a gravel road just south of the bridge over the Eller Beck, walked down to the bridge and took the gravel road east(ish). I followed the Fylingdales boundary fence to a few yards past the waterfall then crossed the Eller Beck. I headed out straight across the moor… probably not the best decision I’ve ever made. It was tough going with heather, bogs and a lot of running water. It took me just over an hour to reach the pillar. The pillar has been badly damaged, probably by water ingress and subsequent frost. There is no flush bracket but the spider is still in place and has its plug. The way the top is breaking up, I suspect the spider will go missing in the not-too-distant future. The Louven Howe OS pillar is a few yards away.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2015-04-05 11:00 - TP5982 (Simon Howe)

FB Number: S4370   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I pulled off of the A169 onto a gravel road just south of the bridge over the Eller Beck. I parked and followed the gently rising track west to the pillar. A pleasant and undemanding walk of just over a mile and a half. The pillar is in generally good condition but the centre plug has been removed. There are three smallish (compared to some) standing stones nearby and a large cairn marks the crossing of two paths.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The standing stones ©Pharisee


Damaged 2015-04-05 09:57 - TP7931 (Louven Howe Aux 2)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Damaged   Score: 5/10

Easy parking on the hard standing just past the cattle grid then a short walk to the pillar. The section of concrete pipe that forms the outer layer of the pillar is cracked and broken but it’s still standing. No flush bracket but the spider is in place and retains its original plug. Views are ok if you like open moor land. Fylingdales is visible on the horizon.

The damaged pillar ©Pharisee
Fylingdales ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2014-10-30 13:12 - TP4515 (Lollover Hill)

FB Number: S5891   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I was staying in the nearby village of Butleigh for a week so I had to visit this pillar. I parked up the lane just outside the church and took the nearby very muddy footpath up the the pillar. Fantastic views over the Levels... or at least they would have been on a clear day. Today was overcast and very hazy. The pillar is in excellent condition with all it's metalwork intact. There is some soil erosion around the base of the pillar but it's in no danger of toppling. Definitely worth a visit.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2014-08-16 14:45 - TP2449 (Coton Park)

FB Number: S2263   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I was staying at the Moira Furnace Folk Festival with Christine for the weekend. While she was enjoying the singing, noise and general hub-bub, I needed a little solitude so I decided to walk up to this pillar. A fairly easy route west following the available footpaths to Overseal, then the footpath southwest to the top end of Gunby Lea. About 400 yards of country lane then the footpath northwest beside Grange Wood and Potter’s Wood to the pillar. I walked through acres of newly planted trees that will, in someone else’s lifetime be the new ‘National Forest’. Long may it survive! The pillar is overshadowed by a large tree and a communication mast in an open area of grassland. It is in good condition and has its complete set of metalwork intact. The view south towards Tamworth is arguably the best aspect. A very pleasant walk of around 7.5 miles.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view south. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2014-07-18 14:40 - TP3974 (Holly Hill)

FB Number: S2039   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Stopped of for a short break on the way to the Kent Beer Festival in Canterbury. I used the very convenient car park to the north east of the trigpoint and walked up the gentle slope through the woods to the pillar. The pillar is in good general condition with the exception of the missing centre plug. The woods are pleasant enough and there is a cleared view towards London close by.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-11-02 16:11 - TP0306 (Hill Top)

FB Number: S2707   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

There’s nowhere close by to park for this one. The verges are narrow and there’s a drainage ditch close to the edge of the road. I parked nearly half a mile away to the north and walked back. The pillar is 50 yards or so from the road and surrounded by gorse bushes. The pillar is in generally good condition although the centre plug has been replaced by asphalt. There’s no views to speak of, only the aforementioned gorse bushes. I spotted the ‘offset marker’ noted by other visitors but at the time, I didn’t know what it was.

The Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-11-02 15:29 - TP6453 (Thorns)

FB Number: S2713   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

There is room to pull off the road onto the verge just a little to the east of the pillar. The barbed wire fence here is easy enough to negotiate, giving access to the field. The pillar is overgrown and the bottom of the flush bracket is just below ground level but you can still read the number. The pillar is in generally good condition but the centre plug has been removed. The only view is south across the field.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-11-02 11:18 - TP3664 (Hatchet Moor)

FB Number: S2706   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This pillar is alongside a busy road across Beaulieu Heath. If you’re careful, you can pull off the road onto the verge without being too much of a hazard to other vehicles. The pillar is in generally good condition , although the centre plug has been replaced with an asphalt filler. The views are just rough heath land and whilst nice enough, not exactly overwhelming.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view east. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-11-02 10:45 - TP7102 (Yew Tree Heath)

FB Number: S2715   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I used the parking area a little to the east and walked the 100 metres or so across a very wet heath. There’s a ‘big sky’ here and on a clear day like today, you can see across the countryside for miles. The pillar is in generally good condition although the centre plug has been replaced with a bitumen filler.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The view east towards the car park ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-09-30 14:28 - TP5684 (Ringers Farm)

FB Number: S4440   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Walked across Newport from the Parsonage Farm pillar. Crossed the railway line via the station foot bridge and took the by-way roughly east to the pillar. With a good 4x4, you could probably drive most of the way. The pillar is located beside the footpath to Ringer’s Farm and visible from quite a ways off. It’s in generally good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The view is wide open but only cultivated farmland and not especially noteworthy.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-09-30 12:59 - TP5319 (Parsonage Farm (Newport))

FB Number: S4520   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked in a side road, opposite the railway station, in Newport as there were two pillars I could walk to from there. For this one, I took the footpath west, then north to meet up with Bury Water Lane then followed that up to the pillar. As there were no crops growing, I cut the corner off and walked across the field from Three Corner Plantation directly to the pillar (something I wouldn’t normally do but walking down the hill just to walk up the other side didn’t look very appealing!). The pillar is in generally very good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The views aren’t spectacular but there’s a big sky up here and you can see all the way across Newport to the pillar at Ringer’s Farm (my next destination) a couple of miles or so to the east.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-09-30 11:31 - TP2204 (Clavering)

FB Number: S4364   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I parked in Clavering village and walked east across the fields to the pillar. It’s a bit grubby but in generally good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. As it’s pretty much flat farmland, there are no spectacular views but it’s pleasant enough though a bit exposed if it’s raining.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
West towards Clavering ©Pharisee


Converted 2013-09-30 10:36 - TP6196 (Stocking Pelham)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Converted   Score: 5/10

Although the gate was open, I left the car at the gate entrance and walked up the road. The surface block that replaces the pillar was easily found. I took a few photographs and walked back. Wish they were all that easy!

The replacement surface block ©Pharisee
Data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-09-30 10:36 - TP8801 (Stocking Pelham)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Although the gate was open, I left the car at the gate entrance and walked up the road. The surface block that replaces the pillar was easily found. I took a few photographs and walked back. Wish they were all that easy!

The surface block ©Pharisee
The stone circle ©Pharisee


Good condition 2013-08-31 12:45 - TP4549 (Loughrigg Fell)

FB Number: S5470   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I was staying in Ambleside with Christine for a few days and this was the nearest pillar. I parked, somewhat cheekily, off the track just inside the gate to the National Trust property at NY 34030 05503 then we set off north along the track until we came to the start of the path up the hill. It was a little rugged and steep in some places but Christine, who suffers from fibromyalgia and vertigo, managed to reach the summit with a little help on the tougher parts. There were quite a few people coming and going as the weather was pleasant enough with only the occasional few spots of rain. The vista was well worth the climb with an excellent view of Grasmere on route. The pillar is built from local stone and is in generally good condition. The centre plug has been replaced with a plastic bung.

Christine at the summit ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-12-12 12:30 - TP5486 (Pole Hill)

FB Number: S3276   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

As I was in London for the day, it made sense to go and bag this one. I took the ‘tube’ from St Pancras to Walthamstow Central and then an over-ground train to Chingford. From there, it was an easy stroll up Connaught Road and a short climb up the hill to the pillar. The sun was shining and the sky was clear but it was very cold and there was a heavy frost on the ground. Apart from the missing centre plug, the pillar is in good condition and located very close to another monument, erected in 1824 and placed on the (then) Greenwich Meridian. The WGS84 ‘meridian’ is a short distance off to the east. There is also a second plaque commemorating T.E. Lawrence (Shaw)... ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. The views are mostly obscured by woodland but it’s not an unpleasant location, albeit very popular with dog-walkers.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-25 13:23 - TP5418 (Pen-Y-Gwaith)

FB Number: S8518   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Easy free parking here at the old Hafna Mine. Climb the steps through the mine workings and follow the footpath until you’re just south of the pillar, then follow the property boundary fence line. The pillar is built of local slate rather than concrete, and is in nice condition. The centre plug has been replaced with bitumen filler but all the other metalwork is intact. Visibility is restricted by trees but what you can see is very pleasant.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view west. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-25 09:54 - TP6043 (Snowdon Summit)

FB Number: 10684   Condition: Good   Score: 1/10

What a day to pick to tackle Snowdon… It was wet, blowing half a gale and bitterly cold at the summit. Very few people up here this morning and only one, a German tourist, outside the cafeteria. He kindly took the photo of me at the pillar. Visibility just a few feet. The low marks out of 10 reflect the conditions on the day.

Me at the pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-23 14:29 - TP5421 (Pen-Y-Mwdwl-Eithin)

FB Number: S7340   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

I parked in a lay-by, approximately 1/3 mile north of Helmydd farm, where there’s a gate into the field. I followed a feint track south west across that field to a gate into the adjacent field that’s home to this pillar. Be warned… It’s very wet as you approach the pillar so pick your route with care or you’ll be up to your knees in bog! It was very misty today and visibility was very poor, only a few yards, so I was just ‘following the arrow’ and I had to back-track a couple of times to avoid the worst of the boggy ground. The pillar is on a very pronounced ‘nipple’ on the hilltop. It’s in good condition and has all its metalwork in place. As I could only see a few feet, the view was non-existent, which was a bit of a bummer!

Pillar in the mist. ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-23 12:52 - TP4874 (Moelfre Uchaf)

FB Number: S7336   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

There’s room to park a car at the start of the RoW west, south west of the pillar without blocking it… if you park carefully. Go north on the RoW until you reach the small gate into the field at 53° 13.853’N, 003° 39.951’W. Today was very misty with visibility down to just a few feet at times so it really was just a case of “following the arrow”. When you reach the junction of the field boundaries, follow the fence east but keep it on your right or you’ll have to climb over it further up the hill. The pillar is in good condition with all its metalwork in place. As I could only see a hundred yards or so at the summit, I missed out on all the views which was a bit of a bummer! A very nice, if very wet, walk across the pastures. A real test of the ‘waterproofness’ of my Lowa boots… but they kept my feet perfectly dry!

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The route west back to the car. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-23 11:48 - TP0175 (Pentrefail Crossroads)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

An easy to find rivet set into the concrete surround of a manhole cover. Parking available on the minor road either opposite or adjacent to the manhole. Very misty this morning, visibility only a few hundred yards so no views to speak of.

The manhole ©Pharisee
The rivet ©Pharisee
The view west. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2012-10-23 11:23 - TP0710 (Moelfre Isaf)

FB Number: S1624   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

There’s a small lay-by close to the viewpoint and from there it’s an easy but quite steep walk up to the pillar. This morning it was very misty and visibility was down to a few hundred yards so I missed out on the views. There was evidence of possible ditch and bank earthworks up here but it’s not shown as a ‘fort’ on the OS maps. There were a lot of small areas where the top sod had been removed… some had been roughly replaced, some not. I suspect that metal detectorists had been at work here recently. The pillar is generally in good condition although as some have noted, the cement screed on the top is showing a little frost damage. All the metalwork is present.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-22 16:42 - TP7334 (Castell Deganwy)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

There’s easy roadside parking in the housing estate to the south of the hill. From there, it’s a relatively easy clamber up to the summit. There’s ample evidence of the castle that once stood in the jumble of fallen masonry that litters the site. A quick search of the area at the quoted grid reference revealed nothing so I used my usual method for finding surface blocks and started prodding around with an old sheath knife that I carry for the purpose. A few minutes later I’d found and uncovered the surface block with its domed, bronze bolt. Brilliant! I took the usual photos and returned to the car. Although it was a bit hazy, the views were still good , particularly to the south and west over the Conwy estuary. It wasn’t until I came to log the find that I realised that I may have uncovered a third different marker at this site. It’s very similar to the surface block in Meirion’s photograph (16th Jan 2010) but where his bolt has a distinct ‘dimple’ at it’s centre, the one I uncovered certainly didn’t have. The marker that Dusty indicates appears more like a small rivet than a surface block and seems to be set into a rock well above the surface of the surrounding ground.

The location of the surface block. ©Pharisee
Close up of the location ©Pharisee
The surface block ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view south over the Afon Conwy ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-22 15:41 - TP2094 (Cefn-Y-Ffynnon)

FB Number: S7332   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The entrance to the public RoW is wide enough to park a car without blocking access, then it’s a short walk along the path to the field gate. I climbed over the gate and walked back along the hedgerow until I was roughly south of the pillar, then walked up the field. This kept me pretty much out of sight of the farm house. I find avoiding any confrontation is easier than trying to explain what you’re doing! The pillar is in good condition with all its metalwork intact. The soil around the base is gradually being eroded by livestock that obviously use the pillar as a ‘rubbing post’ as evidenced by the polished flush bracket. The views are ok but mostly blocked by trees and hedges. West is probably the best aspect.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view west. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-22 14:49 - TP7696 (Cwm Howard)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I had a problem with this one... I couldn’t find it! I parked in the road adjacent to the hospital and took the footpath that ran between the hospital and the golf course. With hindsight, that’s not the best route... More about that later. Having reached the quoted location, I searched for a good half hour and found no bolt in any rock within a 10 metre radius of GZ. I checked the previous logs on my Palm PDA and found reference to a photograph but unfortunately, I didn’t have any photograph. Dejectedly, I retraced my path back to the car. I sat in my car and fired up the lap-top. Good news... The hospital was a BT ‘hot spot’ and I managed to connect to the internet. I logged on to T:UK and found the photograph previously mentioned but the location looked nothing like the area I’d been searching. I check the grid reference... yep, my GPSr was loaded with the quoted co-ordinates so with the photo committed to memory, I set off up the hill again. This time I found the bolt with ease as I recognised the location from the photograph but I was nearly 100 feet away from the indicated location! I left my 60CSx ‘averaging’ on the mark for 10 minutes or so while I took some photos. The grid reference I recorded matched closely to those recorded by ‘Meirion’ in May 2011. It was still a bit misty but the views were quite impressive. While I was up there, I met two ladies walking their dogs. They pointed out an easier and shorter route down that isn’t shown on the OS Explorer map I was using. It came out onto the road on the other side of the hospital around N53°18.722', W003°49.644'. It’s hard gravel for the most part with steps up to the top. Much easier than tramping up a waterlogged field.

The location of the bolt. ©Pharisee
The bolt ©Pharisee
The bolt ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
North towards Llandudno ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-22 11:58 - TP7706 (Bod-Ruffydd)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked in the lay-by on the ‘yellow’ road a little to the north east of the path through the caravan park. From there, it was an easy walk up to the hill top. The surface block was quickly located as it was, for the most part, uncovered. It was still quite misty so the views were not as good as they might have been on a clear day. Little Orme to the north and Bryn Euryn to the east were still visible, though.

The blocks location. ©Pharisee
The surface block ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-22 10:59 - TP1732 (Bryn Euryn)

FB Number: S7330   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

There’s easy roadside parking around the start of the footpath at N53° 18.166' W003° 45.632'. From there, just follow the paths up the hill. It’s not a difficult climb but may be a bit muddy in places. Today, visibility was compromised by low cloud but on a clear day, I would expect the views to be quite good, where not obscured by trees. The pillar is in generally good condition albeit without its centre plug. The flush bracket had been stamped with letter punches.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-21 14:35 - TP5661 (Rhoscolyn)

FB Number: S7233   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I used the car park at Ty-crainge and followed the coast path; a pleasant and not too taxing one mile walk on a warm, sunny afternoon. The summit is surrounded by gorse bushes but there are ways through… if you’re not wearing shorts! The pillar is in good condition, apart from the missing plug. The views are excellent with Ynysoedd Gwylanod clearly visible on the southern horizon and Holyhead Mountain on Holy Island to the north.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
View north(ish) towards Holy Island ©Pharisee
The shelter at the summit. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-21 13:22 - TP6565 (Tre-Arddur)

FB Number: S7296   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked at the top of the rough road opposite the golf club car park and walked down the hill to the gate into the field across the road. I have to admit, I wasn’t altogether happy about climbing the gate onto private land in full view of the busy road and the properties opposite but did so, never the less. I expected to be GOML’d at any moment. There was another gate to negotiate but this one wasn’t locked. The field was occupied by three very inquisitive horses who obviously thought I had food for them… I only barely managed to save my hat from being eaten! The pillar is in excellent condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The views are OK but nothing really special.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-21 12:35 - TP9858 (Holyhead Lighthouse)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I couldn’t get access to the lighthouse via the northern arm of the harbour entrance so I drove round the South Pier and photographed it from the fisherman’s quay.

The lighthouse ©Pharisee
The lamp at the top. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-21 12:32 - TP8958 (Skinners Monument)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Photographed this one whilst en-route to the South Pier.

Skinner's Monument ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-21 12:15 - TP0519 (Holyhead)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Easy access to this FBM as it’s in an enclosure by the side of a footpath in a public park. It’s in generally good condition but the height plate has been removed. There’s a nice stone circle nearby but I suspect that it was built as a feature in the park and isn’t genuine as there is no mention of a circle at this location on the OS maps. The view west towards Holy Island Mountain is probably the best.

The FBM enclosure ©Pharisee
The FBM ©Pharisee
The stone circle ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-21 12:00 - TP7423 (Holyhead)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 2/10

GPS receiving antenna, mounted on a pole at the end of a building. Not much to say about this one other than yes, it’s there.

©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-21 11:03 - TP3989 (Holyhead)

FB Number: S1633   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I drove up as far as I could and found easy off-road parking at the start of the footpath (53°18.708'N, 4°39.819'W). From there it was a relatively easy climb to the summit; a bit rough and rocky in places but nothing too demanding. The weather played ball today with sunshine and blue skies. The views were excellent although it was a little hazy in the distance. The pillar is in generally good condition with all it’s metalwork intact even if the top edges have been knocked about a bit. Well worth the effort.

Me at the pillar ©Pharisee
The centre of the spider ©Pharisee
The view east towards Holyhead ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-20 15:24 - TP4448 (Little Ormes Head)

FB Number: S7323   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I was a bit cheeky here and left my car in the Premier Inn car park at N53° 19.388’ W003° 47.150’ but I did enjoy a cup of good coffee there when I returned. I walked a 100 yards or so up the road to the start of the footpath, then followed the path as far as the kissing gate before striking off up the hill, following the animal trails. The pillar is in generally good condition but the plug has been replaced with an asphalt filler. Someone has ‘attacked’ both the spider and the flush bracket with a hammer and a set of letter punches, leaving strange messages in the metalwork. I suppose that’s marginally better than attacking it with a hammer and cold chisel. The views are probably better than those at the nearby Great Ormes Head pillar.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-20 14:11 - TP7690 (Maes-Y-Facrell)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I walked back to this one from Creigiau Cochion before returning to the car park by the tram terminal. A very easy find as it was already exposed, unlike some rivets and surface blocks. Great view south across the Conwy estuary.

The location of the surface block. ©Pharisee
The surface block ©Pharisee
The intrepid hunter! ©Pharisee
The view south across the estuary. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-20 13:33 - TP7700 (Creigiau Cochion)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I followed the path south west and then north west around the outside of the walled fields from the Great Ormes Head trig pillar to reach this location. Once there, the rivet was quickly spotted. The views are good without being exactly spectacular.

The location of the surface block. ©Pharisee
The surface block ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-20 12:57 - TP0174 (Great Ormes Head)

FB Number: S1627   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I drove up to the car park at the tramway station and walked to short distance to the pillar. It was pretty crowded but I waited my turn for a photo! The pillar is in good condition but typically, it’s missing it’s plug. The views are OK but are better if you moved away from the pillar, the tramway and the cable car terminals.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The churchyard to the north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-10-20 09:09 - TP3328 (Garth Mountain)

FB Number: S7338   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I’d rented a cottage only a short distance away to the south east so it would have been a bit churlish of me not to make this one my first trigpoint of the holiday. I walked the half a mile or so along the narrow lanes to the west of the hill but there was no obvious access until I reached the start of the farm track at N53° 12.305’ W003° 48.665’. I followed the track up the hill and then went through the gate to reach the pillar. Apart from the missing plug, the pillar is in excellent condition. The views, too are very good with the a splendid view to the west over the Afon Conwy valley.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view over the river. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-08-16 13:25 - TP9994 (Bedford School Pinnacle)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This station is the pinnacle on the roof of Bedford School and being a somewhat ‘up-market’ sort of place it’s not easy to get in to, particularly during the school holidays. My initial approach was from the east along Glebe Road but this cul-de-sac ended at the very large and definitely closed school gates. I took a couple of photos and decided to try from the west via De Parys Avenue. Burnaby Road is the drive up to the main school entrance… with a security box half way along it. I spoke to the uniformed gentleman occupying the box ad was given permission to go up to the school gates… but no further… to take a photo of the building. Unfortunately, the view from this direction is mostly blocked by large trees.

The end of Glebe Road ©Pharisee
The pinnacle from Glebe Road ©Pharisee
The view from Burnaby Road ©Pharisee
The pinnacle from Burnaby Road ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-08-16 12:11 - TP8795 (Galley Hill)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

This surface block is sited on top of the earth-work surrounding an iron age hill fort in Sandy Warren, home of the R.S.P.B. Access is easy, but there is a charge for using the car-park… currently £4 for the day. The hill fort area has been cleared of trees and is being reverted to heath land as it was before the conifers were planted. I was pleasantly surprised to see a small brown lizard sunbathing on the concrete surrounding the bronze marker. I tried to get a photo but the wee beastie scuttled off before I could do so. The whole area is surrounded by trees so you can’t see too far in any direction.

The location of the surface block. ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
Looking north along the earth work. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-07-20 16:43 - TP9438 (Burford House Cupola)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Burford House is a large, detached property situated in a residential area at the western end of Herne Bay. Whilst the cupola on it’s roof is currently still there, the property is fenced off, pretty derelict and for sale. I would guess that the site is ripe for re-development and the cupola may not be there for much longer.

Burford House ©Pharisee
The cupola ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-07-20 16:23 - TP9439 (Herne Bay Pier Cupola)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I wouldn’t normally claim a trigpoint that I’d only got to within 0.6 miles of as ‘found’ but an Intersected Station is, by definition, something you’re unlikely to be able to put your finger on. So I came to an agreement with myself that if I’d managed to get as close as I could whilst remaining safe and reasonably legal then I would be happy to claim it as a valid ‘find’. As I could get no closer than the end of the current pier without getting extremely cold and wet, I think I’ve fulfilled the ‘found’ criteria for this one. It appears to be in good condition, in as much as it’s still standing.

The cupola ©Pharisee
The closest I could get ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-07-20 15:33 - TP9891 (Whitstable Lighthouse)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

“Lighthouse” is a rather grand name for what is essentially a lamp on a stick! It’s easily accessible, being close to a restaurant and bar at the end of the east arm of Whitstable Harbour. You can drive right up to it as there is public parking at the end of the road. It was daylight when I visited so I have no idea if it still functions as a lighthouse but I will assume that it does.

The 'lighthouse' ©Pharisee
The lamp at the top. ©Pharisee
The co-ordinates ©Pharisee


Destroyed 2012-07-20 15:05 - TP9639 (San Remo Tower)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Destroyed   Score: 5/10

“San Remo” is a modest sea front property on a private estate in Seasalter. It once had a square tower built onto the roof. I spoke to the owners and they told me that they’d had it taken down because it leaked water so badly. They were kind enough to give me a photograph, taken in 1992, showing the tower in place.

San Remo as it is now. ©Pharisee
San Remo as it was in 1992. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-07-20 14:10 - TP9349 (Ospringe Church Tower Cross East)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in the village of Ospringe, just to the south of Faversham town centre. This church dates from Norman times and has two Norman doorways with 13th century arches. The tower, however, is a relatively modern addition.

The east end of the church. ©Pharisee
The east cross on the tower. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-07-20 13:16 - TP6473 (Thurnham Court Estate)

FB Number: S3490   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked opposite the start of the path, south of the pillar. An easy walk up until I realised I was on the wrong side of a barbed wire topped fence. Fortunately, there was a gate 100 yards or so past the pillar so access was not a problem. The pillar is in good condition apart from the missing centre plug and has been tastefully(?) incorporated into a viewpoint feature. The view west towards Detling is the only one that’s open and clear of trees.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view west. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-06 16:38 - TP4762 (Melbury Bubb)

FB Number: S5867   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

There’s easy parking in the lay-by on the busy A37. From there it’s a few yards down the hill then cross the road and follow the public RoW. Unusually, this pillar is not located on the hill top but some way down the north eastern slope. It’s easy enough to spot. The pillar has it’s full complement of ironmongery and is in excellent condition apart from one small chip out of the top edge. Being on a slope, the views to the north and east are the best.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-06 14:52 - TP4592 (Lympstone Common)

FB Number: S3766   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I had though to use the car park on the B3180 but found that the entrance had been blocked by two huge lumps of concrete… presumably to keep the pikeys out. There was, however, just enough room for one car in front of the blocks. A short walk down the road then hook it left up the hill to the pillar. Apart from some moss growing on it, the pillar is in good condition and has all it’s metalwork in place. Being in a copse, there’s not much in the way of views but the north aspect from the track is quite good.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view north from the track ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-06 13:24 - TP5566 (Raddon Hills)

FB Number: S3912   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I parked by the old barn west of the pillar and made the very pleasant and undemanding walk up the field beside the hedgerow. The pillar is in the ‘wrong’ side of the hedge but walking past it for a few yards, through the gate, do a sharp right and through another gate and you can walk back down the other side of the hedge to the pillar… all very civilised. For a change, this pillar is complete with all it’s metalwork, including the shallow engraved centre plug. The pillar is a bit grubby and the top edges have been knocked about a bit but to all intents and purposes, it’s undamaged. The views are great in all directions; a very nice location.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-06 12:00 - TP0340 (Hemsworthy Gate)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Having just come down from Rippon Tor, this was an easy bonus trig. Using a previous finder’s photograph, it was easy to identify the location. It needed some re-excavating but it was quickly found.

The surface block ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The location ©Pharisee
The view south towards Rippon Tor ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2012-06-06 11:33 - TP5689 (Rippon Tor)

FB Number: S3457   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

It had been raining steadily all morning but as I parked at Hemsworthy Gate (next to a police car), the cloud suddenly broke up, the sun came out and it stopped raining… result! There were other problems, though; the track up to the summit of the tor was looking like a small river with water cascading down, the ground to either side was more like a marsh and there was a group of cows, accompanied by a huge bull standing on the track. This was going to be the severest test yet of the waterproofness(?) of my new Lowa walking boots. As I approached the aforementioned bovines, it was obvious that they weren’t too happy about being moved off the track into the bog. Three options: give up and go back (no way), detour into the bog myself (not if I could help it) or face down the bull. In the end, the direct approach worked and with a lot of head shaking they reluctantly moved out of my way. The pillar is surrounded by a rough stone wall or shelter and isn’t easy to spot until you’re on top of it. I’ve seen pillars in better condition and this one shows signs of erosion and repair. The centre plug has been taken, of course! Considering the weather conditions, the views were excellent… And my feet stayed dry, another result!

The pillar with it\'s surrounding wall. ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Unreachable but visible 2012-06-06 10:10 - TP6140 (Staddon Fort)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Unreachable but visible   Score: 3/10

This was my second visit. The first time, a couple of years ago, the gates were open but there was no response to me ringing the bell so I went away. This time, in the pouring rain, the gates were closed and there was still no response to me ringing the bell. What I hadn’t realised on my last visit was that with a little judicious trespassing(?) the pillar was visible and an acceptable photo could be taken. So taking just my camera, I walked round the corner into the golf club. There were a couple of grounds men drinking tea in their shed who looked out of the window at me. They probably thought “Where the **** does he think he’s going?” but they weren’t bothered enough to come out in the rain to ask me! Having taken a photo, I walked back, still watched by the grounds men.

The Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-04 14:40 - TP1957 (Carn Gloose)

FB Number: S8141   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

After my exertion at Trink Hill, a simple drive-by for the final location of the day was most welcome. If you really wanted to, you could almost touch this one just by reaching through your car window. I parked a little further down the lane. The pillar is in good condition but of course, the centre plug has been taken. On top of the cliff, where the pillar is situated, it’s open moorland but the view out to sea is pleasant enough.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view south You can see Lands End and the Longships lighthouse in the distance.©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-04 13:36 - TP6586 (Trink Hill)

FB Number: S7868   Condition: Good   Score: 9/10

Of all the trigs I’ve visited over the last 4 days, this was undoubtedly the one that made me work the hardest…. And all of my own doing. If I’d have stuck to my original plan, it would have been a lot easier. I parked in the car park opposite The Engine Inn at Cripplesease and had a swift pint and a packet of crisps before setting off on the well hidden footpath that runs around the south side of Trink Hill. If you have trouble finding the start of the path it’s at SW 50017 36785. I walked across a couple of fields until I picked up the gravel farm road. I followed that until I was roughly south of the pillar and then started bushwhacking up the hill… BIG MISTAKE. It’s almost impenetrable, thigh deep gorse and other assorted spiky bushes with a couple of stone walls chucked in for good measure. If you intend doing this one, stay on the farm road until you reach the two gates at SW 50698 37010 and then go through the right hand gate and follow the stone wall, keeping it on your left. You’ll still have gorse to contend with but at least there are no walls to climb over. This is NOT one to be attempted in shorts as your legs will be seriously shredded. The pillar, once I’d reached it, had been liberally coated in white paint, spider, flush bracket, everything but was never the less structurally sound. The centre plug, of course, was missing. The views were fantastic; you can see both the north and south Cornish coasts from up here. Well worth the effort expended in getting here… Oh yes, it was also my 200th YOSM location visited.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
Looking east towards St Ives Bay ©Pharisee
Looking south towards Mount\'s Bay and St Michael\'s Mount ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-04 10:28 - TP5395 (Pentire Head)

FB Number: S7923   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I’ve noticed before that some of the minor Cornish roads are not recognised by the ‘built in’ sat-nav system in my Peugeot; the ones leading up to this trig point being among them. The system took me as close as it could… which was not close enough so I had to fall back on my trusty 60CSx and Garmin Topo maps to finish the job. I eventually found the car park at Pentire Farm, paid my £1 and set off up the track. The pillar is situated a short distance off the Coast Path, in a field occupied by some totally disinterested sheep. There is a convenient gate, however. The pillar is built from local stone rather than cast concrete and is in good condition. Like most pillars I’ve visited on this trip, the centre plug has been taken. The views are well worth the visit.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view south towards Hayle Bay ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2012-06-02 15:35 - TP3957 (Hobbacott)

FB Number: S5633   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

The last trigpoint of the day… an easy drive-by in a lay-by on the A3072 just outside Bude; which as it happened, was my destination as the Bude and Stratton Folk Festival was on over the Jubilee weekend. The pillar is high up the bank on a huge concrete plinth. I didn’t climb up onto it so there’s no photo of the top. The view to the north is the only open view from the road.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view north (from the lay-by) ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-02 13:24 - TP1670 (Brompton Ralph)

FB Number: S3737   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Parking is a bit tricky here. In the end, I parked close into the field entrance gate and legged it across to the pillar on the edge of the hill fort. There was some livestock in the field but they took no notice of me. The pillar is in good condition but the centre plug is missing. The views are generally good but it was still hazy in the distance.

The pillar on the old hill fort. ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view west along the hill fort earthworks. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-02 11:00 - TP5199 (Nyland Hill)

FB Number: S3257   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

There’s room to park on the verge close to Quarry Farm, where the path up the hill starts. Quite a steep climb that had my pulse rate up a bit higher than normal but the views are worth it. Today had started out very misty and although the mist had pretty much cleared, it was still too hazy to make out distant features. The pillar is in generally good condition but the centre plug has been removed. There are the remains of a tarmac replacement around the edge of the open hole.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-02 09:51 - TP7221 (Flax Bourton (R))

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

Easy access and a Forestry Commission car park close by. The fenced enclosure is somewhat overgrown but the FBM is still visible. This one still had it’s height plate attached… 465.38 ft. Located at the side of an urban road, there are no views to speak of.

The overgrown enclosure. ©Pharisee
The FBM ©Pharisee
The height plate ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-02 08:44 - TP3993 (Home Farm Pillar)

FB Number: S4023   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

For this one, I parked by the roadside in Newton St Loe and walked to the pillar. The pillar is on the ‘wrong’ side of the dense hedge bordering the farm road and I had to walk about 100 yards past the pillar’s location to find somewhere I could get through. Even then, it was a struggle. The pillar was almost totally obscured by ivy but fortunately, the ivy was easy to push away to allow a photograph of the top. The pillar is in good condition and complete with all it’s metalwork. The centre plug, unusually, had no engraving on it. The mist had started to clear, allowing a reasonable view to the north. There is a farm shop in the village at ST 70416 64758 that does an excellent breakfast from 07:30 in the morning. Well worth a stop!.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The centre plug ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-02 07:26 - TP3079 (Etchilhampton Hill)

FB Number: S2502   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Plenty of room to park where the Wessex Ridgeway crosses the ‘yellow’ road west of Etchilhampton village. From there, a short walk to the pillar. When I visited, there was a ‘pikey’ encampment where the two track cross but at 07:30, there was no sign of dogs or people. There was, however, a nice smell of cooking bacon! The pillar is in good general condition, however the centre plug has been removed. It was still misty enough to obscure any views but north and west looked to be the best, probably.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-02 06:09 - TP3344 (Giants Grave)

FB Number: S2173   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I left the car in the car park to the north east and walked along the ridge to this one via the Martinsell pillar. An easy walk along the ridge . The pillar is in generally good condition with a few chips out of the top edge and the centre plug has been removed. It was very misty this morning which obstructed what I imagine are to be exceptional views to the south and east.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-06-02 05:41 - TP4683 (Martinsell)

FB Number: S1500   Condition: Good   Score: 2/10

Made a very early start from my temporary home in Surrey to reach this one just after 5 a.m. I used the car park to the north east and just followed the public RoW and permissive path. Once through the gate close to the bench seat, turn right into the wood and keep going until you reach the pillar. It’s overgrown and not easy to spot in the gloom. The pillar is structurally sound but the centre plug has been removed. There are no views from the pillar but from the nearby bench seat, there are good views to the south.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Destroyed 2012-05-30 14:30 - TP0304 (Picket Twenty)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Destroyed   Score: 1/10

I parked in the road close to the Queen Charlotte Inn at SU 38045 45842 and walked up the footpath at the end of the road to the major road junction. There is a huge new underpass being constructed and I didn’t hold out much hope of finding the road-side surface block. My fears were confirmed as I approached GZ. The verge where the block had been located was completely different, there was no sign of the SB. I managed to speak to one of the workmen just inside the fence. He had no idea what I was referring to when I asked about the SB but said that if anything had been there, it certainly wasn’t there now as that area had been excavated for drainage pipes. I’m certain that this one has now gone!

Before and now! ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-05-30 11:56 - TP0320 (Linch Ball)

FB Number: S1517   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

It was a lovely day and time was not of the essence so I chose to use the car park where the South Downs Way crosses the A286 and take the longer but slightly less steep route to the pillar. The alternative being to take the path south from Bepton. The pillar is located in a (currently) un-mown hay meadow, behind a fence topped with barbed wire. There is a gate at SU 84977 17195 giving access to the meadow but it isn’t a public RoW so use at your own discretion. The pillar is in generally good condition but as with so many, the centre plug has been removed. The views over the South Downs are excellent.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view west with the SDW in the distance. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-05-30 10:05 - TP4177 (Kettlebury Hill)

FB Number: S6250   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked in the forest car park (entrance at SU 88288 39215) and followed the well marked trail up to the pillar, set on it’s large concrete plinth… an easy uphill but not steep walk. The pillar is in generally good condition but the centre plug has been removed. The views to the east and south are best as the other directions are obscured by trees.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-05-30 08:12 - TP5255 (Outwood)

FB Number: S2135   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I parked in a field entrance a 100 yards or so east of the pillar and walked along the surprisingly busy rural lane. There are no access problems or fences to negotiate to reach the pillar which is only a few yards from the road. It’s grubby but complete with all it’s metalwork in place. Being surrounded by woodland, there are no views to speak of.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2012-01-02 11:21 - TP3161 (Fieldsend)

FB Number: S4455   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

First trig of 2012. Cycled the 17 miles on a bright, clear, cold morning and parked the bike in the hedge next to the pillar. It was found without difficulty but I had to clear some brambles, holly and ivy away to get a clear photo of the Flush Bracket. It would need some serious hedge surgery to get a view of the top of the pillar but structurally, it looks sound enough. The hedge on both sides of the road was too high to see over so the only views were up and down the lane.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The Pillar ©Pharisee
Up the lane ©Pharisee
Down the lane ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-10-23 16:09 - TP0450 (Bekesbourne)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Bagged this one on the way to visit my brother, Rob. A quick look at the roadside verge confirmed that there was no sign of the surface block so it was a tape measure job from the surviving ‘large round post’ indicated on the OS Engineer’s sketch map. A few prods with an old sheath-knife soon located the concrete and it was then just a case of removing the covering ‘turf’ to reveal the bronze stud. It’s very flat here and looking North or West gave splendid views over the surrounding Kent countryside.

The Surface Block and the 60CSx ©Pharisee
The location ©Pharisee
The view west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-09-29 11:39 - TP2195 (Clapham Road Resr)

FB Number: S6833   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I was looking out at the sunshine and thinking what a lovely day it was when it suddenly got a whole lot better. A phone call from a gentleman at Anglian Water asking if I could get to the reservoir in the next hour. If I could, he’d take me up to the trigpoint. Persistence and patience had finally paid off. The pillar is in excellent condition with, as you’d expect in such a location, all it’s metalwork in place. The centre plug is one of the deeply engraved variety. As there aren’t too many hills around here, you can actually see for quite a long way when the view isn’t obstructed by buildings etc.. During my conversation with the gentleman, he told me that the reservoir that the pillar is located on has been empty for some time and is no longer used. That part of the site had actually been sold and may well be re-developed at some point. In which case, this pillar will almost certainly be lost. Photographs were taken with the kind permission of Anglian Water.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view west ...Across the top of the reservoir towards the road.©Pharisee


Unreachable but visible 2011-08-29 12:28 - TP1653 (Broadfields Farm)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Unreachable but visible   Score: 5/10

Had hoped to bag this one whilst on a geocaching trip with Omally and Hi-Tek but it is now behind an 8ft high chain-link fence. Probably climbable, but not by someone as old and decrepit as me. The top of the pillar was just visible behind a screen of foliage.

The Fence ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar behind the foliage ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-08-28 15:17 - TP0352 (Wroxall Down)

FB Number: S2517   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Bagged this one whilst on a long weekend’s geocaching with Omally and Hi-Tek. Waited for the rain to abate before getting out of the car to take some photos. Good views once the rain had stopped. The pillar is in good condition and carries the O. S. Passive Station plate. The centre plug is missing and has been replaced with tarmac.


Good condition 2011-07-09 11:53 - TP7044 (Woodgarston)

FB Number: S1685   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Out on a circular(ish) geocache walk with Omally and Hi-Tek. As we were passing so close it would have been churlish not to pay it a visit. The pillar is situated in a pasture currently being grazed by a herd of cows. Fortunately, these were friendly, inquisitive creatures, not the homicidal, carnivorous breed we were to encounter later. Access is open from the public footpath, the only obstacle a low single strand of wire, presumably electrified, but easily stepped over. The pillar is in very good condition and complete with all it’s metalwork. The centre plug is of the shallow indented variety. You can see a long way to the north but any worthwhile view is obscured by hedgerows.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Centre Plug ©Pharisee
The view west towards the footpath ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 14:44 - TP5560 (Queens Ground)

FB Number: S7535   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

For this, the final T/P of the day, I parked on the verge to the left of the track entrance. To be honest, it would be easy to drive right up to the pillar but as it’s only designated as a Public Bridleway (and you would have to drive right past the farm) I thought better of it and walked the ¼ mile or so to the pillar. The pillar is in good condition but is leaning slightly to the right as you look at it from the track. All the metalwork is in place and the plug is of the deeply engraved variety. To reach it, there is a plank strategically placed across the drain. A bit rickety but it held my 13 stone without any problem. As this is Fenland, the views are just flat arable farmland and not particularly inspiring. Be warned…. The farm dogs have acute hearing and are very vociferous. They were still barking like mad as I drove away.

The leaning pillar of Fenland ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The centre plug ©Pharisee
The data shot. My lowest trig pillar so far. ©Pharisee
The view west showing the plank bridge. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 12:22 - TP2754 (Deeping Fen)

FB Number: S8573   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A 5 mile blast down the empty cul-de-sac beside the North Drove Drain in the Lincolnshire Fens will take you ultimately to the Deeping Fen trig pillar. There was nothing here to disturb the sound of birds and insects… Very peaceful. The pillar is in good condition and has all it’s metalwork in place. Judging from the mess on the top, it’s obviously a favourite with the local birds… the feathered variety! The views are exactly what you would expect being in the middle of some of the lowest, flattest country in Britain. Despite its indicated elevation of zero feet above sea level, you can actually see for miles in all directions.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view east across the North Drove Drain ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 11:20 - TP0209 (Pickworth)

FB Number: S8696   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I turned of the second Roman Road I travelled today (Ermine Street) and took the lane towards Pickworth to find this one. It’s on the roadside verge, close to a field gate that served very well for parking. The pillar is in good condition and has it’s full compliment of metalwork. The centre plug has raised lettering. The views are restricted by hedgerows but what you can see is just arable farmland.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The centre plug ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 10:15 - TP0892 (Arthingworth)

FB Number: S4902   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

A roadside pillar, currently set among the cow parsley and oilseed rape but may soon be overshadowed by the ash sapling growing up alongside it. There’s easy parking on the other side of the road and access to the pillar is straightforward. The pillar is in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The centre plug is of the shallow engraved variety. The pillar is situated on a slight rise above the surrounding countryside with a reasonable view to the south. Not the place to be if rape pollen sets off your hay-fever.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The centre plug ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 09:35 - TP2240 (Cloudesley Bush)

FB Number: S2377   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I pulled off the Fosse Way into the field gateway a couple of hundred feet to the south and walked up the edge of the field, carefully avoiding the bean plants. The pillar is in good condition, has all it’s metalwork in place and is mounted on a very substantial plinth. The views are nothing to write home about but OK if you like flat, rural landscapes. Interestingly, there are the remains of a second pillar in the hedge a few feet away.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The other pillar - 1 ©Pharisee
The other pillar - 2 ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 07:35 - TP1031 (Barkestone)

FB Number: S1750   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A roadside pillar with easy access as you can pull off the quiet, country lane right next to it. It’s in good condition (at the moment….) with all the metalwork in place. There is a new chip in one top edge adjacent to the spider end. I suppose it could have just fallen out or perhaps someone is having a go at removing the spider. I guess time will tell. The views are what you’d expect from a fairly flat, rural landscape; pleasant enough but not exactly stunning.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The new chip in the top edge. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 06:22 - TP0197 (Sunny Hill)

FB Number: S4530   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

There was nobody about at 06:15 this morning so a quick clamber over the gate and up the hill to the pillar. It’s structurally sound but the centre plug has been removed. The views across the Derwent Valley are quite nice.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2011-05-06 05:39 - TP2150 (Chevin Hill)

FB Number: S1710   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

I walked uphill, through one field and past a sleeping ‘wild camper’, from North Lane after visiting the nearby Chevinside pillar. The pillar is leaning to the east and has a pile of rocks up against it. It’s complete and apart from the lean, undamaged but it’s a bit precarious, especially if more rocks are added to the pile. No views to speak of.

The pillar in the rock-pile ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-06 05:10 - TP2151 (Chevinside)

FB Number: S4533   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The first pillar of three I visited on this hillside and my first serious day’s trig-pointing this year. Situated as it is, it was always going to be a bit tough. I’m not much of a one for walking through farmyards although this landowner is reportedly happy enough to let visitors onto his land, less so, I suspect if I’d driven into his yard and knocked on his door at 5 a.m. this morning. I opted to park on the roadside at the start of the track, north-west of the pillar. It was a gentle climb south along the top of the hill until I was adjacent to the pillar and then a drop down through three fields to the pillar in the corner of the fourth. The pillar is complete and in good condition although the flush bracket is in danger of becoming buried and the brambles may take over the site if not cut back regularly. It was still not really light enough for good photos as I’d opted not to use the flash but I took some anyway. There are excellent views over the valley towards Cowhill on the other side of the River Derwent. The climb back up to the track made this OF sweat a bit and I was happy to take a minute or two’s rest before carrying on to the next pillar, a quarter of a mile or so to the south-west.

The pillar at 5 a.m. ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-05-01 12:09 - TP4362 (Lantridge Hill)

FB Number: S3800   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

We parked by the fork in the lane, to the north of the pillar. There is a new farm track made of sleepers but that’s not a public RoW so we walked past the house to the start of the footpath… which is. A pleasant walk across the meadow and up the hedge-line to the pillar. It’s deep inside the hedge and not easy to spot at this time of year. It’s complete with all its metalwork but appears to be leaning slightly to the left as you look at it from the path. If you can see over the hedge, the view west towards the Malvern Hills is the best.

The pillar in the hedge ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The view west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-04-30 13:25 - TP0238 (Dunstall Common)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This was an easy one as you could park next to it. It’s still uncovered and easily accessible. There was a nice view of the folly further down the road.

Geli pointing at the S/B ©Pharisee
The S/B ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
Me ©Pharisee
The Folly ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-04-30 11:29 - TP4848 (Moat Farm)

FB Number: S3803   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

We pulled off the road close to the western end of the path and walked past the rather splendid moat (but no sign of a castle) and up the hedgerow to the pillar, which, typically, was on the other side of the fence. A further short walk to the style, round to the gate and back to the pillar on the correct side of the fence. The pillar is complete and in good condition. The centre plug is of the shallow engraved variety. The views north and east towards the church are best.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Centre Plug ©Pharisee
The church in the distance ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-04-29 12:56 - TP4649 (Marcle Hill)

FB Number: S7270   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Tyrolean Maid and I parked in the small car park to the north of the cache and made the very pleasant walk along the top of the escarpment to the pillar. The undergrowth has been cleared away and the pillar is resplendent in a new coat of white paint, although the top has not been painted for some reason. From the east, it must be visible for miles. The pillar is in good condition although the centre plug has been removed. The view west is totally obscured by woodland, the other directions are fine, particularly to the east when on a clear day you can see for miles. Today, however was very hazy.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-04-29 11:46 - TP0234 (Knightwick)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The first trigpoint of the Upton Folk Festival weekend for Tyrolean Maid and me. The surface block is still uncovered but we had to push back a few weeds to get at it. As rural roadside views go, I’ve seen worse. Also logged as YOSM geocache, YSM392.

The Surface Block and the 60CSx ©Pharisee
Tyrolean Maid at ground zero ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-04-27 15:10 - TP0431 (Little Tawney Hall)

FB Number: S4085   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

After a short detour from the chaos of the M25, this seemed a perfectly peaceful, rural location. That peace was shattered a few moments later by the roar of a dozen or more large radial piston engines. Heading straight towards me was what I first thought was the ‘Battle of Britain Flight’ but I soon realised that these ‘planes were not Spitfires and Hurricanes. They passed overhead in a loose formation heading north. A few moments later they broke formation and performed what looked like a choreographed ‘dog-fight’, wheeling all over the sky with smoke and everything! I’m guessing that they were somewhere close to Duxford Aerodrome and War Museum which was 20 or so miles to the north. However… back to the trig pillar… It’s in good condition although it looks like it has been repaired on one top corner at some time in the past. All the normal metalwork is in place and it carries the ‘Passive Station’ plaque. Situated at the side of a minor rural lane, access is easy but beware of the ditch between the pillar and the road. It’s overgrown and deeper than you might think. The views, while pleasant enough, are just arable farmland.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The Top of The Pillar ©Pharisee
The War Birds ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-04-18 11:42 - TP0256 (Cold Ashby)

FB Number: S1534   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

As today was the 75th anniversary of the first sightings of the last great triangulation of Great Britain, taken from this very pillar, it seemed a good day to visit. A thought shared by a few others. I parked by the church in Cold Ashby village, met a couple of like minded souls and we walked the mile or so to the pillar. Permission to visit the pillar had been granted by the landowner and the site was already occupied by two gents from the O.S. and a reporter from the BBC’s “Look East” early evening magazine program. A few more folks joined us there for photographs and chat. Most of us then adjourned to the ‘Black Horse’ in Cold Ashby for refreshment (of the Bateman’s kind, in my case). The pub is normally closed on a Monday lunchtime but the landlord had kindly agreed to open for us… if we made it worth his while… which we obviously did. The pillar is situated next to a newly constructed farm road a 100 yards or so from the public highway. It’s complete and in very good condition, it’s metalwork has remained intact. It was very hazy in the distance so the views weren’t as good as we’d hoped and the other local pillars couldn’t bee seen, which was a bit of a pity. All in all, an enjoyable experience.

©Pharisee
©Pharisee
©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-11 19:03 - TP0387 (Wormley)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

I parked in the access road in front of the houses just off the roundabout at the bottom of the A10 slip road. It’s a bit narrow but safe enough as there were a lot of other cars there as well. I walked back along the grass verge to the major roundabout. The rivet is easily spotted in the concrete at the end of the crash barrier.

The relevant lump of concrete ©Pharisee
The rivet ©Pharisee


Toppled 2011-02-11 17:40 - TP3982 (Holmshill)

FB Number: S1855   Condition: Toppled   Score: 5/10

As has already been reported, this pillar is now lying on its side in the small copse some 240 yards north east of its original position. There is no public RoW anywhere near and you have to cross 200 yards of cultivated field to reach it. I visited this location a couple of days ago and decided that to cross the field to the copse in broad daylight in full view of the two houses wouldn’t be very sensible so I came back at dusk this evening and crossed under the cover of darkness. The GPSr was showing TQ 21459 99209 whilst lying on the recumbent pillar. Maybe the location on the web page could be revised? The pillar still has all the metalwork in place. Being dark, there were no views.

The recumbent pillar ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2011-02-09 14:07 - TP5318 (Parsonage Farm)

FB Number: S4466   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

For this one, I parked in the residential area north of the pillar and followed the footpath up the hill. The pillar had had the centre plug removed and it looks like someone has, at some point in the past, made a start on removing the spider. Other than that, the pillar is structurally sound. The views are OK... west probably being the best aspect.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view west. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-09 13:34 - TP1377 (Birchwood Cottages)

FB Number: S4473   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A quick dash to this one as I’d left my car parked across a field gate... very naughty! The pillar has acquired a covering of moss but really looks none the worse for that. It’s in generally good condition with a full compliment of metalwork. As others have noted, the last digit on the flush bracket would appear to be an ‘8’ that has been modified with a chisel to become a ‘3’ [see close-up photograph]. No views to speak of.

The pillar in the wood ©Pharisee
Flush bracket number ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-09 12:35 - TP3748 (Hertford Heath)

FB Number: S4472   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked at the top of the lane, NNE of the pillar, next to the pub and walked across the Nature Reserve to the pillar. The centre plug has been replaced with tarmac but that aside, it’s in good condition with the rest of the metalwork intact. The pillar is situated in very pleasant surroundings and is worth a visit. Stopped at the pub on the way back for a pint of lunch and a packet of crisps. All very civilised.

The pillar on the heath. ©Pharisee
The view north. ©Pharisee


Damaged 2011-02-09 11:41 - TP4066 (Hunsdon)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Damaged   Score: 3/10

Parked in the village but be warned, the locals are a bit ‘precious’ about their perceived parking rights. Anyway, I then ambled along the footpath to the corner of Black Hut Wood and then down behind the flying club to the pillar, just inside the wood. As has already been mentioned, the flush bracket has been chiselled out and the centre plug has been replaced with tarmac. Apart from that, the pillar appears to be sound enough. No views from inside the wood but the view south from the flying club is pleasant enough. There’s an interesting memorial in front of the flying club with the remains of a propeller on top. I didn’t go over to it as there were some flying bods hovering about but the two plaques that I could see commemorate The Royal Canadian Air Force and The Royal Australian Air Force. Possibly they flew from this airfield during the war.

The pillar in the wood ©Pharisee
The Memorial ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-09 10:42 - TP1782 (Burnham Green)

FB Number: S4469   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Very easy, this one, as it’s on the village green. Apart from the missing centre plug, the pillar is in good condition with the rest of its metalwork in place. The adjacent pub looks handy but it was a bit early in the morning for beer. The views are exactly what you would expect on a village green.

The pillar on the green. ©Pharisee
The view north towards the pub. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-07 12:58 - TP1667 (Bromley Common)

FB Number: S4474   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I’d noted that some people had driven right up to the pillar but I chose to park at the eastern end of the farm road, in the corner, just inside the gate. I’ve had one or two... umm... ‘discussions’ with irate farmers about driving on their property without permission so now I don’t unless I’ve obtained permission first. As it happens, I never met another soul so I probably would have got away with it but it was only a short walk, anyway. The pillar its self is complete and in good condition but it’s either sinking slowly or the road verge is rising as the flush bracket is now half ‘submerged’. Views are uninspiring farmland.

The pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-07 12:28 - TP2144 (Cherrys Green)

FB Number: S4467   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Parked outside the electricity sub-station, east of the pillar. From there, a short walk to the trig-point. It’s tucked tightly into the hedgerow but at this time of year (early February) it’s easily accessible. The FB faces out, fortunately. The pillar is in good condition and still has its full compliment of metalwork. The views are arable farmland.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-07 12:10 - TP0388 (Knights Hill Farm)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

An easy surface block. There is currently a yellow disc nailed to the road adjacent to the S/B on the verge.

The surface block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The location and yellow disc. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2011-02-07 11:36 - TP6155 (Standon)

FB Number: S4710   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I wasn’t sure where to park for this one. In the end, I pulled off the road opposite the start of the footpath directly north of the trig-point. The pillar is beside the footpath and very easily accessed. It’s complete and in good condition. The views are of farmland and none too inspiring.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Damaged 2011-02-07 10:58 - TP4691 (Mathams)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Damaged   Score: 3/10

I pulled off the road just a few yards short of the gated farm road and walked up to the pillar. As has already been reported, this one has been severely vandalised; the only metalwork remaining being the anchoring loops for the theodolite. As it’s just inside the wood’s perimeter, there are no views to speak of.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Toppled 2011-02-07 10:10 - TP2118 (Chapmans Fields)

FB Number: S4515   Condition: Toppled   Score: 2/10

This pillar has been ‘re-located’ and now sits beside the south-east leg of the electricity pylon and is visible from the road. A short dash across the field was needed to reach it. Apart from being moved, the pillar has a significant crack about two thirds of the way up and a couple of large chunks out of the top edge. On the plus side, the pillar has all its metalwork in place. The landscape is fairly flat and you can see a long way in some directions but the views are not particularly inspiring.

Pillar in its new location. The crack is clearly visible.©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-09-11 10:30 - TP6507 (Tolsford Hill)

FB Number: S1787   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Collected this one on the way home from visiting my brother in Dargate. I drove down the lane from Etchinghill (take the LEFT fork half way along) and parked by the Radio Station. From there, it was a short walk across the M.O.D. training ground to the pillar. It was overcast, with blustery rain and very hazy in the distance. The sort of day that dog walkers just amble round the block and steer clear of hill tops, so I had the place to myself this morning. The base is now somewhat exposed and the centre plug has been replaced with tarmac but apart from that, it’s in good condition. You can see the sea from up here... Yay! Well I think it was the sea... a bit difficult to tell with all the haze and rain.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The nearby radio station ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-09-08 15:31 - TP6754 (Warren Hill)

FB Number: S7529   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

As I had to drive past this one on the way home from YSM390, it would have been a bit silly not to stop and log it too. There’s easy parking in a lay-by on the Moulton Road by the north west corner of Warren Plantation. Public access to the exercise grounds is only allowed after 1 p.m. as race horses are charging about before that. As it was long past that time when I arrived, I went through the gate and walked up the gallop to the pillar. It’s located just inside the wood at the south west corner of Warren Plantation. It’s a bit grubby, to say the least but it is structurally sound. The centre plug is missing and the tarmac filler has been punched through but all the other metalwork is in place. The views south and west, towards Newmarket, are open, the other directions are obscured by trees. Cambridgeshire and Suffolk aren’t known for their hills so on a clear day you can see a long way. Unfortunately, today was very hazy.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view over Newmarket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-09-08 13:39 - TP0472 (Southwold Harbour)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

I visited this location a month or so ago but couldn’t find the surface block. Well, I did go totally unprepared with nothing more than the grid reference. I mean… how hard could a surface block be to find? Specially as it was right in the middle of a roadside footpath. Yeah... right! There was no OS sketch map or photo for this location but fortunately, a previous finder had posted a photo showing the blocks location with reference to a marker disk nailed between two kerb stones. Armed with this photo, I set out again. It wasn’t surprising that I hadn’t found it on my previous visit. Someone... the local council, perhaps, had covered it with a new layer of compacted sand and gravel; presumably to fill a hollow in the path that turned into a puddle when it rained. So... How was I to excavate the public footpath without some nosy individual asking what I was doing? Fortunately, it was raining and who in their right mind would visit Southwold Harbour on a cold, wet afternoon in September? No-one. I never saw another soul all the time I was prodding to locate the block and it’s subsequent uncovering. I took the necessary photos, covered it up again and beat a hasty retreat. This one isn’t difficult to locate, if you have the photo but uncovering it may be a problem at busy times.

The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The location. ©Pharisee
Look for the marker between the kerbstones ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-08-30 15:55 - TP3674 (Haven Street)

FB Number: S2490   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Came to this hill top whilst geocaching. Parked at the nearby road junction and made the short walk up the hill. The pillar is in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. Views are good all round with the east and south probably the best.

The trigpoint and nearby monument ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view south. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-08-25 12:40 - TP5634 (Reigate Park)

FB Number: S3328   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I’ve been ‘house-sitting’ for some friends on Hawks Hill, just outside Leatherhead, for the past few days so I was delighted when this one popped up as a YOSM location today. As it’s ‘just down the road’ so to speak, it would have been churlish not to pay it a visit, after all, the house could look after its self for an hour or so. I parked in a cul-de-sac just to the south-east and made the short, uphill walk to the pillar. Apart from the missing centre plug, which has been filled with ‘tar-mac’, the pillar is in good condition although a bit of a scrub down and a fresh coat of white paint wouldn’t go amiss. For all its height, the views are mostly blocked by trees. The view west being the only aspect open.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view West ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-31 10:17 - TP4241 (Kinnoull Hill)

FB Number: S5917   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The final trig-point of my excursion north to the Perth Mega Geocaching Event. It took me a little while to get here as my stupid sat-nav was insisting that I use a private road up alongside the Deuchny Burn and I had to back-track a bit. I finally pulled off the road, north of the hill and took the well made path to the summit. Not a difficult climb, just a gentle uphill drag compared with some I tackled earlier in the week. I was surprised to find myself alone at the top as I expected it to be crowded with geocachers. Splendid! The pillar is in good condition and complete with all it’s metalwork. There is some light cracking in the surface cement but hardly enough to mark it as ‘slightly damaged’. There’s an adjacent seating area and topograph viewpoint. The views north and east are splendid but trees obscure the view in other directions. I spotted numerous people crashing around in the undergrowth as I made my way back down the hill. Wonder what they were doing…

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 17:11 - TP3949 (Hips Heugh)

FB Number: S3569   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The final trig of the day. I parked in a rough lay-by at 55° 27’ 28”N 001° 35’ 38”W, went through the adjacent gate and followed the track along the edge of the field (not a public RoW, I should add) until I was level with the pillar and then climbed the hill to the top of the rocky outcrop. You’re a bit exposed up here and in full view of the farm. There were some ominous black clouds gathering upwind so I didn’t hang about for too long. The pillar is in good condition with all the metalwork where it should be. It’s obviously been used as a ’rubbing post’ by the sheep and isn’t as white as it once was. You can see to the horizon in all directions from up here but it’s mostly coast and farmland; nice but hardly spectacular. The promised rain hit me just as I got back to the car… that was lucky.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view west... the rain cometh! ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 16:01 - TP0123 (North Blyth)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Another roadside ‘surface block’ that in reality, seems to be a ‘surface rivet’. Easily found as it was uncovered and quite obvious. The road is quite busy as it’s the access road to some harbourside industrial facility but the kerb is low and you can get your car out of the way, if you want to. Not too much in the way of views here; mostly harbour and sea.

It\'s where the black bag is ©Pharisee
The rivet ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 14:29 - TP0125 (Marsden Bay)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A rivet set into the kerb at the edge of a car park overlooking the sea. Very easy to locate. Not much else to say about this one, really.

The location. ©Pharisee
The rivet ©Pharisee
The view south-east(ish) along the coast ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 13:22 - TP5494 (Pontop Pike)

FB Number: S4121   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

I did think about driving up to this one and with hindsight, probably could have done so easily but in the end, elected to leave the car in a rough lay-by 100 yards or so north of the farm lane. The short, uphill walk through the transmitter compounds to the pillar was uneventful and I saw no-one. Some idiot has been active with the blue spray paint and has given the pillar some smiley faces. That aside, the pillar is in good condition and complete with all it’s metalwork. For somewhere so high, 1045 ft above sea level, the views are disappointing being obscured by trees and assorted metalwork. Inside one locked compound you have to walk past is an old concrete structure that obviously pre-dates the current transmitters, possibly a base for an older (wartime?) radio mast.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The only view from here ©Pharisee
The concrete thing. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 11:37 - TP0128 (Hartlepool)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This way probably the easiest location of the whole expedition. I parked close by and found it straight away. A tiny rivet, set into the concrete under the railings at the edge of the esplanade at Seaton Carew, a suburb of Hartlepool. There’s no longer any trace of the white paint mentioned in previous logs but it’s not difficult to find if you know what you’re looking for. The views are exactly what you would expect from such a location.

The location. The GPSr is laying next to the rivet. Use the rocks as a reference.©Pharisee
The Rivet and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view north towards Hartlepool harbour. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 10:52 - TP0124 (Garmondsway)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Another roadside surface block that I thought I may have trouble with as the reference points on the OS engineer’s map had been subsequently removed. As it turned out, the surface block was more or less uncovered and I spotted it as I approached. It just needed a bit of cleaning up (much to the concern of the red ants nesting beside it) before taking a photograph or two. A rural road junction, it doesn’t have a lot going for it in the viewpoint stakes but the southern aspect, looking over Garmondsway Moor was nice enough.

The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view south. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 09:58 - TP6560 (Toy Top)

FB Number: S4346   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

For this one I parked in the entrance of the long abandoned rest area / pick-nick spot. It would appear that the local Council, or whoever ran it, just locked the gates one night and forgot to open them again. Very over-grown now but toilet block (not working) and visitor information notices still in place… very eerie. I followed the metalled path as far as it went then bushwhacked through the woodland to the trig-point. The pillar is in good condition but the centre plug has been removed. Being inside the wood, there are no views.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-30 09:11 - TP0122 (Eryholme)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

The first location of my third consecutive days trig hunting. An easy roadside surface block if you have the OS engineer’s map and a tape measure. It needed a little digging out as it had been 2 years since it was last logged as found. I parked in the field entrance opposite but had to move shortly after as the farmer came along in his tractor and wanted to get into his field… how inconsiderate! Nothing to see here… move along to the next location, please.

Trowel handle shows the location ©Pharisee
The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
Somewhere to park... maybe? ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-29 17:20 - TP0127 (Newby Grange)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

Another rural road-side surface block that needed a little excavating. The grass on the verge had been mown… but not recently and there was no obvious sign of where the block was hidden. I had brought a copy of the OS engineer’s sketch map and used that, along with my trusty tape measure to put me in the right ball park. My ‘prodding rod’ soon located the concrete and a few moments work with a trowel uncovered the S/B. There is a steel pin driven into the centre of the road opposite the location. If you can find that, you’ll have no trouble locating this one. There are no views here, it’s just a hedge-lined rural road junction. I did get some strange looks from passing motorists who were obviously wondering what a scruffy bloke with a long tape measure was doing but nobody stopped to ask. I left this one uncovered but I don’t expect it will remain so for too long.

The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The screwdriver indicates the nail in the road ©Pharisee
It\'s 14.4 metres from the road sign ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-07-29 15:58 - TP5734 (Roseberry Topping)

FB Number: S4415   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 9/10

I pulled into the car park at the end of Roseberry Lane, looked up at the ‘mini Matterhorn’ that dominated the eastern skyline and though “Oh Bum… Do I have to?” The answer, of course was “Yes”. Having had two fairly tough (for me, anyway) climbs at the previous two trigs, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. The walk up the lane was easy… the climb through the wood was steep, very steep and the crude steps didn’t help a great deal. The middle, open section, was just a drag. Then came the final push to the summit. That had me holding on with my hands at times and I was very glad to finally clamber over the lip onto the relatively flat area around the pillar, some 40 minutes after I left the car. There were already a few people up here and looking down, there were more on the way up. They can’t all be trig hunters so what on earth makes them tackle that insane climb… with young kids in tow and some with babies in back-packs. I guess it must be the view from up here…. It is spectacular. Judging by all the names and dates carved into the sandstone rock, there have been thousands up here over the years. After a brief rest, waiting for the kids to get off the pillar (and for my legs to start working again), I took a few photos. The pillar has suffered a bit over the years, the top is well chipped under numerous coats of white paint and the centre plug has been removed. Whatever the resulting hole was filled with has been punched through. Not too much graffiti at the moment, fortunately. Apparently, the hill was pretty much symmetrical up until 1914 when the southern end collapsed. Bet that woke the locals up!

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view north. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-29 13:25 - TP3534 (Guisborough Moor)

FB Number: S4276   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

There’s a parking area at the top of the road leading to the Gracelands Care Home, on the north side of the wood. From there, it’s a steep(ish) climb through the woods until you exit on the south side of the tree line. There is a lot of logging activity at the moment so you’ll need to keep an eye out for vehicles and machinery moving along the tracks. When you exit the wood, just to the east of the pillar, go through the gate and follow a faint trail west until you meet up with the track south to the pillar. Don’t follow the track on the tree side of the fence as there is no access to the moor along there. The pillar is being used as a notice board with ‘NO BIKES’ being painted on one side. The centre plug has been removed but apart from that, it’s in good condition. You can see a long way in most directions, the rolling moorland pleasant enough but not spectacular. At 1074 feet above sea level, this was the highest trig-point I visited on this three day expedition, but not the toughest climb…. That came next at Roseberry Topping.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-07-29 11:32 - TP3067 (Errington Wood)

FB Number: S4208   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

There’s room to park at the end of the residential road north of the wood. From there, there is a well marked path, with steps on the steepest part, south through the wood. Turn east when you reach the top and follow the wide track along the field’s edge to the pillar which is set on a small ‘hillock’. It’s mostly obscured by ferns but once through them, it’s fairly clear on the other side. The pillar has a couple of large chips out of the top edge at the end of two of the spider’s ‘arms’ and the spider it’s self, has many striations cut into it. These look old and there aren’t matching cuts in the centre plug so maybe they were there from the beginning. The views from the pillar are best to the south as the northern aspect is obscured by trees but there are some good views to the north, looking out over the coast from the track a few yards west of the pillar.

The Pillar (1) ©Pharisee
The Pillar (2) ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view north from a few yards west of the pillar. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-29 10:09 - TP5988 (Siss Cross)

FB Number: S4257   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

For this one, there’s easy parking at the eastern end of the track where the road turns a corner. From there it’s about a 1 mile, fairly level walk along the track and then a couple of hundred yards across the moor to the pillar. If you have a 4x4, you could probably drive to the closest point on the track but you’ll need some serious ground clearance as the tyre ruts are very deep in places. A couple of off-road motorbikes came along while I was walking and they seemed to be having fun. The pillar, located on a small rise, is in good condition with all the metalwork in place. You can see a long way in all directions but the flat(ish), heather covered moor isn’t exactly a spectacular view.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view north. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-29 09:10 - TP0004 (Danby Beacon)

FB Number: S4255   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I guess this counts as a ‘drive-by’ as you can park almost right next to the pillar. It’s in good condition, has a coat of white paint and the second OS plaque indicating that this is also a passive station. What it doesn’t have is a centre plug as this has been removed and replaced with a plastic bung. At almost 1000 feet, the views are very good, particularly north towards the Scaling Dam Reservoir. There is a true ‘beacon’ close by and a topograph viewpoint a few yards away. There was evidence of recent pick-nicking activity but while I was there, I had the place to myself.

The pillar and the beacon. ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The topograph viewpoint ©Pharisee
The view towards Scaling Dam Reservoir ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-29 08:45 - TP0129 (Potato Hill)

FB Number: S4322   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This pillar is in the corner of a field, just inside the gate (which was lying on the ground, broken). There is room to park a car, off-road, right opposite the field entrance. It looks like this pillar has had a coat of white paint fairly recently. It’s in good condition but the centre plug has been replaced with a plastic bung. It also carries the second OS plate indicating that this is now a passive station. The views are reasonable in some directions.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The gate ©Pharisee
Somewhere to park. Ooo... what a nice car.©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-29 08:10 - TP1697 (Brow Top)

FB Number: S4387   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

After spending the night at Robin Hood’s Bay, the second day of my expedition started high up (relatively speaking) on the North Yorkshire Moors at Brow Top. Plenty of parking space just off the road and an easy walk to the pillar. Traces of white in the spider grooves and on the flush bracket were subtle clues to the more observant trig hunter that this pillar had at one time probably been submerged in a bath of white paint. Fortunately, 99.9% of it had been weathered away, leaving this monument to the skill of the trig builder in all it’s naked glory. It’s complete, all the metalwork is in place and it’s in very good condition. Long may it remain so. This pillar also carries a commemorative plaque to one Jim Rushworth who was, apparently, a loving husband, father and grandad. Hmmm… wonder is anyone will nail a plate to High Neb when I pop me clogs. This pillar is, as it’s name suggests, on top of a brow in the middle of a heather covered moor, so the views are pretty much the same which ever direction you look in. The view east over the bay is probably the best.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
East over the bay. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-28 16:33 - TP0159 (Pockley Moor)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

This one was just a little tricky as it hadn’t been visited for some time and it certainly wasn’t obvious where it was. Time to get out the tape measure and prodding rod again. After taking some measurements and some judicial prodding I struck something hard under the turf. A few moments work with a trowel revealed the surface block. Having taken a couple of photographs, the turf was replaced and the site tidied up as I didn’t want to leave it uncovered and looking like the proverbial “dog’s dinner”. The views are exactly what you would expect from the high point on a heather covered and very exposed moor. At 808ft, this was the highest location I visited today.

The location ©Pharisee
The surface block ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view north. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-28 15:47 - TP2055 (Caulkleys Bank)

FB Number: S6913   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A very easy and accessible pillar. There is a gravelled parking area where the footpath crosses the road. From there it’s just short, level walk to the pillar. The pillar is built of the local stone, not cast in concrete and is in good condition with all the metalwork in place. As the path runs east-west, the views to the north and south are the best, overlooking, for the most part, agricultural farmland.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-28 14:42 - TP1898 (Canada)

FB Number: S6456   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Looking at the map and on Google Earth, a parking place wasn’t immediately obvious but there is room to pull a car off-road at N54° 04.131’ W000° 37.556’. From there, it’s a short walk beside the field to the pillar, which is built on top of a small ‘tumulus’ (one of half a dozen or so tumuli in the immediate vicinity), just inside Towthorpe Plantation. It’s not on, or even close to, a public right of way so you look for this one at your own risk. The pillar is in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. It’s very dirty and the top is moss covered. Being inside woodland, there are no views… just trees.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-28 14:06 - TP0356 (Driffield)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

This was a fairly easy surface block. I parked in the adjacent side-road and had to clear away the wet leaf litter and mud that was covering it but no real problems. If views of a wide grassy verge on a reasonably busy rural road float your boat then you’ll love this one. I have to admit, they didn’t excite me too much. Not much else to say about it, really.

The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
It’s just to the left of the corner post. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-07-28 12:18 - TP0752 (Buckton Cliffs)

FB Number: S6326   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

The church car park in Speeton is the closest place to park. A small donation in the box is all that’s asked. From there, it’s about half a mile downhill to the Coast Path. A gentle climb of another mile and a quarter will take you to the pillar, perched on the obvious high point. It was bright and sunny as I enjoyed the walk; I never saw another soul all the while I was out. As I reached the pillar, I looked back the way I’d come and saw that the rain had crept up behind me and I was obviously going to get very wet on the way back…. Bummer! The pillar is missing it’s centre plug and some of the cement screed on the top but apart from that, it’s not in bad condition considering it’s exposed location. It carries the usual second OS plaque indicating that it’s now a ‘passive station’. As one would expect, the view over Filey Bay is excellent. The inland view is relatively flat farmland. It did indeed rain on the way back but my waterproof jacket kept most of it at bay. I did use the little church to change my wet trousers for a dry pair when I got back to the car, though. Another quid in the box should keep big G happy.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-28 09:33 - TP0813 (Alkborough)

FB Number: S1459   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I had intended to park in the entrance to the track and make the short walk up to the pillar but as I turned in, there was a huge farm implement; a harvester of some sort, thundering down the track towards me. I beat a hasty retreat and pulled off the road 100 yards or so north east of the entrance. The pillar is easily accessible but surrounded by stinging nettles at this time of the year. It’s complete with all it’s metalwork and in good condition. There was some evidence that it had been painted white at sometime in the dim and distant past, now it was just weathered and dirty. There is a splendid view of the Humber suspension bridge to the east but today was a little hazy so it wasn’t as good as it might have been on a clear day.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The Humber bridge in the distance ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-28 08:12 - TP5810 (Sandtoft)

FB Number: S8634   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I wasn’t sure how to get to this one but in the end, it was easier than I’d thought. Go up the short lane next to the pub and when no-one is looking, go through the fence on the left. From there, it’s a short walk around the back of what looks like and old wartime airfield building to the pillar. Probably best if you’re not wearing a bright red anorak and pick a time of day when there are not many people about as you will be visible from the adjacent pub and houses. The pillar is complete with all it’s metalwork and in good condition, albeit a might grubby. There’s nothing much in the way of views as the pillar is in a paddock surrounded by trees, bushes and old buildings.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-07-28 08:02 - TP0203 (Gringley)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

The first location of a three day, 24 trig point marathon session en-route to the Scottish Mega Event in Perth. This one took a bit of finding as the grass had grown somewhat and obscured it. Fortunately, I had a copy of the OS engineer’s hand drawn map so out came the 100 metre surveyor’s tape measure and a stainless steel ‘prodding rod’. I soon hit something hard and a few minutes digging with a trowel soon uncovered the surface block. I left this one uncovered so it may be easier for the next person to come looking for it. A country roadside location with nothing much in the way of views.

The location ©Pharisee
The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-29 12:47 - TP0651 (Hemel Hempstead FBM Aux 1)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Finally located this one, thanks to Martyn (MCL). I suspect it was the cheap Chinese tape measures I was using last time ;o)) that caused me not to locate it.

The location ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
Inside ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-24 14:35 - TP0142 (Hordern Stoops)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The final trigpoint for this trip to the West Midlands. You can park right next to this one as there is a hard surfaced ‘lay-by’. A quick look over the ground, where my GPSr indicated it should be, revealed… nothing! Back to the car for some equipment… A trowel, a sharpened screwdriver and a small, hand-held metal detector. The metal detector soon gave me an indication, confirmed by a prod with the screwdriver, that there was something hard under the surface grass. A couple of minutes work with the trowel soon had the surface block uncovered. The views here are pleasant enough. The green, rolling hills are impressive without being spectacular.

The location, close to the end of a wall ©Pharisee
The surface block ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-24 13:30 - TP4035 (Hough Hill)

FB Number: S3454   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A short, sharp climb from the path at the north end of the quarry takes you directly to the trigpoint. The views were quite impressive but the dark clouds threatened imminent rain so I didn’t hang around long enough to appreciate them. The pillar is in good condition apart from the missing plug, leaving an eTrex size hole in the top. Just for the record... this is my 300th Trigpoint.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view east. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-24 11:09 - TP5066 (Naze Point)

FB Number: S3463   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I left my car in a side road in Freckleton, as close as I could get to Lancashire Coastal Way. From there I walked through the boatyards and up onto the ‘high path’. The pillar is in a pasture overlooking the confluence of the rivers Ribble and Douglas. The centre plug has been replaced with a plastic bung but apart from that, it’s in good condition. The views on three sides are obstructed by the trees that surround the field but the view out over the river is pleasant enough.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view out over the rivers ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-24 09:23 - TP0135 (Moss Bridge)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

This surface block / bolt / rivet (the terms seem to be interchangeable) is in the road-side verge on a bridge over what was once a railway line, now a bridleway that’s part of the ‘Trans-Penine Trail’. You can’t really miss it as there’s a huge white arrow on the bridge parapet that points to it. I had to clear away some debris but it’s not buried. I parked in a gated slip-road on the west side of the bridge and walked up; the road is narrow and I wouldn’t advise parking on the bridge. The views are of flat and fairly featureless farmland. Don’t be confused by anther disk with EABM on it that’s placed nearby. This was put there relatively recently by the Environmental Agency (they control the land under the bridge) and is absolutely nothing to do with the Ordnance Survey.

The location ©Pharisee
The Rivet and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view north. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-24 08:24 - TP0523 (Liverpool)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked in a grubby side street in a very run-down part of Anfield while I went in search of this one. When I returned, the wheels were still on my car… Result! An easy F.B.M. to find as it’s in the middle of a very nice ornamental garden in Stanley Park. The height plate is missing and there are a few chips along the edges of the block but apart from that, the F.B.M. is in fine condition. It was still reasonably early, 08:30 but the gardeners were out tending the flower beds in this very pleasant area of the park.

The F.B.M. ©Pharisee
The F.B.M. ©Pharisee
The F.B.M. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-06-24 07:20 - TP0524 (Daresbury)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Another roadside F.B.M. tucked up against a wall. This one has suffered some damage, however as bits have been sliced off the bronze dome; probably by a mowing machine. The height plate is missing, deliberately removed or knocked off by the mower… who knows? The views are just rural roadside stuff… nothing to write home about. The yellow arrow is still on the wall but it’s weathered so much that it’s harder to find than the F.B.M.

The F.B.M. ©Pharisee
The F.B.M. ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 15:58 - TP0525 (Macclesfield)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The final location of my first day in the West Midlands. This FBM is in the roadside verge, tucked up against a dry stone wall. It’s a bit overgrown at the moment but still easy to find. Parking is a bit difficult; I stopped half off the road in a field gate just down Bull Hill Lane. The height plate has been removed from the FBM but that aside, it’s in as good a condition as can be expected. The views are very pleasant… green rolling hills in three directions and a view over Macclesfield to the west.

The FBM and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
Looking North. Somewhere to park? ©Pharisee
The view east. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 14:51 - TP5970 (Shutlingsloe)

FB Number: S2760   Condition: Good   Score: 9/10

I used the car park at the road junction directly north of the trigpoint. From there, I took the permissive bridleway which branches on to a permissive footpath directly to the top of Buxtors Hill and from there, a splendid walk along the ridge top to Shutlingsloe. The final steep climb had me panting a bit by the time I reached the summit. The pillar, once painted white, was in good condition apart from the missing centre plug. A plastic bung was it’s replacement. The views were awesome; you could see for miles in all directions. Pity it was hazy in the distance. On a clear, bright winter’s day they would be truly excellent. There is a stainless steel, topographic, memorial attached to a rock nearby stating “In memory of Arthur Smith a doughty fighter for footpaths and access to mountains. Erected by the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society and the Ramblers Assocn.” The pillar also has a plaque screwed to it commemorating 20 years of Remembrance Sunday visits by “Holdens Hoofers”

Shutlingsloe The nipple... sorry.. trig pillar clearly visible some 3/4 mile distant©Pharisee
The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The memorial topograph ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 12:04 - TP6422 (The Roaches)

FB Number: S2598   Condition: Good   Score: 9/10

My first time on ‘The Roaches’ but I don’t think it will be my last. There’s room to park just north of the cattle grid at the bend in the road, north west of the pillar. From there it’s an easy climb up to the trig point along a paved path for the most part. The ‘ground’ around the base of the pillar looks to have been eroded away but I’d be surprised if there ever was enough soil up there for the base to have been covered. It was probably built that way. The pillar is painted white and in good condition, apart from the missing centre plug. At a recorded 1685ft above sea level, this is the highest trigpoint of my 2 day sortie into the West Midlands. The views are spectacular… or would be if it weren’t so hazy. Interestingly, there is a large benchmark arrow incised into a boulder close to the pillar. Evidence of an earlier triangulation, maybe?

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The bench mark ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 11:02 - TP0190 (Moor Top)

FB Number: S2675   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

This pillar is tucked way behind a dry stone wall backed up with barbed wire. There is, however, a gate into the field a hundred yards or so to the south east at SK 03042 55181. You can back your car in off the road here too. This pillar is in grand condition with all the metalwork in place. The centre plug is of the shallow indented sort. There is evidence (on the edge of the flush bracket) that this pillar was once painted white but the paint has long since been weathered away. The views all round are great but today was a bit hazy in the distance and that spoilt it a bit.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view facing North ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 09:52 - TP4060 (Hunger Hill)

FB Number: S2253   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

For this one I parked in an un-gated (and not recently used) field entrance adjacent to the start of the track, south-west of the pillar. An easy walk up the track to the recently mown field where the pillar is located. This one could definitely do with a lick of paint. It’s in good condition, albeit a might grubby, with all it’s metal work in place. The centre plug is of the shallow indented sort. The view to the south is probably the best with trees and hedgerows obscuring the other directions.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 09:21 - TP0191 (Regents Wood)

FB Number: S2259   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

A short walk from the adjacent car park. This one could do with a good going over with a wire brush and a new coat of paint as it’s looking a bit sorry for it’s self. The centre plug has been removed leaving a GPSr swallowing hole in the top. It’s surrounded by trees and bushes so there are no views to speak of. There was a rose and a ‘Father’s Day’ card from a lass (or boy?) named Sue on top today.

The Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 07:57 - TP0241 (Pheasey)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A roadside surface block ( or rivet… the terms seem to be interchangeable). This one had previously been reported as being dug up and dumped on the verge a few feet away from it’s original position. It may be that it’s now been put back by someone as it’s now buried as to be expected and my 60CSx showed it to be very close (within 1 metre) to the quoted co-ordinates. There is room to park a car a few yards up the road on the opposite side.

The data shot ©Pharisee
Somewhere to park ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-23 07:06 - TP0725 (Walton Hill)

FB Number: S1533   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The first trigpoint of my 2 day sortie into the West Midlands and a good one to start with. There’s easy parking to the north and it’s a short, sharp climb from there. The pillar is in good condition apart from a couple of chips on the top edge. The centre plug is still there but unusually, doesn’t seem to have any legend on it. There is, however “TS=JD” stamped into the spider. I’m not sure if this is significant or graffiti. This morning was bright, warm and sunny but a grey haze obscured the distant views which would have been good otherwise, particularly to the south.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-04 12:32 - TP3839 (Highoredish)

FB Number: S1717   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

The obvious car park to use is only open at weekends so I parked across the gated entrance to it, right opposite the entrance to Coldharbour Farm… What a mistake to make! No sooner had I got out of the car than a huge and apparently very angry rottweiler came barrelling up the farm drive and slammed into the iron gates which were fortunately closed. I suspect my Leki pole would have been somewhat lacking as a defence had they not have been. A 12 gauge Mossberg loaded with ‘OO’ buckshot would have been my choice! He/she/it growled and barked continuously, setting of a second dog, somewhere else behind the gates. I walked up the road to the footpath and round the back of the farm to the pillar, accompanied by continuous barking. Once at GZ, the views were grand although it was still very hazy in the distance. The pillar is in good condition and complete with all it’s metalwork. The plug is of the shallow engraved variety. If you’re at all ‘iffy’ about big dogs, approach this one from the south, using the footpath up from the A615 at Doehole.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
Looking north, towards Coldharbour Farm ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-04 11:34 - TP0905 (Ashover)

FB Number: S1730   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

The easiest of the trig pillars visited today. There’s a convenient ‘lay-by’ just south-east of the road junction and a footpath directly opposite that takes you up to the summit just a hundred yards or so away. There’s an old R.O.C. nuclear observation bunker right next to the pillar. The entrance hatch has been welded closed, unfortunately, so you can’t get down into this one… A pity, that. There’s also a ‘Veiwpoint’ giving direction and distance to local landmarks. The pillar is in good condition, apart from the missing centre plug, the hole being filled with tar-mac. The views would be excellent on a clear day (as you would expect for an R.O.C. bunker location) but it was a bit hazy this morning.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The above ground bit of the R.O.C. bunker. ©Pharisee
The Viewpoint and rock outcrop ©Pharisee
The view facing west. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-04 09:52 - TP2877 (Dukes Wood)

FB Number: S4885   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I turned off the road and drove up the track to the car park for the ‘Oilfield Museum’. From there, it was a pleasant walk along the trail through the wood. Interesting location, this as apparently it supplied a lot of the oil used by the Allies in WWII, some 2,000,000 barrels in all before it was closed down in the ‘60s. To reach the pillar, you have to ignore the ‘No Access to Unauthorised Personnel’ notice (getting good at that today) and step over the chain into the wood. The pillar is 100 yards or so in, a little to the right in fairly dense woodland. Not easy to spot. It’s got a lot of moss growing on it but otherwise it’s complete and in good condition with a shallow engraved centre plug. No views from this location, of course. Score of 6 for oilfield interest.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
An old Nodding Donkey oil pump ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-06-04 07:40 - TP6295 (Syerston Aero)

FB Number: S4922   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I’d spent a long time looking at the map, trying to decide which way to tackle this one. The obvious way would be to drive up to Trent Hills Farm and ask permission to go onto their land but I’m not very good at that… I don’t like farm dogs (or rather, they don’t like me) and I’d had mixed reactions from farmers recently. In the end I decided to park in Kneeton early in the morning and take the farm road north-east, then work my way around the fields to the pillar. It looked good on paper and on Google Earth. If anyone else has that idea… don’t. The first bit worked a treat but working my way round the last bit was a nightmare of waist high wet rape, stinging nettles, barbed wire, mad cows, very skittish sheep and electric fences (with very wet trousers on). I did get there eventually, however only to find that access to the pillar was impossible from the farmland. The aforementioned barbed wire, electric fence and dense hawthorn bushes made spotting the pillar nearly impossible, let alone getting at it. The only way was to backtrack a little, go over the fence onto the aerodrome, ignoring the prominent ‘Keep Out’ notices and up the hedgerow on that side. The pillar is in good condition and complete with all the metalwork. The centre plug is of the shallow engraved variety and in this case, painted yellow. The views would be good on a clear day but today it was very hazy. Having ‘done the biz’ I took the easy route out… back through the farm. I had a brief chat with an elderly lady hanging out her washing and she said “People walk up through here all the time.” Silly me!!

The pillar, almost hidden in the hedgerow ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
Do they mean me?.... Surely not! ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-28 14:22 - TP5330 (Paulton)

FB Number: S2402   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A poignant location for the last trigpoint of my expedition. The field where 23 men lost their lives when the Horsa glider that was carrying them to Arnhem in 1944, crashed shortly after take-off. They were all buried in a cemetery at Weston-Super-Mare with full military honours. The pillar is a short distance away from the memorial to those men. It’s in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. Where they are not obscured by trees, the views over the surrounding countryside are quite good.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The Arnhem Memorial Plaque ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-28 12:54 - TP2771 (Devils Punch Bowl)

FB Number: S3260   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked in the gateway of the communication tower compound… naughty, but it was only for a few minutes… and walked back to the field gate. A tractor towing a muck-spreader was just approaching so I waited and asked if it would be ok to walk up to the trig point. No problem, said the very nice bloke on the tractor. What a difference from the miserable pillock at Ready Token (TP5599). The pillar is in good condition apart from the missing centre plug; the hole being plugged with tarmac/bitumen. The views are pleasant without being terrific, the early summer greenery making things look better.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-28 09:31 - TP1608 (Brean Down)

FB Number: S3270   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

So… Day three of my expedition started here... Brean Down... and I can’t think of a better place to start. After climbing all the steps (no, I didn’t count them but there were lots!) from the car park to the top, the landscape opened out onto a rolling, green vista. An easy stroll along to the trig pillar on the highest point, shared only with a small herd of goats. These were REAL goats... long hair, long horns, beards, the lot! They would probably have been more at home in the Alps or the Rockies. However, I digress... the pillar is in good condition apart from the missing centre plug that has been replaced with a bitumen/tarmac filler. The views are excellent, with Steep Holm and the Welsh coast 10 miles away to the north west and back towards Weston-Super-Mare in the north east. Having done the biz here, I carried on to the old fort on the end of the peninsular. Interesting point, here. During WW II , they installed two, 6 inch, naval guns from an old WW I battleship. Now these guns had a range of 20 miles, apparently. Had they ever fired in anger... which they didn’t... and missed the enemy ship they were aiming at... the good folk in Caerphilly would have been really pissed off. I guess the warlords of the time figured a few irate Welsh peasants didn’t actually count for very much in the great scheme of things.

The pillar, with resident goats. ©Pharisee
The old fort ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The goats... closer, this time ©Pharisee
Steep Holm. Probably the closest I\'ll get to YSM130 ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-27 15:54 - TP0287 (Failand)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

6th and final trig-point(s) of the second day of my expedition. Two for the price of one, here. A surface block and just a couple of yards away, a Berntsen. They are in the wide verge at the junction of the B3129 and B3130. If you can find the braced fence-post with the blue paint mark on it, you’re probably standing on the surface block. Both reference points are in good condition although the securing screw for the Berntsen cover is missing. The only views are of a minor cross-roads and not very exiting.

The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The Brentsen and mt 60CSx ©Pharisee
This is what\'s under the cover. ©Pharisee
The fencepost with the blue paint on ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-27 12:01 - TP0242 (Furzey Barn)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

After the disappointment at TP5599 this one, just a few yards up the lane from where I’d parked the car, was relatively easy, thanks in no small part to photo posted by Captain Gore-Tex. Using his transit line, the surface block was found quickly. It was uncovered but obscured by the long grass. There are no views here, just a narrow country lane.

The Surface Block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view west along the lane ©Pharisee


Toppled 2010-05-27 11:45 - TP5599 (Ready Token)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Toppled   Score: 5/10

Parked up on the verge at the start of the track up to Furzey Barn Farm and walked up to the farm-house. I saw the T/P off to the right as I approached the farm but I was also under observation from a guy in the yard so I walked past the pillar and politely asked aforementioned guy if it would be OK to take a couple of photos. The answer was very definitely NO. This was private property and there was no public access, he told me in no uncertain terms. I was to leave his property immediately… so I thanked him and did exactly that. I’m logging this as ‘found’ as I’d reached the location but was denied the opportunity to take photographs. I feel a full camo dawn raid coming on a little later in the year.


Good condition 2010-05-27 11:17 - TP0236 (Chargy Hill)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

This rivet / surface block is located in the grass verge of the busy A417 road from Gloucester to Ledbury. As it was also at the top of a rise, I wasn’t happy about parking there so I used the lay-by on the other side of the road about ¼ of a mile south. There was a convenient mobile snack-bar there for a splendid cup of tea on my return to the car. I’d taken a copy of the OS engineer’s hand drawn map with me so I had little trouble locating the rivet. The view, such as it is, is pretty much what you’d expect from a rural roadside.

The Rivet and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view north... ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-27 11:07 - TP3696 (Hazleton)

FB Number: S2406   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This pillar is located just into a field alongside the A40. There’s convenient parking in a side road a couple of hundred yards north-east of the T/P. From there it’s a short walk along the footpath. There’s a lightly wooded area beside the footpath almost opposite the pillar where the dry stone wall has collapsed. This makes for easy access to the field. The pillar is structurally sound but the centre plug has been replaced with a plastic bung. Some large pieces of rock have been placed around the base of the pillar for some reason. Views are just farmland… nothing spectacular.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-27 08:50 - TP6420 (The Ring)

FB Number: S5016   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

First trigpoint of day 2 and what a splendid one to start with. I parked in the old quarry adjacent to the Golf Club. From there is was an easy walk to the pillar… taking care to watch out for golfers (or more specifically, their balls). The pillar is in good condition and complete with all it’s metalwork. The views are very good indeed with an unusual view over Cheltenham Racecourse to the south west. Close by is a ‘View Point’ with distances and directions to visible landmarks.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The View Point ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-26 16:52 - TP0809 (Alderton Hill)

FB Number: S5019   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

4th and final YOSM location of the day; probably the toughest, too. Once you’ve found somewhere to park that doesn’t have loads of ‘No Parking’ signs, there’s the walk through all the sheep and finally a steep climb to the pillar, which today, was surrounded by a rather good crop of stinging nettles. There’s a plaque on the pillar commemorating the planting of the ‘Millennium Beeches’ in 2000. The pillar is complete and in good condition but the views are disappointing as the woodland gets in the way. On the way back through the wood, I came across a magnificent Redwood tree that was absolutely enormous. That was worth the climb by it’s self.

The Pillar. ©Pharisee
The Plaque ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-26 15:22 - TP2397 (Copdock Hill)

FB Number: S5060   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

For this one, you can park off road almost directly west of the pillar. There’s room for a couple of cars and there’s a DEFRA Conservation Walk from there that will take you directly to the trig-point. Be careful you don’t walk past it as it’s hidden in a small copse on the hill top. It is painted very white so you shouldn’t miss it really. It’s complete and in good condition with all the metal in place. The views are pretty much obscured to the east but OK in other directions. It’s worth the short walk.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-26 14:20 - TP3254 (Fox Hill)

FB Number: S2356   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

If you’re approaching this one from the south, you’ll need to open the gate across the road then pull off to the right a few yards further on. Follow the path through two fields and then strike off for the top of the hill once you’re through the last gate. This T/P is painted white and sticks out like a sore thumb... you can’t miss it. It’s complete and in good condition. The centre plug has raised lettering. The views are really quite good and worth the climb.

The pillar, now painted white. ©Pharisee
Top of pillar and 60CSx ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-26 09:34 - TP4413 (Lidstone Hill)

FB Number: S6782   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This was an easy one to start my latest trig-pointing expedition. There’s just about enough room to park a car at the northern end of the bridleway and from there it’s just a short walk to the pillar. Spotting it is a different matter as the spring growth has all but obscured it. It’s in good condition and complete with all the metalwork. The views are pleasant but nothing special.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-15 15:43 - TP2104 (Chalk Farm)

FB Number: S1984   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

An easy walk along a bridleway (not shown on OS maps) from the north. There’s room to park a car on the verge. The pillar is complete and in good condition although a bit difficult to get at in summer due to the vegetation surrounding it. Views of unspectacular farmland, currently growing oilseed rape.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Damaged 2010-05-15 14:53 - TP6226 (Street Way)

FB Number: S5075   Condition: Damaged   Score: 6/10

We parked in a convenient lay-by close to the eastern end of the track on the A1304. From there it was an easy 1 mile walk up the trigpoint. As others have noted, this pillar has some significant damage. It’s leaning into the hedge and the top, including the spider and plug, is completely missing. The flush bracket is, however, still in place. The views are unspectacular, but it was a pleasant walk on a warm, sunny afternoon.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-05-15 13:04 - TP2048 (Catley Park)

FB Number: S6248   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

For this one, Angelika and I parked in Hadstock village, not far from the pub. More about that later. We followed the road south and eventually found the footpath which took us through Pen Farm to the pillar. One of the paths, which crossed a crop field had been ploughed over and not re-instated so we followed the tractor lines across as best we could. It was a warm, windless day and we were quite hot by the time we arrived. The pillar had been damaged slightly with a chunk of concrete missing from the top but all the metalwork was still in place. The pillar is in danger of being completely overgrown by the hawthorn bush that now obscures half of it. The views were very nice without being spectacular. We followed the Icknield Way back to make a pleasant circular walk of it. Unfortunately, that meant we had to walk back past the pub. The cold pint of cider was most welcome.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
Top of Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-11 13:35 - TP7554 (Feltwell North)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The second, and by far the more pleasant, of my two trig-point locations today. This ‘Project Emily’ pillar is situated at the edge of a golf course, close to the club house and right next to a very active Feltwell Air Base. (Lots of armed guards about. Full camo dawn raid not a good idea!!) I pulled into the members car park and had a couple of practise swings with my Leki Pole. I figured that wouldn’t fool any of the numerous golfer about this afternoon (Doesn’t anyone work any more?) so I walked into the clubhouse and asked the club secretary for permission to go and take some photos. Very nice man… Permission granted. This pillar has no Flush Bracket and never did have but all the other metalwork is in place. The centre plug is of the shallow indented variety. Close by is a ‘Theodolite Pillar’. Not sure of it’s function but it’s impressive. No real views to speak of. Just golf course and a high security fence around the air base.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
Top of pillar and 60CSx ©Pharisee
Theodolite Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-11 12:59 - TP6600 (Tuddenham)

FB Number: S7533   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

This was the first of two YOSM locations visited today. I thought that they might be a bit tricky as neither was on, or even near, a public right of way. At best, I’d log them, at worst, I’d use the day as reconnaissance for a full camo dawn raid tomorrow. In the event, that wasn’t necessary. I stopped at the north end of the concrete farm road and had a good look around with binoculars. I couldn’t see anyone about so I drove right up to the pillar. If anybody else is contemplating doing the same in a normal car… watch out for the truly horrendous pot-holes in the road!! Not a particularly pleasant site, this. It’s an old wartime airfield that was, apparently, later used for Thor missiles. I suspect that casual visitors would not be welcome. The pillar is complete with all it’s metalwork although a couple of large chips in one edge have been repaired with some sort of filler. The centre plug is of the shallow indented type. No views to speak of unless piles of old car tyres float your boat.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view facing North ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-02 13:40 - TP6151 (Stanbury Point)

FB Number: S5434   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Final trig of my 2010 expedition to Padstow for the Mayday celebrations. It was warm, sunny and very pleasant; which made a change from the wind and rain I encountered at the last two pillars on Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. I left the car in the little National Trust carpark at N51° 00.808’ W004° 28.017’ and followed the permissive path in the north-east corner. A nice, easy walk to join the South West Coast Path a couple of hundred yards to the east of the pillar. There were a lot of walkers on the path today. This pillar has it’s own access gate… lovely idea. The pillar is complete and in good condition apart from a few names being scratched into the top spider. The plug is of the shallow indented variety. The cliff-top view is very nice with out being spectacular. Worth a visit if you’re down this way.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The top and my 60CSx ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-05-02 10:34 - TP4197 (Kilmar Tor)

FB Number: S5737   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

The penultimate trig of my expedition. I left my car in the little car park at the end of the lane, north east of the pillar. I followed the track south, then turned west and approached the pillar from the southern side as the wind was really howling from the north and that side offered more shelter. A bit of a scramble for the last few yards but managed it without being blown off the tor… just! The pillar, built onto the rock, is structurally sound but the centre plug has been removed. Today was grey and hazy but the views were still excellent. On a good, clear day they would be superb. Rain started as I climbed off the tor and it was full waterproofs for the hike back to the car.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view facing west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-30 12:08 - TP4766 (Meldon Hill)

FB Number: S3448   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

This pillar is located on the north-eastern edge of Dartmoor. Not a particularly strenuous climb under normal conditions but today it was made a lot worse by the howling gale and rain squalls. Come to think of it… I suppose that IS normal conditions for Dartmoor. At 1325ft above sea level, this was the highest I climbed for a trig-point all week. Apart from being very ‘weather-beaten’, the pillar is in good condition with all the metalwork in place. The centre plug is of the shallow indented variety. It was dark and wet today so the views were less than impressive but on a bright, clear day, they would be very good indeed.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-30 08:55 - TP0346 (Bill Of Portland)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This was a quick and easy find. There’s a big ‘No Parking’ notice at the start of the access road to the M.O.D. facility so I used the public car park a short distance away and walked back up the road to G.Z. The rivet wouldn’t be obvious to the casual observer but it doesn’t take a lot of finding if you know what you’re looking for. There really isn’t much to see here… a few cottages, a lighthouse and a military establishment of unknown and probably dubious function.

The location ©Pharisee
The Rivet and my 60CSx ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-29 15:55 - TP3411 (Gore Heath)

FB Number: S2541   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

The last T/P of the second day of my expedition. Easy off-road parking at the western end of the trail. A pleasant woodland walk up to the pillar, which for some strange reason was painted a particularly ‘pukey’ shade of green. It also sported an engraved plate claiming that it was in the ‘Care of the Martin Family’, whoever they may be. They don’t have a great deal of colour sense. The centre plug had been removed and the resulting hole filled with something indeterminate (and painted green). The pillar is surrounded by pine trees so there are no views to speak of.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The plaque ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-29 14:09 - TP0467 (Keyhaven Two)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Used the parking bay at the side of the road just below the location of the surface block. A quick and easy find as it was still uncovered and visible. This seems to be a very popular spot for ‘twitchers’ and there were a lot of wading birds on the salt marsh. At the western end of the road, just round the corner was a very welcome hot drink/burger van. Stopped there long enough to drink a mug of tea.

The Surface Block and 60CSx ©Pharisee
The bottle marks the spot ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-29 13:28 - TP6280 (Sway)

FB Number: S2712   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A pillar just a few yards off the road in open heathland. A convenient car park close by if you don’t fancy stopping at the roadside… it is a bit narrow. The pillar is in good condition, apart from the missing centre plug which has been replaced with tarmac/resin/something. The views are just open heath with gorse and heather. Not very interesting unless you like that sort of thing.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-29 11:57 - TP0541 (Southampton)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I wonder how many people walk past this each day and wonder what it is? It’s probably one of the best preserved and most accessible Fundamental Bench Marks in the country. Being in the centre of Southampton, there are no ‘views’, just well… city centre. I was kneeling on the pavement next to the FBM, getting my GPSr and camera out of my rucksack when a group of youths walked past. One of them stopped, threw a handful of coins onto the plinth in front of me, said “There y’are, mate.” and walked off. OK… I wasn’t in my ‘Sunday best’ but I didn’t think I looked THAT scruffy.

The FBM ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-04-29 10:59 - TP2971 (East Dean)

FB Number: S2806   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

I’d read that some had driven up to the T/P but I decided to park off the main road and walk up. I was only 50 yards up the drive when the farmers wife came down in her car. She stopped so I asked for permission to drive up to the pillar. Permission happily granted so I went back to the car and drove up. Met the farmer at the T/P as he was spraying herbicide/fungicide on the field t’other side of the track. We chatted for 5 or 6 minutes. A very nice gentleman. The pillar is in good condition apart from the centre plug being replaced with tarmac and a little of the top cement screed missing. Although it was hazy today the views were still good in all directions. On a clear day they would be excellent.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-04-29 09:37 - TP0307 (Farley Mount)

FB Number: 11621   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

I’ve certainly been here before, can’t think why I’ve never logged it. Anyway, I parked at the start of the track and took the short, uphill walk to the pillar and monument. The pillar looks to be structurally sound albeit a bit bruised around the edges. The centre plug is missing and the resulting hole has not been filled. Just right for dropping a GPSr into. Good views on a clear day but this morning it was particularly hazy.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-29 08:40 - TP0313 (Four Marks)

FB Number: S1672   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

An easy one. Parked on the grass verge opposite and walked through the gate into the field. The pillar is only a few yards in to the field which at this time was growing grass, presumably to be cut for hay later in the year. The pillar is in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The centre plug is of the shallow indented type. Views are of pasture and field boundary hedges… not very interesting.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-04-28 15:30 - TP1544 (Bow Hill)

FB Number: S4038   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 4/10

The final trig point of the first day of my expedition. I left my car in the car park north-west of the pillar and hiked in. From that direction it’s quite a gentle if somewhat lengthy climb up to the summit. The woodland around the pillar has been cleared so it’s in full view of the bridleway but there are still no views to speak of there. There is a good view to the west from SU 824 121, where the footpath crosses the Monarch’s Way. The pillar is in good condition apart from the missing centre plug. There are some very impressive old Yew trees on the hill that obviously pre-date Forestry Commission’s interference... sorry, protection. Nice photo by ‘hussyhill’… you don’t see a pair like that on a trig point very often!

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The view facing west at SU 824 121 ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-28 12:57 - TP0469 (Stokes Bay Two)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This one fascinated me as most people seem to log the Environmental Agency Bench Mark. I was sure that this was not the Ordnance Survey bolt so I downloaded the photo and engineers hand drawn map from the OS website, took a hi-vis jacket, two 50 metre tape measures, a hand held metal detector and a clipboard along to the location. Standing on the EA-BM and looking at the OS photo, it was obviously in totally the wrong location. The clincher was the note on the engineers drawing that states “Block 6 inches below surface” which the EA-BM very obviously isn’t. I’d noted a previous log from Hi-Tek, when in 2004 he found what appeared to be a ‘Berntsen’ close by so I set out my tape measures according to the OS engineers map (much to the fascination of some passing ‘muggles’). I didn’t find the stainless steel cover shown in Hi-Tek’s photo but in exactly the right location was a circular, cast iron cover secured with a single screw (should be two but one was missing). Selecting the correct tool from my mobile workshop (Leatherman Wave) I removed the screw and lifted the cover. Sure enough, about 6” below the surface was a vertical rod about 3” long. It was domed and had a drilled centre mark in the end. I’m certain that this is the OS station referred to on the OS web site. According to the OS, this site was last checked in March 2001 when the co-ordinates were recorded as N50° 46’ 57.8585” W001° 09’ 22.0978”. Converted to decimal minutes, that’s N50° 46.9643’ W001° 09.3683’ which is almost exactly what my 60CSx is showing in the photo. I suspect that this is what Hi-Tek found six years ago but the cover has been changed in the intervening period. I feel the information given in the ‘Flush Bracket Number’ field above is very misleading and should be removed.

The location ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
This is what\'s under the cover. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-04-28 12:24 - TP3234 (Fort Gilkicker)

FB Number: S2709   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

I parked just a little way north-west along the coast and walked up to the old fort. It was a scramble up the steepish bank to reach the pillar. It’s taken a small amount of damage to the top edges but it’s otherwise in reasonable nick with all it’s metalwork in place. The centre plug is of the raised lettering variety. I’m a little surprised it’s still in place as this site must get a lot of visitors. If ferry watching turns you on, then this is the place to be, otherwise the views aren’t that impressive.

The pillar... with accompanying ferry. ©Pharisee
The top, showing the damaged edges. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-04-28 10:59 - TP0355 (Selsey)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

This pillar is located in a field approximately 150 feet from the hedgerow. There are crops growing so I asked at the farmhouse if I might follow the tractor lines through the crops up to the pillar. They said that they would rather I didn’t as the field had just been sprayed with herbicide but they wouldn’t mind me walking up the edge of the field on the ‘wrong’ side of the hedge to get as close as I could. In deference to their wishes, I did exactly that. The pillar looks to be in good condition apart from a chip out of one edge… probably clouted by a farm implement. It carries the usual OS plate that is common to all pillars that are now designated as ‘Passive Stations’.

The pillar, taken with a telephoto lens. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-28 08:55 - TP3970 (Hollingbury Castle)

FB Number: S4048   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I parked off-road at the start of the footpath that circles around the south side of the earthworks. There were a few golfers about and more dog walkers but it was a very pleasant walk up to the trig-point. The pillar is in good condition with all the metalwork in place. The centre plug is of the raised lettering variety. The pillar is currently adorned with some very aboriginal type chalk graffiti. Although it was warm and sunny, the distant views were obscured by a dark haze… Icelandic volcano ash, maybe? A very nice dog walker pointed out the orchids that were growing nearby. Lovely they were, too and worth a photo.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
An orchid growing close by. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-28 08:15 - TP0473 (Gracelands)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 2/10

An easy ‘drive-by’ with a convenient parking place just yards away. This Bolt is uncovered and visible; not a lot of searching required. Not much more to say about it really. It’s in a quiet cul-de-sac alongside a busy dual carriageway (from which there is no access to this Bolt).

The bolt and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
Somewhere to park ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-04-28 07:02 - TP2621 (Cross-In-Hand Mills)

FB Number: S5474   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The first of a 5 day expedition along the south coast. I left home at 05:00 this morning and was here 2 hours later. This was an easy one to start with. At this time of day you could drive right up Mill Lane and park next to the field gate. The pillar was a few yards into the field. It’s complete and in good condition, albeit a little grubby. The centre plug is of the shallow engraved variety. There’s not too much in the way of views but the old windmill is worth a look. It gets a 6/10 for the mill interest, not the views.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
The Old Mill ©Pharisee


Damaged 2010-03-19 10:46 - TP4509 (Lodge Farm)

FB Number: S4618   Condition: Damaged   Score: 3/10

Just a short walk along the north side of the hedgerow to reach this one. It’s taken quite a clout at some time with a large chunk of one corner missing. I bet that took the paint off whatever implement the tractor was towing! All the metalwork is in place. The views, such as they are, are flat uninspiring farmland.

The pillar... in the shadow of the hedge. ©Pharisee
The top, showing damaged corner. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-03-19 10:09 - TP3632 (Harmston)

FB Number: 2952   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A short walk along a dry footpath between the villages of Waddington to the north and Harmston to the south. The pillar is roughly mid-point and easily reached from either end. As has previously been noted, there is no ‘S’ prefix on the flush bracket number (and, incidentally, it is next in sequence to a T/P close to my home in Bedfordshire – Dunstable Down 2951 – some 144km south as the crow flies). The pillar is in good condition with all it’s metalwork intact. The spider and centre plug have acquired a distinctive and quite pleasant bright green patina whilst the pillar its self once had a nice coat of white paint. The landscape is flat and open farmland with the Lincoln Cliff directly to the west. Today the sun was shining but as most days here, quite a strong wind was blowing.

Tyrolean Maid showing me where the pillar is. ©Pharisee
The top and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The view north... ... towards Waddington and the old ruined windmill.©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-03-18 16:35 - TP3202 (Flint Hill)

FB Number: S4684   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

An easy, short walk from where Tyrolean Maid left the car at the start of the by-way. The pillar is tucked into the hedge on the north side of the track. It’s in good condition, if a little grubby, and has all it’s metalwork in place. Without forcing your way through the hedge, the only views are east and west along the track and to be honest, I’ve seen prettier tracks.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The view east along the by-way ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-03-18 16:02 - TP3564 (Hagworthingham)

FB Number: S5257   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Tyrolean Maid pulled off the road in a conveniently place lay-by just a few yards up the B1159. Apart from being very grubby, this pillar is in very good condition so I’m not sure why T:UK has it classified as ‘Slightly Damaged’. All it’s metalwork is in place and there are no chunks out of the top edges or corners. The pillar is set back into the scrub so the view west is the only one open.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
TM with the 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view facing west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-03-18 15:14 - TP0850 (Anderby Creek)

FB Number: S5965   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

This was the easiest location to get to so far this trip being tucked away behind the public toilets, just a stone’s throw from the car park. The pillar is in very good condition with the exception of the missing centre plug. The views are far from spectacular but at least it’s still standing and given it’s coat of white paint and very public location, remarkably free from any graffiti.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The view facing west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-03-18 11:22 - TP7436 (School Top)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

We pulled off the road into the entrance to a field just a few yards to the south of the Bolt’s location. The cover obviously hadn’t been disturbed for some time and I needed a couple of tools from the car in order to prise the quite heavy slab of stone out of it’s recess in the cycle track. Tyrolean Maid held the slab up while I took a photo. A couple more photo’s with the slab back in place and we’d done the biz. Not much in the way of views and the road is quite busy. A note for future visitors... You won’t get the slab up with your fingers or a stick out of the hedge... you’ll need a big screwdriver at least.

Tyrolean Maid at the location ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2010-03-18 10:18 - TP3590 (Hamilton Hill)

FB Number: S4926   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Tyrolean Maid pulled off the road at TF 12880 90225 where there was ample space to park. We walked through the wood, following the tracks to start with and then the mountain bike circuit, to the hill top and from there out to the pillar a few yards into the adjacent field. The pillar has a significant chunk out of one corner but considering the amount of damage I’ve seen to some pillars, I would only rate this as ‘slightly damaged’. The centre plug has been replaced with some sort of filler. The views to the north and west are good.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar Showing the damaged corner and the filler in the centre.©Pharisee
The view facing North ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-02-16 17:01 - TP3939 (Hilly Fields)

FB Number: S1851   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Last of the day. Took the Docklands Light Railway to Lewisham and worked my way south west through the residential streets to Hilly Fields Park. It was just getting dark and snowing quite heavily so I didn’t hang about for too long. A fine coat of blue paint for this primary pillar. It’s in good condition and has even managed to retain all its metalwork. Didn’t take too much notice of the views.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-02-15 12:55 - TP4024 (Horsenden Hill)

FB Number: S3940   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Took the tube south to Sudbury Town and walked south west through the residential area then up the hill through the golf course. Watch out for golf balls!! The pillar is resplendent on it’s cobbled plinth and is sporting a coat of Battleship Grey paint. The centre plug has been replaced with tar-mac but apart from that, the pillar is in good condition. The views are reasonable, particularly to the north and east.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-02-15 11:36 - TP0421 (Kingsbury)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

Walked down the hill from the Barn Hill pillar to this one. Not difficult to find. I had to do a little ‘re-excavating’ it but there was a tell-tale depression in the ground to indicate it’s position. Not much else to say about it really… It’s there, go log it. The road can be busy so a little caution is needed if you have to cross it. No real view to speak of.

The location ©Pharisee
The Surface Block and 60CSx ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-02-15 11:17 - TP1037 (Barn Hill)

FB Number: S3266   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I had some time on my hands so a trip to London was in order. This was my first stop-off. I took the tube to Preston Road and walked up the hill from there. A pleasant enough but somewhat muddy final hundred yards or so through the woodland to the open space by the pond where the pillar is situated. As others have mentioned, it’s nice coat of white paint is daubed with mud. It looks like some pillock has used it as a boot scraper. The centre plug has been removed and the hole filled with resin or tar-mac. That aside, it’s in good condition. The view is pleasant enough, particularly to the south towards the new National Stadium at Wembley. From here, I walked down the other side of the hill to the surface block on the A4140 (TP0421).

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Toppled 2010-02-01 14:00 - TP7281 (London)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Toppled   Score: 0/10

The ‘tripod’ antenna has definitely been removed from the roof. I managed to gain access to one of the adjacent blocks of flats and climbed to the top floor balcony, overlooking the aforementioned roof. It ain’t there!!. As it was almost certainly moved by the OS, could I suggest that the ‘condition’ is now changed to ‘Toppled or moved’ rather than ‘Unreachable but visible’


Good condition 2010-01-28 14:59 - TP0416 (Ripley)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 2/10

A relatively easy find once you realise that it’s located in the concrete at the side of the parapet, not in the concrete on top of it. Needed to brush away the accumulated debris to reveal it. Pulled off the road, under the adjacent fly-over and it was just a few yards to GZ. Fortunately, the road was fairly quite. Not a particularly inspiring location.

The reference ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-01-28 13:48 - TP6393 (The Kiln)

FB Number: S4461   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Parked in the Old Redding carpark [TQ 14417 92601], another tight squeeze through the barriers for a big(ish) car. A very pleasant meander through the woodland opposite followed. The T/P is the ‘wrong’ side of a chain-link fence but fortunately, an easy hop over to do the biz. The pillar is in good condition with all it’s metalwork intact.

The Pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2010-01-28 13:01 - TP3809 (High Street Green)

FB Number: S4459   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A very easy ‘drive-by’ but in fact I parked in the adjacent carpark… A tight squeeze through the posts for a big car. This trig is in very good condition with all it’s metalwork intact… Probably because of it’s urban location rather than in spite of it. Unfortunately, my previously 100% reliable Canon A70 chose this time to chuck a wobbly and the photographs turned out to be rubbish, although I did manage to salvage a shot of the flush bracket.

The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-09-13 10:38 - TP1086 (Battle Hill)

FB Number: S5293   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Driving from Laughton to Rye with Tyrolean Maid and spotted this one as it popped up on the radar. Parked on the grass, close to the end of the access road and made the short walk up to the public area. Apart from the tarmac replacement for the missing centre plug, this pillar is complete and in good condition. The view over the valley to the north-west(ish) is excellent. ‘Twas a lovely day for a battle and both sides set too with a will. When all were duly assembled, they tossed for the top of the hill. King Harold, he won the advantage and on top of the hill took his stand. With his Knaves and his Cads all around him, on his horse, with his hawk on his hand.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-08-31 10:15 - TP7364 (Gurnard)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

A surface block / bolt set into the concrete on the esplanade. Easily spotted whilst out geocaching with two of the ‘Grockles’... Omally & Hi-Tek.

Omally pointing at the bolt ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-08-29 16:50 - TP1688 (Broomlands)

FB Number: S2493   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

An easy walk along a designated footpath to reach this on. It’s just the other side of a barbed wire fence but easily reachable. The centre plug has been replaced with tar-mac but apart from that, it’s in good condition. The views north and south are along the footpath, there’s a high wooden fence to the east and a small copse to the west.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
Top of the Pillar ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-07-04 11:46 - TP1629 (Brightwell Barrow)

FB Number: S5540   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

It was a lovely day for a walk so I opted for the longer route. I used the car park at Castle Hill to the north west and followed the footpaths round the field perimeters until I was close to the T/P. Then I followed the tractor wheel lines for the last few yards. As others have mentioned, the pillar is leaning to the south slightly but it’s not in imminent danger of falling over. The extra holes, also previously mentioned, are an unusual feature of this pillar. Apart from that, it’s in good condition and complete with a shallow engraved plug. The views are good all round with a fine view of the iron-age(?) fort on Castle Hill to the north west.

The pillar with it\'s extra holes ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view towards Castle Hill ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-07-04 10:43 - TP3516 (Grims Ditch)

FB Number: S5729   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

A short walk along part of the Ridgeway to reach this one after parking where the footpath crosses the road to the east. The concrete is in good condition but not un-usually for a location like this, adjacent to a well used path, the centre plug has been taken. The views north and south are OK but nothing special.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-07-04 08:48 - TP2470 (Cowcroft)

FB Number: S4453   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

I drove down the narrow lane to the church and left my car in the church car park. It was a warm and sunny stroll along muddy paths through Cowcroft Woods to the trigpoint. The T/P is in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The plug is of the shallow engraved variety. The location is pleasant enough but eastern aspect is the only open one and the view that way isn’t great.

The trigpoint in mid-summer ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-06-20 20:09 - TP5260 (Oversley)

FB Number: S4979   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I was staying at the nearby Travelodge for the Alcester Folk Festival so it would have been very remiss of me not to walk up to this local T/P (via geocache GC1F82B). It was obviously not on a public RoW so from the path I entered a field full of sheep, skirted around the south side of the farm buildings, through/over a couple of gates and made the final climb to the T/P in full view of the house. The occupants either weren’t looking or didn’t care as there were no challenges (the sheep weren’t much bothered, either). The T/P was once white but the sheep obviously use it as a ‘rubbing post’ and it is now rather grubby. It’s in generally good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The views are quite good without being spectacular and probably worth the risk of a visit.

The trigpoint Note the dark marks at "sheep height".©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-06-12 14:34 - TP6435 (Therfield)

FB Number: S2055   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

I was in the area doing a little cache maintenance and had to walk past the compound. Waddya know... there was a guy just locking the gate. A quiet word in his ear and he gave me enough time to grab a couple of quick snaps. Thanks mate! The pillar is in excellent condition although it could do with a good clean. All the metalwork is in place and there is no sign of any damage, naturally caused or otherwise. It’s good to add this one to my ‘bagged’ list.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee
The top of the trigpoint ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-05-02 15:50 - TP6999 (Winsford Hill)

FB Number: S3943   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

The fifth and final trigpoint (and third YOSM location) of the final day of my excursion into the West Country. Almost a drive-by as there is a lay-by adjacent to the pillar which is only a matter of yards from the roadside. As well as being the last trigpoint of my trip, at 1,418ft it was by far the highest. Another pillar built from local stone and carrying a National Trust plaque. It looks like there is a chunk missing from the top, or maybe it was built that way? The centre plug is also missing. You can see for miles in all directions, but having said that, the views are just moorland and almost boring (but not quite). A fine location to finish with. Now it’s M5, M4, M25 & M1 home. It’ll be nice to sleep in my own bed again!

The pillar ©Pharisee
Top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-05-02 14:54 - TP4246 (Kipscombe Hill)

FB Number: S5168   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I parked by the National Trust signs on a track to the west of the T/P and walked straight up the hill, through the gate and on the the pillar. Very easy access with only a few sheep and ponies with new foals for company. You can see the rolling landscape for miles all round. The pillar is complete and in good condition.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The FB ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-05-02 14:23 - TP1821 (Butter Hill)

FB Number: S5435   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

An easy stroll up to this one after logging the FBM in Barna Barrow car park. The views are much better. It was sunny but a bit hazy in the distance. You could just about make out Lynton and Lynmouth in the distance. I could also make out the T/P on top of Kipscombe Hill to the east… my next destination. The pillar is complete and in good condition. The centre plug is of the shallow engraved variety.

The pillar ©Pharisee
Top of the pillar
Looking west towards Lynmouth ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-05-02 14:05 - TP0535 (Countisbury)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

An FBM set in a low walled enclosure at the entrance to a car park off the A39, on the northern extremity of the Exmoor National Park. Very easy to find but not a lot to see from this location. A short walk to the Butter Hill trigpoint will reward you with far better views.

The FBM ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-05-02 11:45 - TP0965 (Baggy Point)

FB Number: S5686   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

The first T/P of the final day on my south west excursion. I parked for free in the National Trust car park at Croyde (£4 now to non-members) and headed up the hill towards Baggy Point. The sun was shining (after raining on Padstow for most of yesterday) and all was well with my world. A fairly easy up-hill stroll with great views. The pillar is actually on the ‘wrong’ side of the wall which called for some acrobatic dexterity not usually found in one so old. Safely on the other side, it was nice to find the pillar had been built from the local stone and not cast in concrete. It also sported a large National Trust plaque that wouldn’t normally be seen by anyone. The pillar is in fine condition and has its full compliment of metalwork. The plug is of the shallow engraved type. The views are grand and Baggy Point is well worth a visit. Now all I had to do was get back onto the right side of the wall without breaking my neck!

The pillar ©Pharisee
The N/T plaque ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view north, over the wall. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-30 11:57 - TP0329 (Sea View Lane)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Thanks to some previously posted photos, this rivet was quickly found and photographed. Any views are obscured by roadside walls/hedges so while pleasant enough to sit and while away a few minutes, not somewhere you’d want to stay for long. On the other hand, just a little further along the road towards Holywell is a white painted, thatched, 13th(?) century inn that serves wonderful bacon and egg baguettes and fine local cider. Highly recommended.

The numbers ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-30 10:19 - TP1534 (Botallack Head)

FB Number: S8138   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Day four of my West Country expedition started well as I actually found somewhere to park in Botallack. That was no mean feat but as it turned out, totally un-necessary. From the end of the road, I followed the track, roughly west and joined the coast path. It was then that I found the National Trust car park at N50° 08.426’ W005° 41.381’ (SW 36463 33228) which I could have easily driven to. In fact, if you avoid the pot-holes, you can drive a good deal further towards the trigpoint. However, it was a lovely morning and I needed to walk off the full English breakfast I’d recently consumed. The pillar is set on top of the cliffs among a lot of industrial ‘archaeology’. There are the remains of old mine workings everywhere. Not the prettiest of locations but the coast has it’s own spectacularly rugged beauty that is well worth a visit. The pillar is easily accessible and in generally good condition, with just a slight chip on one corner and a gaping hole where the centre plug used to be.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
Top of the Pillar ©Pharisee
Looking south along the coast ©Pharisee
Some of the old mine workings ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-29 15:22 - TP4337 (Lands End)

FB Number: S8142   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This was the final T/P of the third day of my expedition into the south west. I’d sat in the car for a few minutes but it had been raining steadily for the last couple of hours and didn’t look like stopping any time soon so I braved the weather and headed around to the rear of the hotel. What those folk looking at me through the window of the Longships Bar though of the idiot taking pictures of a lump of rock in that weather I can only imagine. The pillar is built of local stone instead of cast concrete and has a full compliment of metalwork. All very nice, but why did they put the spider so far off centre? The view was just what you’d expect... sea to the west, hotel to the east and not a lot worth mentioning in any other direction. Possibly it would be more inspiring on a warm, sunny afternoon. The sight of those drinking in the warm was too much.... I checked into the hotel for the night and joined them.

The very wet pillar ©Pharisee
The top with off-set spider ©Pharisee
The Longships Lighthouse Taken the next morning.©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-04-29 11:04 - TP6573 (Tregonning Hill)

FB Number: S1722   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

It’s a steep(ish) climb up the metalled track to this Primary pillar from where I left the car, adjacent to YSM011 (TP0326), and then a muddy walk along the ridge to get to this one. The pillar has been fitted with a nicely made, stainless steel Topograph; probably the best example of one that I’ve seen; hence the ‘Slightly Damaged’ condition report. It also sports a nice coat of white paint. On a clear day, the views would be excellent and well worth the climb. Today was a bit hazy but you could still see for miles all round. The hill summit is dominated by a large memorial, dedicated to those locals killed in the two World Wars.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The Topograph ©Pharisee
The view west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-29 10:40 - TP0326 (Balwest)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Two for the price of one here. This one, a rivet set into the concrete base of a bench seat and a pillar, YSM116, just a short(ish) walk up the hill behind. You can actually pull off the road and park right next to the seat. The guy in the adjacent property was ‘chatty’ and very interested when I pointed out the rivet and showed him a print-out of the OS webpage. This rivet was remarkably well camouflaged but easily spotted when you know what you’re looking for. As you face the seat, it’s in the near, right hand corner. Nothing much else to say about this one really. The view out towards Lands End was OK, but nothing to look at in any other direction.

The rivet is next to my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The rivet ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-29 09:24 - TP5520 (Predannack Head)

FB Number: S7869   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The first trigpoint of the third day of my expedition into the west country. I parked up in the National Trust car park at Predannack Wollas (suggested donation 50p) and took the path from the west corner. I followed the narrow lane between fields and came out onto open pasture. From there, the path heads roughly south and over a style to pick up the Cornish Coastal Path. Once you reach the National Trust boundary (there’s a notice board) turn right and walk up to the field wall. There are granite steps set into it which make getting over it easy. You’ll see the T/P high up on the opposite wall. It’s set on a huge concrete plinth built into the wall. The pillar is complete with all its metalwork and in good condition although the concrete plinth it’s mounted on has some cracks in it. The views along the coast path are better that at the T/P. At this time of year, the grass slopes are covered with small blue flowers that I don’t know the name of and a scattering of yellow cowslips. All very pretty and worth a visit in their own right.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
Parc Bean Cove ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-28 17:39 - TP1410 (Black Head)

FB Number: S7607   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The final trig of the second day of my expedition into the west country. There is indeed a National Trust car parking area at the end of the lane leading to Treleaver. There is also a DEFRA Conservation Walk that goes from the car park out past the trig point. It’s not signposted though and you only see the waymark discs once you are actually on the path. Ignore the footpath that goes to Beagles Point unless you’re intending to go the long way round. Go into the farmyard directly opposite the car park. I knocked and asked at the farmhouse. As you enter, turn left and walk through the yard to the muddy (and I mean REALLY MUDDY) lane at the end and you’ll see the DEFRA Conservation Walk discs. Wellies are essential and waders would be better. Turn right into the lane and follow it as far as the gate into the field. The walk continues through the field and past the trig pillar that is mounted on a huge concrete plinth in the wall dividing the fields. The pillar is in good condition and has all its metalwork in place. The views are not particularly exciting being, for the most part, waterlogged field used for grazing stock.

The pillar ©Pharisee
Top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-28 15:22 - TP4084 (Hut Circle Camp)

FB Number: S5609   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I had to drive along some VERY narrow lanes to reach this one and managed to find room to park at the start of the paths to the north east of the T/P. It’s then an easy climb up the hill to the pillar which is spectacularly mounted high on a rocky outcrop. It commands excellent views over the surrounding Bodmin Moor. The pillar is in good condition and has its full compliment of ironmongery. This one is well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-28 12:44 - TP0339 (Horsebrook)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 2/10

This was and easy ‘drive-by’. The rivet is set into the concrete at the end of guard rail on a bridge over the A38 trunk road. Not exactly a beauty spot and unless looking down onto dual carriageways is your thing, this location doesn’t have a lot going for it.

The location ©Pharisee
The rivet ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-28 10:09 - TP3399 (Golden Cap)

FB Number: S3752   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

Day two of my expedition into England’s south west dawned bright and sunny. After spending the night at a very nice hotel in nearby Bridport, this was my first trig of the day. I parked in the car park in Seatown; the gate was open but there was nobody in the kiosk. It said £4 on the gate but only £2 on the ‘honesty box’, so that’s what they got. I headed west along the Coast Path diversion until I joined the coast path proper. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the path was steep... and got a lot steeper. That was quite a tough climb for an ol’ fart with a gammy leg. The pillar is in good condition except for the missing plug. The hole has been filled with asphalt. On a clear day like today, the views were excellent and well worth the climb.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view back towards Seatown ...from about half way up the climb. Fortunately, there was a bench seat here.©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-27 14:45 - TP2437 (Corton Down)

FB Number: S2187   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This was the last T/P of the first day of my expedition into the south west of England. There were many routes in to this one but I chose to park at the start of the bridleway just south east of Boyton and by virtue of some really sloppy map reading, I’d “inadvertently” found myself on a farm road rather than the aforementioned bridleway. The upside was that the route was slightly shorter and the gradient was a lot gentler. I was also heading straight for the T/P. I managed to find the public RoW again at North Soupir and then follow the road north west to the pillar, cutting the corner off by going through a gate and following the field boundary. The pillar was easily found behind a rather large water tank, which also served as a welcome shelter from the rain that had been falling steadily. Apart from a missing plug, the pillar is in good condition. The views are the usual farmland with the western aspect blocked by the water tank. As everywhere was very wet, the snails were out on force.... and they are HUGE.

The pillar... from under the tank Well it was raining!!©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north Such as it is.©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-04-27 13:27 - TP2321 (Codford Circle)

FB Number: S2171   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

I parked at the start of the bridleway, south west of the T/P. It was a steady climb up to the field boundary which I followed south east to the circular earthworks. A good job nobody was about. It was then an easy walk to the pillar in the centre. The pillar has a small chip on one corner and the plug is missing but apart from that, it’s in good condition. You can see for miles in all directions but for all that, the view is fairly ‘ordinary’.

The Pillar ©Pharisee
Top of the trigpoint ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-04-27 12:19 - TP3177 (Fir Hill)

FB Number: S2212   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

For this one, I parked at the start of the footpath at the bend in the road just north of the T/P. It was a short, steep(ish) climb up to the path junction and then west along the field boundary. I was able to follow the tractor lines right up to the pillar and so did not damage any of the new cereal crops currently growing in the field. The pillar is in good condition with the exception of the missing plug. The views are mostly arable farmland and hedgerows; good but not exactly exciting. There was a good view of the Fovant Regimental Badges carved into the hillside on the other side of the valley.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
A couple of the badges opposite ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-27 11:20 - TP0299 (Woodhenge)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This surface block was an easy find, just beyond the notice board and rubbish bin at the edge of a small car park. It was raining steadily and the Belgian couple looking at the notice board must have wondered what I was doing, taking photographs of a chunk of wet concrete in the ground.... If only they knew! The views were good, without being spectacular, particularly to the north and east.

The location ©Pharisee
Close-up ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-27 10:22 - TP0539 (Great Bedwyn)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

It was raining gently and the village centre was free of locals wondering what the idiot with the camera and GPSr was doing to their flower display. They had at least bowed to good taste and removed the planter from the top of the FBM. It was now visible in all its glory(?) surrounded by a display of horticultural eloquence. It’s in very good condition and given its location, looks well set to remain so.

The Location ©Pharisee
The FBM ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-04-27 08:22 - TP6616 (Turf Hill)

FB Number: S5550   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 4/10

This was an easy start to my expedition. I parked just up the road in the residential area and walked back to the start of the footpath into the woods. I’d actually spotted the pillar before my GPS had obtained a satellite lock. There is a fair bit of damage to the top and corner. The centre plug is missing. Being surrounded by pine trees, the views are something less than spectacular.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
Top of T/P ©Pharisee
The view to the east, back along the trail ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-04-16 17:30 - TP7004 (Wistow)

FB Number: S4861   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A roadside trigpoint but on the field side of the hedge. Easy parking and access through (or over) the gate just to the south. The pillar is in very good condition with all its metalwork in place. The view to the east is arable farmland and not very exciting.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view south showing gate ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-04-16 14:40 - TP5077 (Nethergate)

FB Number: S5271   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

High on a bank at the junction of two very narrow lanes. The centre plug is missing and the asphalt filler has been painted white. A couple of small cracks developing in the top which will probably lead to frost damage at some point in the future. No views to speak of... Just flat(ish) farmland.

Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2009-04-16 12:58 - TP3778 (High Common)

FB Number: S5272   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 4/10

This one is in serious danger of toppling into the newly dug ditch at the side of the field. It’s precariously balanced on the edge and already has a slight lean. The foundation block is uncovered on the ditch side and it would only take a bit of a nudge with a tractor to send it over the edge. The centre plug has been replaced with tarmac that has, for some obscure reason, been painted white. The views are just as you would expect for this part of the world... flat, arable farmland and narrow country lanes.

Trigpoint-1 ©Pharisee
Trigpoint-2 ©Pharisee
Top of T/P ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Toppled 2009-04-16 12:10 - TP2819 (Dove Farm)

FB Number: S1951   Condition: Toppled   Score: 4/10

This one is not at it’s stated location in the middle of the field. It’s approximately 350 metres east of that location at the roadside in front of a couple of bungalows. It doesn’t look as if it was moved recently, either. That aside, it’s in very good condition with all it’s metalwork in place and no structural damage. It does show evidence of once being painted white, although that was obviously a long time ago. The views are flat and quite uninspiring farmland... Well, this is Norfolk.

The trigpoint at the roadside ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The actual location ©Pharisee


Good condition 2009-03-22 13:30 - TP3122 (Farthingloe)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Quite a stiff climb up the footpath from the far corner of the housing estate then a pleasant walk along the top to the trig point. One of the three cylindrical pillars built for the channel tunnel. Good views all round. The T/P is in good condition except for the broken tarmac plug in the top.


Destroyed 2009-03-22 13:00 - TP2170 (Chunnel Apron (Samphire Hoe))

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Destroyed   Score: 5/10

As I’d just visited the other two local T/Ps, I came down to check out this one. My GPS put it inside/under the large building inside a secure fenced area that look like a tunnel ventilation plant. I spoke to one of the security guards and he told me there was nothing inside that looked like a cylindrical concrete pillar. I offered him a bribe (a tin of beer) to let me in but that didn’t work. He did say that the last time anyone from the O.S. were down there, they had their equipment set up on the top of the small hill to the right of the secure compound but as that was also behind a wire fence, I couldn’t check to see if they’d left anything there.


Good condition 2009-03-22 12:54 - TP5909 (Shakespeare Cliff)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I was in Kent visiting my brother and had a few minutes to spare so I nipped down to bag this one and TP3122 just across the other side of the motorway. Like previous visitors, I parked in the residential area at the other end of the footbridge and followed the path up to the cliff edge. Not the place to be if you’re unsteady on your feet or suffer from virtigo. The view north is good and you get a good view of Samphire Hoe.

Top of Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-11-01 15:05 - TP1099 (Beacon Hill)

FB Number: S4550   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

I’d visited this place many times as a child, it being a favourite picnic place of my parents but this is the first time I’ve been here since I started to log T/Ps. I was on my own up here today which wasn’t really surprising as it was cold, wet and very windy. The views, splendid on a clear summer day, were distinctly grey and hazy. Apart from the tarmac replacement for the centre plug, the T/P is in good condition although why someone saw fit to paint the flush bracket black is beyond me.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The painted FB ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-25 14:12 - TP2642 (Croydon Hill)

FB Number: S5950   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

10th and final trigpoint visited today. Parked to the west, adjacent to a field entrance on the opposite side of the road. An easy flat walk on public RoW to the T/P that was just about visible from the road if you looked hard. The pillar is complete with all it’s metalwork in place. It has a chip missing from the NW top corner but not enough to mark it as slightly damaged. Views are OK if you like hedgerows and cultivated fields.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-25 13:40 - TP0389 (Orwell)

FB Number: S5059   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Like others before me, I parked off the road at the start of the farm track. After a good look around I went through the gate (it was chained but not locked) and followed the track north to the T/P. A gentle uphill and very pleasant stroll although today the wind was blowing hard. A primary T/P that is part of the current passive station network and has the plate attached to prove it! The pillar is in very good condition and has all it’s metalwork in place. The views over the surrounding countryside are reasonable.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-10-25 12:44 - TP5753 (Rowleys Hill)

FB Number: S5069   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

I started northeast of this one, parking off the road between Harston and Newton. There’s just enough room to pull off the road without blocking the farm track at TL 43267 50010. You can see the T/P up on the hill and an easy walk along the farm track will get you to within about 100 yards of the pillar. The field had been recently cultivated and there were no crops in evidence so there were no problems reaching the T/P. Apart from the tarmac replacement plug, the pillar is in good condition considering it’s somewhat vulnerable location. The views of open farmland are nice but hardly exciting.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-10-25 12:01 - TP1058 (Barrington Hill)

FB Number: 11491   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

I approached this one from the southeast(ish) having just visited the T/P on Chapel Hill. An easy walk along the ridge with a vast hole in the ground on your left. I ‘inadvertantly’ deviated the path at the wood and followed the field boundaries to the trig point. It’s well hidden in the hedgerow and well protected by a lot of prickly stuff. It’s in good condition structurally but the centre plug has been removed and replaced with what looks like tarmac. The view north toward the Mullard radio observatory is the best.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-10-25 11:34 - TP2115 (Chapel Hill)

FB Number: S5061   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

I parked adjacent to the start of the footpath on the opposite side of Chapel Hill. There’s room for two cars if parked thoughtfully. I found a way through the hedge a few yards down the hill. The summer crop had been harvested leaving an easy, short walk across the stubble. All the T/Ps metalwork is in place but as some have mentioned, there is evidence of it being hit, presumably by some farm implement, in the past. The views to the east, south and west are reasonable but it was a bit hazy today which took the edge off it a bit.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The damage on the side of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-25 10:50 - TP3251 (Fowlmere)

FB Number: 10671   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This has to be one of the easiest T/Ps I’ve ever visited. A slow cruise up the road to the flying school and small landing strip and the T/P is on your left at the side of the road. It’s in good condition, if a bit grubby and has all its metalwork in place. A squirt with a pressure washer and a fresh coat of white paint would work wonders. The views are nothing to write home about but having said that, they’re pleasant enough.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
Top of T/P ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-25 10:11 - TP5602 (Rectory Farm)

FB Number: S4525   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

There’s easy parking off the road at TL 45417 42358 and an obvious track heading north-east beside the wood. From the wood, it’s an easy walk in a grass field beside the hedgerow right up to the trigpoint. The T/P has now acquired a covering of ivy and it won’t be long before it becomes totally obscured from view and absorbed into the adjacent bush. It seems to be in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place although getting a view of the top of the trigpoint is somewhat problematic with it’s covering of ivy. The views are good, rolling farmland but not exactly spectacular. I spotted a guy waving a flag a couple of hundred yards away to the north and then heard the guns. Seems there was a ‘shoot’ going on and the shooters were pointing my way so it was time to exit... stage left, rapidly!

Trigpoint wearing camo ©Pharisee
Top of the trigpoint ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-25 09:47 - TP3757 (Heydon)

FB Number: S4368   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This is an easy, short walk from the road. I parked at the start of the bridleway, hard over to one side and walked around the corner to the T/P. It’s complete with all it’s metalwork in place and in good condition, even if the location isn’t exactly the prettiest you’ll ever visit. The views are hardly spectacular being fairly flat farmland.

The T/P ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-25 08:55 - TP3704 (Heath Farm)

FB Number: S4367   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I sat in the lay-by at TL3841541045 and wondered about the best approach to this one as it’s way off any public RoW. I figured it was too early in the morning to go knocking on doors, disturbing folk’s breakfast and setting farm dogs barking so I opted for a slightly more surreptitious approach. I left the car in the lay-by and walked NE along the A505, past the drive up to Heath Farm and turned up the next farm track a couple of hundred yards further along. This took me up the hill, past the other entrance to Heath Farm and up to the hedge line just below the ridge. From there it was easy to follow the field boundaries on grass tracks right up to the T/P. The T/P is complete and in good condition with just a few hairline cracks around the flush bracket. There was a collection of pieces of glass and flint on the top, the glass looking like it had been subjected to enough heat to soften it at some time past. I left it there. The views are good and you can see for miles in all directions. The view north, over Muncey’s Farm towards Melbourn probably the best direction.

The T/P ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P with assorted gifts ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-25 08:10 - TP4417 (Limlow Hill)

FB Number: S5956   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The first of a 10 T/P sortie into south Cambridgeshire. I parked at the start of the footpath NW of the cache. There is room to park a car off road here without blocking any access. The first field had recently been cultivated but there were parallel tyre tracks marking the path. Fortunately, the soil was dry and easy to walk on. The second field had also been cultivated but the footpath so far remains unmarked so I took my best guess and headed across toward the SE corner. I spotted the T/P as I aproached the hedgerow; at this time of year it is reasonably visible. It’s complete with all metalwork in place and in very good condition. It was a bright and sunny, if very cold morning with a little haze on the horizon. The view north, down the field towards Litlington is probably the best.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-11 11:45 - TP7362 (Leith Hill Tower)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

This is a brass stud set into the floor of top of the tower. It’s only accessible when the tower is open to the public; at this time of the year Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. There is a small charge of £1 for the privilege. It’s the highest point for miles around and on a clear day, the view is spectacular. There is also a carved stone set into the ground close to a bench seat adjacent to the tower. This is sometimes mistaken for the survey marker.

60CSx and stud in tower floor ©Pharisee
Top of the stairs up to the viewing area ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-10-11 10:17 - TP7147 (Basingstoke)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Met Rob (Sagina nivalis) in the college car par as arranged and duly met the lady caretaker who showed us through to the FBM. It’s situated in an enclosed quadrangle and only accessible by going through the school building. It’s in excellent condition and has the height label attached to the front plate rather than adjacent to the top ‘pin’ (as this one is called). Many thanks to Rob for arranging the visit and allowing me to accompany him.

The FBM ©Pharisee
The FBM ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-21 17:03 - TP3592 (Hammer Hill Farm)

FB Number: S7166   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The last of 9 trig points visited today. Stopped in the farm road next to the miniature railway, right next to the T/P. This is another one in very good condition. It’s a bit grubby but all the metalwork is in place and there are no chips or bits missing from the concrete. Just one lonely old fellow chugging round on a little train and he paid me no mind as I took a few photographs before turning the car around and driving off home.

The pillar ©Pharisee
Looking towards the miniature railway ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-21 16:29 - TP6268 (Sutton)

FB Number: S5952   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

An easy ‘drive by’ at the side of the lane. This one is leaning towards the field a few degrees but apart from that and a little lichen, it’s in very good condition. All the metalwork is in place and there was even some ‘extra’ wire tied to the anchorage loops on the top. I removed that before I left. Views are fairly uninspiring being hedges, lane and flat(ish) arable farmland.

The trig pillar ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee
The view south across the fields ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-21 15:49 - TP2540 (Crane Hill)

FB Number: S5879   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

There’s room for just one car to park in the corner of the lane at the start of the footpath. Fortunately, there was no-one else there so I had the spot. From there it was through the kissing gate and a shortish stroll up the path to the point where the hedgerow starts. Then I walked up the right of the hedge until I reached GZ. The T/P is right in the middle of the hedgerow but it’s not too thick and access was reasonably easy. The T/P is complete, reasonably clean and in extremely good condition. The views are as they have been at virtually every location I’ve visited today... flat arable farmland. Pleasant enough but not particularly inspiring.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view west along the hedgerow ©Pharisee


Damaged 2008-09-21 14:36 - TP0381 (Ravensden)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Damaged   Score: 5/10

Parked opposite and started a search of the hedgerow. Took a few minutes to spot as the hedge has grown completely over the brickwork but it is still there if you look for it. As has been previously noted, the head of the rivet has ‘fallen’ off but you can still see where it was located... Just above the arrow.

The rivet ©Pharisee
It\'s in there!! ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-21 13:28 - TP3642 (Harrold Park Farm)

FB Number: S6835   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

A pleasant walk along a short stretch of the Three Shires Way on an equally pleasant afternoon. I parked a few yards from the footpath on the lane to the north east. The T/P is in very good condition and is complete with all it’s metalwork. The views are wide open but fairly uninspiring Bedfordshire / Northamptonshire flat(ish) arable farmland.

The T/P ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view to the west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-21 12:46 - TP2136 (Chellington)

FB Number: S6837   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Parked in the lane a little to the east of the T/P and walked back to the gate into the field. Note… there is no access to this T/P from the gate that is adjacent to the corner hedge. The access is through a gate 100yds up the lane to the west. Another one well hidden in the undergrowth. It’s in good condition and all the metalwork is in place. The views are typical north Bedfordshire farmland.

The trig pillar ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Damaged 2008-09-21 12:18 - TP0913 (Astey Wood)

FB Number: S6839   Condition: Damaged   Score: 5/10

Easy parking at this one, either next to it or opposite. Not so easy to get at the trig as it’s buried in the undergrowth. The spider and plug have ‘fallen out’ or have been removed but the flush bracket is still in place. The view north is the best but hardly exciting.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-09-21 12:03 - TP3093 (Eyreswood Farm)

FB Number: S6838   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Drove past this one twice looking for somewhere to park. In the end, pulled off as far as I could almost opposite and switched on the flashing orange “I can park anywhere I want to” lights. Another one that’s buried deep in the hedgerow and would probably be better visited in winter. Some slight damage to the top but otherwise intact with all the metalwork in place. Views as you would expect from a roadside trig… road and hedges.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-21 11:30 - TP5511 (Potsgrove)

FB Number: S7202   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This one was buried deep in the hedgerow. It’s in good condition apart from the missing centre plug. You’ll need to walk up beside the field to see it as it’s totally obscured from the road. Views of open farmland are fairly unspectacular.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-20 15:19 - TP4412 (Lidlington)

FB Number: S6759   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

Walked up the Greensand Ridge footpath from Millbrook and then along the edge of the golf course. I got to within a few feet and then struggled as the pillar was totally obscured from view by a mass of brambles, nettles and other assorted flora. It took quite a few minutes to clear a way through and to clear an area to allow a photo or two to be taken. Having reached the T/P, it is in good condition with all the metalwork in place. Views, such as they are, are of woodland and limited to a few yards.

Trigpoint ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee


Couldn't find it 2008-09-14 07:26 - TP0651 (Hemel Hempstead FBM Aux 1)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Couldn't find it   Score: 2/10

I had a brief search for this one 5 years ago when I logged the nearby FBM and thought at the time that it was either not there or had been buried when the grassy area was landscaped. After reading the last log, I've been back this morning for another look. Dressed in my 'official' local government issue black security jacket, hi-visibility waistcoat and armed with two 100m tape measures, a metal detector, trowel and clipboard I was determined to give it my best shot. A quick walk over the area failed to find any obvious sign of the Berntsen so using two tape measures and the OS sketch map I marked out an area where the measurements intersected. The metal detector proved useless as the wet grass and waterlogged soil gave false readings all over the area so I resorted to the old method of prodding with a sharp metal rod. Everywhere I hit something hard I investigated further with the trowel but after half an hour with only a few large stones to show for my effort I gave up. Conclusion... If it is still there and the OS sketch map is even reasonably accurate then it's buried deeper than I was prepared to dig in such an obviously public place.


Good condition 2008-09-07 11:21 - TP0350 (Durlston Head)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

I was in Swanage for the Folk Festival and managed to sneak away for long enough to bag this one. I’ve found enough of these to recognise this one the instant I spotted it. Located in the concrete surround of a drain in the corner of a car park. As the car park is surrounded by bushes, the views could be better.

Christine pointing to the T/P My current bit of squeeze who will very soon be my former bit of squeeze if she doesnt start taking Trigpointing a little more seriously. I didnt think she was ever going to stop laughing when she saw this one.©Pharisee
The surface block (rivet?) next to my 60CSx ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-09-04 15:46 - TP0380 (Bovingdon Green)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

I have not seen anything quite like this before. Not sure how it works but I guess it does. A pleasant village green with easy access and parking close by. Not much else to say about this one really.

The... err... hole in the ground. ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-04 13:11 - TP0760 (Ditchling)

FB Number: S3701   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The highest of the 13 T/Ps that I’ve visited over the last 2 days and a short walk up from the NT car park. Good guys pay…. Not so good guys don’t. The summit is a bit ordinary but on a clear day I guess you can see for miles. Today, however was overcast, wet and the visibility was poor. The pillar is in good condition with all the metalwork in place. For those that are interested, this is YSM049.

The pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-04 11:53 - TP2770 (Devils Dyke)

FB Number: S4033   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

On a day spent dodging showers, this was the one that caught me out. The heavens opened just as I reached the pillar and by the time I got back to the shelter of the nearby pub, I was just a little damp around the gills. The pillar is in good condition with all the required metalwork in place. The views are as good as you would expect, standing nearly 800 feet up on the Sussex Downs. The pub food is of high quality and reasonably priced. For those that are interested, this is YSM055

The pillar, set high on the bank. ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view east... in the rain. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-04 10:29 - TP0424 (Roedean Road)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

This one could have (should have?) been difficult. It’s a surface block slap bang in the middle of a large area of waste scrubland between a rough car park and the junction of the A259 and B2118 roads. In truth, it was one of the easiest surface blocks that I have ever found. The co-ordinates were absolutely spot on…. No surprise there, then. I followed the arrow on my 60CSx and counted down the distance. It reached zero, I looked down and I was standing right next to a small depression. A few seconds scraping the soil covering away and there was the surface block. Not too much else you can say about this one. The views are not the sort that you would make any special effort to see. I covered it over and left, feeling pleased that I had found it but a little disappointed that it was so easy.

The surface block and my 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view west. It\'s pretty much the same in all directions©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-04 09:43 - TP0552 (Alfriston)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A short walk from the car park up the road. Two firsts for me here… an FBM that is not surrounded by a fenced enclosure and the first FBM that I have found that still has the original height data label attached. Apart from that, nothing out of the ordinary. It is still in very good condition and currently, still very accessible.

The FBM ©Pharisee
The plaques ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-04 09:34 - TP0430 (Frog Firle)

FB Number: S4004   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Came up here to bag YSM146, the FBM just down the road, but it would have been churlish not to bag this one as well. Used the adjacent car park. Very easy, just inside the fenced field but very accessible. The centre plug has been replaced with a plastic bung bur apart from that, all is well with this pillar.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view east The gate from the car park into the field is visible in the distance.©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-04 08:53 - TP0453 (Beachy Head)

FB Number: S1834   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Stayed in Hastings overnight; this is the first trig of my second day of trigpointing. Raining hard in short, sharp showers but managed to bag this one in between them. Good condition with all the metalwork in place. Views are exactly what you would expect from standing on the top of Beachy Head. It was blowing a gale up there! For those that are interested, this is YSM016.

The T/P ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-03 16:51 - TP0978 (Baldslow)

FB Number: S5286   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This one is in very public view at the edge of a playing field, just a few yards away from the changing rooms. Despite the public location, this one is in good condition with all the metalwork in place. The playing field is surrounded by trees which limit the view somewhat. There is parking available in the adjacent main road and steps up to the entrance to the playing field. A short walk around the edge is all that is needed to reach the T/P.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-09-03 16:07 - TP4140 (Jurys Gut)

FB Number: S5340   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Another short walk to an easily accessible T/P. This one is located at the side of a permissive path, close to the Sugar Loaf folly. It’s in reasonable condition but has had the centre plug replaced with what looks like tar-mac. No views to speak of but the folly is worth a visit. For those that are interested, this is YSM296.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The notice on the Folly ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-03 15:40 - TP2451 (Cottenden)

FB Number: S5289   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

The easy bit for this one was parking at the beginning of the track and the short walk up to the pillar. From then on it got worse. The flush bracket is just about impossible to see at this time of year as the brambles and other spikey stuff are very thick indeed around the pillar. The T/P is in good nick with all the metalwork where it should be. The views are not too hot but I have seen worse. For those that are interested, this T/P is YSM278.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee
Looking north, up the track ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-03 13:49 - TP2354 (Colliers Hill)

FB Number: S4026   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I parked just off the road at the northern end of the footpath and had a pleasant walk up the hill in the sunshine. The field was just freshly ploughed stubble so there was no problem with spotting the pillar or with access to it. The pillar is in very good condition and all the metalwork is in place. The views over the surrounding countryside are nice without being spectacular. This was the 4th of 7 trigpoints visited today. For those that bother with such things, this is YSM096.

The trig pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view to the west ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-03 12:10 - TP0452 (Palm Bay)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

A rivet in a block of concrete hidden amongst the grass on a bank behind a guard rail. It took a bit of poking about before I found it. Look for the cross that’s been incised on the guard rail pipe. The rivet is up the bank behind it about 2.1/2 metres away.

Rivet and 60CSx ©Pharisee
The view east along the seafront ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-03 10:21 - TP3681 (Hawksbury Bush)

FB Number: S1878   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

This one was deep in an area of hawthorn scrub and took a while to locate as each trail seemed to have been deliberately blocked by piles of branches cut from areas of scrub clearance. I did find a way through eventually, though. The T/P is in good condition, apart from the missing centre plug. The hole has been in-filled with what looks like tar-mac. Any views that there might have been are totally obscured by the surrounding bushes.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-09-03 09:42 - TP5135 (Nobles Green)

FB Number: S3445   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

This was a very easy T/P to find. It is tucked up against a garden fence in a residential area and just a few yards from the road. It is a pity that there is so much rubbish around it. Generally in good condition with the exception of the centre plug, which has been removed and the hole filled with some other stuff which is difficult to identify.

The view south towards the road ©Pharisee
The trig pillar ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-27 17:32 - TP3255 (Fox Hole Hill)

FB Number: S8129   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This was the final location of my 2 day trip into East Anglia. There’s easy off-road parking at the northern end of the footpath in Fenside Road. From there it’s an easy stroll up the hill to the T/P. The pillar is in good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The views are reasonable but flat and un-inspiring with the northern aspect dominated by a wind farm.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north, towards the windfarm ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-27 16:05 - TP4920 (Moretons Leam)

FB Number: S8128   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I left the car in the carpark at Eldernell bridge and walked the mile and three quarters along the top of the dyke to the T/P. This pillar is in as good a condition as any I’ve so far logged. All the metalwork is in place, including the centre plug, which is of the deeply engraved variety. The views are just what you’d expect, being in the middle of the Fens. You can see for miles all round.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-27 13:22 - TP0819 (Allexton)

FB Number: S5194   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

I drove up the track to Fearn Farm and stopped. The farmer (a very nice man) was busy painting his lambs blue but stopped as I approached. I asked if it would be OK to leave my car there while I continued on foot up the track to the OS trig point. “Why walk when you can drive all the way to the pillar?” says he. I thought he’d mistaken my Peugeot 407 for a Land Rover but he told me it was dry and smooth so I took him at his word and carried on. I reached the gate and chickened out of driving though and up to the T/P but with hindsight, I probably could have done so. In truth, I’ve driven onto steam rally parking fields that were steeper and rougher than that hill. Anyway, the pillar is in good condition with all its metalwork in place. The view to the south was excellent, overlooking the valley. A badger has obviously taken up residence a few feet away. All in all, it’s a very nice location and well worth a visit.

Trigpoint and badger\'s home ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-27 12:25 - TP7063 (Woolfox)

FB Number: S8691   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

I wasn’t at all happy about this one. I drove along the narrow concrete track and turned left toward the trigpoint. There was a guy with a fork-lift tractor stacking shrink-wrapped bales next to the barn so I asked him if it would be OK to go up to the trig point. He told me to ask at the house a bit further up so I drove up to the house at the end of the track. The only response I got to knocking on the door was some very loud barking from what sounded like a very big dog. I knocked again but got no answer so I legged it the 200 or so feet through the rusting cars and other rubbish to the T/P. A few hastily taken photos and I was out of there. The T/P is in good condition and has all it’s metalwork in place.

The T/P ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-06-27 11:35 - TP6472 (Thurlby)

FB Number: S8685   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

I pulled off the road a short distance from the field gate at the road junction, narrowly missing an overgrown but uncovered manhole, I discovered as I walked back toward the gate. Future visitors beware! The field had obviously been hay meadow and had just been freshly mown. It was littered with black, shrink-wrapped bales. There was not soul in sight so I walked straight across the field to the trig point, an easy walk of about 275 yards. There is some cement missing from the top of the pillar, probably frost damage but apart from that, it’s complete and has all it’s metalwork in place. The views are fairly un-inspiring being mostly field!

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top, showing damage ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-27 10:00 - TP2208 (Clay Hole)

FB Number: S8698   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The nearest parking for this one is a small carpark right at the end of Cut End Road [N52°55.910’ E000°03.169’]. From there, it’s an easy one mile walk along the dyke to the trigpoint. I was harried for a lot of the way by a very noisy and somewhat agitated oystercatcher. It was probably nesting somewhere on the flats below the dyke. I didn’t realise until I got there, the significance of the name for this T/P. I’d expected to see it from some distance away as the map shows it on top of the dyke but an indicated 100ft away and it was nowhere to be seen. 50ft and there was still no sign of it. I was starting to think that it had been removed or toppled. A few feet further and I spotted the top of it. It really is built in a hole…. or at least, the dyke has been built up around it. It’s in good condition with a plastic replacement plug. The views are what you would expect, given the location; flat salt marsh, tidal river and sea.

The view you get from a few feet away ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-27 08:32 - TP0371 (Gedney Drove End)

FB Number: 10673   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

The first location on day two of my East Anglia expedition. This T/P is at the side of the road and easily accessible. It’s generally in good condition with a small chip out of one top edge and a replacement plug. The views aren’t much with dyke on two sides and arable farm land on the others.

The T/P ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-26 17:42 - TP6713 (Walpole St Peters)

FB Number: S2109   Condition: Good   Score: 2/10

A pillar located next to a garage in the garden of a property in Walpole St Peter. It’s just about visible from the road. I walked up the drive intending to knock on the door and ask permission but it was 5:45 p.m. and I figured they’d be having their tea. Not fair to disturb them, eh? So I quietly took a few photos and left without disturbing them. The pillar is in good condition with all its metalwork in place.

The pillar ©Pharisee
60CSx and number ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-26 16:09 - TP0375 (Cley Eye)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

A surface block that looks very much like a rivet. This one is set into the concrete surround of a fenland drain sluice gate. Very easily found if you know what you’re looking for.

The block/rivet ©Pharisee
The view east ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-26 14:07 - TP1832 (Bylaugh)

FB Number: S5269   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I drove up to Bylaugh Hall, through the very ornate gates and parked outside the main entrance. I spoke to a very nice young lady behind the reception desk and she gave me permission to walk up to the trig pillar. I think the hall is now being used as some sort of conference or teaching facility. The trigpoint is easily accessible, once permission has been obtained. It’s in very good condition with all it’s metalwork in place. The views are pleasant enough but not particularly spectacular being arable farmland.

The pillar ©Pharisee
The top of the pillar


Good condition 2008-06-26 11:48 - TP0412 (Aldeburgh)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Another easy block in a carpark just behind the sea-wall.

The block ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-26 10:49 - TP0411 (Felixstowe Ferry)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A surface block set into the corner of of a man-hole cover at the side of the road. Very easy access. Actually, it looks exactly the same as the rivet I'd just visited at Princes Esplanade. The surface blocks I've found previously have been a lot bigger.

The rivet and my 60CSx ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-26 09:41 - TP0408 (Princes Esplanade)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

A rivet set into the concrete by a bench on the Esplanade. Easily found if you know what you’re looking for.

The rivet and my 60CSx ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-26 08:50 - TP0402 (Runkin's Corner)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 2/10

Under a pile of hardcore... took some finding.


Good condition 2008-06-26 08:43 - TP4349 (Langham Lodge)

FB Number: 10641   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

This was the first of a 15 T/P, 2 day sorte into East Anglia. Located in a small copse at the side of the road. Good condition except for the plastic plug that has replaced the original. Any view is totally obscured by the trees.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee
Top of trigpoint ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-25 13:48 - TP5987 (Sish Lane)

FB Number: S4470   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This T/P is located in the grounds of a school for disabled children in Stevenage. I wasn’t sure I was going to get this one. There was a grounds man mowing the grass so I spoke to him and he very kindly showed me round the back of the school to the T/P. It’s in good condition with a resin plug. Views are what you would expect with the T/P being in enclosed school grounds.

The trigpoint Sorry about the poor quality. I only had a phone camera with me today.©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-06-24 18:20 - TP5231 (One Tree Hill Recreation Ground)

FB Number: S3388   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

The second of two YOSM trig points visited today. Some inconsiderate person had decided to top themselves by jumping under a tube train a little while earlier and consequently there were no Piccadilly Line trains to Alperton so I had to walk up from Hanger Lane. It’s a pity some mindless morons have nothing better to do than spray graffiti and smash bottles on harmless trig-points; the base was littered with broken glass. The T/P is in good condition apart from the graffiti and a resin plug. Nice view of the new National Stadium at Wembley.

The T/P with the Stadium in the background ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-24 15:04 - TP5674 (Richmond Park)

FB Number: S3264   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The first of two YOSM T/Ps logged today. This one was very easy to get to being alongside a road through Richmond Park. It’s in good condition with a resin plug. The terrain is fairly flat here and the views are just parkland. They're very nice, but not exactly exciting.

The trig point ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-06-22 06:50 - TP3919 (Hill Top)

FB Number: S3845   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

The second of two T/P visited this morning whilst staying in Alcester for the annual folk festival. I parked near the end of the little dead-end lane that runs east-west just to the north of the T/P and had difficulty finding access to the footpaths. In the end, I went through a field gate and up the hill, following the arrow on the GPS. It became apparent that I was actually in someone’s back garden but this early on a Sunday morning, nobody spotted me. A steep climb through the small wood bought me out onto the field and I could see the T/P some way off. As others have already said, there is a crack on the body and the centre plug has been replaced. Having found the T/P and consequently the footpath, I followed it back northwest, through the wood and eventually back to the lane. This time via someone’s front garden legitimately. For anyone else coming in from this direction, follow the lane to the end and go through the gate into the grounds of a large house. Follow their gravel drive for 100 feet or so and as it starts to turn left, go through a small, un-signposted gap in the hedge on the right. That’s the public footpath. It’s waymarked at the other end!

The T/P ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-22 05:53 - TP6002 (Skilts)

FB Number: S2338   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I was staying in Alcester for the annual folk festival. Showing remarkable restraint, I decided to forgo the previous nights excesses and had a relatively early night. I was up at 05:00 this morning and at this T/P at just before 06:00. It was such a beautiful morning and I was paying more attention to the surrounding countryside than I was to the footpath and unfortunately, missed the turning... Ho hum... :o) The T/P is in the middle of a field of wheat but the tractor tyre lines took me straight to it without damaging any of the crop. The T/P is in excellent condition with all the metalwork intact. The views are good with a nice view west over Redditch.

The T/P ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view west towards Redditch ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-06-21 15:31 - TP4245 (Kinwarton)

FB Number: S5506   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

As I was staying in Alcester for the annual folk festival I took a few minutes out to walk up to this T/P. The top layer of cement around the spider is missing in places (frost damage?) and the resin plug has been broken out but apart from that, it's not in bad nick. The views are not particularly spectacular.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view west over Alcester ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-06-16 13:33 - TP2037 (Castle Mound)

FB Number: S4552   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

This one was a bit of an expedition. A bus into town, another to Dunstable and then a walk up West Street to the Icknield Way. From there it was a very pleasant walk along the ridge and around the edge of the old quarry to the trig point. The centre plug is missing and there are a few large chips on the top edge but apart from that, it’s in reasonably good condition. Pity about the graffiti but that’s modern youth for ya! The views were good on a bright, sunny day. From there it was a short, downhill walk to the Cross Keys for a couple of pints before catching the bus back to Luton from just across the road.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top, showing damage and missing plug ©Pharisee
The view south(ish) towards Dunstable Downs You can just about make out the \'White Lion\' cut into the chalk in the distance.©Pharisee


Damaged 2008-06-14 15:10 - TP6834 (Westerfield Hill)

FB Number: S4780   Condition: Damaged   Score: 6/10

Took a few minutes out from the Riverside Folk Festival at the Steamboat Tavern, Ipswich to visit this sad little T/P. Someone, or something, has decapitated it. Only the lower half of the concrete pillar remains with the central tube left sticking up. It looks like someone has had an unsuccessful attempt at removing the flush bracket, too. It’s easily accessed, being at the side of a public bridleway. Views are reasonable without being outstanding.

The \'top\' of the trigpoint ©Pharisee
The trigpoint
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-06-07 17:26 - TP2205 (Clay Hill)

FB Number: S4465   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Definitely the hardest of the three Tyrolean Maid and I visited today. According to the OS map, there’s a public right of way running east/west some 250 yards south of the trig point but it isn’t signposted. Access is through the nursery, between the huge greenhouses. There was nobody about this afternoon so we weren’t challenged but this may not always be the case. Once past the greenhouses there is no visible path what-so-ever and your way is barred by a rubbish tip and a couple of low(ish) wire fences. Having overcome those, the way up to the trigpoint is relatively easy but the fields are obviously being grown for hay and the grass is high enough to make up-hill walking a slow process. The trigpoint is relatively clear of undergrowth, complete and in reasonably good condition. I’ll record it as ‘slightly damaged’ though as one top corner has a large chip missing. The view west, back over the greenhouses is the best.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top, showing the chipped corner ©Pharisee
The view west ©Pharisee
Geli and me ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-07 15:58 - TP6700 (Wake Arms)

FB Number: S4549   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

The second of three YOSM trig points visited today with Tyrolean Maid. If anything, this one was even easier than the first…. Once we’d found the way into the restaurant car park! The T/P is in good condition, apart from the missing plug; the hole having been filled with resin.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-07 15:20 - TP3253 (Fox Hatch)

FB Number: S3874   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

The first of three YOSM trig points visited today accompanied by Tyrolean Maid who did all the driving. This was a nice easy one to start with. Parked in the cul-de-sac and walked round the corner to the T/P. Undergrowth quite high but not enough to totally obscure the pillar. The T/P is in generally good condition but I noticed that there are no rings to anchor the theodolite. Were they never there, I wonder or has the top been repaired and the rings cemented over? The original plug is still in place which is quite unusual on a T/P located in such a public place.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-06-01 16:40 - TP0959 (Badbury Hill)

FB Number: S2422   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Easy, if somewhat muddy access through the field gates from the public footpath a few yards east of the T/P’s location. Apart from the missing plug, the T/P is in good condition. The view south is reasonable but it was a bit hazy today.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the trigpoint ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-06-01 16:12 - TP0540 (Buckland)

FB Number: N/A   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

An easy find but access needs care as the A420 is a very busy road. Getting into the cage was easy... getting out again with a broken collar-bone was a little more difficult.

Me with the FBM... now I have to get out. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2008-05-26 14:19 - TP2213 (Cleave Camp)

FB Number: S5597   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Not really very much to add to what has already been stated. The plug is missing but apart from that, it's in good condition and easily accessible. The guy that rents the land turned up while I was there. He was concerned that I might be fly-tipping or vandalising the T/P. Pleasant enough when he found out I wasn't doing either. The GCHQ listening station is quite impressive.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The numbers ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2008-05-03 16:00 - TP6061 (Sourton Tors)

FB Number: S5606   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Climbed up from Sourton Village. Should have used the track beside the church but chose to park a bit further south and walk up through a small farm... bad choice... steep and muddy; not recommended. Pillar is damaged and the plug is missing. Good views but today it was blowing fit to bust which made it a bit uncomfortable.

The trigpoint An overcast and very windy May afternoon©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The data ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2007-08-19 12:41 - TP2827 (Downs Barn)

FB Number: S6314   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Spotted this one as I drove home from a weekend in the West Country. Just had to stop and ‘bag it’. It was a bit grubby but in reasonable condition. The centre plug has been removed and the filler used the block the hole has been broken through. The views not spectacular, just rolling farmland but they're pleasant enough.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee


Good condition 2007-06-22 13:30 - TP6131 (St Kilda)

FB Number: S8820   Condition: Good   Score: 9/10

Had to be done, despite the Warden's advice not to try it. Pity the visibility was so poor, it would probably have been a perfect 10. Clambered up here with Moote, the T-Girls, The Golem & Simply Paul.

The trig point ©Pharisee
The data ©Pharisee


Good condition 2007-05-26 13:34 - TP3735 (Henna Cliff)

FB Number: S5628   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Like some others, I tackled the two local geocaches first then crossed St Morwenna's Well and clambered up the steep slope to the cliff top. From there it was an easy walk across the meadow to the trig point. Back down via the churchyard to the tea room where an excellent ham sandwich and a pot of good, strong tea was enjoyed. Very civilised!!

The trig point ©Pharisee
The view south to GCHQ ©Pharisee


Good condition 2007-05-26 10:04 - TP6911 (Whitely)

FB Number: S5575   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Stumbled across this one whist being directed around the lanes by my incompetent sat-nav! We were supposed to be looking for a geocache but found this instead. It's in good condition with all the metalwork in place.

The trig point ©Pharisee
The view north ©Pharisee


Not Logged 2007-04-08 00:00 - TP4893 (Monksgreen)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Not Logged   Score: 5/10

Just a quick note to say that the land surrounding the T/P has mostly been cleared now and a new fence and gate have been installed at the top of the road. There is no indication as to what the clearance is for.

The cleared land ©Pharisee


Good condition 2007-04-07 12:10 - TP2480 (Crabtree Cottages)

FB Number: S3361   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Nice easy stroll up from the car. Views aren't spectacular but Norbury Park is a pleasant enough place for a walk.


Slightly damaged 2007-04-07 08:03 - TP4791 (Mickleham Down)

FB Number: S3364   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Trig in a generally good condition but the centre plug is missing and the hole filled with cement. Very pleasant location at the edge of a large clearing on top of the hill.

Top of the trig point ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2007-03-25 13:09 - TP2394 (Coombe Hill)

FB Number: S2042   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Couldn't park very close as the public car park (on the map, at least) was closed off for some mountain bike thing and stroppy little 'jobsworth' on the gate wouldn't let me in. So I walked through the woods from the Forestry Commission car park in Wendover Woods. Actually, it was a very pleasant walk. The trig point is slap, bang in the middle of a field right on a public footpath. The field is surrounded by woodland that effectively blocks the view but it's nice enough. The centre plug is missing and the hole blocked with cement/resin/something else so I'll follow my usual method and mark it as 'slightly damaged'.


Slightly damaged 2007-03-11 08:13 - TP4893 (Monksgreen)

FB Number: S3362   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

I was staying with friends over on Hawks Hill so while they were still sleeping off the previous eveings excesses, I took the oportunity to walk up to the local trig-point. Like those before me, I clambered over the metal gate at the top of Monks Green, now fitted with a new chain and padlock. Unlike those before me, I found that there had been a lot of clearance work carried out recently and there was wide, open swathe of land leading up the small pond at the top of the hill. From there it was a relatively short push through the brambles and thorn bushes to the trig point. It seemed a little sad and forlorn at being totally surrounded by rough scrub with absolutely no view of the surrounding country side. Ho hum.... I've marked it as slightly damaged as the centre plug has been taken and the hole blocked up with some sort of filler. Apart from that, it's in good nick, although a good clean and a coat of white paint may make it feel better :o) Incidentally, there is no 'S' in front of the number on the flush bracket as the database and some previous finders have stated. On second thoughts.... maybe there is... It's above, not in front. Silly me!

The trig-point in the early morning sun ©Pharisee


Unreachable but visible 2006-12-28 10:30 - TP6435 (Therfield)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Unreachable but visible   Score: 5/10

Like others before me, I was disinclined to climb an 8ft high, barbed wire topped fence. The pillar looks in good shape but it'll take someone more adventurous than I to confirm it!!

The tig point ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-12-17 16:01 - TP0793 (Aerodrome)

FB Number: S2653   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Almost totally overgrown. Plug missing, so I'll mark it 'slightly damaged'. Easy access and nice views over the harbour.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view north along the coast ©Pharisee


Unreachable but visible 2006-12-17 12:36 - TP6348 (The Bastion)

FB Number: S2659   Condition: Unreachable but visible   Score: 5/10

As others have said, this one is visible but un-reachable. I managed to get a reasonable photo of the plate but I think that it was more by luck than judgement.

The flush bracket ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-12-16 10:59 - TP3576 (Halnaker Hill)

FB Number: S4110   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

Visited with Pyoung1s. A beautiful, bright, sunny Winter's day. A grand view and a trigpoint. What more could you ask? As the plug is missing, I'll mark it as 'slightly damaged' but other than that it's in good condition. Splendid views so it's a popular destination for walkers.

The view east with one of the old block houses. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-12-16 09:47 - TP6383 (The Folly)

FB Number: S4109   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Visited with Pyoung1s. As the plug is missing, I'll mark it as 'slightly damaged' otherwise it's in good nick. A very muddy walk up from the road but worth it.

The trig point and 'Folly' ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-12-07 12:35 - TP0398 (Maplestead)

FB Number: S2053   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Collected this one on the way home from a business trip to Claydon in Suffolk. Parked in a convenient field entrance right opposite the T/P. There had been torrential rain about 30 minutes before and the field was very muddy. Good job I was in a company car and not my own!! Apart from the missing plug (replaced with a plastic bung) the T/P is in good condition. Views just flat farmland... nothing special.

The trig point in a very soggy field ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-12-07 11:34 - TP0757 (Swilland)

FB Number: S2076   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 4/10

I had to go to Claydon on a business trip and didn't have a lot of time to spare. However, a 'drive-by' trig point that's loggable on YOSM was too good an opportunity to miss. Apart from the missing plug (blocked with a plastic bung) it's in good condition but I suspect you'll be digging the mud away from the flush bracket before long as the ground level has risen to it's bottom edge. It's surprising just how small this T/P looks. No views to speak of.

The T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-12-03 18:58 - TP0263 (Parklands)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This rivet is still uncovered and therefore easily found. I drove to within a few feet of it. An area of MK I've not visited before.

The Rivet and my GPS60


Good condition 2006-12-03 13:00 - TP0794 (Agden Hill)

FB Number: S5881   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Parked in the car park by the Visitors Centre in West Perry (cost me a quid!!) and followed the bridleway west. The T/P is easily accessible and in good condition with all its metalwork in place. Not so much a hill, this, more a bump in the landscape. The views, while pleasant enough aren't special although the NE aspect towards Grafham Water is nice enough.

The T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-12-03 11:29 - TP0774 (Abington Park)

FB Number: S4529   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This pillar resides at the side of a private farm road about half a mile from the public highway. I left my car parked off the road close to the start of the farm road rather than drive up. I figured that the landowner would be more amenable to someone on foot than someone driving up his road. Judging by the cheery wave I got from the cove driving away from the farm, that was a good choice. The T/P is in good condition with all it's metalwork in place. I suspect the ground level has come up a bit since it was erected and is now level with the bottom of the flush bracket. The views are nothing to write home about, being mostly flat farmland.

The T/P ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-11-12 15:53 - TP1759 (Bulbeck Common)

FB Number: S6696   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

It was dusk and the light was going rapidly by the time I got here. Just visited the 'Riddlehamhope' cache and will go on to 'Carry on Regardless' from here. A splendid walk. The T/P is in good nick with all the metalwork where it should be. The views are a bit better than the average moorland view.

The view North ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-11-12 12:55 - TP6742 (Warlaw Pike)

FB Number: S6701   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Parked in the middle of Slaley Forest and did the 'Lonesome Pine' cache first then carried on south to the trig point. Bright sunshine today but a bitterly cold wind blowing here. I was glad to get back into the relative shelter of the forest. The T/P is in good condition with all its metalwork in place. Views OK but not exceptional.

The top of the T/P


Good condition 2006-11-11 10:27 - TP2865 (Dry Rigg)

FB Number: S6766   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Wow... this was a wild one. A howling gale and intermittent rain that came at you horizontally. Found the nearby cache first then carried on up to the trig point. The views are of open moor and while nice, they're not exactly spectacular. The structure is in good condition with all its metalwork in place

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-10-29 15:02 - TP1675 (Broom Farm)

FB Number: S7157   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

Apart from some apparent soil erosion around the base, this trig is in as good a condition as any I've seen. No chips, cracks or 'tractor damage'. All it's metalwork is in place. The views are, well... ordinary with a high hedge to the north and flat(ish) farmland all around. Access is easy from the adjacent, single lane track.

The Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-05-27 11:55 - TP4332 (Lammer Law)

FB Number: S3068   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A very windy walk up the hill, following the track roughly south from where the road ends at Blinkbonny Wood. It was a bit hazy but you could just about see the Firth of Forth in the distance. The T/P is in good condition with all the metalwork intact. It even sports a rather jolly hat :o)

T/P + 'hat' ©Pharisee
The view North ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-04-15 11:56 - TP1826 (Bwlch Y Ddau-Wynt)

FB Number: S2129   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Second of two T/Ps logged today. Hiked in from the west via TP0721. A trek of just over 5 miles and 3.3/4 hours (did two caches on the way). The weather was overcast and a bit misty so the views not as good as they might otherwise have been. The centre plug is missing so I'll log this as 'slightly damaged'. Apart from that, it's in remarkably good condition.

The trig point ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The details ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-04-15 08:49 - TP0721 (Gareg Lwyd)

FB Number: S5314   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

First of two T/Ps and four caches logged today. Overcast and misty so views not as good as they might have been. As the centre plug is missing, I'll follow my usual form and log this as 'slightly damaged'. An easy climb up from the carpark on the A4069.

The trig point ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-03-19 12:44 - TP2317 (Cockshoot Wood)

FB Number: S6770   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

As others have said, you can drive right round this one. The top is damaged either by vandalism or more likely frost and the spider is in danger of coming off although it seems secure enough at the moment. No views to speak of.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The trig point ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-03-19 11:29 - TP2148 (Chestnuts Inclosure)

FB Number: S6315   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Parked at the end of the Forestry Commission road west of the hill and walked up. Quite an easy climb but a bit muddy in places. T/P is in good condition but a bit on the 'grubby' side. All metalwork is in place, including the cap. Not too much in the way of views from the T/P as there is too much woodland in the way but the River Severn is visible through the trees.

Trigpoint ©Pharisee
The River through the trees ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-03-18 11:31 - TP1805 (Burton Hill)

FB Number: S8073   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Tough ol' climb up from Shoals Bank. Needed a breather by the time we got here so it's a good job there was a Trig Point handy!! Very cold and windy... Hazy view too but that's what it's all about, I guess. Trig point is in good condition with all it's metalwork in place.

Trig Point and Me ©Pharisee
Top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Unreachable but visible 2006-03-05 12:00 - TP0903 (Ashley Hill)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Unreachable but visible   Score: 5/10

It's in the garden of a large house. They've painted it green and stuck a ball on top. Ho hum... Managed to photgraph it through the bushes.

Tasteful, what? ©Pharisee


Destroyed 2006-03-03 12:00 - TP2155 (Chicksands North Radio Mast)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Destroyed   Score: 5/10

As I happened to by walking across this field anyway, it would have been churlish of me not to stop and have a look. As all have said... it ain't there!!!

It may be concrete..... ... but the T/P it isn't!!


Good condition 2006-02-19 21:37 - TP2931 (Dunsley Farm)

FB Number: S4458   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I visited this one as part of a geocache about two years ago but never recorded the details. As I was walking past it today, it would have been churlish not to do 'the biz'. Complete and in good condition. View north is reasonable.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The Trig Point ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-01-28 13:19 - TP7115 (Littlebury Hedge)

FB Number: 11155   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

It's easier to get at in Winter!!. The trig point is complete with all it's metalwork but it has suffered some frost(?) damage to the top edges. The flush bracket took a bit of getting to but it would be much more difficult in mid Summer. Views only average.

The top of the trig-point showing the damage ©Pharisee
Easier to get at in Winter ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2006-01-28 09:06 - TP6006 (Skippers Hall)

FB Number: S2107   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Flat and uninspiring landscape... Trig is complete and in good condition. Easily accessible, being only a few metres from the farm track.

The top of the trig point ©Pharisee
The Trigpoint


Slightly damaged 2006-01-02 14:41 - TP2212 (Clearbury Ring)

FB Number: S2608   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Visited this one after logging the nearby cache. The top is showing a little frost damage but otherwise it's OK with all it's metalwork intact.

The top, showing frost damage. ©Pharisee
The trigpoint ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-01-02 12:51 - TP1029 (Barford Down)

FB Number: S2605   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Visited this one after logging the nearby cache. As the centre plug is missing, I'll follow my usual practise and mark it as 'slightly damaged'. Nice views on a clear day. Interesting footpath over the hill. It’s marked with piles of flints.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2006-01-02 11:55 - TP5754 (Royal Oak)

FB Number: S2621   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Visited this one after logging the nearby cache. The centre plug is missing, otherwise it's OK. A muddy walk across the field after the recent rain.

The top of the trigpoint ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-12-26 13:00 - TP1553 (Box Hill)

FB Number: S3358   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Visited this T/P whilst tracking down Snow White and the Seven Dwarves :o) A wet, misty day and the visibilty didn't extend to the other side of the valley so no score for view today.


Good condition 2005-12-18 14:20 - TP6736 (Warden Tunnel)

FB Number: S6801   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

This one has been 'niggling' at me ever since my failure to find it in 2003. I felt sure that it must be there because there was no real reason for anyone to move it. Then I received an e-mail from Pieces_of_8 telling me that he'd actually seen it but couldn't reach it. So, on a bright, cold winter's morning I set out for the Warden Tunnel once again. This time armed with leather gloves and a 2.1/2 foot long, razor sharp jungle knife. I walked round the site watching the GPSr pointer. It seemed that the closest I could get was about 40ft so at 12:45 I started to cut my way into the mass of brambles. 35 feet and 45 minutes later I emerged bloodied and shredded but un-bowed in to a small clearing and got my first glimpse of the T/P. I also glimpsed a clear route to the outside world. Bu**er. I'd just spent the last half an hour and countless calories needlessly hacking my way through the undergrowth. Half an hour later I'd cleared a path to the T/P only to find that the flush bracket was on the far side. Another 20 minutes and I'd cleared enough space to take a few photographs. The trig point is very grubby but in good condition with all its metalwork in place. If anyone else wants to log this one, now's the time to do it before spring arrives and Mother Nature repairs the havoc I've wreaked on her briar patch.

The Trigpoint... not so hidden, now ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The GPSr reading ©Pharisee
The intrepid Pharisee ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-08-29 18:23 - TP4952 (Mount Zion)

FB Number: S4034   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Had to 'negotiate' a five bar gate to reach this T/P as it's situated in the corner of a pasture. The ground is well eroded around the base but other than that, it's in good gondition with all it's metalwork in place. Reasonable views.

Motley Crew and the T/P ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-08-29 16:46 - TP2459 (Court Farm W Blatchington)

FB Number: S4032   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The adjacent field had just been harvested so it was an easy walk over the stubble and just a few metres over the ploughed field to the trig point. The combine was still working but the driver paid us no mind. Excellent views and a pillar in very good condition. All the metalwork was in place.

The top of the trigpoint ©Pharisee
The view north, towards the stubble field. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-08-13 15:09 - TP1286 (Ben Macdhui)

FB Number: S1579   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 9/10

This was the destination of the Scottish Geocachers Day Out. The weather opened up as we arrived and gave us some spectacular views. Considering it's exposed location, the pillar is in excellent nick but as the centre plug has been replaced with a cement/bitumen filler I'll follow my usual creed and mark it as 'slightly damaged'.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
The view West and the rest of the Scottish Geocachers party©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-07-23 12:13 - TP4667 (Markway Hill)

FB Number: S2700   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Third T/P of my day out with Motley Crew. Hopped over the fence... Well, probably fell over actually. The pillar is in good condition apart from the missing plug so I'll mark it as 'slightly damaged'. The heathland it's situated in is pretty enough (for heathland) but not what you'd call exciting.

Motley and the T/P ©Pharisee
The view East The A35 is just the other side of the hedge©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-07-23 10:49 - TP3650 (Hart Hill)

FB Number: S2714   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Second T/P of my day out with Motley Crew. Hiked across country from a narrow lane to get to this one. With hindsight, probably not the best route we could have taken. As the other logs have stated, the centre plug is missing and has been replaced with cement/bitumen. Typical New Forest landscape. The views are pretty enough but not sensational.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
Motley Crew and the T/P ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-07-23 09:59 - TP0744 (Lyndhurst)

FB Number: S2716   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

First T/P on a day out with Motley Crew. Short walk from the car-park. The top edges of the pillar are chipped and worn. The centre pug has been replaced with a cement/bitumen filler. The views are reasonable but not spectacular.

The view to the West ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-06-19 10:59 - TP0474 (Copton)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

An easily found surface block. No digging required. Not a particularly pituresque site, being stuck on the end of a bridge over the M2. No view to speak of but someone has to visit these lonely, unloved little surface blocks, don't they ;o)

The Block... just sitting there... all lonely, like. ©Pharisee
The view to the south. ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-31 16:46 - TP0392 (Six Mile Bottom)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

An easily found bolt set into a lump of concrete at the end of an armco barrier at the start of a busy 'slip road' onto the A11 at the southern end of Six Mile Bottom. No views to speak of... in fact, this location doesn't have much going for it at all.

The location ©Pharisee
The Bolt ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-31 14:01 - TP0405 (Spooner Row)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

It took a considerable amount of prodding about to find this one as the vegetation was quite thick and the block was covered by a good 4 inches of earth and 'stuff'. A 'concerned resident' came to ask what we were doing but soon got very interested in OS Passive Stations and went away happy. Hmmm.... quite an attractive lady, too. I digress... The block is in good condition but hasn't seen the light of day for some time. It's set quite a way back from the side of the lane and the views are in the 'ordinary' category. Nothing spectacular, I'm afraid.

THe location ©Pharisee
The Surface Block ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view northward up the lane. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-31 13:00 - TP0756 (Bunwell Church Tower)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

A bit different, this one. It's hammered into the roof of the bell tower of St Michael & All Saints Church at Bunwell, Norfolk. Some preparation was needed for this visit as the tower isn't generally open to the public. A polite phone call to the Reverend Heather Potts and another to Frank Arnold, the Church Warden secured permission and I met Mr Arnold at the church. He led the way via a very narrow circular stone staircase up to the bell platform and from there up a ladder and through a tiny trap door onto the roof. This is the highest point for miles around, in fact, a 360° sweep of the visible horizon revealed nothing higher. There's nothing spectacular about the bolt, just the usual 2"(ish) diameter bronze dome but the views make up for it. Well worth a visit.

The Church ©Pharisee
This way to the roof!!! ©Pharisee
The Bolt ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-31 11:57 - TP0471 (Foals Green)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Another bolt set into the verge of a country lane. It was buried under a couple of inches of earth and vegitation. It was easier to locate than some as there was a marker pin hammered into the road surface adjacent to the bolt. Usual country lane views, nothing spectacular.

The bolt ©Pharisee
The adjacent marker pin in the road ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
The view west along the lane. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-31 11:31 - TP0409 (Crown Corner Aux)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This bolt is set into the roadside verge a few metres up the road from The Crown pub. It took a bit of prodding about to find it as it was buried under a couple of inches of earth and vegitation. It's undamaged and obviously hasn't seen the light of day for a few years. It's exactly 4 metres from the speed limit de-restriction sign.

It's here!!! ©Pharisee
The Bolt ©Pharisee
The data shot ©Pharisee
Looking up the road from the Bolt ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-05-29 11:43 - TP1503 (Blorenge)

FB Number: S2194   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

My second visit to this one. A pleasant stroll up to the 'summit'. The trig point is structurally sound but has the centre plug missing and has some graffiti on it so I'll mark it as 'slightly damaged'. The view is OK but not really spectacular. It gets a bit better if you go about 600 metres north east and overlook Abergavenny. Today it was warm and sunny, unlike my previous visit when it was blowing a gale and cold. It's worth a visit if you're in the area.

The top of the trig point. The plug is missing and it has a few chips around the edge.©Pharisee
The view to the West. ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-05-22 12:17 - TP4674 (Marsh Farm)

FB Number: 11424   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 2/10

To be honest, I'm surprised that this one has survived. It's on the edge of a housing estate at the side of a well used footpath. It's suffered some abuse and is well chipped all around the top edge. The centre plug is missing and the hole filled in with what looks like 'tarmac'. There is also evidence of aerosol paint graffiti. (I could just make out "MCL woz here".... only joking, Martyn)

The trigpoint on the newly surfaced footpath. ©Pharisee
The damage on the top. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-22 11:48 - TP0383 (Shefford)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

This is a 'drive-by' bag if ever there was one. The rivet is set into the top of a fairly modern looking low brick wall. Strange!!! It's easy to find but the views from here aren't worth the effort, to be honest.

GPSIII by the rivet. ©Pharisee
The location ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-22 11:21 - TP3816 (Higham Gobion)

FB Number: S6803   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Another of the 'roadside hedgerow' pillars. It's very accessible, complete and in good condition. The views aren't anything special but it's by no means the worst trigpoint location I've visited.

The trigpoint in the hedge. ©Pharisee
The top of the trigpoint. ©Pharisee
The view south, over the hedge. ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-05-22 10:43 - TP0384 (Ansells End)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This was one of the first OS locations I ever visited as it was so close to my home. Then I failed to find it... mostly because I didn't know what I was looking for. Today I made another attempt and eventually found it. It's a small bronze rivet set into the concrete surround of a manhole cover. It's at the side of a quiet country lane but right on a bend. I needed to dig away the earth to uncover it. Location seems to be in a large bowl surrounded by hills. Normal 'countryside' views, pleasant enough but nothing spectacular.

The Location (1) You can see where I've scraped away the covering earth©Pharisee
The Location (2) It's just visible at the end of the 'arrow'©Pharisee
My GPSIII next to the rivet ©Pharisee
The view to the south ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-05-15 14:00 - TP2233 (Clipper Down)

FB Number: S2041   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Located just inside the south corner of Crawley Wood. Structurally, the trig point is in good condition but the centre plug is missing so I'll follow my usual logging style and mark it as slightly damaged. All the other metalwork is in place. It has a rather nice National Trust plate set into the south face just above the flush bracket. I've been a bit generous with the score because the day I visited, the whole wood was just a mass of bluebells. Being inside the perimeter of the wood limits the views somewhat. The sighting hole on the east face is open but the other three are blocked with cement.

The Trig-point ©Pharisee
The data thingy ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-04-30 16:57 - TP1451 (Blacklow)

FB Number: S5006   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Visited this one with Deego, the last of 7 visited today. We walked up the farm track, thinking it was the footpath… it isn’t but the friendly farmer at the top showed us the way. I think he thought we were with ‘the footpath people’ and had a bit of a moan about the fact that the path had been moved because the golf club couldn’t be bothered (his words) to keep the old route clear. Spotted a Little Owl in one of the trees and spent a few minutes photographing that on the way up. The trigpoint is easily accessible and in good condition. All the metalwork is in place. Good views over the surrounding countryside. I liked the sheep too, but had no idea what breed they were.

Being watched by a Little Owl ©Pharisee
The top of the trig point ©Pharisee
The view east, back towards the 'sheep farm' ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-04-30 16:20 - TP5224 (Old Milverton)

FB Number: S5007   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Visited this one with Deego. Parked on the opposite side of the road just down from a rusty old gate into the field. The field was full of waist high oil seed rape and the T/P wasn’t visible but there were some obvious tractor tracks that went in the right direction. We spotted the top of the T/P after a few yards. The area around the T/P was clear of crops. The view was pretty much rape for as far as you could see. The structure was sound and undamaged but the centre plug was missing and the hole had been filled with what looked like ‘tarmac’ so following my usual practice, I'll log it as 'slightly damaged'.

The trigpoint ©Pharisee
The top of the trig point ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-04-30 16:02 - TP4415 (Lillington)

FB Number: S2353   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 3/10

Visited this one with Deego. Parked at the side of the road in a housing estate and walked the few yards to the field gate. The trig point is just the other side. It has a chunk missing from the top corner but apart from that its OK. All the metalwork is in place. Not a very inspiring location and to be honest, given its closeness to the local hooligans, I’m surprised to see it in one piece and free from graffiti.

The trigpoint and field gate ©Pharisee
The damage on the top ©Pharisee


Damaged 2005-04-30 13:20 - TP1760 (Bull And Butcher)

FB Number: S2364   Condition: Damaged   Score: 5/10

Visited this one with Deego. We parked in the lay-by and made the short walk to the trig point by following the tractor tracks through the growing crop. As already mentioned, there are a lot of cracks in this one and it looks like a good clout with a farm implement would reduce it to a pile of rubble. It does have all its metalwork intact, though. It’s not on a really noticeable ‘high point’ so the views aren’t too inspiring, just… well… fields.

The top of the trig point ©Pharisee
The flush bracket ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-04-30 12:50 - TP1618 (Bretford)

FB Number: S2360   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Visited this one with Deego. We parked in the pub carpark and followed a not too well defined footpath across the playing field from a kissing gate that certainly doesn’t cater for anyone humping a ruck. We then went through the hedge and up the hill currently home to a herd of inquisitive cows. The trig point is in very good condition with all its metal work in place. The view is green and pleasant in all directions.

The top of the T/P ©Pharisee
Daisy and the view east ©Pharisee
Deego getting up close and personal with Ermintrude This is also the view south©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-04-30 11:21 - TP3157 (Field Barn)

FB Number: S2378   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 3/10

Visited this one with Deego. We parked just before the bridge over the canal and railway a mile or so west of the trig point. A pleasant if somewhat wet and muddy walk followed which took us past the site of the abandoned village of Upper Smite. Only a few bumps in the ground now to mark its passing. We actually approached this one on the wrong side of the hedge but found our way through easily enough. Apart from the crack mentioned in previous logs, the trig point is in good condition and has all its metalwork in place. The views are flat and uninspiring being, at the time of our visit, cultivated mud.

The trig point. ©Pharisee
The mud to the east ©Pharisee
All that marks the passing of Upper Smite ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-04-30 10:15 - TP6715 (Walsgrave Hill)

FB Number: S2381   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This was the first of 7 T/Ps visited on a day out with Deego. We walked up to this one after doing the geocache in Coombe Abbey Country Park. A pleasant enough walk and an easily accessible cache. The crop isn't very high and you can reach the T/P by following the tractor tracks from the by-way. It's in good condition and all the metal work is in place. It's not significantly higher than the surrounding countryside so the views are average 'open countryside' views... good but not spectacular.

The top of the trig point - all metal work is in place ©Pharisee
The view facing south ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-04-03 13:00 - TP4187 (Kilchatton Hill)

FB Number: S8319   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

As FoF and Haggis Hunter have said, we bagged this one at the end of the Geohike around the southern end of the Island. Started to rain as we arrived but not enough to matter. The pillar is in generally good condition but the centre plug has been replaced with a cement fill. Views very good but would have been exceptional on a bright, clear day.

The Edinburgh Cache Gang... not looking at the camera! ©Pharisee
The view north over Kilchatton Bay ©Pharisee


Good condition 2005-04-02 15:00 - TP6124 (St Blanes Hill)

FB Number: S8341   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

Spotted this T/P as I walked down the track from St Blanes Church. It would have been churlish not to have paid it a visit. Took the direct route straight up the hill. It's quite steep close to the top. The T/P is in very good condition with all its metalwork in place. The views were very good even if it was a bit hazy in the distance. Well worth the climb.

The trig point
The top metalwork
St Blanes Church, half a mile away as the crow flies ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2005-03-31 17:15 - TP3479 (Green Hill)

FB Number: S6658   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Continued over to the trig point after doing Walker Dan's cache. A pleasant walk but the haze took the edge off the views. The T/P has some frost damage on the top but all the metalwork is in situ.

The trig point


Good condition 2005-02-19 15:29 - TP2338 (Cold Harbour)

FB Number: S1636   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

A ‘drive-by’ trigpoint if ever there was one located at the side of the A6006. No views to speak of unless you like looking at fast moving motor vehicles. It’s in good condition, but could use a coat of paint. All the metalwork is in place.

Deego and the Trigpoint


Good condition 2005-02-19 11:05 - TP1022 (Bardon Hill)

FB Number: 2962   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

A climb up around the quarry that left me gasping for breath!! But well worth it for the views, if you mentally block out the huge man-made hole. Apart from some red graffiti, the trigpoint is in good condition.


Good condition 2005-02-19 09:45 - TP3776 (High Cademan)

FB Number: S1635   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Visited this one with Deego. An easy climb up through a lovely wooded area. Well worth a visit for that alone. Views were reasonable, especially to the north.

The T/P with Deego in attendance
The best of the views... North


Toppled 2005-02-19 09:19 - TP1494 (Bleak House Hill)

FB Number: S1634   Condition: Toppled   Score: 5/10

This T/P has been moved from it’s original location by Donnington Park Services at J23a on the M1 motorway. It now resides in the front garden of a house in the village of Diseworth. Deego and I found it where RoPeHe had indicated.


Slightly damaged 2005-02-19 00:00 - TP5635 (Rempstone Hill)

FB Number: S4886   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 4/10

Visited this one with Deego. Found it after searching for a few minutes on the wrong side of the footpath. The 1:50.000 OS map shows it as being located between the footpath and the drive up to Wolds Farm (which is where we looked, initially). The 1:25,000 OS map places it correctly on the other side of the footpath (which is where we found it, of course). It’s lost a corner, probably clouted by a hedge trimmer but otherwise it’s in good condition. All the metalwork is in place. Views are of open farmland and don’t have much to commend them.

The damaged corner


Slightly damaged 2004-12-11 10:30 - TP6150 (Stanage Edge)

FB Number: S2156   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Visited this T/P with Deego and Pyoung1s.


Good condition 2004-11-28 00:00 - TP7062 (Woolbury Ring)

FB Number: S1699   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Tricky to get at. Right next to an old ROC bunker.


Good condition 2004-08-28 10:00 - TP0311 (Down Barn Farm)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Strange trig point, this. I can only agree with the previous finders comments but having said that, it's one you just HAVE to visit because it is so unique.

This is it.... I think!!!


Slightly damaged 2004-08-15 12:15 - TP1289 (Ben Nevis)

FB Number: S1595   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

Came up for the 1st Scottish Geocachers Day Out. Although the concrete is sound enough, the metalwork has suffered a bit from 'visitors'. The view, all 20 yards of it, was grey and misty but would have been stunning on one of the three clear days a year.


Good condition 2004-07-27 23:40 - TP3472 (Great Widmoor Wood)

FB Number: S4512   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Gaz and I tramped past this one on our way to find a missing cacher. Pitch black outside the torchlight so we didn't see much scenery but I can confirm it definately was a wood!!!

Gaz holding up the pillar


Good condition 2004-07-17 11:50 - TP6127 (St Catherines Hill Isle Of Wight)

FB Number: S2521   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

The pillar is in remarkably good condition. It's complete and has even been painted recently. The view was obscured by low cloud and mist but on a clear day, I expect it's excellent.

The Trigpoint and Oratory
The Plate


Slightly damaged 2004-06-19 16:22 - TP4899 (Monument Hill)

FB Number: S6207   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

I was up here doing a couple of geocaches. The view were exceptionally good as there was no haze or mist. The horizon was clearly visible all round. This is the second trig point Ive visited that had a viewpoint plate built into it (the first being TP2614 Crooksbury Hill). The centre plug is missing and the hole filled up with debris but apart from that the condition is good.

The trig point in front of the monument
The view north
Location and altitude


Slightly damaged 2004-05-27 14:51 - TP4193 (Killhope Law)

FB Number: S6664   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

Climbed up here after finding "All Hope Dies Here" geocache. Fortunately, the weather had been dry recently or this T/P would have been in the middle of a peat bog. It's suffered somewhat from frost damage and is crumbling away on the corners. The centre plug has been removed. On the day I visited it was warm and sunny but very hazy which spoilt the views a little. On a clear day, they would be very good indeed.

The trig point You can see the damage, which will only get worse as time rolls on.
The view to the North


Good condition 2004-05-13 12:00 - TP8837 (Newtown Water Tower Apex)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This is Bailey Hill Water Tower. It stands on a hill to the south west of my home town, Luton in Bedfordshire. It was built around 1900 but now stands derelict and unused behind a concrete wall. There was some talk about converting it into residential apartments but that was a while ago and nothing has happened so far. When it was first built, there were two large, horizontal, single cylinder, oil fired, internal combustion engines to drive the pumps. These were later 'retired' and electric pumps installed. I know that one of these old engines has been removed and is currently undergoing a restoration and will soon be running again in a 'live museum'.

Bailey Hill Water Tower ©Pharisee


Good condition 2004-04-24 16:37 - TP2614 (Crooksbury Hill)

FB Number: S6512   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

Did this while on a hunt for a geocache. The pillar has been 'rebuilt' with a viewpoint plate on the top but retains the original flush bracket. The view south(ish) is quite spectacular.

The trigpoint Not the original structure but it retains the original flush bracket.
The view south(ish) You can see for miles on a clear day


Good condition 2004-01-25 13:13 - TP7076 (Worthy Down)

FB Number: S7290   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

As with most others, I logged this one whilst on a cache hunt. A rather muddy field being used as a motorcycle dirt track. The T/P being used as the turning marker. Not the prettiest of locations.

The course turning marker
The numbers


Good condition 2004-01-04 15:43 - TP4235 (Kingston Hill)

FB Number: S4760   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I went after this one specifically to log the ‘Ye Ole Survey Monuments’ geocache. It was fairly obvious that this T/P hadn’t been visited in quite a while. On the map, it looked easy but the track that seemed the easy route had a gate across it and a big notice stating that it was private property and there was no public access. So much for the easy route!!! I backtracked and entered the wood from the roadside. There were no fences and it was obvious from the terrain that I wasn’t the first to go in this way by a long chalk. I followed the GPS up the hill, through the wood and eventually found the T/P in the middle of a clump of dense bushes. It was covered in moss but apart from that, it was complete and in good nick. There was only one view, to the west, and that made the scramble up the hill worth while.

It's in there.... you can just about see it!!!
The plate
The top of the T/P.... with all my stuff on it!!!
The view to the west


Good condition 2003-12-17 10:02 - TP6775 (Wattons Green)

FB Number: S4086   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Spotted this T/P sitting on the Village Field (it's a bit rough to be called a 'green') as I rattled past on an 'Essex Cache Hunt'. It seeked unkind not to stop and visit, so I did. The plug is missing and the hole filled with cement but otherwise it's in good condition. The views are not exactly stunning.

The trig point.... ...in the winter sun


Good condition 2003-11-30 13:11 - TP1830 (Bygrave)

FB Number: S5008   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Walked a little further up the (very muddy) Icknield Way to log this T/P after doing a check on my Bygrave Plantation geocache. It’s complete and in good condition (the trig point, not my geocache). The views, mostly just farmland and small patches of woodland, are average without being spectacular.

The trig point.... ...on a very muddy Icknield Way


Good condition 2003-10-12 09:43 - TP3115 (Farleigh Hill)

FB Number: S5555   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

This trig point is buried deep inside a clump of bushes at the edge of the B4036. The views are somewhat restricted !! The pillar is in good condition but the centre plug is missing leaving a hole that has not been filled. This one could be easily missed as it is not visible to the casual observer.

It's in there... yes, really.
The trig point
The plate


Good condition 2003-10-12 09:27 - TP3665 (Hatchwarren Lane)

FB Number: S7285   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This trig point is tucked away in the corner of a field only a few feet from the road. It's up against a barbed wire fence on one side with dense brambles and stinging nettles on the other. Best visit this one in the winter. It's in generally good condition but the centre plug has been removed leaving a hole that's just big enough to swallow an Etrex. The flush bracket is, of course, buried deep in the brambles and stinging nettles.

The trig point
The plate
The view north


Good condition 2003-10-06 10:16 - TP0199 (Charnwood)

FB Number: 2964   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

An easy stroll up from the car park at the Beacon Hill Country Park. The centre plug is missing and the hole blocked up but apart from that, the pillar is in good condition. The Ranger said that you could see five counties on a clear day but today was overcast and murky. Even so, the views were pretty spectacular.

The trig point and grey clouds.
The view west.


Good condition 2003-10-05 16:19 - TP5451 (Pink Hill)

FB Number: S4758   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

This one is in the middle of a hedge (and I do mean middle!!) along side a minor road about 2.1/2 kilometres south east of Princes Risborough. It's difficult to get at but it is complete and in good condition. The views to the west are good.

The trig point
The view west


Good condition 2003-10-05 14:48 - TP4563 (Lower Farm)

FB Number: S4763   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Located in a hedge along side the B4445 just to the north west of Chinnor. It's not visible from the road but there is a convenient gate into the field a few yards along the road. The pillar is complete and in good condition. The views are just farmland and nothing to write home about.

The trig point
The view north


Couldn't find it 2003-10-04 08:08 - TP6736 (Warden Tunnel)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Couldn't find it   Score: 5/10

This trig point is supposed to be situated on top of the Old Warden railway tunnel. The site is just a long narrow mound in the middle of a field just off the Greensand Ridge Path. If the trig point is still there and I have no reason to believe it's not, then it's hidden in the middle of the totally impenetrable mass of brambles that cover the top of the mound. The nearest I could get to the co-ordinates was about 40ft but I could see no sign of it. There was some evidence that other people had tried to get close but I don't believe anyone has seen this trig point for quite some time.


Good condition 2003-09-28 15:44 - TP4615 (Mainshill)

FB Number: S4933   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Did this one whilst doing Chess Cache No. 3 - Black Knight. It's complete and in good condition. Situated close to an observatory. View average.

The trig point
The view north


Good condition 2003-09-28 13:58 - TP6692 (Waddesdon Hill)

FB Number: S4511   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Did this one whilst on a hunt for Chess Cache No. 4 - White Rook. It's complete and in good condition. Views are good without being spectacular.

The trig point
The view east and yet more black skies


Good condition 2003-09-22 10:09 - TP4929 (Moss Mire)

FB Number: S4282   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

I spotted this pillar in a field, close to the road, on my way home from the Scottish Cache Bash. It would have been churlish not to stop and take it's photograph. The pillar is in good condition apart from the missing top plug. Views are average for the area without being spectacular.

The trig point
The view west


Good condition 2003-09-19 17:40 - TP4697 (Mayland Lea Farm)

FB Number: S4233   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

No pride of place on a hill top for this sad little pillar. It's stuck between a wall and a dung heap in a small field, hidden from view unless you actually go looking for it. It's in reasonable condition I suppose but the centre plug has been removed leaving a hole in the top that will swallow an Etrex. The view east, over the wall, is the only one worth looking at.

The trig point
The view east, over the wall


Good condition 2003-09-19 15:19 - TP1523 (Bollihope Carrs)

FB Number: S6631   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Just a bit of a trek, this one. I parked where the B6278 crosses the Bollihope Burn and walked up the steam to the cache placed there. Having found that, I headed up across the moore directly towards the trig point. There were no footpaths and the rough grass and heather was tiring to walk through. The trig point is in good condition execpt for the centre plug which has been removed and the hole filled with a brown resin material. The view to the east is good but the view in other directions is obscured by the surrounding hills.

The trig point and a totally bolloxed Pharisee
The trig point
The view east


Good condition 2003-09-19 12:48 - TP2625 (Crow Coal Hill)

FB Number: S6627   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Situated just off the secondary road between Rookhope and Stanhope. An easy climb up the hill which is rough grassland and sheep are the only company. The trig point is generally in good condition however the centre plug has been removed and the hole filled with a brown resin material. The views are pretty much the same in all directions, rolling hills and moor covered with rough grass and heather.

The trig point and dark sky.
The plate
The view east with Stanhope away to the right in the valley


Couldn't find it 2003-09-19 12:01 - TP0116 (Lintzgarth)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Couldn't find it   Score: 5/10

This was the first time I'd searched for a Rivet so I'll log it as a 'Couldn't find it' rather than 'Missing' just in case I missed it. I had the exact co-ordinates showing on my GPSr while it was laying on the bridge parapet. However, this is a reletively new bridge parapet and if the rivit was in the old one, then it IS now missing. Looking under the bridge, you can see the old arch and it is obvious that the bridge has been widened. The old parapet would have been at the roadside.

The new bridge parapet. The old one would have been at the road side.
My Legend resting on the bridge parapet. The co-ordinates match those quoted to within 10 centimetres.


Good condition 2003-09-19 10:43 - TP1526 (Bolts Law Hunstanworth)

FB Number: S6705   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Walked up from Rookhope doing the two caches as well. Arrived at the trig point just in time to watch a line of beaters start to drive the grouse down to the waiting guns. Barbaric sods. Trig point is complete and in good condition. Sky very black so I didn't hang about for too long.

The trig point, cairn and a black summer sky
The flush bracket


Good condition 2003-09-18 17:52 - TP6216 (Stoterley Hill)

FB Number: S4106   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Came up from the farmhouse. The sky was very black so I didn't stop for long. The T/P is generally in good condition. The centre plug is missing, however and the hole filled with cement. The views were good but would have been better on a clear, sunny day.

The trig point
The plate
The view east... back towards the farm and the black sky.


Good condition 2003-09-18 15:43 - TP2353 (Collier Law)

FB Number: 2956   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

I parked on the road (B6278) by a public footpath sign and could see the transmitter mast just over the brow of the hill. The footpath was totally invisible so I headed straight for the transmitter. The trig point was just behind the compound. It's in generally good condition but the centre plug is missing and the hole filled with what looks like a brown 'potting resin'. The views are not spectacular, just a lot of heather moorland.

The trig point
The plate
The view south


Slightly damaged 2003-09-07 14:08 - TP5078 (Netherwild Farm)

FB Number: S4457   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

This trig point is located in the middle of a ploughed field. Fortunately it was dry and it looked like it had just been rolled so it was relatively easy to walk on. It was complete with all its metalwork but had a big chip out of one corner. Probably hit by whatever the tractor was towing. The views are not particularly inspiring being mostly ploughed field!!

The Trig Point
The metal work and the damage.
The plate
The view north. This is typical of the views all round


Slightly damaged 2003-09-07 10:10 - TP7054 (Woodoak Farm)

FB Number: S4514   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

This one is set in a hedge at the high point of a rolling, green landscape only spitting distance from the M25. Whilst you can hear the motorway, you can’t see it as it’s hidden in a valley. Structurally, it’s in good condition but the centre plug is missing and the hole is full of rubbish. It’s not actually on a marked footpath so you have to cross a field to get to it and it seems that quite a few people do. The views are pleasant enough to recommend a visit. You could be somewhere on the South Downs rather than in deepest Hertfordshire.

The Trig Point
The Plate
The view east towards Woodoaks Farm


Slightly damaged 2003-08-02 14:10 - TP5226 (Old Winchester Hill)

FB Number: S2730   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 9/10

Going against general concensus on this one too by logging as slightly damaged. The structure is OK but the centre plug is missing, leaving a hole just right to drop an Etrex down.

The view to the West


Slightly damaged 2003-08-02 12:48 - TP3089 (Exton)

FB Number: S1532   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

I'm going against the general concensus here and logging this as slightly damaged. The centre plug is missing and the hole has been filled with cement.

The trig point


Good condition 2003-08-02 07:51 - TP5793 (Salt Hill Resr)

FB Number: S1671   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Strange place to plonk a Trig Point, right on top of a reservoir !!! It's complete and in good condition. You do have to clamber over a fence to get close to it, though. Naughty me.

The Trig Point (2)
The Trig Point (1)


Slightly damaged 2003-07-20 20:00 - TP4943 (Mount Joy)

FB Number: S2479   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 8/10

On top of a hill, currently surrounded by poppies, on the Isle of Wight. This T/P is quite close to the Vectis-C geocache. The centre bung is missing but apart from that it is in good condition. It's about 150 feet from a footpath but to get close, you will need to cross a barbed wire fence. The views are very good.

The T/P Surrounded by poppies.
The view south
The Plate


Slightly damaged 2003-07-13 12:24 - TP6679 (Varneys Wood)

FB Number: 10709   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

This is almost completely hidden from view as it now forms part of a hedgerow. It’s visible from the field side of the hedge but walking up the farm road you’ll only see it if you look very hard indeed. I missed it completely and ended up enquiring at the farmhouse. The farmer was very pleasant and showed me where it was. He also gave me permission to go into his field on the other side of the hedge. It’s complete but the pillar has a top corner knocked off and similar damage to one of the edges further down. It’s set at about 45 degrees to the cardinal compass points and the F/B is on the south-west face. The view south west is nice enough.

The T/P
The F/B
The damaged top corner
The view west


Good condition 2003-07-13 11:45 - TP7243 (Hemel Hempstead (R))

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I'm a bit confused by this one. I set out to find TP0651, a Berntsen, but at the quoted co-ordinates (TL 06617 09488) all I found was an expance of mown lawn in a residential area of Hemel Hempstead. However, about 100ft away I found this and thought I was just a bit out with my co-ordinates. It wasn't until I came to log it that I realised it was a different thing altogether. The Trigpoint:UK database calls it a 'Fundamental Bench Mark' but it looks more like a 'Surface Block'. Its a cement or concrete square with a bronze dome about 3 inches in diameter in the centre of the top surface. Inscribed on the bronze dome is the OS 'Arrowhead' and the letters 'OSBM'. Screwed to one side was a badly deteriorated plate. It seemed to be tthe normal information plate found screwed to T/P's that are now part of the passive network. There was no F/B nor did I notice any 'easily accessible' hight reference mark. It was in a fenced off enclosure and I couldn't get close enough for a thorough examination. Interesting, though.

The enclosure
The block
The block (2)
The information plate


Good condition 2003-07-13 10:35 - TP4440 (Little Easthall Farm)

FB Number: S4471   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This poor T/P is hidden away among the nettles and fern in a obscure corner of a field near St Paul’s Walden. Access is easy as it’s only a few feet from a minor country road on the other side of the hedge. It’s complete, in good condition and aligned on the compass points. The F/B is on the east face. The view to the south-west is the only one that can be cosidered worthy of a photograph.

The T/P hidden among the nettles
The Flush Bracket
The view south-west


Slightly damaged 2003-07-08 16:00 - TP0379 (Dunstable Down)

FB Number: 2951   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 4/10

As MCL states in his log, there is no 'S' prefix for the number on the flush bracket. In keeping with my usual method, I'm logging this as 'slightly damaged' because the centre plug has been removed and the hole filled with cement.


Slightly damaged 2003-07-05 19:40 - TP4623 (Mam Tor)

FB Number: S4230   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 9/10

As the previous two guys did, I visited this T/P as part of the GCA902 geocache. Unlike them, I’m going to record this as ‘slightly damaged’. The centre plug is missing and has been replaced with a plastic bung. The attachment rings on the top have all been broken and the flush bracket has been defaced by someone carving their initials on it. Today was grey and hazy but the views were still worth the climb. On a clear day they would be magnificent. It was close to 8pm when I visited and I only had sheep for company.

The Trig Point
The Flush Bracket complete with someones initials
The view west


Slightly damaged 2003-07-05 16:56 - TP5986 (Sir William Hill)

FB Number: S4148   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

This one is easy to get at, being situated along side a track. The centre plug is missing and the hole blocked with a plastic plug which is why I've recorded it as 'slightly damaged'. On a clear day, the views would be grand but when I visited it was grey, overcast and hazy.

The Trig Point
The Plate
The view west


Good condition 2003-07-05 14:43 - TP5267 (Ox Stones)

FB Number: S2159   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Situated a few hundred yards from the Hathersage road on Burbage Moor. This has easy access as there is a well worn footpath across the moor to the Ox Stones. It’s complete and in good condition. The views are good without being spectacular but the Ox Stones are worth a visit if you’re out that way.

The Trig Point
The Plate
The Ox Stones


Good condition 2003-07-05 12:28 - TP5712 (Rod Moor)

FB Number: S2299   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

Situated on Rod Moor about 1 km north of the A57. It isn’t directly on any footpah but there is a track that leads up to Grawshaw Farm that you can use to gain access to the moor and then work your way across to the T/P. It’s complete and in good condition. It was grey and hazy when I visited but the views were good and would be better on a clear, sunny day.

The Trig Point
The Plate
The view south


Good condition 2003-07-05 10:23 - TP3795 (High Neb)

FB Number: S2157   Condition: Good   Score: 9/10

High Neb... situated on the edge of Hallam Moors at the top of the Stanage Edge escarpment. I parked at the north end of the footpath on the A57 at N53 23.220’ W01 39.316’ where there is parking for a couple of cars. It’s a relatively easy path up to the trig point. It was grey and overcast when I visited but the views should be stunning in bright, clear conditions. The trig point is complete and in good condition considering it’s exposed location.

The Trig Point
The Plate
The view to the south


Unreachable but visible 2003-06-28 17:15 - TP7055 (Woodperry)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Unreachable but visible   Score: 5/10

This one was in the middle of a field of barley with no way to reach it without trampling the crops. I could see it but as it was at least 200 feet away I couldn't say what condition it is in.


Good condition 2003-06-28 14:15 - TP6298 (Tacknell)

FB Number: S7199   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

This trig point is situated on a visible but not well used or well maintained footpath that runs east-west between the villages of Wootton and Tackley in Oxfordshire. The foliage was almost waist high in places. The trig point is complete and in good condition. It is aligned on the compass points with the flush bracket on the north face. The views are mostly flat and uninteresting farmland but the land drops away to the south giving a reasonable view towards Kidlington in fine weather.

The trig point.... ... is just visible above the weeds and stuff growing around it.
The flush bracket... ... was visible once I'd cleared the weeds away.
The view west You can make out the line of the footpath but it's not one that's much travelled.


Possibly missing 2003-06-28 11:22 - TP6203 (Stoke Lyne)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Possibly missing   Score: 0/10

When I prepare for a trig point hunt, I use Memory Map to give me the co-ordinates of the points I'm hunting. So far, they've been good enough to enable me to locate the trig point in question. They've never been more that a few 10's of feet out. This one, however eluded me. The co-ordinates placed it in the middle of a wheat field about 150 feet from the nearest hedge. It certainly wasn't present in the wheat field. I got to withing about 20 feet using the tractor tracks and as the wheat was only about 18 inches high if the T/P was there, I would have seen it. Upon re-checking the memory co-ordinates with the ones quoted on this data base there was a discrepancy of about 88 feet in the easting whch would have put the T/P that much closer to the nearest hedge. It is possible that the T/P is concealed within the hedge but said hedge was extremely dense and it was impossible to see into it at this time of year.


Slightly damaged 2003-06-22 12:52 - TP1453 (Blackmore Thick Farm)

FB Number: S6790   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

This one was just a little tricky. It’s not exactly on a footpath. In fact it’s in a fenced off wood, in the middle of a field (currently home to a whole heap of bullocks) and the only access is through Blackmore Thick Farm. There is a public bridleway that runs past the farm so I walked along that to start with. When I reached the farm, it became obvious that to gain access to the trig point I was going to need the farmer’s permission. Hmmmm… The farmer, when I found him, wasn’t at all keen for me to go and look at the trig point. Very slowly and very precisely he told me that he was responsible for it… he had papers that said so… and he didn’t think ‘they’ would like any old stranger looking at it. Eventually, I persuaded him that I intended no harm to it and just wanted to check the number on the plate. Somewhat reluctantly, he agreed but then had second thoughts when I mentioned photographs. He said I could look at it but not photograph it. He was responsible for it, he said again and didn’t want ‘them’ to see pictures of it because he hadn’t painted it for years and it looked dirty. Fortunately I had a map and a digital camera with pictures on it that I’d taken of another trig point just a couple of kilometres away. "Ahhh… " says the farmer. "That’s on Thompson’s farm." When I showed him how dirty that one was he brightened up and agreed to me taking just one picture of ‘his’ pillar. He opened the gate and I walked through the field of bullocks with him watching my every step. The structure is sound but the centre plug is missing and the hole has been filled with cement. It’s aligned on the compass points with the flush bracket on the south face. I didn’t hang about too long looking but as the trig point is just inside a small wood, the only view is back towards the farm complex. The farmer met me at the gate; he’d been waiting for me. As we walked back through the farm he suddenly stopped and pulled up a clump of clover from beside the path. "This is wild clover," he says shoving it towards me "We’re farmers and we know about these things." I took it, thanked him and walked back to the bridle path wondering vaguely if his mother was actually his auntie as well.

The Trig Point Situated at the edge of a wood behind a barbed wire fence.
The Flush Bracket I was only supposed to take one photo so this one is figment of your imagination.


Slightly damaged 2003-06-22 11:40 - TP6090 (Spa Farm)

FB Number: S6789   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

This trig point stands in a rough meadow a couple of kilometres to the south of the village of King’s Cliffe. There is a farm track from the village that is driveable for about a kilometre then it gets too rough for anything other than a Land Rover. Once the farm track ends, the footpath becomes harder to follow. It is obviously not a well-used facility and is very overgrown. Once or twice I struck off across a field as the footpath disappeared completely. Eventually I connected with a good farm road close to Spa Farm and from there it was an easy 500 metres to the trig point. The trig point is complete but has obviously been hit by a farm implement of some sort in the past as the northwest face has a deep groove in it about a foot up from the ground. The flush bracket is on the northeast face with the faces being aligned at about 45° to the compass points. The views are good without being particularly inspiring, just very rough meadow for the most part with some clumps of woodland scattered about. One saving grace is the unexpected presence of Red Kites (the bird not the toy). I spotted half a dozen or so wheeling over the meadows. I had no idea that they had spread this far north, presumably from the breeding population in the M40 corridor unless a new population has been introduced.

The Trig Point
The Flush Bracket
The view to the west The view is pretty much the same which ever way you look.


Good condition 2003-06-22 10:20 - TP3556 (Haddon Lodge)

FB Number: S6824   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

This trig point stands at the side of a footpath across Hill Farm, just to the south west of Peterborough. It is very close to but not easily accessible from the A605. Hill Farm has a thriving farm shop and ‘Pick your own’ facility, in season. You can drive right up to the farm shop and park in the ample car park there. It wasn’t obvious where the footpath was so I asked in the shop. The farmer’s wife was very helpful and told me exactly how to get to ‘Our Obelisk’. Once through the farm, it was a very easy three or four hundred-yard stroll along a wide, well mown footpath beside two fields. The trig point is complete and in good condition with the flush bracket on the east face. It’s not that high here and the views are not particularly exiting; just a lot of flat farmland. The footpath continues on a footbridge over the A605 to the village of Haddon and beyond. If you don’t fancy the walk through the farm, you can probably park in Haddon and find the footpath there, the distances are about the same. I can recommend the tea and home made cake in the farm shop.

The Trig Point
The Flush Bracket
The view south You can just see the footbridge over the A605 which is in a deep cutting just the other side of the hedge.


Good condition 2003-06-22 09:03 - TP7377 (Holme Fen (BM))

FB Number: S9274   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

I visited this location whilst on a geocaching trip. Interesting stuff.

The data shot ©Pharisee
The Flush Bracket ©Pharisee
The fen post ©Pharisee


Slightly damaged 2003-06-21 09:51 - TP2743 (Deacon Hill)

FB Number: S7162   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

This one is close to my home, situated as it is on the top of Deacon Hill. It is slightly damaged in as much as the top plug is missing. The centre hole has been filled with rubbish. The concrete generally is in good condition despite being in a popular view point and a favourite thing for kids to climb on. It is aligned at about 60 degrees to magnetic north with the flush bracket on the north easterly face. The views, especially over central Bedfordshire to the north, are good and worth the climb.

The Trig Point
The Flush Bracket
The view to the north The hill overlooks central Bedfordshire towards the village of Shillington


Slightly damaged 2003-06-08 17:58 - TP3081 (Euston Park)

FB Number: S2180   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

This T/P is located on the Icknield Way about 6km south east of Thetford and 2km south of Rushford. The plug is missing from the top leaving a hole that is just right to drop a GPSr down. Apart from that the trig point is in good condition. This one is not quite on the compass points but it’s not far off. The flush bracket is on the southern most face. Access is good as it is on a major footpath.

The Plate
The Trig Point


Slightly damaged 2003-06-08 14:17 - TP1624 (Bridgham Heath)

FB Number: S6152   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 6/10

Tricky, this one... It’s situated a couple of hundred yards from the road on an MOD Live Firing Range. There are notices on all the access point stating that this is a ‘Danger Area’. However... It was a Sunday and I couldn’t hear any guns firing so either being extremely brave or incredibly stupid, depending on your view point, I parked the car in front of an access gate at N52 26.487 E00 49.151 and clambered over the gate and 'legged it' across the firing range. There was a wide track leading onto the heath and about 100 yards in, another smaller path went off to the right. This path will take you straight to the trig point. The centre pug is missing and the hole has been filled with cement but apart from that, it is in good condition. It is aligned on the cardinal compass points and the flush bracket is on the south face. The views are OK but it's just a fairly ordinary heath really.

The Plate
The Trig Point


Good condition 2003-06-08 11:48 - TP6723 (Wangford Warren)

FB Number: S2179   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Located in the south east corner of a new pine plantation in Wangford Warren, just to the east of RAF Lakenheath. It was complete and in good condition. As seems to be usual, it was aligned on the cardinal compass points with the flush bracket on the south face. Access is good with a side track off Shakers’ Road going straight to it. There is a suitable car park at TL 79250 85575. The views weren't very spectacular, just a lot of little pine trees.

The Plate
The Trig Point
View to the north-west This was it's best aspect.


Slightly damaged 2003-06-01 17:53 - TP0393 (Helion Bumpstead)

FB Number: S2094   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 5/10

This trig point is very easy to get at as it is along side a minor road about 6 km south west of Haverhill. The concrete pillar is undamaged but the bronze plug in the centre at the top is missing and has been replaced with a plastic bung. It also carries a second plaque stating that it is an offence to damage a triangulation point and gives the OS help line telephone number to report any damage. Opposite the trig point is a radio mast and there is room to park a car in front of that. The views are good without being spectacular.

The Trig Point Located in a wheat field just a few feet from the road.
The Flush Bracket
The 'Additional' Plate
The view south It's this close to the road. Right next to a communication tower.


Good condition 2003-06-01 17:00 - TP4454 (Little Yeldham)

FB Number: 10742   Condition: Good   Score: 4/10

This one is situated just inside the north west corner of a copse in the middle of a field (currently growing oil seed rape). It is about a kilometer to the north(ish) of Little Yeldham. It is complete, in good condition and like most others, aligned roughly on the cardinal compass points. The flush plate is in the east face. Access is not quite straight forward but it’s not difficult. There is a bridleway starting at TL 77655 40000 which takes you most of the way. There was a suitable and well used gap in the hedge which gave access to the south western corner of the field and the farmer had left a track through the oil seed rape to southern end of the copse (he must have known I was coming!!). Finding the trig point only took a few minutes. The views are not great being mostly obscured by high hedges, farm buildings and woodland.

The Flush Bracket
The Trig Point Viewed from inside the copse.
The Trig Point Viewed from outside the copse.


Good condition 2003-06-01 16:51 - TP4143 (Kedington)

FB Number: S4526   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Located just off a public footpath very close to Great Wilsey Farm, a kilometre or so to the north east of Haverhill. It is complete and in good condition but almost totally obscured by a large bush that has grown up around it. It is aligned on the cardinal compass points with the flush plate on the south face. Access is easy as this appears to be a well used footpath but I suspect that very few of the users are aware of the T/P’s presence. Certainly the couple that stopped for a chat while I was photographing it had no idea that it was there or indeed what it was. I parked in a side street just off the B1061 at the eastern end of the footpath in the village of Kedington. The footpath is easy to find and well signposted. Whilst not being particularly high the views in most directions are fairly good, mostly over rolling farmland with Haverhill tucked away in a valley to the south west.

The Trig Point and its surrounding bush.
The Flush Bracket
The view south towards Haverhill


Good condition 2003-06-01 11:35 - TP4886 (Monk Field)

FB Number: S9369   Condition: Good   Score: 3/10

Located along side a farm track just to the east of the new village of Cambourne in Cambridgeshire. Access is reletively easy but the trig point is in the hedgerow and may easily be missed. It is complete and in good condition. It is aligned on the cardinal compass points with the flush plate on the north face, facing the farm track. I parked in what might only be a temporary carpark at N52 13.119 W00 03.784 and walked across the field to meet the farm track. This field looks like it may be the next phase of the village’s expansion so an alternative access point may need to be found in due course. The views are not great, being mostly fields and new village.

The Trig Point


Good condition 2003-05-22 17:00 - TP1998 (Carra Duagh)

FB Number: S3675   Condition: Good   Score: 10/10

Located at the summit of Carn Duchara, the highest peak on the southeastern side of Glean Domhain. (I'm not sure where the name 'Carra Duagh' comes from as I can find no reference to this name on the OS map). To reach this somewhat remote peak I took the narrow, single-track road from Kilmelford and parked at N56° 15.031 W05° 25.538. This is on the northwestern side of the glen and the forest track I followed took me down into the valley, across Duchara Burn and then climbed across the hillside through the Lagalochan Forest. The track ended a kilometer (as the crow flies) from the trig point, which left me with a hard, steep trek through the forest. These pine forests are almost impossible to get through at times as the trees are planted so close together but I soon found out that the Forestry Commission had seen fit to dig a drainage channel between the rows of trees about every 20 yards so if you can find one of them, you can almost walk almost upright. Eventually, after a really tough half hour, I came out on the southern edge of the forest only to find an eight foot high wire fence between me and the summit. It wasn’t difficult to climb over and the only thing between the trig point and me was the hill it’s self. A formidable obstacle never the less. It took another three quarters of an hour to reach the trig point which alway seemed to be 'just over the next ridge'. I should add that it was raining steadily all the time now. The trig point seemed to be somewhat older than the others in that I’d been to in the area. The concrete was much ‘rougher’ than the others and the 3675 serial number is much lower that the 8000 – 10000 numbers on all the others I’ve been to. The trig point was orientated at 45° to the cardinal compass points with the number plate on the southeastern face. All the metalwork was present. Unfortunately, the rain and low cloud spoilt what should have been an absolutely stunning view. Bummer. There was a lot of water up there with a small pond only yards from the trig point. I found a 'slightly' easier way down by following a stream that eventually brought me out onto the forest track that I’d started on. Looking back up the mountain, I was surprised to see that the cloud had followed me down and was now well below the tree line. If I’d have left it just a few minutes later, I would have had very limited visibility and a much more difficult descent. This was the hardest climb to a trig point that I have so far attempted. A three and a half hour trek that was considerably more difficult than the climb up to 'Scotland's First' geocache on Ben More.

The Plate
The Trig Point
The view to the North If you look carefully, you can just about make out the road on the other side of Gleann Domhain.
The view to the East
The view to the South
The view to the West The little pond was surprisingly deep!!


Good condition 2003-05-22 13:00 - TP1172 (Beinn Chaorach)

FB Number: S9729   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

Located on the summit of Beinn Chaorach, just to the east of Arduaine, on the west coast of Scotland. I parked in a lay-by, off the A816, located at N56° 14.421 W05° 32.425. In the corner of the lay-by is the start of the Kames Footpath, which seemed to head in the right direction. Unfortunately, the footpath was just a few rough steps cut into the hillside that led to a barbed wire topped fence. Once across the fence I was on my own and faced with a mature pine forest. It was hard work but I eventually came out onto the hillside at the southeastern side of the forest. The next problem was a four foot high wire fence that I climbed effortlessly. On the other side of the fence was a rough track the zig-zagged up the hill. I followed this up as far as it went then stuck out for the summit. The last few hundred feet were hard but not insurmountable. When I reached the trig point, I found that someone had been up there with a paint pot as the concrete pillar was sporting a new coat of white paint. The pillar was aligned pretty much on the cardinal compass points with the number plate on the west face. All the metalwork was in place. It started to rain while I was up there and the views were pretty hazy but I could still see for miles in all directions. To the south and east there were just more hills but to the north I could see across Loch Melfort to the peak at Dun Crutagain. To the west are the islands of Eilean Creagach, Shuna and beyond them, Luing. Coming down, I followed the track for a while then ‘bushwhacked’ through the pine forest until I came to a wire fence at the top of someone’s garden. There was plenty of cover and as I was in full camo I thought the chances of being seen were minimal. I crossed the fence and moved quickly across their property to the drive and then back out onto the A816 about 300 yards from the car.

The Plate
The Trig Point
The view to the North Overlooking Loch Melfort. The highest peak on the left is Dun Crutagain with Druim an Fhaillich in the centre.
The view to the East
The view to the South
The view to the West The islands, starting with the little one that's closest are Eilean Creagach, then there's Shuna, then Luing with Scarba (the highest) and just visible is Lunga.


Good condition 2003-05-22 12:00 - TP1053 (Barrackan)

FB Number: 10384   Condition: Good   Score: 7/10

Located on the summit of Bàrr Mór. This hill is about halfway down the peninsular leading to Craignish Point on the west coast of Scotland. I pulled of the road, the B8002, and parked at the start of a farm track. (N56° 10.291’ W05° 32.929’). I followed the farm track for about one and a half kilometres, up to the base of the hill. The final climb up the hill was not too strenuous. The trig point was aligned pretty much on the cardinal compass points with the number plate on the east face of the pillar. All the metal work was in place. The views are pretty good but the hazy weather conditions spoilt them a bit.

The Plate
The Trig Point
The view to the North The island slightly to the left is Shuna
The view to the East Overlooking Loch Craignish and Eilean Mhic Chrion
The view to the south Overlooking Loch Craignish with Eilean Dubh and Island Macaskin in the background
The view to the West Towards Scarba with the north tip of Jura on the left.


Damaged 2003-05-20 17:00 - TP1383 (Birgidale)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Damaged   Score: 5/10

Located on a hill at the southern end of the Isle of Bute. It stands beside a footpath known as “Lord James’ Ride”. The actual OS trig point has been replaced with a pillar built of cemented stone. There is a notice attached stating that the OS trig point once stood here but unfortunately makes no reference to the trig point’s original number. The thought occured to me that the new, circular, cairn is actually built around the original trig point but unfortunately there is no way of telling for sure.

The Cairn This monument stands where the trig point once stood.
Looking west The veiw to the west, towards the Sound of Bute


Good condition 2003-05-18 18:14 - TP4704 (Meall A' Chaise)

FB Number: 10120   Condition: Good   Score: 8/10

Located on the summit of Meall Chaise. This is the hill about 1km north east of Ellenabéich on the Isle of Seil. I had thought to tackle this one by taking the farm track, which starts at NM 75150 17030 but as it passed through a farmyard I asked permission which was denied. The farmer said he had stock grazing that he didn’t want disturbed. He told me that there was another track up onto the hill that started behind a 12ft wide gate further along the road towards the village. I found this at NM 74534 17399. The track is rough but it heads in the right direction, at least to start with though it soon became obvious that the track, which is not shown on the 1:50,000 OS map, carries on through the gap between the hills. I left the track after a few hundred yards and followed the GPSr as best I could, roughly east, to the trig point. I had to detour around a deep corrie, cross a couple of small streams and two wire fences but the climb was not too difficult. The trig point is aligned roughly on the compass points with the number plate on the south facing side. All the metal work, including the top plug, is in place. This is the first trig point I have found where the identification number does not begin with the letter ‘S’. The view, in all directions, was stunning, particularly southeast across the island towards Balvicar. It was well worth the climb

The Plate
The Trig Point
The view to the North
The view to the East
The view to the South
The view to the West
Overlooking Balvicar


Slightly damaged 2003-05-16 14:56 - TP2572 (Creag Thulach)

FB Number: S8819   Condition: Slightly damaged   Score: 7/10

Located on summit of Creag Thulach. Parked at the end of a forest track at NN 06120 23452. Followed the track north for about 1km. When the track turned east, I followed it for about 200 metres until I came to a fence that ran north. I followed the fence until I came to the northern edge of the forest. Climbed over another wire fence and through a gap in the dry stone wall and out onto the moor. Then I turned east and climbed the hill up to the trig point. The centre plug is missing from the top of the trig point and the hole has been filled with cement.

The Plate
GPSr display GPS III on top of the trig point
Looking east(ish) The view up Loch Awe towards Kilchurn Castle. Pity it's a bit hazy.


Good condition 2003-05-14 12:35 - TP4169 (Keppochan)

FB Number: S8826   Condition: Good   Score: 5/10

Located on a small hill just off the B840 to the west of Ardbrecknish. Parked in a ‘Passing Place’ close by. Crossed a ditch, climbed over a wire fence and climbed the somewhat boggy hill to the trig point. Only 100 yards or so from the road. All the relevant metal parts are in place.

The Plate
The pillar, looking north... ...across Loch Awe to Beinn a Bhuiridh.
View to the south Overlooking the B840 with Mullach nam Maol in the distance.


Damaged 2003-04-27 16:00 - TP6734 (Warden Hill)

FB Number: S4541   Condition: Damaged   Score: 5/10

Collected this one as an offset on the 'Warden Walkabout' cache.


Destroyed 2003-04-19 00:00 - TP1610 (Brecon Beacons)

FB Number: Not logged   Condition: Destroyed   Score: 9/10

Climbed to the top to collect the virtual cache. Didn't see any T/P but did take a pikky of the cairn

My rucksack against the cairn ©Pharisee


Good condition 2003-04-06 19:00 - TP3395 (Gog Magog)

FB Number: S4365   Condition: Good   Score: 6/10

Collected this one as the 'Polar Bears Folly' cache.




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