Addlebrough Trig Point

Addlebrough Trig Point

The Addlebrough trig point is, or should I say was, situated on the summit of Addlebrough in Wensleydale. It was built in 1953 as one of the secondary order of trig points.

Station Name: Addlebrough
OSGB36 No: SE38S001
Date Built: 20th August 1953
Levelling Date: 1st June 1955
Historic Use: Secondary
Current Use: Destroyed
Height (m): 476.707
Flush Bracket: S7591
TUK Ref No: TP0788
Grid Ref: SD946881
OS Map: OL30
No. of Visits: 2

The trig point was removed in about 2001 by the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the National Trust who own Addlebrough. Ostensibly this was done to protect a nearby cup and ring marked rock from the hordes of trig baggers they were expecting when open access came into being.

An OS benchmark on a stone near the site of the trig point
An OS benchmark on a stone near the site of the trig point

Personally I think this decision, to remove a monument from the retriangulation of Great Britain, was a disgrace. The alternative trig-shaped cairn that was built as a replacement nearby just doesn’t work either.

The cairn built from the former trig point with the summit of Addlebrough beyond
The cairn built from the former trig point with the summit of Addlebrough beyond

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