Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Mapping Mountains – Trimble Surveys – Beacon Hill

04.05.18  View Edge (SO 422 809)

View Edge (SO 422 809)

Having visited and surveyed Callow Hill (SO 460 850) Bob and I headed south-west through Craven Arms to the series of narrow country lanes leading toward View Edge.  The hill rose out of pastured green land almost pyramidal in profile with mixed woodland dominating its upper slopes.

Prior to our visit I’d looked at a series of summit photographs and this hill’s high point is immersed in a wood, which didn’t give me much expectation for good satellite coverage for the Trimble.

We parked just off the narrow minor road that heads east over the southern ridge of View Edge adjacent to a small disused lime quarry and walked the short distance toward its upper escarpment. 

The old lime quarry

A series of vehicle tracks led past a number of grassed hummocks toward open fields leading upward toward the wooded summit.

Approaching the summit

The wood proved beautiful and it had to be so as we spent an inordinate amount of time in it, patiently waiting for the Trimble to ever so slowly ebb down to the required 0.1m accuracy level before data should be logged.

Once in the wood it was an easy task to identify the high point which consisted of ground festooned in bluebells under a canopy of deciduous trees whose branches shot up in all directions.

Gathering data at the summit of View Edge

The long wait now started, we chatted about all manner of stuff as I scampered up to check on the Trimble’s accuracy progress, after a 20 minute wait I activated the equipment and we waited a further 15 minutes for it to gather a suitable amount of data that hopefully can result in an adequate data set.

Bob at the summit of View Edge

Once the Trimble was closed down I took a few photographs and we retraced our inward route back down the adjacent field and through the old quarry to Bob’s car; next stop Hopesay and Burrow.

Survey Result:

View Edge

Summit Height:  324.1m (converted to OSGM15) (significant height revision)

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 42278 80988

Drop:  c 170m

Dominance:  52.49%

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