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Why Trigpoints ?

These curious looking four foot tall concrete pillars are the goal of many walkers the length and breadth of the country. But why is it that trigpoints form the “target” for so many people when they put their walking boots on and set out in the countryside? Well, the simple answer is that they are to be found atop the highest peaks in the area, so reaching them should provide walkers with their greatest challenge and reward them with fantastic views.

Trigpoints were assembled in the 1930s by Ordnance Survey, who used them to chart the shape and height of the country so they could produce the maps we all rely on today. It’s difficult to imagine taking on a tough walk without an O.S. map, and you have trigpoints to thank for their very existence. Each one has been labelled with a number, found on a plaque attached to the base of the trigpoint. While most are now no longer in use, some of them are still essential to gain accurate readings of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) instruments available in the shops. And although many have fallen into disrepair, even knocked down for housing schemes, there are others that are well maintained and are a bright feature on the landscape. In modern times, trigpoints are often the aim for walkers as they stride to the top of hills and mountains. How many of us have taken a photo next to a trigpoint, touched one with exhausted pride or even had a packed lunch beside one? In 2005 I set myself the challenge of walking to the top of every accessible trigpoint in the Dark Peak. This book is a description of my chosen routes.