The Stone Beds trig point is located in a field opposite RAF Menwith Hill. It was built in 1955 as part of the third order of trig points.
|Station Name:||Stone Beds|
|Date Built:||4th April 1955|
|Levelling Date:||1st July 1975|
|Historic Use:||3rd order|
|TUK Ref No:||TP6207|
|No. of Visits:||2|
I’ve driven by the Stone Beds trig point many times on my way to the upper Washburn valley or into Wharfedale via Greenhow. However, for a long time I was put off visiting the trig point by stories of trig enthusiasts being stopped and questioned by security at Menwith Hill. As the trig point can easily be seen from the road I tried cycling past and pausing briefly to take a picture. Unfortunately this was on my mobile and didn’t come out very well.
Eventually in August 2016 I pulled over in a small layby opposite the house at Turpin Lair, crossed the road and took some pictures with my telephoto lens. No one stopped me and thankfully the police who regularly patrol this road didn’t appear. The panorama from the trig point is surprisingly good. In one direction the view extends to the Cleveland and Hambleton hills on the edge of the North York Moors. The highlight though is the view ‘up-dale’ which extends as far up the valley as Great Haw in upper Nidderdale.