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TP2021 - Castle Ditches
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Castle DitchesSU15/20SU15S020396229.49128497.34193.3622PILLAR01/06/1938101/09/1952N0

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There are 21 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 3686th with 52 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.91/10 (from 23 logged visits)
Was First logged: 28th Apr 1985
Was Last logged: 12th Jan 2020

Of the 23 logged visits,
9 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 27m
The average error was 13m
The closest was 3m

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Logged Visits:

Good condition 12th Jan 2020  17:17  by DeniseMc

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

steep bramble battle- we did not find the path mentioned . trees recently felled

Good condition 12th Jan 2020  17:14  by RichardM

Gridref: ST 96232 28499   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Direct assault of N shoulder from junction of bridleways. Path at first then through the steep bramble covered mounds and ditches to the summit plateau with field and trig pillar. Almost dark.

Good condition 31st Aug 2019  00:00  by Woodleywalker

Gridref: ST 96231 28504   FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Parked near mast at SH 156. Followed FP beside Swell Hill Wood until the path turns SE. Just past this point there is wide track into the fort. You can see the pillar directly opposite. Walked anti clockwise around the field and under the not on electric fence. Limited views because of the trees. Would make a lovely venue for hog roast and jousting. Saw masses of small grasshoppers.

Good condition 17th Mar 2019  17:30  by Thirdlight

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

Was last here in 1996. Sadly the ring of mature trees around Castle Ditches is being felled. Saw a lovely late winter sunset over the vale of Wardour. Early violets were in bloom and I saw wild primroses in bloom for the first time this year.

Good condition 20th Apr 2018  09:00  by G1ANQ

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Cycled up from A30 along ROW/BW left bike by wood cutting camp. and the hopped over gate an walked over empty field that had had cows in it that had churned up the ground. Needed Trig point app on my phone to find this Trig as mist kept visibility very low.

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Good condition 22nd Feb 2018  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: ST 96232 28505   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked by mast and spot height 156 to east. If see farmer - ask. He's OK but would like to be asked. There is a deer stalker who visits twice a week with some powerful ammunition. He would NOT be happy for a walker to be unexpectedly off-path.

Good condition 9th Mar 2017  13:15  by Tonyht

Gridref: ST 96230 28470   FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Visited on a nice sunny day. It was a steep climb, but once up there easy to locate and access. Views spoilt a bit by trees. Previously visited on 10th June 2008.

Good condition 23rd Feb 2016  12:40  by Nekyram

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Park at mast and took footpath to the end of ditches. Up and over field to trig .

Good condition 19th Mar 2015  07:51  by Trigger happy

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Good condition 16th Mar 2015  14:15  by Wubbleyew

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Castle Ditches is another superb Wiltshire Iron Age hillfort of nearly 25 acres with entrances to the east and west overlooking the Nadder valley. I climbed up from a northwards direction, the hill's flanks covered in bluebell greenery (will be at its spring best in a few weeks time) counting three ditches as I did so. Pillar fine, original cap in place & one sight-hole open.

Good condition 28th Mar 2013  09:46  by jonglew

Gridref: ST 96234 28499   FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Parking difficult on Tisbury Row, just room for 1 car on grass verge at quarry entrance. Walked along muddy stream that deteriorated badly on approaching Haredene Wood. Agree, paths are confusing and doesn't appear to be any PROW to summit of hill fort, which is a very steep pull up on the northern approach. Summit area is suprisingly large plateau surrounded by trees, rough pasture, doesn't appear to be in use this year. Pheasant spotter's ladder is still in situ near the trig. Pillar has a partially exposed plinth and a definite tilt otherwise in good condition; 1 sight hole open, original metal cap. Partial views W to a wooded ridge, otherwise all obscured by surrounding trees.

Pillar TP2021©jonglew
Spider TP2021©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP2021©jonglew

Good condition 25th Mar 2012  16:32  by g4wsb

Gridref: ST 96231 28506   FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Slight leaning pillar good.


Good condition 1st Feb 2009  14:55  by Glaslyn

Gridref: ST 96220 28490   FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Walked in from the W on FP, good parking at high point of lane near mobile mast. Skirt wood then use track into inner area. Cross to NE side and pillar 50m from treeline. Leaning slightly but ok otherwise.


Good condition 31st Aug 2007  13:40  by bluebeard

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

another Wiltshire hill fort/trig point combination. I came in to the inner enclosure over the defensive ditches. They must have taken quite a considerable community effort.

Good condition 2nd Aug 2007  12:35  by tom

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

Inside an Iron Age hill fort with large ditches. The PROW from the quarry can be confusing on the ground.

Good condition 4th Jun 2007  16:53  by raypool

Gridref: ST 96216 28516   FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 21st Apr 2007  00:10  by Trigger

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 1st Apr 2007  14:42  by tc847

Gridref: ST 96235 28518   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Fascinating site, must have been a huge endeavour to prepare the defenses for this hill fort.

Trig point in Castle Ditches Fort The strip behind has been used for feeding pheasants. This ancient site is now used as a shooting range.©tc847

Good condition 10th Sep 2005  17:30  by mickandshane

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

We parked just after the entrance to the quarry on Tisbury Row. We took the track up through Haredene Wood which has been cleared in places and didn't resemble the map much. Where the path meets the path going east or west we headed straight up to the top of the wood coming out near a lookout ladder (for shooting deer presumably). Head south and then around the edge of the maize to the trig. Plug with indented lettering.

Slightly damaged 13th Aug 2005  12:00  by Managra

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

In good condition on a concrete plinth but leaning to one side, hence the slightly damaged tag. It was hiding behind a field of maize at the time of our visit, but there was a clear area around it so we had no problems finding it. Metal plug with lightly indented lettering.

Trigpoint ©Managra
Flush bracket ©Managra
People ©Managra

Slightly damaged 27th Feb 2005  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 6/10

leaning else vgc, metal cap, shallow letters, arable/setaside at summit, OK view S

S2221 fb ©peregrinus
S2221 top ©peregrinus
S2221 trig ©peregrinus
S2221 trig ©peregrinus

Slightly damaged 16th Mar 2004  11:00  by maurice

FB Number: S2221  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 7/10

Pillar is in reasonable condition, but is tilting

Good condition 28th Apr 1985  14:00  by Bridgeman

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

Thirteen mile walk with walking group starting out from Compton Chamberlayne via Fovant Down and small diversion to this trig point

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