Hands up if you’re looking for some free family activities over the summer holidays? We thought so…how about a spot of trig bagging to get the family outside? This year we’ve been celebrating the 80th anniversary of the trig pillar, those concrete pillars that are often found at the top of hills and create a handy photo opportunity.
Once a key part of our surveying network, and since superseded by GNSS, they stand tall and mark the summit of many a walk. With around 6,000 still standing around Britain you stand a fair chance of spotting one when you’re out exploring, and you can spot them on your map as the small blue triangle with a dot in the centre.
Part of our 80th anniversary celebrations have included a #TrigPillar80 photo competition on Twitter and Instagram and we’ve been amazed to have received over 1,400 photos. We have yoga poses, Lego figures, dogs, children, large groups and beautiful views all being submitted for the chance to win a limited edition T-shirt (only 80 printed). We’ve been giving away four a week since April and are coming to the end of our stock and have a few weeks left for you to join in.
If you don’t want to take part in the competition, you can still bag some trig pillars and make the most of some free family activities. Our #GetOutside champions have put together 25 trig walks, runs and cycle rides across the country – many in our beautiful National Parks. Ranging from short strolls to one which forms part of final selection training for the Special Forces – there’s something for most abilities! Click on the trig pillar you’re interested in on our interactive map and if there’s an associated walk, you’ll be taken to our #GetOutside site with a full write up and photos of the route. The route is plotted in OS Maps, so if you’re a subscriber, you’ll be able to follow the route too. If you’re not a subscriber, you still have access to the walk description and the GPX file.