In case you missed it, we’ve been celebrating #TrigPillar80 this week, marking 80 years since the lovely trig pillar was first used to help us map out Britain. Although we no longer need the trig pillar to map the country, now using newer technology, the trig pillar remains as a British icon, guiding the way for explorers of the great outdoors.
#GetOutside and bag a trig pillar
The trig pillar can now be seen in many a photo, showcasing the British countryside and marking the high point of a walk. We asked our #GetOutside champions whether they had a favourite trig pillar to bag when out walking, fell-running and cycling and they came up trumps with some real beauties. From the wonderfully named Doughnot Hill in Scotland, to the Isle of Man to Dartmoor, our champions picked their best spot to bag a trig.
Many of the champions have also put together routes for you to try out. Their routes range from the short and sweet with a couple of miles at Bryn Euryn (Phoebe re-visits her first trig from childhood!) to the extreme with a Special Forces selection route to bag a trig in the Brecon Beacons by Karl in memory of his brother. We have a family-friendly loop at Pen-y-Ghent with the Meeks and the chance to see a spectacular sunset at Baggy Point in Devon with Tor. We’ll be adding more trig-bagging routes by the champions over the coming weeks, so watch out for updates too.
See all of the nominated trig pillars on our interactive map. Those with routes will take you to our #GetOutside pages for more details on the route.
The trig pillar in decline
One of our nominated trig pillars is a trig with a difference. As we’ve been saying all week, their number is in decline as land-use changes and as they deteriorate through age. Toby’s nominated spot of Dunkery Beacon used to be home to a trig pillar, but it was removed some years ago and only the cairn remains. National Trust have also installed a toposcope to show the distances from the top of the hill, so head up there for some amazing views, it’s truly worth a visit, but don’t expect to bag a trig any longer. We’ve included it as a reminder that the numbers are in decline. If you spot a damaged trig pillar, do contact us and let us know. While we no longer use trig pillars, they do remain our responsibility.
Share your trig pillar adventure with #TrigPillar80
Want to win a limited edition #TrigPillar80 T-shirt? We’ll be giving away four T-shirts each week over the next few months to people sharing their #TrigPillar80 photos with us on Twitter or Instagram. They can be the trig pillars nominated by our #GetOutside champions, or any other trig of your choice. More details and terms and conditions are here.