Little Whernside Trig Point

Little Whernside Trig Point

Somewhat bizarrely the Little Whernside trig point is not on Little Whernside at all but on the much higher Whernside over 18 miles away.

Station Name: Little Whernside
OSGB36 No: PP006
Date Built: ??
Levelling Date: 1950
Historic Use: Primary
Current Use: Passive
Height (m): 736.396
Flush Bracket: 2982
TUK Ref No: TP0702
Grid Ref: SD738814
OS Map: OL2
No. of Visits: 10

The Little Whernside trig point was one of the primary set of trig points, i.e. one of the first 378 or so trig columns to be constructed. Today the trig point is in fairly poor shape although it is still used as a passive station. A fairly recent addition to the trig point is a small plaque with a QR code linking to a virtual toposcope. Although the view is slightly constricted due to the nearby wall the panorama to the west is superb.

The flush bracket on the Little Whernside trig point
The flush bracket on the Little Whernside trig point

Whernside is historically the highest point in the West Riding of Yorkshire and, since the boundary changes in 1974, the highest point in Yorkshire as a whole. Interestingly, the trig point itself is on the west side of the wall running over Whernside’s summit which means it is actually located in the modern county of Cumbria.

By the trig point in 2005 with Gragareth behind me
By the trig point in 2005 with Gragareth behind me

The misnaming of the trig point is one of those curious errors that the Ordnance Survey are sometimes prone to. For all the brilliance of the Ordnance Survey maps such errors do leave me to wonder about the accuracy of names on their maps.

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