Monday 23rd. August 2021
Marsden Height SD 861 361. 270m
Walton's Monument SD 894 373. 338m
Extwistle Hill SD 874 339. 242m
Delf Hill SD 899 337. 378m
Many trig points have little to offer other than the likelihood of visiting some obscure location that you wouldn't have done otherwise. Today all four gave me a bit extra.
For Marsden Height I was able to park exactly opposite the short footpath leading to the trig. It was a narrow, dark passageway needing care with large stones strewn underfoot difficult to see and threatening an ankle twist. Emerging into a rough field the trig was as nondescript as they come. Looking more closely I saw someone had tried to remove the bronze mounting for the surveyor's theodolite but without success - it was so well embedded. That summed up much of what I have read about the history of the making of our best in the world OS maps and the thoroughness and attention to detail that was employed at a time when the Empire was at its height and we saw ourselves as invincible, but the trig point only appeared from 1936 onwards when a re-triangulation of GB was started, but the traditions had lived on.
For more info on trig history CLICK HERE
A drive on narrow roads took me to a lane end I had researched on Google Earth for parking to visit Walton's Monument. I had not taken into account the steep drop off the road taken by this lane end and its rough bouldery surface and I wasn't risking damaging the car. I eventually parked partly up onto the grass verge with some vulnerability opposite a gate leading to the trig. I was there and back in twenty minutes.
The bonus monument was erected by an eccentric land owner in 1830 for a purpose that is not all that clear if you click on the link below. In so doing he managed to trash a much more ancient menhir to stand his monument upon - goodness knows what was in this guy's mind. Anyway it provided me with quite a good photo with Pendle Hill topped with cloud looking down at all this from the horizon. Pendle is similar to Ingleborough being visible from so many points - I reckon Bowland Climber and to some extent myself have a plethora of photos including this worthy hill.
CLICK HERE for link re W's Mon.
The next two trigs involved another drive but then a pleasurable four mile walk linking them together. For Extwistle Hill I had to trespass a little and if you look carefully at the OS map (very carefully - see map below) the trig is not located in the only field I could access within reason - it was just over the wall in the next field. That demonstrates how precise these OS maps are. I was able to poke the trig with my walking pole and honour was satisfied. I held the camera high and pointed it down to get as much of the trig in the photo as possible. From where I parked the car this had been a westward there and back walk, then continuing eastwards to take in Delf Hill.
Part of that walk coincided with the Brontë Way which Bowland Climber and I completed in sections in 2018. Again this trig was plonked in the middle of some moorland with old quarry workings surrounding and little else to say, but I wasn't there long because the trig was home to a wasps nest and they were buzzing all around my head as I took a hurried photo and plodded off to descend a little to get out of the cool breeze and erect my chair for my elevenses, I spent longer than normal enjoying the luxury of this newly discovered piece of furniture - I am sure now that this is going to be a winner on future day walks.
I descended further through the quarry workings watching some youths on trail bikes performing suicidal ascents and descents that their mothers would not have approved of. I returned by a private water board grassy track providing impeccable walking, entered and exited by padlocked gates which I had to climb.
Trig points rule!
|The rocky path on the way to Marsden Height|
|Hammer and chisel defeated. I think the casting has a long tube going down into the concrete - it had of course to be ultra stable for the accuracy of measurements required.|
|Some interesting moss/lichen accumulated on one side of the pillar|
|Walton's Monument and distant Pendle Hill|
|Walton's Mon. trig|
|On the way to Extwistle Hill - perhaps beyond the point of no return - pity.|
|Pokeable distance with my walking pole|
|Looking back on part of the walk coinciding with the Brontë Way|
|Delf Hill - home to wasps. I didn't stay long|
|The dot of the trig is on the other side of the wall. My exact route entered the field at the buildings bottom left and then diagonally to the corner of the adjacent field.|
|Red route is the Brontē Way and/or Blackpool to Sea|