Firth Fell Trig Point

Firth Fell Trig Point

The Firth Fell trig point is one of four trig points on the long Birks Fell ridge dividing Littondale and Wharfedale. It was built in 1951 as one of the third order of trig points.

Station Name: Firth Fell
OSGB36 No: SD96T011
Date Built: 10th July 1949
Levelling Date: 1st June 1951
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 607.161
Flush Bracket: S5499
TUK Ref No: TP3179
Grid Ref: SD925748
OS Map: OL30
No. of Visits: 4

The fell is generally known as Birks Fell, the highest point of which is a mile to the north on the other side of a very minor depression containing Birks Tarn.

The Firth Fell trig point's flush bracket
The Firth Fell trig point’s flush bracket

On the inaugural Wharfedale Three Peaks Challenge Walk the Firth Fell trig point was marked as the summit of Birks Fell, a curious mistake for the local mountain rescue team to make.

The Firth Fell trig point was erroneously flagged as the summit of Birks Fell on the inaugural Wharfefale Three Peaks Challenge
The Firth Fell trig point was erroneously flagged as the summit of Birks Fell on the inaugural Wharfefale Three Peaks Challenge

There is little depth to the view which mainly consists of the upper reaches of the Wharfedale giants, Great Whernside and Buckden Pike. The trig point can be reached easily enough by a short detour from the Buckden to Litton bridleway.

The Firth Fell trig point looking towards Buckden Pike
The Firth Fell trig point looking towards Buckden Pike

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