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TP4290 - Knockour Hill
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Knockour HillNS29/T63NS29T063239453.42685002.10173.0313PILLAR01/06/1952101/06/1969N01/93 TO BE DEMOLISHED

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This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 5540th with 26 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.52/10 (from 21 logged visits)
Was First logged: 10th Jul 1996
Was Last logged: 10th Sep 2019

Of the 21 logged visits,
8 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 21m
The average error was 8m
1 was exact

Over Balloch Over Balloch Dumbain Dumbain SlainteJimmy SlainteJimmy agentmancuso agentmancuso spioradsaor spioradsaor jonglew jonglew descarte1 descarte1 coinea coinea Mickandkim Mickandkim Wildfell Wildfell Knockour Hill Knockour Hill [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Good condition 10th Sep 2019  12:43  by tp-stm

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

PA,IG Good considering its age and structure Moss covered

No moss on this plate!
You can tell which side is N-ish ©tp-stm

Not Logged 17th Mar 2018  14:25  by Wildfell

Gridref: NS 39465 85020   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 5/10

Good condition 2nd Jun 2017  15:48  by jonglew

Gridref: NS 39457 84994   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parking at the waterworks. Did the hill first (175m spot height). Tricky navigation through the woods, lot of felled trees, also deer fence crossed and re-crossed, should have just stayed on NW side of it. An irregular stone-built pillar in woodland. Original top cap is retained, lightly indented lettering; rear sight hole open. No views.

Pillar TP4290©jonglew
Spider TP4290©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP4290©jonglew

Slightly damaged 13th Feb 2016  12:00  by monkeydestructor

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

Tricky one to get to. Parked at the waterworks and followed established paths up to the tree line. After that it was an obstacle course of fallen trees, deer fences and drystane dykes. Unusual looking piller too!

Knockour Hill ©monkeydestructor

Slightly damaged 24th May 2015  20:23  by vegibagger

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

fascinating slightly eroded stone built trig on woodland among bluebells, Rowan and silver birch.

trig sw face ©vegibagger
fb ©vegibagger
top with bluebells ©vegibagger

Slightly damaged 24th May 2015  20:23  by vegibagger

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

fascinating slightly eroded stone built trig on woodland among bluebells, Rowan and silver birch.

Good condition 2nd Apr 2015  10:30  by geezagoal

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Parked at water works just off the A811.Private road from here to the first gate on the left i took,then keep going until The first right appears over small stream.Follow track until just under 1/4 of mile to trig but terrain a bit rough going.A large gate to climb 50 feet from trig. Poor view of Loch due to tree covering.


Good condition 23rd Jan 2012  12:55  by coinea

Gridref: NS 39456 84998   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Bus to Balloch then same route as Descarte1 and SlainteJimmy. No ferns on track after phone mast, but a few small trees have come down across it and need negotiated.

S5042 Knockour Hill..

Good condition 30th Jul 2011  10:24  by plet56

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

I've seen stone built trigs before but none as shoddy looking as this one! Was it built in a hurry on a Friday afternoon as the midges were biting? Otherwise completely unremarkable.

Good condition 19th Jun 2011  14:22  by andyc

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Walked up from track to the south, having parked at end of public road by the "No Parking" sign. Good track to phone mast then followed overgrown track for 500m further and up through dense woods to the trig.

Good condition 1st Jan 2011  15:30  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NS 39453 85002   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Nice walk up from parking outside of castle, Start off on lane till wall on right follow this till deer fence then head up to crest Nice view of Ben Lomond

Good condition 12th Jul 2010  13:15  by descarte1

Gridref: NS 39454 84998   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Good condition, moss-covered stone-built pillar with cap with sunken lettering present. No sightholes, no idea what direction the FB was in due to a huge swarm of flies and the fact the pillar is completely enclosed by trees. There is a small fire-break showing a tiny slice of Loch Lomond, but that's your lot. Parked at Balloch Castle (GOML signs further up the road) and walked up. Headed up the forestry track starting at NS390847. This is fine up until you reach a phone mast at which point the track continues but is as SlainteJimmy describes. Fern clogged and muddy. Follow this until NS3938285072 where there's a clear line up the hill through the trees. Easy plod up this and once you clear the conifers, take a hard right for about 40m to the trig.

Good condition 29th Jul 2009  18:49  by SlainteJimmy

Gridref: NS 39456 84989   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

As intact as one of these stone-conglomorate pillars get with no obvious sightholes amidst the moss. The forestry track from Balloch Castle and indeed all the ground away from pasture is overgrown with 4-foot-fernage... second attempt from the western telecom mast saw me spend an hour crashing through thick under and overgrowth with a million flies for company. :-( Finally bagged after restarting from the top corner of the sheep n cow pasture and punching due North along the Deer fence. Sneaky little peek of the Loch to the NorthWest... Mount and mounting Misery indeed! Just the WRONG time of year to attempt this otherwise lovely, mossy lil feller! :D

Knockour ..overgrown with Ferns.

Not Logged 26th Nov 2008  12:54  by campagvelocet

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

Easy enough to find, although I had rather a bash through brush to get there. Why is the hill subtitled Mount Misery anyway? It seems a new path runs over the actual summit, although not past the mossy trig. In winter at least there is a partial view of the lake and I managed to time it so that a rainbow was suggesting a pot of gold on Inchmurrin.

Good condition 6th Nov 2008  09:19  by Chalky

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 3/10


Good condition 9th Mar 2008  13:34  by agentmancuso

Gridref: NS 39454 84994   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Sensible parking at Balloch Castle, then follow Whinnyhill trail to Yeaman summit. Trig a few hundred yards SW.

S5042 Knockour Hill

Good condition 22nd Feb 2008  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Rather emaciated stonebuilt pillar; seems vgc although could be a stone or two missing. Metal cap, shallow letters. In woodland just N of deer fence, with view N thru gap to loch.

Good condition 3rd Dec 2005  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

A small gap left in trees to provide a view of Loch Lomond


Good condition 18th Nov 2005  11:22  by Cootking

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Found easily but think this was luck as I failed 10 years later. Will return again! Good job it's protected from the elements as it looks a bit delicate.

Good condition 28th Apr 2005  15:12  by spioradsaor

Gridref: NS 39457 84994   FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Not a normal Trig a bit rustic. However a lovely setting all the same.

Good condition 10th Jul 1996  12:26  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S5042  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Visited to record FB number. HISTORY: Pillar completed 13th December 1948 costing 9.12s.0d. Computed as tertiary triangulation station NS29/T63 in 1952. Levelled for height in 1969. Last maintained by the OS in June 1980. SITE VISIT: Most unusual moss covered stone built pillar, but was still in good condition by 1996. Spider retained original OS plug. The flush bracket once faced west across Loch Lomond. It still faces west but there is no longer a view to Loch Lomond as Knockour Hill summit is now wooded. I cannot remember my exact direction of approach, but I am sure it was from the SW. It looks fairly straight forward on the map. Located on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, just two miles north of Balloch.

S5042 - Knockour Hill Pillar & Flush Bracket.

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