Adult Trips

Trig Pillar Adventures

You may well have walked past trig points or triangulation pillars before and never really noticed them or understood them more than being a feature on your map. Triangulations pillars have a fascinating history which began less than a hundred years ago when a major project was started to map out the shape of Great Britain. The network of triangulation pillars, with accurately known positions, led to the excellent OS maps which we enjoy today.

Mark, an experienced outdoor instructor and self-confessed ‘trig point geek’ has spent many hours and days in his local area of Yorkshire searching and finding many of these iconic monuments – many of which are not easy to find! He has put together a series of one day walks that vary in length and difficulty taking in some of these pillars. Mark will guide you on these fascinating walks, explain the history behind the pillars, how they work and just what ‘trig-bashing’ is – with its pros and cons.

This is a great opportunity to go for a walk with a difference. Get the whole family involved or a group of friends or just come along on your own and learn enough skills and knowledge to then go back to your local area and see what you can find. Whether you’re fairly new to the outdoors or an established walker, you’re sure to have a fascinating day.

You’ll meet Mark at a designated starting point and then spend the day on a new adventure! After an introduction to the day you’ll head off into the countryside and stop to eat your packed lunch on route before returning to your start point.

Group size: 4-8 (current covid-19 conditions mean a maximum of 5 clients & social distancing guidelines will be observed).

Please bring: suitable walking clothes and footwear with waterproofs/sun protection, packed lunch and water bottle (optional: camera & binoculars).

Choose from the various options making sure the distances are within your comfort zone so you can enjoy the day.

Option 1 – Haworth Moor to Withins Heights

Number of Trig Pillars: 2

Time: 5-6 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: approx. 10km

Height gain: 444 metres

Times: 10am-4pm

Dates available: 1st and 2nd August

Cost: £40 per person plus VAT (£48)


Option 2 – Ilkley Moor – Rombalds Moor including Twelve Apostles

Number of Trig Pillars: 2

Time: 4-5 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Distance: approx. 10km

Height gain: 402 metres

Times: 10am to 3pm

Dates available: 8th and 9th August

Cost: £35 per person plus VAT (£42)


Option  3 – Settle – Kirkby Fell

Number of Trig Pillars : 2

Time: 5hrs to 6hrs

Difficulty: moderate/difficult

Distance: approx. 15km

Height gain: 547 metres

Times:  10am – 4.30pm

Dates available: 15th and 16th August

Cost: £40 per person plus VAT (£48)