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TP1614 - Brenkley Hill
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Brenkley HillNZ29/29NZ29S029421765.28575784.1483.2192PILLAR01/06/1984101/06/1965N0
Brenkley HillNZ29/29NZ29S029421765.48575784.1783.2192PILLAR01/06/1947101/06/1965N1Refixed 1984

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There are 48 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 13594th with 38 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 4.98/10 (from 45 logged visits)
Was First logged: 1st Oct 1997
Was Last found intact: 21st Jan 2022
Was Last logged: 30th Apr 2023

Of the 45 logged visits,
14 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 150m
The average error was 113m
1 was exact

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Moved 30th Apr 2023  09:25  by Earby Rambler

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

Visited whilst on day out with Painterman61 , a grey & dismal morning.


Moved 30th Apr 2023  09:25  by painterman61

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 6/10

Driech morning trig re sighted to the North plug missing, re completion of NZ block.

Trig ©painterman61
Top ©painterman61
Flush Bracket ©painterman61
Rainy hello ©painterman61

Moved 18th Apr 2023  11:15  by pickle

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 7/10

Moved 12th Feb 2023  11:44  by WuzzerL

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 8/10

Parked opposite in farm shop, great new location for it.


Moved 12th Feb 2023  11:44  by Pritch227

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 7/10

just over the road from the farm shops,nicely relocated.


Moved 11th Feb 2023  13:57  by amblerbob

Gridref: NZ 21746 75925   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 5/10

Straightforward walk from Milkhope on a cloudy day with a cold wind. Good views across reclaimed area.

Brenkley Hill Pleasant surroundings

Moved 4th Dec 2022  12:30  by CJO

Gridref: NZ 21749 75928   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 5/10

Revisit to new location. Has fortunately been replaced after opencast work complete.

Pillar in new spot

Moved 24th Nov 2022  14:27  by MileswithRiles

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Moved  Score: 4/10

Lovely that the trig point is back after mining in the area, even if not quite in its original spot. There isn't much in the way of a walk around here as the Blagdon Estate simply doesn't have many public rights of way. Parked up at the Milkhope Centre which has a variety of shops and cafe, plus a very short woodland walk. Left the car park and took the marked footpath towards Brunswick. You cross the road opposite Milkhope, through the wooden gate and follow the wide track. A novelty to drop down to the trig! Path looks like it could get muddy on wet days but for a trig so close to the urban, one of the better ones views wise.

Trig Point, lake behind
Riley on the trig top

Not Logged 3rd Sep 2022  00:00  by gasman

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

Moved 10th Aug 2022  10:41  by Andy West

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

Moved 31st Jul 2022  15:00  by Reynard

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 6/10

Easy parking areas on the quiet road to the south, followed the bridleway to a T junction pretty much in front of Milkhope Farm, pillar is on the grass verge of bridleway. Good condition, not in the original location, but not far away. Not the most inspiring place, but gave it an extra mark as it has been returned and the area landscaped after several years of open cast mining

Brenkley Hill
Brenkley Hill

Moved 14th Mar 2022  10:55  by NJM

Gridref: NZ 21748 75928   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Moved  Score: 5/10

Who would have expected this to turn up again after all this time, and in such good condition? Cap has gone but all other metalwork intact, FB facing pretty much exactly due N. Bit of a shame its been positioned down a slight dip (4m lower than previous), the only other visible TP now is one of the TV Masts to the S either Pontop or Burnhope, but at least the pillar is back. The former opencast site has been politely re-landscaped with a network of bridal paths, new gates & fences (the smell of fresh creosote still heavy in the air) and hawthorn hedgerows have been planted. My opinion of Banks as an organisation may have improved by just a tiny fraction.

GPS Reading
View North Storm's OS Pillar #353
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Good condition 21st Jan 2022  16:15  by stan toon

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

Nice to see the Trig point relocated rather than destroyed. Now in situ 250 yards north of original OS placement. Centre cap missing and there seems to be a slight tilt on pillar.

Destroyed 7th Apr 2020  00:00  by carolje

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

Not Logged 24th Mar 2020  15:35  by Geordie

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 3/10

Possibly missing 1st Feb 2020  11:10  by A1Mushroom

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Possibly missing  Score: 4/10

Parked at the north end of the old footpath. Climbed the banking to take a pic. Bank's group are reinstating the top soil in this pit now so maybe access to the area is not to far in the future.

Destroyed 26th May 2018  10:55  by ted

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Destroyed  Score: 0/10

Token visit. Site viewed from N at start of the former footpath. Big hole in the ground.

Brenkley Hill notice
Brenkley Hill site

Destroyed 21st Jun 2017  16:52  by mitsiman

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Destroyed  Score: 0/10

Destroyed 28th Mar 2017  00:00  by caroleengel

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

FP N-S of trig closed in 2014. Site offices have no knowledge of trig. Site is now a huge mine and the trig is definitely not in situ

Inaccessible 13th Apr 2016  13:15  by Boz North

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 0/10

Sign showing no access due to blasting in the area. So unable to see location due to high built up bank.

Possibly missing 14th Jun 2015  16:45  by CJO

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Possibly missing  Score: 1/10

Revisit: i did not try to reach the GR but this pillar can be assumed to be destroyed given the size of the hole where the pillar used to be. Its a Banks pit and a query with their site office may reveal if this is lost or (hopefully) just relocated somewhere to the perifery.

Brenkley Hill large opencast pit

Possibly missing 20th Mar 2015  09:20  by gansonwheels

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Possibly missing  Score: 1/10

Went to take a picture of eclipse and trig. I think that it has been opencasted to death. Picture taken from closed footpath looking S towards TP site. Perhaps an approach from south along footpath line will confirm.

Opencasted May be about where bulldozer is

Good condition 2nd Apr 2014  17:05  by trig-man

Gridref: NZ 21767 75779   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Field next to pillar is having it's top soil stripped away. Is this going to be the demise of yet another monument

Good condition 18th Jul 2013  19:40  by Griefmiester

Gridref: NZ 21766 75785   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Parking to the north then a few meters along ROW - Pillar in good condition, nice enough view - Open cast works appears to be taking over!!

Pillar & FB
GPS Data

Good condition 28th Jul 2012  19:42  by CJO

Gridref: NZ 21767 75780   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Open cast pit has moved south across the road, I suspect the planning consent extends to the newish fence line 3 m west of the pillar. Is the end nigh!

Approaching S3709

Good condition 15th Jul 2012  08:25  by Rick Trig

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

Easy one to find. I parked on the grass in the entrance road to Milkhope Farmshop. Early on a sunday morning so no traffic. Trig 5 minute walk along footpath. A bit squelshy in parts due to the amount of rain recently. I should have had my wellies on!

Trig with milkhope centre in background
Looking south
Start of footpath from road opposite the milkhope centre I think open cast mining is going on in the area. Hence the red flag.

Good condition 23rd Jul 2011  18:32  by Border Peat

Gridref: NZ 21764 75783   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

F/P just W.of entrance into milkhope centre red flag flying in next field so will it be long before it too disappears

Fresh stone chips on road so parked in Milkhope drive S3709©Border Peat

Good condition 19th Jun 2011  15:25  by sheepsocks

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Outskirts of Newcastle, trig in a hedge, but on a public footpath, opencast neaer-by. Parked at Milkhope centre and saw a red squirrel hop across the path in front of us...highlight of the day, hence inflated score!

Good condition 25th Jun 2010  00:00  by Mickandkim

Gridref: NZ 21765 75784   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Parked at center had a snack and used the WC very handy when trigging with ladies Cross main road to stile and follow new wire fence being fitted at time of visit

Good condition 17th May 2010  00:00  by Tonyht

Gridref: NZ 21750 75800   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Easy to locate and access. Just a short walk along the hedge row from the road. Reasonable views on a nice day

Not Logged 22nd Aug 2009  14:05  by Graeme

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

Good condition 6th Apr 2009  12:30  by wrose

Gridref: NZ 21770 75783   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Visible and easily accessible. At side of public footpath. I parked and had a coffee at the Milkhope Centre. Pillar is in good condition between wire fences. Plug with indented lettering and pillar has one hole open. Relatively flat location so views, whilst extensive, are not inspiring.

S3709 Brenkley Hill Pillar.
S3709 Brenkley Hill Flush Bracket.
S3709 Brenkley Hill Plug.

Good condition 5th Nov 2007  18:55  by senrabyar

Gridref: NZ 21765 75782   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Cone still there

Good condition 6th Mar 2007  15:25  by mtb mick

Gridref: NZ 21800 75800   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Situated on a public footpath to the south of the Milkstone Centre. Very good parkin and parking at the coffee shop. Original plug. Traffic cone still keeping the pillar company.

Brenkley Hill Looking SE from the footpath

Good condition 20th Aug 2006  17:25  by gansonwheels

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Taken on a 30 mile bike ride with Brunton Bridge and Middle Brunton. I have often looked at it on the skyline from the car on my way to work. How inconvenient that the footpath entry isn't marked on that side of the road ! I can recommend the cafe in the Milkhope Centre, entrance just up the road. Feet wet through plodging across the fields to the TP were not improved by torrential rain for the last half hour's ride home !

Good condition 4th Jul 2006  20:08  by Shamus

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

This was my last for the day and thankfully very easy to find.


Not Logged 1st Jun 2006  00:00  by brianr

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 6/10

A pleasant stroll along an overgrown footpath revealed this trig.

Good condition 21st Dec 2005  15:15  by pangula

Gridref: NZ 21764 75782   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Trig point in good condition, screw in brass cap intact, good views of surrounding area.

Trig point flush bracket ©pangula
Screw in brass cap intact ©pangula
View of surrounding area ©pangula

Good condition 16th Oct 2005  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

vgc, metal cap shallow letters, by fence at pasture edge, OK view

Montaged by J Rouse ©peregrinus

Good condition 22nd Jan 2005  18:25  by Trigger

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Good condition 5th Mar 2004  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10


Good condition 23rd Sep 2003  10:37  by stan toon

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

Nice easy walk from road, decent views.

Good condition 13th May 2003  13:40  by lepustimidus

Gridref: NZ 21764 75782   FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Top intact. Easy access on ROW.

Good condition 11th Sep 1998  11:00  by jimmy

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

easy access along the footpath

Good condition 1st Oct 1997  15:07  by clochandighter

FB Number: S3709  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Visited to record FB number. HISTORY: Pillar completed 30th May 1946 costing 6.19s.0d. Computed as secondary triangulation station NZ29/29 within the Newcastle Block during 1947, refixed as same in 1984. Levelled for height in 1965. Last maintained by the OS in August 1980. SITE VISIT: On the eastern edge of field. Pillar in good condition. Spider retained OS centre plug. FB faces eastwards into the boundary fence. Vented through south sight hole. Glad to have bagged this when I did, having seen that this countryside has since been destroyed in the favour of the profits of commerce - and brown envelopes.

S3709 - Brenkley Hill. Environment and trig pillar facing south, and flush bracket.

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