Cosh Outside Trig Point

Cosh Outside Trig Point

The Cosh Outside trig point is located on the western end of the fell generally known as High Green Field Knott, itself at the northern end of the long Birks Fell ridge. It was built in 1949 as one of the secondary order of trig points.

Station Name: Cosh Outside
OSGB36 No: SD96S004
Date Built: 8th October 1949
Levelling Date: 1st June 1951
Historic Use: Secondary
Current Use: None
Height (m): 599.541
Flush Bracket: S5779
TUK Ref No: TP2441
Grid Ref: SD836780
OS Map: OL2
No. of Visits: 2

My first and second visits to the Cosh Outside trig point could not have been more different. On the first occasion in 2005 it was wet, windy with visibility hindered by thick hill fog. Ten years later I returned on a glorious sunny spring day and it quickly became my favourite trig point in the Yorkshire Dales.

The view south towards Pen-y-ghent and a distant Pendle Hill
The view south towards Pen-y-ghent and a distant Pendle Hill

In my humble opinion the view from the trig point is the finest there is of Three Peaks country with Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent all well seen. There is also a good view of Littondale along with a host of lesser known tops such as Blaydike Moss and Horse Head Moor.

The Cosh Outside trig point from Cosh Knott
The Cosh Outside trig point from Cosh Knott

Apart from the stunning panorama another appealing aspect of the Cosh Outside trig point is its remoteness. To reach it requires a fairly long walk from Halton Gill in upper Littondale and it is one of those places that you are almost guaranteed to have to yourself. I certainly don’t expect to leave it another ten years before going back.

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