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Trig Point Database

This section of the database looks at the Ordnance Survey triangulation artifacts I have visited on my walks. I use the word 'artifacts' as the OS employed more than just pillars, and this list includes FBMs, Concrete Rings and some other types of trig point.

At the top of the page is a list of my most visited trig points, followed by trig points broken down by area and by trig point type. I'm much closer to completing the trig point tables for the various English National Parks than I am for the different types of trig points.

Quick Search Trigs

You can do a 'quick search' for any trig points in the database. Unlike the main search facility at the top of this page, these results will display all trigs, not just the ones I've visited.

Trig Point List

I've now added a list of all the trig points I've visited over the years, along with an interactive map of their locations. This is probably of limited interest to anyone but me, but see what you think.

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Trig Point Database

As well as viewing the various trig points lists using the links below, you can now search the database! The thought process behind the creation of this resource, is described in this blog post: Foul Weather Alternative.

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My Top 10 Trigs

This is simply a list of the trig points I have visited most. I've avoided calling this my 'Favourite Trig Points' list, because although some of these are indeed firm favourites, this is not that list.

No. TP:UK Ref Trig Name Trig Type First Visit Visits
1 TP3468 Great Shunner Fell Pillar 2005-09-07 11
2 TP5970 Shutlingsloe Pillar 2005-12-24 11
3 TP7177 Cat and Fiddle FBM 2005-12-30 9
4 TP4102 Ingleborough Pillar 2007-12-08 9
5 TP5950 Shining Tor Pillar 2006-01-02 9
6 TP0702 Little Whernside Pillar 2007-11-17 8
7 TP0693 High Street Pillar 2007-04-28 7
8 TP4216 Kinder Low Pillar 2005-12-29 7
9 TP0828 Alphin Pike Pillar 2006-07-15 6
10 TP10513 Croker Hill Mast Intersected Station 2006-02-18 6

Trig Points by Area

When I started bagging trig points I decided to group them by walking area (such as National Parks), as much to encourage me to find new routes as anything else. These are the trig points broken down by the areas that I walk in the most.

If you want to generate lists of trig points for other National Parks or even AONBs, you can search the database using the blue button above.

Area No. Trigs No. Done % Done Remaining
Bowland Fells 35 14 40% 21
Lake District 61 22 36% 39
North Yorks Moors 50 15 30% 35
Northern Pennines 97 16 16% 81
Northumberland 49 6 12% 43
Peak District 101 56 55% 45
Yorkshire Dales 83 76 92% 7

Trig Points by Type

These are the trig points broken down by the different types. The traditional triangulation pillar is just one of a number of different types used by the Ordnance Survey over the years. Although I initially sought out all the different types, I now concentrate on what I call 'above ground' types, the one's you don't need to dig for!

If you want to generate lists of other types, you can search the database using the blue button above.

Trig Point Type No. Trigs No. Done % Done Remaining
Pillars 6809 381 6% 6428
FBMs 207 24 12% 183
Concrete Rings 30 7 23% 23
Intersected Station 6405 20 0% 6385
Active Station 177 2 1% 175
'Other' 58 0 0% 58