Pen-y-ghent trig point

Pen-Y-Ghent Trig Point

The Pen-Y-Ghent trig point is located on the summit of the famous hill which is often popularly rendered as simply Penyghent. It was built in 1949 as one of the third order of trig points.

Station Name: Pen-Y-Ghent
OSGB36 No: SD96T037
Date Built: 11th November 1949
Levelling Date: 1st June 1951
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 694.639
Flush Bracket: S5776
TUK Ref No: TP5414
Grid Ref: SD838733
OS Map: OL2
No. of Visits: 10

As with the Ingleborough trig point this is an example of a stone built trig point as opposed to the more commonly found concrete pillars. A recent addition to the trig point is a small metal plaque with a QR code linking to a toposcope of the view from the summit.

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

The view itself is excellent, at least on those occasions when the summit is not covered in cloud and rain. The wall and shelter do somewhat obscure the view to the west but otherwise there is a fine view south towards Pendle Hill whilst closer to hand are Fountains Fell and Darnbrook Fell.

Six of my friends on a typically wet and cloudy summit of Pen-y-ghent when we did the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 2016
Six of my friends on a typically wet and cloudy summit of Pen-y-ghent when we did the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 2016

A combination of the sheer number of people that visit this summit together with the vagaries of the weather on Pen-y-ghent make this a frustrating trig point to try and get a decent picture of. In my ten visits to date I’ve not managed to get a shot from far enough back to incorporate a good background.

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