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TP2471 - Cowden Hill
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Cowden HillNS77/T69NS77T069282625.94680242.1859.0673PILLAR01/06/1947101/07/1964N0

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There are 23 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 6283rd with 39 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.41/10 (from 27 logged visits)
Was First logged: 3rd Jul 1990
Was Last logged: 8th Sep 2019

Of the 27 logged visits,
10 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 308m
The average error was 35m
1 was exact

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Logged Visits:

Good condition 8th Sep 2019  19:40  by thejackrustles

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

Easy if you know the correct gate, initially spotted one nearer but inside someone’s garden and behind a locked gate. Very patriotic trigpoint and also a memorial

Good condition 29th Dec 2018  14:00  by Borderer

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From the south east. Over a gate into the field then followed the crest to the pillar.


Not Logged 27th Apr 2018  20:40  by DauntlessNinja

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

Last minute visit to the trig just as the sun was setting.

Trig at sunset ©DauntlessNinja

Good condition 15th Sep 2017  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NS 82630 80237   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Gate to SE at NS828802 but now incorporated into large house's drive. There is a pedestrian gate to right of security gates

Good condition 5th Mar 2017  10:17  by Cootking

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked at front of scrap car yard at start of road parallel to pillar. Straight up through scrub and over wobbly, tall fence with barbed wire.(Not easy at all). Circled to left till a gap in gorse appeared. Pillar still topped with concrete but new flag on pole and two memorial plaques.(One has dolphins-maybe they live in the nearby canal?)

Slightly damaged 30th Oct 2016  09:53  by Aqueously90

Gridref: NS 82627 80251   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

Log #381. Parked around bend in the road, and hopped a gate to go around the back of the houses. Easy walk up to pillar, which offers good views over the town. FB is BSM-style, with a large concrete block on top to support the 15ft flagpole. There is barely anything left of the flag, looks to have blown itself to bits. [ExP-260/MiP-34/Rev-6/BM-25/IS-38/Other-18]


Damaged 17th Apr 2016  11:20  by CJO

Gridref: NS 82626 80254   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Damaged  Score: 5/10

Pillar intact but top has been modified to hold a flagpole. Spider buried under 30 cm of concrete. BSM type.

Cowden Hill

Good condition 22nd Sep 2015  10:31  by Fester

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

First trig for my Canadian cousin :)

Good condition 20th Apr 2015  14:25  by Tamtane

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

I didn't fancy an encounter with the gorse so I got to this one by jumping a gate in the street roughly to the south east, on a council street, past the posh new houses, just on the road to Bonny Farm. I then took a left to go through another gate to reach this wee hill. At first sight I assumed that this pointy wee hill was part of an igneous sill complex like nearby Myot Hill and was very surprised when I got home and checked the Falkirk BGS sheet and discovered that it is infact made up of sedimentary strata! The hill is on an area of improved grassland obviously being used for agriculture. Someone has recently painted this trig but it's festooned with stuff including various memorial plaques and the flagpole. Still the trig itself is in decent condition. Nice views of the Denny and Kilsyth Hills and the Ochils from this one.

The top of Cowden Hill Lots of lush grassland and a beleaguered trig!

Good condition 10th Apr 2015  11:19  by Phil Clayton

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Nipped up here while walking the Antonine Wall.

Slightly damaged 23rd Oct 2014  11:05  by vegibagger

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

undoubtedly a very patriotic pillar but damaged by crude concrete block on top to hold the flag pole for the saltaire that flaps proudly in the breeze and dreich drizzle. Badly painted cream without even bothering to carefully keep the paint off FB. awkward to access. I clambered up a bit of south bank with awkward climb over barbed wire fence. without doubt best way is via the gate about 400 m up the road and into the field which was the way I returned

creamy saltaire bearing trig ©vegibagger
radical pend plaque On the north side of the foot tunnel under the canal©vegibagger
plaque on north side of canal foot tunnel ©vegibagger

Slightly damaged 6th Mar 2014  11:10  by ocean soul

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

Accessed eventually from street to South via muddy bank .. Flag still present ..

Damaged 4th Nov 2013  10:25  by coinea

Gridref: NS 82628 80240   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Damaged  Score: 7/10

Pillar looks fine apart from appendage on top. Because of wooden structure attached to pillar to support flag pole, it is impossible to see any damage to top.

S3611 Cowden Hill

Good condition 28th Dec 2011  10:30  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NS 82626 80242   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Troubled finding access but gate two fields away was used exit by gate down drive of new house,Wild and wet lucky to stand up at trig

Damaged 14th Sep 2010  15:37  by SlainteJimmy

Gridref: NS 82628 80238   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Damaged  Score: 6/10

Cap filled, broken and uni-strut flagpole mounted, chewing the top with ugly support bars. Only the Northern sight remains open on this BSM pillar. Smashing Northern views from Campsies round to Ochils with Blackhills aeriels away SouthEast. Neat view over the canal that runs round the base of the hill. Mixed feelings over this one - easily the most patriotic pillar but the straining flagpole will weaken and shatter this poor wee devil well before his time! Bettys memorial plaque should have been enough without such short-minded thinking! :-(

Cowden Hill ..patriotic abuse. :-(

Damaged 29th Apr 2010  00:00  by Border Peat

Gridref: NS 82900 80100   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Damaged  Score: 6/10

walked up house drive into field cows||trig with flag bolted on wife more interested in rough castle got to balance the two

new flag pole ©Border Peat

Damaged 24th Apr 2010  12:18  by descarte1

Gridref: NS 82626 80243   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Damaged  Score: 6/10

Marking this as 'Damaged' due to some genius bolting a flagpole on top of it. A lot of chewing out the top now. Otherwise, in good condition. FB faces east-ish with north-ish sighthole open only. Spider looks intact and the cap is missing but plugged with asphalt. Nice views along the Forth/Clyde canal and towards Rough Castle roman fort (well worth a visit). Accessed via a farm gate at NS8295080145 which avoids the gorse!

Cowden Hill with flag Cowden Hill with flag
Cowden Hill pillar top Cowden Hill pillar top

Slightly damaged 30th Jan 2009  16:15  by Late starter

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 4/10

Last trig of the day and it nearly had us beaten, as we could not see a way through the the thick gorse bushes. However, never ones to be put off, we drove up and down the nearby road until we spotted a gate that allowed us access two fields from the trig. Nice view of the canal, but otherwise too grey and overcast to see much else. Asphalt plug.

Good condition 30th Jan 2009  16:15  by Bergfuehrer

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Stirlingshire. We accessed from further up the minor road by going through a gate and then following the fields back behind the houses. A vertical assault through brambles and over a fence did not appeal. Asphalt plug.

Slightly damaged 22nd Apr 2008  19:33  by agentmancuso

Gridref: NS 82627 80234   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

Well protected by gorse and brambles to south. Erosion to top merits a Slightly Damaged.

S3611 Cowden Hill

Slightly damaged 22nd Sep 2007  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 6/10

BSM style FB. Top a bit rough, asphalt plug, narrow strip of pasture behind housing, with gate at 830801. Decent view.

Slightly damaged 20th Jun 2007  17:28  by andyc

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 6/10

Unpromising start from layby next to a scrappies but a lovely view of the canal once you get up there.

Good condition 9th Apr 2006  09:30  by sky high boys

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 18th Feb 2006  11:15  by Boys from the Dyes

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Pillar overlooking Bonnybridge and Forth & Clyde Canal. Parked on road below hill, only five minutes to top.

Pillar and flush bracket©Boys from the Dyes

Good condition 6th Aug 2005  13:03  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NS 82630 80237   FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Second visit. For GPS measurement and photography. Top surface of pillar is erroding away, but the column trunk is in good condition. Spider centre has asphalt plug. Flush bracket faces 90°,due east. Vented through north sighting hole. Simple top with more hazards than a Munro. Approach from SE otherwise fight through rosebay willow herb with internal brambles and fallen logs. Views to Tomtain, Birns Hill, Myot Hill, Dumyat, Ben Cleugh, Dumglow, Knock Hill & Pilkham Hills. Revisited & photographed 6/08/2005, GRP.

S3611 - Cowden Hill montage(GRP)

Good condition 9th Jan 2003  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10


Good condition 3rd Jul 1990  12:01  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S3611  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

First visit. To record FB number as S3611. The pillar was completed 12th January 1946 costing £6.7s.6d. In 1947 this marker was computed for triangulation at tertiary station NS77/T69 in the Glasgow secondary block. The flush bracket was levelled for height in 1964. This trig point was last maintained by the OS in December 1983. Nice little bump by the Forth & Clyde Canal.the Forth & Clyde Canal.

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