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TP5498 - Popham Beacon
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Popham BeaconSU54/8SU54S008454146.14144111.70183.6842PILLAR01/06/1953101/07/1958N0

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There are 19 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 12751st with 54 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 5.08/10 (from 26 logged visits)
Was First logged: 8th Aug 1982
Was Last logged: 23rd Mar 2020

Of the 26 logged visits,
6 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 7m
The average error was 3m
1 was exact

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.

By TrigJS
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Trig Point
Climb over the fence here
By 21qazxsw

By cmb1953
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Logged Visits:

Good condition 23rd Mar 2020  10:00  by AHD

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Fairly easy to get to and reasonable views.

Good condition 15th Dec 2019  16:54  by DeniseMc

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Accessed from Forestry Commission Blackwood woods, with public car park at entrance, which were appropriately black as we returned in the dark

Good condition 15th Dec 2019  16:30  by RichardM

Gridref: SU 54146 44109   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Approached along field edges from Blackwood Forest. Trig in field of stubble/grass.

Slightly damaged 13th Jan 2019  10:00  by Woodleywalker

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 5/10

The services are now Starbucks, as others walk along slip road to the double electricity poles where access to the field is easy even for little legs! Continue along fence line to second field, right along tractor track and pillar is in the field. There is erosion below the concrete base.

Good condition 16th May 2018  18:18  by THE CYCLIST

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

Feeling brave and the last pillar to visit in this area. Decided to cycle approach from on the A303 from the West, avoiding traffic just leaving motorway and a shorter distance between entry and exit points. Needn't have worried, traffic light, wide carraigeway and good visibility. Stopped in service area and carefully walked across road and up easy bank opposite. In field with views of surrounds blocked by surrounding hedge. I can recommend the Popham Diner at the service area; basic but clean and the excellent day's special of steak and Guinness suet pudding, chips and peas and a three cup pot of tea was less than 8 . Bowled down hill to East at a steady 22 - 23mph.

Good condition 28th Apr 2018  16:44  by TrigJS

Gridref: SU 54145 44110   FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Pillar is good condition. Accessed from the nearby Forestry Commission Blackwood Forest. Easy parking and then a short walk to the pillar.

TP5498 The spider.
TP5498 The flush bracket.
TP5498 The trig pillar.

Good condition 1st Sep 2017  14:53  by plet56

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 2/10

I'm no fan of using a car to get to trigpoints (where's the fun in it) but this one had me beaten. Although it may be legally possible to cycle down the A303 there's no way I would. And it's not any better from the south with the A33 and the M3 (plus, after a GOML incident at Scotland's 2nd lowest pillar, I'd be wary of the obvious approach from West Farm). So, had a hire car for the day and did like everyone else and parked at the services. A thoroughly uninspiring pillar. Also it seems the Little Chef may be no more, currently being fitted out to become a Starbucks? At least the weather was nice.

Good condition 28th Jun 2017  14:04  by BigNick

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

Good condition 20th May 2017  07:48  by G1ANQ

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked, like everyone else, in Little Chef. Walked up slip road until i could hope over wire fence into field. Grass was very wet after the rain last night and i got quite damp.

Flush Bracket
Trig Point

Good condition 15th Feb 2017  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: SU 54149 44119   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 13th Nov 2016  13:20  by Nekyram

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked at Little Chef on the 303. Access to field in a gap in hedge on the slip road. Good views round ,but the traffic noise spoilt it! Stubble field, so easy to get to.

Good condition 7th Dec 2014  14:00  by 21qazxsw

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 3/10

As everyone else: parked at Little Chef, westbound carriageway. We scouted around to find the best place to enter the field - did not fancy walking back up the sliproad and along the A303. We found that the best place to climb over the fence was at the fence corner, see red 'X' on attached image. Trig in good condition, base exposed, original metal cap with lightly indented lettering. The horseshoe is still there! This could be difficult in the summer months when there will be crop in the fields. I put a 2p coin at the rear of the trig (i.e. opposite side to the FB) below the base, where it meets the eroded soil, for the next visitor to find.

Climb over the fence here
Mrs 21qazxsw at Popham Beacon trig station, the horseshoe is still there!

Good condition 20th Jan 2014  13:15  by jonglew

Gridref: SU 54146 44116   FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Little Chef on westbound carriageway only viable place to park without having to cross A303. Grass verge to start of slip road for service area then over new fence into field. Along wide grass edge to second field where trig is located - arable with young cereal crop, so final 75m to pillar very muddy. Pillar in good condition; exposed base. Original cap in place, lightly indented lettering; all sight holes closed. Road noise from A303 intrusive.

Pillar TP5498©jonglew
Spider TP5498©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP5498©jonglew

Good condition 3rd May 2011  12:30  by Wubbleyew

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 3/10

Not much fun to get to this one. Like others, parked at the westwards Little Chef, through a scrubby area off the carpark, over a fence and into the field.

Good condition 22nd Mar 2011  14:00  by m13751

Gridref: SU 54146 44112   FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

land clear around base,base exposed

Good condition 29th Jan 2011  16:20  by dal

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 4/10

Name more interesting than location. Base exposed. Cap intact.

Slightly damaged 4th Oct 2010  10:00  by Ted Mariner

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 6/10

Base has been exposed by ploughing. Uninspiring location with blocked views.

TP5498 Popham Beacon a
TP5498 Popham Beacon b
TP5498 Popham Beacon c

Good condition 20th Apr 2010  19:50  by cmb1953

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Good condition 12th Oct 2009  12:01  by Glaslyn

Gridref: SU 54140 44110   FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parking at Little Chef. Back along A303 for 20M til end of armco then into field via missing fence. Noisy. Pillar in harrowed field. Good condition.


Good condition 16th Jul 2008  13:30  by bluebeard

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Good condition 15th Nov 2007  12:45  by PHMB

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked at Little Chef (westbound) services. Fence is non existent if you go just back up sliproad. Field type views plus Esso service station opposite for interest. Nearby Popham airfield is usually busy with light aircraft. Small chip at top of pillar, retains plug, indented lettering.

Good condition 26th Feb 2005  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, metal cap, shallow letters, middle of arable field

S1647 fb ©peregrinus
S1647 top ©peregrinus
S1647 trig ©peregrinus

Good condition 20th Feb 2005  16:45  by mickandshane

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

We parked in the westbound Little Chef. The eastbound is nearer but I wouldn't fancy trying to cross the A303. The field has just been planted but wasn't too muddy. Plug with indented lettering.

Good condition 11th Feb 2005  11:50  by rhayader_wanderer

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Mizzle closing in now parked in the little chef and walked backbase is becoming exposed and some has broken away otherwise no problems

Good condition 5th Jun 2004  08:50  by Trigger

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Updated FB number

Good condition 8th Aug 1982  00:00  by RogerTempleman

FB Number: S1647  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Pillar in wheat field near garage on A30(T). Small planes flying around.

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