Windy Hill Trig Point

Windy Hill Trig Point

The Windy Hill trig point is situated on Ash Fell in Westmorland’s Orton Fells. It was built in 1960 as part of the third order of trig points.

Station Name: Windy Hill
OSGB36 No: NY71T036
Date Built: 27th May 1960
Levelling Date: 1st June 1961
Historic Use: 3rd order
Current Use: None
Height (m): 385.709
Flush Bracket: 10788
TUK Ref No: TP6990
Grid Ref: NY749040
OS Map: OL19
No. of Visits: 2

The Windy Hill trig point is sat back from the modest Ash Fell Edge between the A685 and the A683. It can be reached by taking a path from the A685, Ash Fell Road before following the wall all the way to the trig point. By far the quickest option though is to park by the cattle grid on the A683 for an easy ten minute walk uphill to the trig point.

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

The trig point is placed on a solid concrete base. It is not quite the highest point of Ash Fell. Some grassy mounds a few feet away, marked as tumuli on the map are higher. The trig point is in fairly good condition with the spider, plug and flush bracket all present and correct.

The Windy Hill trig point on a late summer evening with the tumuli just beyond
The Windy Hill trig point on a late summer evening with the tumuli just beyond

The panorama from Windy Hill is extensive. On a clear day the view includes the Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell, High Seat, Nateby Common and Nine Standards Rigg. To the north there is also a good view of the Mickle Fell area of the North Pennines.

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

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