Middleham Low Moor Trig Point

Middleham Low Moor Trig Point

The Middleham Low Moor trig point is situated on the moor of the same name close by to some gallops. It was built in 1953 as one of the third order of trig points and stands just 700ft or so outside the boundary of the national park.

Station Name: Middleham Low Moor
OSGB36 No: SE38T060
Date Built: 19th August 1953
Levelling Date: 1st June 1955
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 235.915
Flush Bracket: S7586
TUK Ref No: TP4810
Grid Ref: SE105874
OS Map: OL30
No. of Visits: 2

The trig point can be reached on an easy walk out of Middleham or from various parking spots on the road heading towards Carlton. Perhaps the best place to start is the grassy parking area by Pinker’s Pond. There is a good track running along the southern edge of the grassy moor and this can be followed until heading across easy grass to the trig point at the western end of the gallops.

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

The panorama is quite impressive considering the modest altitude with good views of Wensleydale, including Castle Bolton and Leyburn. Pen Hill is a striking object to the west whilst to the south and south-west are the moors above Coverdale. Added interest is of course provided by the nearby gallops and it is enjoyable to watch the race horses being put through their paces.

The small memorial to Brenda Selby at the base of the Middleham Low Moor trig point
The small memorial to Brenda Selby at the base of the Middleham Low Moor trig point

Between my first visit in 2005 and my second visit in 2016 a small memorial plaque has been erected at the foot of the trig point in memory of Brenda Selby, “Who rode these moors for 30 years.” The trig point is in fairly good condition with the the engraved, ‘Ordnance Survey Triangulation Station’ plug intact.

The spider and plug on the top of the trig point
The spider and plug on the top of the trig point

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