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TP4647 - March Head
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
March HeadNT72/T68NT72T068360568.83591944.97453.8473PILLAR01/06/1957201/06/1958N0

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

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 3111th with 46 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 6.11/10 (from 19 logged visits)
Was First logged: 4th Mar 2004
Was Last logged: 13th Aug 2019

Of the 19 logged visits,
8 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 4m
The average error was 1m
2 were exact

coinea coinea Clochandighter Clochandighter CJO CJO Aye Jimmy Aye Jimmy caroleengel caroleengel The RockKnocker The RockKnocker chrisbombington chrisbombington amblerbob amblerbob March Head March Head [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.


View North
By Nick&Rosie
View South
By Nick&Rosie
March Head
By Aye Jimmy
S8000 - March Head
By Clochandighter
See 17 more in the album.

Logged Visits:

Good condition 13th Aug 2019  12:00  by Borderer

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Have been eyeing this one for some time, no obvious route from the east or south so approached from Buckside Knowe WNW of the pillar on the recently extended forestry road. I have now done quite a few of these and I think that this approach was the hardest yet, despite the dry weather the terrain was murder.

Scotland / England border stone close to the pillar©Borderer

Good condition 30th Dec 2018  13:49  by nichex

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Rode mtb up trail, walked boardwalk as wet and like ice. As per other yomp to pillar.

Good condition 13th May 2018  16:15  by Nick&Rosie

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

"A new entry and straight in at number one!" Yes folks, it's the Top of the Pops of 'Thank-Christ-I-will-never-have-to-visit-this-Godawful-place-again'. Canny views mind, (although you can't actually see the reservoir from the TP). Took the firebreak / track halfway between Skyspace and the Obsevatory, which peters out leaving maybe 30m of solid spruce to fight through before reaching the open moorland. And what moorland - really tough, unrelentingly arduous going. The terrain seemed considerably tougher going than getting to The Grun, or White Crags (previous top two in aforementioned chart).

View North
View East
View South with Rosie
View West

Not Logged 18th Feb 2018  18:21  by Geordie

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

Good condition 18th Feb 2018  00:00  by carolje

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

Good condition 28th Dec 2017  14:41  by paulxtr

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Parking and route as per caroleengel. The final section from the 'stairway to heaven' boarded mtb route to the trig is indeed horrific. The snow cover meant I was never quite sure what I was stepping into and I was fully expecting a bootful of icy water at every step. Thankfully I got to the trig (and back!) with both feet dry. The splendid view made the effort worthwhile.

March Head ©paulxtr

Good condition 3rd Nov 2017  13:00  by beckroad

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Cycled up the Lonesome Pine Trail from Matthews Linn. The duckboards allow for a zig zag journey onto the summit of Purdhom Pike and the views over Kielder Reservoir. Strenuous yomp to this trig.

Good condition 23rd Sep 2016  16:16  by Aye Jimmy

Gridref: NY 60569 91944   FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Walked up to Skyspace then same route as The RockKnocker - very rough going - spruce, tussocks, heather.

March Head The TP.
March Head The FB.
March Head OS cap, deeply indented letters.

Good condition 18th Aug 2016  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NY 60570 91944   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From gated track to SE - NY 631913. Do not use any tracks that look over-grown - they are and become impassable (eg @ NY 627914). Next track west is good. Folow obvious route along tracks to March head NY613919 and follow excellent mountain bike trail and impressive boarding to get as close to trig as possible. Final 0.1 mile is Hell (was I getting tired of Kielder forest trigs by now?)

Good condition 28th May 2016  18:10  by Particle

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Ran up from Kielder village. Don't try from observatory side of hill.

Good condition 9th May 2016  10:00  by chrisbombington

Gridref: NY 60569 91945   FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 3/10

Tough going after visiting sky space descent much easier using the Bloody Bush board walk and just to add another expletive we are now of to Shitlington common to bag Watch Crags

March Head Trig ©chrisbombington

Good condition 26th Apr 2015  10:48  by CJO

Gridref: NY 60569 91944   FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

all intact. decided to push my bike across the tussocks from the observatory. not to be recommended. Once on the mountain bike trail to the west on way to Larriston Fells the effort was rewarded, Just!

March Head Bike wheel visible lying in heather

Good condition 24th Jun 2014  12:19  by amblerbob

Gridref: NY 60573 91943   FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Easy walking from the youth hostel to the Observatory, then rough going. Dull day so views not great.

Good condition 3rd May 2014  16:25  by sheepsocks

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Walked across from Larriston Fells trig. It looked as though it could be a difficult trek through pathless bog and forest. Luckily we picked up a newish mountain bike track (a lot of it boardwalk) around 578921 on the Scottish border: this took us (in a slightly roundabout way) to within 300m of the pillar. The final sprint is wet and tussocky moorland. Like a lot of the trigs in the Kielder area, this doesn't get much attention (we were only the second visit in the last 4.5 years.

Good condition 9th Feb 2014  15:35  by The RockKnocker

Gridref: NY 60569 91945   FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Me, Marie, Connor and Hayden went to visit Skyspace then Marie and Hayden went back to the car while me and Connor went to visit this pillar as it was getting lonley seen as it has not been visited in a long while! Now the going was very tough what with the spikey pine needles on the trees then the boggy tussocky ground once we got out of the trees, but it was well worth the visit.

Connor After a visit to Skyspace me and Connor set off for the trig but we soon ran out of footpaths and had to go off road, we followed the little beck up through the spikey trees.
The Flush Bracket S8000
Connor at the Trig It was hard going and Cold but we got there.
M0BRK at the trig We made it after a hard slog through the trees and over the boggy heather moor.
The View Kielder water from March Head trig.

Good condition 12th Nov 2007  14:30  by andyc

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Excellent views from trig that rewards the long relentless slog to reach it. Skyspace worth a visit en route especially if you can time your return to coincide with dusk.

Good condition 15th Sep 2007  12:06  by coinea

Gridref: NY 60566 91944   FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Good condition 15th Sep 2007  11:59  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NY 60569 91943   FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Classic FB No. Pillar VGC. Spider retains plug with deep indented lettering. LHS sight hole open, others plugged. FB faces SE ~129. Tertiary station in Block NT72, Jedburgh. Completed 30th March 1954. Summit looks easy on the maps but this is difficult tussocky ground to negotiate, no obvious route in or out. Photographed 15/09/2007, GRP.

S8000 - March Head pillar & FB.
view to Deadwater Fell
The trail of the Lonesome Pine
S8000 - March Head & GRP

Good condition 4th Mar 2004  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S8000  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, metal cap deep letters: heathery summit - Access:forest roads & tracks from 627919 - Hill:dullish summit, OK view, deep heather

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