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TP3412 - Gorgum
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There are 29 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 10006th with 104 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.18/10 (from 33 logged visits)
Was First logged: 28th Apr 1990
Was Last logged: 31st Jul 2020

Of the 33 logged visits,
11 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 71m
The average error was 12m
1 was exact

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.

Pillar at Gorgum

By hdesgranges

By hdesgranges

By rococo1805
View South
By Nick&Rosie
S7573 Gorgum
By wrose
By iainmac
By Clochandighter
See 21 more in the album.

Logged Visits:

Good condition 31st Jul 2020  15:50  by beckroad

Gridref: NT 49200 34900   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Parked on Barr Road and heading SE followed signs for Southern Upland Way passing some fabulous houses with superb views. Children have left painted stones and miniature toys beneath the trees. Entered wood and so long as you aim high a path eventually takes you to the summit. No views but a lovely spot.

Pillar at Gorgum ©beckroad

Good condition 22nd Jul 2020  16:46  by hdesgranges

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

Good condition 1st Mar 2020  13:36  by rococo1805

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked at entrance to Barr Road and followed road to end. Up through the field and into the woods. Great place and umpteen paths to wander along trying to find your way to top of hill. Followed up by a lovely trip to Asda for the weeks shopping :(

Good condition 14th Jan 2020  14:08  by jonglew

Gridref: NT 49234 34965   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From NT 4872 3506. Good forest track to NT 4919 3475 whence picked best way up through woodland - some narrow tracks. Pillar sits at Gala Hill summit. Original centre cap retained, deeply indented lettering; RHS sight hole open. No views.

Pillar TP3412©jonglew
Spider TP3412©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP3412©jonglew

Good condition 16th Nov 2019  11:36  by Nick&Rosie

FB Number: S7673  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

An overcast day with low cloud making any of the higher hills a rather pointless endeavour as far as taking in views was concerned, not as issue with this woodland TP with no views on offer. Delightful woods, nice mix of pine and deciduous trees, with the birch’s and some oaks still hanging on to their remaining autumn colours. TP in good condition and very simple to find. We parked at Woodend and followed the contouring paths to the highest point of the hill. There are plenty of MTB tracks as well as the paths shown on the map to make accessing the route to the TP or back from it more direct.

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View East
View South With Rosie & Watson
View West

Good condition 20th Jun 2019  14:42  by BigJ

Gridref: NT 49230 34963   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Not Logged 17th Sep 2018  15:14  by NormanW

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

Good condition 4th Feb 2017  11:42  by DeniseMc

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Within woods at top of Gala Hill, near Galashiels. Pristine condition.

Good condition 4th Feb 2017  11:41  by RichardM

Gridref: NT 49234 34955   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

In pleasent open pine forest. Pristine condition.

Good condition 24th Apr 2016  15:35  by Moira293

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

A wee bit tricky to find but managed to navigate using mapping on phone. No views from this one but good to get another of the Gala trigs ticked off :)

Gorgum trig
Moi @ Gorgum Trig

Good condition 21st Nov 2015  14:15  by Borderer

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

I had a spare hour so thought I'd revisit the easiest of the Gala pillars. Much better access than back in March but still no one around.


Good condition 15th Oct 2015  12:05  by wrose

Gridref: NT 49236 34965   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Nothing really to add other than to confirm that it is still there and in good condition.

S7573 Gorgum Pillar.
S7573 Gorgum Flush Bracket.
S7573 Gorgum Plug.

Good condition 26th Sep 2015  14:18  by millar77

Gridref: NT 49234 34963   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Nice easy walk up but not much of a view. Nice quiet spot though

Good condition 8th May 2015  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NT 49231 34957   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 22nd Mar 2015  15:20  by Borderer

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Very limited views due to surrounding trees but nicely sheltered from the strong wind!


Good condition 13th Oct 2012  16:45  by redDragon

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Pillar at summit of Gala hill, which is covered in trees, so no views. But it was a peaceful spot in the woods. Climbed up from wood end, some of the paths shown on my map are now quite overgrown. There is a good signed track from the north side though

Good condition 4th Apr 2012  12:14  by BeccaKate

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 4th Apr 2012  12:13  by ZanderH

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 4th Apr 2012  12:12  by agentmancuso

Gridref: NT 49237 34958   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From Wood End, variety of tracks to follow. With Fiona, Alexander & Rebecca.

S7573 Gorgum

Good condition 4th Sep 2010  12:25  by Corbielinnrider

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Fin at the top

Good condition 7th Nov 2009  15:57  by coinea

Gridref: NT 49243 34956   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

S7573 Gorgum..

Good condition 7th Nov 2009  15:55  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NT 49236 34948   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Third visit, and not the only visitor here today. HISTORY: Pillar completed 21st May 1953, cost not on record. Levelled for height in 1956. Computed as tertiary triangulation station NT72/T53 in 1957. Last maintained by the OS in June 1977. SITE VISIT: Parked in overgrown locked gateway at NT490355 which which later became apparent as the unofficial turning point for neighbouring residents. One local drama queen performed a clumsy eleven point protest in front of my car presumably as a subtle hint. The GOML signs which were around here are now consigned to history, and kissing gate implies legitimate access. Mapped as Gala Hill, it is entirely wooded. Mild graffiti on the pillar but otherwise good. Spider retains OS centre cap with deep indented letters. Flush bracket faces NNW, ~336°. Vented through SW sight hole. Nice wooded hill on the outskirts of Galashiels. No views. GPS reading poor, probably due to trees.

S7573 - Gorgum pillar & FB
S7573 - Gorgum & GRP

Good condition 7th Nov 2009  13:11  by Chirpy Chaffinch

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 25th Aug 2009  18:10  by Sandman

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

Good condition 23rd Nov 2008  08:51  by Chalky

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Good condition 24th Sep 2008  15:15  by Analoguesat

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 3/10

My local trig. All views are completely blocked by fir trees. There are several paths up Gala Hill from the minor road south of Galashiels.

Good condition 10th Nov 2007  16:45  by ocean soul

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Walked up from Galashiels.No views and virtually dark on descent.

Good condition 16th May 2007  18:30  by fasgadh

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Passed by while orienteering. Only a small detour needed to check the pillar out.

Good condition 23rd Jul 2006  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

vgc, metal cap deep letters, graffitti. Popular woodland, open pine. Maze of paths from N, the surfaced one unhelpful; most direct being an MTB trail complete with jumps. Compass useful on descent ;-)

Good condition 27th Jun 2004  13:40  by ipeattie

Gridref: NT 49239 34961   FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Gala Hill is to the south of Galashiels, and just off the Southern Upland Way. Joined the SUW by Galashiels Academy, and followed it up on to the hill before cutting upwards along a farm track and then through the trees to the trig. A little graffiti on the pillar, but in good condition and with spider cap in place. No views from the trig, but nice view of the Eildon hills on the way up. No idea why this is called Gorgum and not Gala Hill. No mention of Gorgum on the map, and a quick Google search didn't turn up any references.

Gorgum - S7573 The pillar.
Gorgum - S7573 The flush bracket.

Good condition 21st Sep 2003  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10


Good condition 4th Mar 1996  15:03  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Pillar completed 21st May 1953. Tertiary station in Block NT72, Jedburgh. Trig pillar in good condition, slight moss covering. Located at the summit of a steep wooded hill, this is a beautiful location. There were GOML signs and a locked gate at the foot of the path on the north side. These have no legal standing in Scotland. As is my normal practice, I took access, regardless of the GOMLs and their petty notices. The name Gorgum appears on the 1:25000 as well as Gala Hill. Revisited and photographed 4/03/1996, GRP.

S7573 - Gorgum Pillar & FB
Map Extract from 1:25000

Good condition 28th Apr 1990  16:46  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S7573  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

First visit. To record FB number. HISTORY: Pillar completed 21st May 1953, cost not on record. Levelled for height in 1956. Computed as tertiary triangulation station NT72/T53 in 1957. Last maintained by the OS in June 1977. . GRP: Trig 7 of 7 for the day. Circuitous walk from Stow to Galashiels. First of many Borders walks in the 1990s. Original visit purely to record FB number. No photos taken.

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