Stone Beds Trig Point

Stone Beds Trig Point

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
OSGB36 No: SE38T112
Date Built: 4th April 1955
Levelling Date: 1st July 1975
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 231.989
Flush Bracket: S8226
TUK Ref No: TP6207
Grid Ref: SE207579
OS Map: 297
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.

Looking towards the distant outline of the Cleveland Hills
Looking towards the distant outline of the Cleveland Hills

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.

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