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TP5996 - Skelfhill Pen
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Skelfhill PenNT72/T92NT72T092344159.02603099.43532.4853PILLAR01/06/1957201/06/1958N0

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There are 26 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 216th with 2 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 7.63/10 (from 19 logged visits)
Was First logged: 31st May 1994
Was Last logged: 1st Dec 2019

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

All were within 8m
The average error was 3m
2 were exact

Clochandighter Clochandighter caroleengel caroleengel Aye Jimmy Aye Jimmy evisu140 evisu140 coinea coinea RichardM RichardM jonglew jonglew Skelfhill Pen Skelfhill Pen [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.

View South
By Nick&Rosie
View North
By Nick&Rosie
View West
By Nick&Rosie
View East
By Nick&Rosie
Flush Bracket
Skelfhill Pen
By Aye Jimmy
Trig and cairn
By Walker Dan
See 19 more in the album.

Logged Visits:

Good condition 1st Dec 2019  12:00  by Nick&Rosie

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Superb! Parked at the foot of the drive up to Skeflhill Farm and followed the track through the farmyard then forking left before Fouledge to head SW. Just beyond the Pep Sike we passed through a gate and followed the fence W directly up the hill to the summit cairn and the TP. Absolutely magnificent day, freezing cold and icy but not a cloud in the sky or a stitch of wind. Views outstanding in all directions. Had planned to continue S to Tudhope Hill, but a minor camera malfunction meant we returned directly to the car to recharge camera batteries while driving round to Tudhope. With a bit of planning and two cars I think Skelfhill to Tudhope would make a fantastic traverse walk...

View North With Rosie & Watson
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View South
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Good condition 14th Nov 2019  14:21  by jonglew

Gridref: NT 44159 03104   FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Large parking area near Old Northhouse (NT 4509 0681). Excellent forest road leads to NT 4377 0384, eminently drivable, although marked as private, so decided to walk it. After road end, a good track proceeds to forest edge, then a rough track runs SSE to corner of forest when the hill is revealed - worth the walk just for that. The pillar sits at the hill summit adjacent to a large well-built cairn; centre cap missing, no plug; LHS and rear sight holes open. Extensive panoramic views.

Pillar TP5996©jonglew
Spider TP5996©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP5996©jonglew

Good condition 2nd Jan 2019  13:32  by Aye Jimmy

Gridref: NT 44159 03099   FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Walked from forestry carpark to the N to far end of track at NT 4357.0368, then forest edge. Super little hill, trig next to fine cairn.

Skelfhill Pen The trigpoint. Two sight holes open to SE and NE
Skelfhill Pen The FB, faces NW.
Skelfhill Pen Top of trig, no cap.
Skelfhill Pen First sight of hill.

Good condition 19th Jul 2018  12:48  by paulxtr

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

From the small car park at Old Northouse. Long, dull walk in along forestry tracks with no views. Finally up firebreak as per Borderer with a million flies buzzing around my head. Short, steep pull up onto the summit for some magnificent views.

Skelfhill Pen ©paulxtr

Good condition 9th Apr 2017  11:15  by Borderer

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Followed the road through the plantation from the car park at Old Norhouse to a point a couple of hundred yards from where it ends. Just past an old caravan I took the broad break heading south east which clears the plantation within sight of the summit. Then followed the dyke and quad bike tracks to a crossing point and a well trodden path the last couple of hundred yards to the pillar. Great 360 views only slightly hazy but I'd take that for early April. The main gate by the car park was open to serve the residents of Alderybar and is a good enough condition to drive to the end. I was passed near the summit by a car looking for the woodland walks.


Good condition 5th Feb 2017  16:10  by DeniseMc

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Distinctive hill, with steeper sides, less grass and broken rock on sides. Trig and substantial conical cairn on top. Part of circuit from road to west.

Good condition 5th Feb 2017  16:08  by RichardM

Gridref: NT 44160 03100   FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

A great little hill with rocky summit and remote feel. Excellent views.

Good condition 17th Sep 2016  13:47  by Moira293

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Parked at Old Northouse and walked along the forest road, a tough boggy slog up the forest edge then straight up the steep side of the hill. Skelfhill Pen is an interesting wee peak and we were very impressed with the panoramic views from the summit. Descended over the other side of the hill, a lovely little ridge with fantastic views. Decided to go back down the eastern edge of the forest, which was equally as boggy. Crossed the watercourse at the gap and re-entered the forest, battling with knee-deep bracken and heather and then having a struggle circumnavigating Alderybar Cottage and adjacent quarry before eventually rejoining the forest road, hooray! :)

The approach to Skelfhill Pen... ...the hill looking imposing, especially with the cloud giving out volcano vibes!
Skelfhill Pen trig and cairn
Skelfhill Pen cairn and trig
Moi posing at the trig!

Good condition 16th Apr 2016  13:38  by Walker Dan

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Had this one on the to do list for ages and with half a day to spare in the borders decided today is the day. This has everything for the perfect trig - nice walk in, pleasant climb to the summit and great views from the top; all it needs is a bit of snow on the top, oh but we had that today as well. Could have spent ages on the top watching the snow showers all round followed by bright sunshine but couldn't stay here all day. I think this is the hill we keep seeing from the Cheviots. Path back down was a bit greasy with the snow but a thoroughly enjoyable walk out. Only saw a couple of people just as we got back to the car

Trig and cairn
Another shower on the way

Good condition 14th Apr 2016  12:59  by agentmancuso

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

From carpark to N along forest road & firebreak to NT435037, up edge of forest. Fine little peak. Back down north along forest edge to 0.5k before Alderybar and in along easy firebreak to track.

Good condition 14th Apr 2016  12:59  by ZanderH

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 13th Oct 2015  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: NT 44160 03097   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

On 16 mile circuit (Skelfhill Pen - 5D, Cauldcleuch Head - Ma,Greatmoor Hill - Ma, Maiden Paps - 5D) from Allan Water Schoolhouse to NW

Good condition 6th May 2012  09:15  by Chalky

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Spider intact, cap has wide indented letters. Nice little hill ( Yeaman ).

Good condition 5th Dec 2011  10:15  by evisu140

Gridref: NT 44159 03099   FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Thought I'd take the camera up on this snowy December day!

Skelfhill Pen
Looking east Skelfhill Pen

Good condition 26th Apr 2009  15:33  by coinea

Gridref: NT 44164 03095   FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Good condition 26th Apr 2009  15:28  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NT 44163 03091   FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Second visit. For GPS measurement and updated photographs. SITE VISIT: Pillar in good condition. Spider retains OS centre cap with deep indented letters. Flush bracket faces NNW, ~330. Vented through NE sight hole. Views include Eildon Mid Hill, Black Hill (NT72), Dirrington Great Law, Minto Hill, Peniel Heugh, Rubers Law, Penchrise Pen, Greatmoor Hill, Tudhope Hill, Wisp Hill, Green Hill.

S7510 - Skelfhill Pen pillar & FB
S7510 - Skelfhill Pen & GRP

Good condition 26th Feb 2008  21:21  by evisu140

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Visit this trig probably 4-5 times per week, minimum, sometime twice per day as I live at Fouledge OS 453046. Kind of grown attached to this trig over the last 18 months. Tired of constant vandalism to the ever decreasing windshelter, hence making a point of carrying a stone up each visit to help maintain it.

My dog at the top of Skelfhill Pen Looking NE toward Hawick

Good condition 5th Mar 2004  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

vgc, metal cap deep letters, fine summit - v fine hill & view, v distinctive outline - was eyeing it up during the 2003 KIIMM

Good condition 31st May 1994  14:04  by Clochandighter

FB Number: S7510  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

First visit. To record FB number. HISTORY: Pillar completed 13th September 1953 costing 49.6s.6d (49.32). Computed as tertiary triangulation station NT72/T92 within the Jedburgh Secondary Block during 1957. Levelled for height in 1958. Last maintained by the OS in July 1977. SITE VISIT: Trig pillar in good condition. Spider retained original OS centre plug with stamped lettering. Flush bracket faces NNE. Pillar stands beside a wind shelter. Distinctive summit on the local skyline. Within walking distance of Hawick, allow several hours.

S7510 - Skelfhill Pen pillar & FB

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