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TP6120 - St Albans Head
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
St Albans HeadSU31/T136SU31T136396779.5875741.35107.9293PILLAR01/06/1942101/11/1951N0

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This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 2049th with 23 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 6.43/10 (from 37 logged visits)
Was First logged: 31st Mar 2005
Was Last logged: 3rd Sep 2019

Of the 37 logged visits,
13 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 68171m
The average error was 5256m
The closest was 1m

Hartryggers Hartryggers CURRYSCRIM CURRYSCRIM JohRvs JohRvs Brisey Brisey Glaslyn Glaslyn jonglew jonglew g4wsb g4wsb Andrew hunt Andrew hunt raypool raypool caroleengel caroleengel Pete the Trig Hunter Pete the Trig Hunter Tonyht Tonyht jamesleesaunders jamesleesaunders St Albans Head St Albans Head [Zoom In/Out] [Hide Labels]

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Good condition 3rd Sep 2019  11:04  by danmaisiebex

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Maisie's 300th trigpoint. Last day of the summer hols, a day before starting secondary school.

Good condition 29th Jul 2019  19:20  by bluebeard

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Good condition 3rd Dec 2018  13:00  by duncancourts

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Muddy going! The pillar is on the north side of the hedgerow.

Good condition 18th Nov 2018  15:15  by Wubbleyew

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

From Renscombe Farm on a short but superb family circular walk, taking in Chapmanís Pool and St Albanís Chapel inside which is some amazing graffiti from down the centuries including some from the plague year of 1665. Small diversion to meet this pillar set within its hedge: cap in place with raised lettering. Always a pleasure to return to the Isle Of Purbeck.

Good condition 25th Oct 2018  14:45  by mountainwanderer

FB Number: S2681  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked at Renscombe Farm car Park (postcode for sat nav BH19 3LL) easy walk along track. Did a bit 'off piste across field (stuck to edges) trig is on north side of hedge, easily visible from a distance Worth the extra walk to visit St Aldhelms Chapel-lovely.


Good condition 12th Oct 2018  12:50  by Tikal

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Easy walk eastwards from the track, Trig is on the north side of the hedge. Found on a very windy day

Good condition 1st Aug 2018  13:00  by widget

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

The 2nd trig on a 10-mile stage of the SW Coast Path from Swanage, which finished for us at the splendid Square & Compass pub in Worth Matravers. As others have described, it's a simple follow-the-hedgeline job from the chapel. A beautifully sunny day, the heat lessened by a welcome westerly, we have now cracked three stages of the SWCP, starting from each end, and bagged 4 trigs.

Looking East from St Alban's Head

Good condition 8th Jul 2018  12:15  by Nekyram

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Parked at Renscombe Farm car park.followed the track passing the quarry. As the track turned right to chapel go straight on into field follow hedge line ,then through open gateway to other side of hedge follow hedge to trig .visited chapel and back on coast path.

Good condition 18th Apr 2018  16:54  by JohRvs

Gridref: SY 96774 75740   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Inaccessible 12th May 2017  12:25  by Roger Peaple

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

South West Coast Path - not seen from path and on private land so didn't attempt it (this time!)

Good condition 16th Apr 2017  12:30  by Pete the Trig Hunter

Gridref: SY 96785 75746   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Only a short detour needed from a visit to St Albans Norman Chapel (worth seeing). A slightly sad "in the hedge" trig, but when you get there, the views down the coast in each direction justifies why it is there.

Good condition 15th Mar 2016  19:53  by Hartryggers

Gridref: SY 96800 75700   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Parked in the CP near Renscombe Farm walked down the track heading towards St Aldhelm's Chapel... convenient gap in the hedge on the last field allowed easy access to the trig at the top of the field.

Good condition 29th Feb 2016  12:52  by g4wsb

Gridref: SY 96785 75744   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Cycle down track along hedge.


Good condition 11th Jul 2015  16:15  by jonglew

Gridref: SY 96780 75743   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked trackside 100m S of Renscombe Farm car park - intended driving down track but 'No Unauthorized Vehicle' sign put me off. Walked to SY965760, then field boundaries to trig, found on N side hedgerow and partially buried within it. Original cap in place, raised lettering; rear sight hole open, RHD side undetermined as vegetation too thick to penetrate. Some thorn and bramble clearance was necessary to access FB. Extensive 360deg views.

Pillar - Before Gardening Duties TP6120©jonglew
Pillar - After Gardening Duties TP6120©jonglew
Spider TP6120©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP6120©jonglew

Good condition 10th Jul 2014  06:35  by Trigger happy

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Good condition 20th Mar 2014  10:00  by philandsam

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Behind hedge. couldn't read flush bracket from my angle. Walked up from coast path and found the pillar on the other side of a stone wall and barbed wire. Since there was a farmer driving past, we decided to not enter the field. Fantastic views.


Good condition 24th Sep 2013  14:10  by Dusty

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Flush Bracket

Good condition 26th Jun 2013  16:48  by splash

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Had a walk out to the trig. It was a nice war sunny day. Had a nice stroll along the sea cliffs after.

Good condition 23rd Jul 2012  00:00  by caroleengel

Gridref: SY 96782 75749   FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Permission to visit grated at Weston farm to north

Good condition 5th Mar 2012  12:20  by Trigpoint100

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Old Man wanted to buy a lump of stone, so after a local quarry provided retail therapy we had time to log this trig. Sunny, and very windy day but good views on a circular walk from Renscombe to St Aldhelm's Head and the Coast Path, before retiring to the Square and Compass. Trig in excellent condition (although access very clarty!) - metal cap raised lettering.

Good condition 13th Feb 2012  11:42  by vegibagger

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

the Purbeck Clays absolutely caked the underside of my boots to a huge layer as I tramped across the field to it and almost looked like snow shoes as the pale mud stuck an inch or so out all round!!

Good condition 12th Feb 2012  16:01  by Griggsy

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

From The Square and Compass


Good condition 14th Mar 2011  10:39  by Glaslyn

Gridref: SY 96780 75740   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Nice location. Parking to the N. One field to cross , pillar good.


Good condition 7th Nov 2010  13:50  by g4wsb

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10


Good condition 31st Aug 2010  14:52  by THE CYCLIST

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Rough ride up the access road. Good to re-visit the chapel. Views good but less so than Swyre Head.

Good condition 16th Aug 2010  00:00  by Tonyht

Gridref: SY 96800 75750   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Just off SWCP. Easy to find, but in hedge, therefore not so easy to access.

Good condition 14th Jul 2008  14:45  by CURRYSCRIM

Gridref: SY 96800 75700   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Walked from Renscombe farm car parkto the trig point. Carried on to St. Aldhelms Chapel and Chapmans Pool and back to car park. Good views.

Good condition 11th Jun 2008  11:14  by ocean soul

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Walked from car park at Renscombe farm.Crossed two field at bend which takes the track to chapel.Excellent views in both directions along coast.

Good condition 8th Jun 2008  11:30  by Trigger

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 21st Nov 2007  11:15  by PHMB

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Walked from car park at Renscombe farm. Pillar is at south end of large field accessed from near quarry. Good views towards St Aldhelms chapel and coastguard cottages and along coast to east. Retains plug, heavy raised lettering. Vestiges of white paint.

Good condition 13th Aug 2007  14:40  by raypool

Gridref: SY 96780 75751   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 4th Aug 2007  18:00  by jamesleesaunders

Gridref: SY 96780 07570   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

From the previous trig, South Barn, Craig and I walked west along the cliff top coastline. We had a quick stop along the way to go down and have a look at 'dancing ledge', a disused quarry within the cliff edge which is full of caves and exciting rock climbs. This next trig was deceptively harder to reach than thought to be by looking at the map. Still views along the coastline were at their greatest at this time with the sun now low and stretching across the water. The trig was across two fields just sitting next to the hedge still with cap. On top of the trig was an interesting owl dropping which I found full of mice bones as I discected it.

Good condition 17th Feb 2007  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

vgc, metal cap, small raised letters. Straining post behind trig acts as useful marker if approaching from NW. Pasture, cold with a little rain midday neatly coinciding with two longish walks. Fine coast, OK view.

Good condition 31st Dec 2006  09:43  by Andrew hunt

Gridref: SY 96781 75749   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

nice morning walk, along the coast path, but the weather turned later.

The Sun trying to coming out ©Andrew hunt
proping myself up on the trigpoint ©Andrew hunt

Good condition 5th Nov 2005  13:55  by Managra

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

We took the route that Mick and Shane suggested and found it no problem. Fantastic views all along the coast. Jo's knees suffered a bit when we went down then up the steps on the way to Chapman's Pool. Metal plug with raised lettering.

Trigpoint ©Managra
Flush bracket ©Managra
People ©Managra

Good condition 30th May 2005  12:45  by mickandshane

FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

We parked at Renscombe Farm and took the track that leads to the Quarry. Just past the quarry there is an open gateway on the left which gives access into the field with the trig. This is a lot easier than trying to approach it from the coastal path. We walked back via St Adhelms Chapel and Chapman's Pool on the coastal path. The Coastguard helicopter was mking a rescue at the time which added a bit of interest. Stunning views from all along this coast. Plug with raised lettering.

Good condition 31st Mar 2005  16:30  by Brisey

Gridref: SY 96780 75740   FB Number: S2581  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

I was surprised to find a working Purbeck stone quarry along the lane to the headland. I entered the nearby field (no gate, pasture) to reach the TP. I could hear the sea but only just see white horses in the grey continuum of the misty day. GR to 10m only.

TP6120 The sea is out there somewhere.
The quarry.

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