Mount Pleasant Trig Point

Mount Pleasant Trig Point

The Mount Pleasant trig point is located in a farm field a couple of miles outside the Nidderdale AONB near the village of Hampsthwaite. It was built in 1953 as one of the third order of trig points.

Station Name: Mount Pleasant
OSGB36 No: SE38T061
Date Built: 6th November 1953
Levelling Date: 1955
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 157.459
Flush Bracket: S7749
TUK Ref No: TP4949
Grid Ref: SE263573
OS Map: 297
No. of Visits: 1

Including this trig point on a list of trig points in and around the Yorkshire Dales is probably stretching things a bit. However, it is the nearest trig point to my house and just outside the boundary of the Nidderdale AONB so it makes the cut.

The trig point flush bracket
The trig point flush bracket

Ironically, considering I’d lived less than a mile and a half away from it for more than six years I didn’t visit this trig point until 2017. It is not a particularly easy one to find despite being located right next to a public footpath. The footpath is not signed at either access point which doesn’t help.

The view across West Lane Farm from the Mount Pleasant Trig Point
The view across West Lane Farm from the Mount Pleasant Trig Point

A wall has been built either side of the trig point and scrub largely covers a third side and the top is wrapped in barbed wire. I actually walked right past it at the first attempt so well concealed it is. The less said about the huge pile of manure to the east of the trig point the better.

The intact spider on the top of the trig point
The intact spider on the top of the trig point

Despite its lack of aesthetic appeal the trig point does have some saving graces. The flush bracket is on the only side which is visible and the top of the trig point still has the spider intact. Finally, to the north-west there is actually quite a good view of the lower Nidderdale valley.

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