Great Whernside trig point

Great Whernside Trig Point

The Great Whernside trig point is the fifth highest trig point in the Yorkshire Dales and one of the earliest to be built, in 1936, as one of the original primary stations.

Station Name: Great Whernside
OSGB36 No: PP007
Date Built: 1936
Levelling Date: 1st June 1955
Historic Use: Primary
Current Use: Passive
Height (m): 704.088
Flush Bracket: 2976
TUK Ref No: TP0703
Grid Ref: SE002739
OS Map: OL30
No. of Visits: 7

The trig point is built on a gritstone boulder, one of a rash of boulders that surround the summit area. The trig point is rather dominated by the large summit cairn just a few metres away.

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

Unsurprisingly given the height of the fell the view from the Great Whernside trig point is extensive and includes the Yorkshire Three Peaks in addition to a host of lesser known hills.

The trig point is dominated by the neighbouring summit cairn
The trig point is dominated by the neighbouring summit cairn

The Great Whernside trig point is one of the few active stations left in the Yorkshire Dales as it forms part of the Ordnance Survey’s GPS network. A small plaque, attached to the column above the flush bracket, warns people that it is an offence to damage it.

The trig point is still an active station as it is part of the Ordnance Survey's GPS Network
The trig point is still an active station as it is part of the Ordnance Survey’s GPS Network

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