Sandy Hill trig point

Sandy Hill Trig Point

The Sandy Hill trig point is situated atop a rocky outcrop on the vast sweep of Masham Moor in the Nidderdale AONB. It was built in 1953 as part of the third order of trig points.

Station Name: Sandy Hill
OSGB36 No: SE38T080
Date Built: 14th September 1953
Levelling Date: 1st May 1954
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 359.374
Flush Bracket: S7714
TUK Ref No: TP5812
Grid Ref: SE165755
OS Map: 298
No. of Visits: 2

The Sandy Hill trig point is fairlyeasy to reach via the landrover track that crosses Masham Moor just to the north of the trig point. The current OS map shows a track heading south towards the trig point. This doesn’t exist, instead there are numerous small moorland pools.

The trig point’s spider and plug

The trig point is built on a natural gritstone base. The top of the trig point is badly eroded. Despite this it does still feature its original spider and plug.

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

When I first visited the trig point in 2006 it was a hot and hazy day so it was difficult to assess the view. Visibility was much better on my second visit in 2018. With the immediate area being a sea of heather the panorama is one very much of distant views. To the east the outline of the Cleveland Hills can be seen. To the north-west the upper reaches of Great Whernside and Little Whernside can also be seen. However, as can be seen from the 360 degree panorama below these features are better appreciated with the naked eye than on camera.

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