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TP3237 - Fort Scoveston
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Fort ScovestonSN02/T8SN02T008194335.74206635.2181.1713PILLAR01/06/1953101/06/1971N0

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This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 14000th with 95 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 4.90/10 (from 20 logged visits)
Was First logged: 30th Jun 1974
Was Last logged: 21st Aug 2019

Of the 20 logged visits,
6 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 91m
The average error was 19m
1 was exact

NEYLAND NEYLAND The Horse Shoe The Horse Shoe Copybush Copybush Glaslyn Glaslyn CJO CJO Mickandkim Mickandkim jonglew jonglew caroleengel caroleengel Chalky Chalky Fort Scoveston Fort Scoveston [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Fort Scoveston
Fort Scoveston

By asbown
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Entrance - Unsecured

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Logged Visits:

Good condition 21st Aug 2019  12:31  by CJO

Gridref: SM 94329 06635   FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

What a hack this was. Found (eventually) all intact. Its certainly well defended by brambles everywhere. Took 1.5 hrs to hack in - if you haven’t visited this, we’ve hacked a good path which will be overgrown again very quickly. One or two fine paths near entrance tunnel, everywhere else seriously overgrown.

Fort Scoveston exit
Fort Scoveston ivy removed

Not Logged 7th Jul 2018  10:19  by Robert Kemp

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

Good condition 26th May 2018  10:30  by Mickandkim

Gridref: SM 94336 06635   FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Front door still open and up the tunnel following Rob`s route however got lost somewhere and went up the wrong ramp GPS told us we were 30m to go but brush to thick so came back and found next ramp but still brambles and nettle`s to fight through got there in the end but took over 1 hour of sweat and tears I can not write here Kim`s comments !!!

Good condition 6th Mar 2017  11:25  by asbown

FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

fantastic half hour tracking this down, thanks to those who went before, not to bad this time of year, we looked at this last summer and made a vow to return early spring, for once we got it right.

Good condition 6th Mar 2017  11:25  by The reluctant trigger

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

Good condition 22nd Apr 2016  10:12  by jonglew

Gridref: SM 94335 06636   FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

A Grade II listed Scheduled Ancient Monument constructed 1861-4, one of the Palmerston Follies built to protect Pembroke Dockyard from a perceived French invasion. Hunting for this trig was an interesting exercise in foolhardiness! Entrance remains unsecured so access easy enough. Once inside the fun begins - especially if you don't read previous logs first! I climbed the NW ramparts at the northerly point of the fort, then proceeded with great difficulty in a SW direction to the trig. The vegetation is reasonably dense necessitating a belly crawl at times, despite having secateurs. The going got a little easier the closer I got to the trig. Egress was far simpler as I followed a reasonable track through the bramble - no doubt the track most folk take on ingress! Pillar is in good condition retaining original cap, raised lettering; rear, front and RHD side sight holes open. No views.

Entrance - Unsecured TP3237©jonglew
Pillar TP3237©jonglew
Spider TP3237©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP3237©jonglew

Good condition 15th May 2015  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: SM 94339 06643   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Quite liked the adventure and thanks to Peregrinus for the excellent directions - would have been hours without them. As it was, my GPS tells me i was moving for 20 minutes and stopped for 28 minutes - the delay was caused by the last few meters thru' thick brambles. I have cleared a path for now but they will soon re-grow.

Not Logged 12th Jul 2014  08:10  by ltrc

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

Good condition 20th Apr 2013  15:37  by pkbathrooms

FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

What a fantastic and interesting place. Upon arrival we went left and had a nice stroll right around the fort. Having then remembered to read previous logs we were inside. However once very close I did have to make a call to dusty for help. Soon after lots of scrapes and cuts we were at the trig. Not the easiest of trigs and not recommended for children. Great fun all the same.

Entrance into the fort©pkbathrooms

Good condition 1st May 2011  08:40  by Trigger

FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10


Good condition 17th May 2010  20:30  by bluebeard

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

Good condition 2nd May 2010  10:22  by Glaslyn

Gridref: SM 94330 06630   FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Excellent directions from Perigrinus... spot on as usual. Took the slippery bank route in and found quite quickly, last 15ft on hands and knees under brambles. Fascinating location and obviously visited fairly frequentely judging by the paths. This was a last minute visit after my planned trip to Ramsey Island was cancelled as the sea was too rough. Pillar in good condition.


Good condition 24th May 2009  11:45  by Dusty

FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Got it this time!

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Couldn't find it 30th Apr 2009  11:45  by Dusty

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Couldn't find it  Score: 8/10

I spent over an hour looking. Now I have read earlier log I do not know how I missed it as I must of been very close. I will return. Scoveston was built between 1861 and 1864 at a cost of £45.462. It was to defend Neyland and Milford Haven. It could house 32 guns and act as a barracks for 128 soldiers. Each of the 6 sides is 130yards long. The dry ditch is 36feet wide. It has a Traverse across the interior parade. After WWI it was sold to a local farmer for £1400. In WWII it acted as an AA gun battery and unofficial air raid shelter. It was used to store ammunition in the run up to D-Day.

Tunnel looking out with door open

Couldn't find it 7th Feb 2009  09:45  by Chalky

Gridref: SM 94400 06700   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Couldn't find it  Score: 0/10

Good condition 6th Apr 2008  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S6386  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

vgc, metal cap, small raised letters, on inner wall/bank just S of a corner. After a few false starts, I eventually reached it quite easily. Judging by the well-worn paths inside, the fort is evidently frequently visited - although the trig apparently hadnt been visited for a few years. Front door (SE corner, as mapped) was unlocked - as I discovered on the way out :-( Otherwise its a well worn slithery scramble over the bank and down the other side into the main enclosure. Then follow path round L side of a building, N past a metal frame, W across an area of grass. A path leads NW thru scrub & brambles to a tunnel. Before the tunnel, head L thru brambles and up onto bank at NW corner. Impressive structure - check out the rooms in N wall (MWs photo). 1:25k map has useful detail.

S6386 fb ©peregrinus
S6386 top ©peregrinus
S6386 trig ©peregrinus
S6386 trig ©peregrinus
fort entrance ©peregrinus
building just inside fort ©peregrinus
Trig invisible centre frame ©peregrinus
Trig in scrub ©peregrinus
fort exit ©peregrinus

16th Jul 2006  15:55  by stevepammypoo

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Invalid condition!  Score: 0/10

Access to this trig has been made really difficult by the landowner and even locals that we spoke to advised us against entering on to his land

Good condition 27th Aug 2005  12:45  by Glaslyn

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

Access impossible,whether better in winter not sure but a complete circuit of Fort leads me to think not! Amazing strucure sadly visitors discouraged.Agree with iainmac that would be dodgy to go further on this one without permision. Edit 2-5-2010........found second time around.


Not Logged 14th Apr 2005  12:00  by iainmac

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

Visisted this one and found the way across the ditch. It looks like the fort was abandoned after WW2 and so there is 60 years of trees,thorn,bramble and gorse growing in and around it. Went up the steep bank to the left of the entrance but decided against going any further.

Couldn't find it 30th Jun 1974  00:00  by Manchester Warrior

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Couldn't find it  Score: 0/10

Visited Fort Scoveston sometime in the mid 1970's whilst on holiday. Although (unauthorised) access to the interior of the Fort was still possible at that time, as regards the trig point, the exterior of the site was totally overgrown with brambles, etc, and I couldn't locate the OS pillar. Looks like things haven't changed since, apart from there being another 30 years worth of overgrowth! N.B. According to the OS, the Flush Bracket Number for this Pillar should be S6386.

Overgrown Fort Scoveston Built between 1861 and 1864, Fort Scoveston was an inland fort built to defend Milford Haven. According to historical sources, the fort was never armed, and has served only as barrack accommodation or stood empty. After World War Two, it was abandoned, and now stands empty and overgrown. The Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar was located on the North West corner of the fort but has now been lost under heavy overgrowth.

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