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TP2165 - Chosen Hill
25th Jun 2012 14:05 by jonglew
Have chosen (no pun intended) to classify this as converted as there are elements of the original trig pillar here - but it's been changed (hence converted). Drove to the top of Churchdown Hill, parked by the church and walked round the reservoirs to the trig. Wasn't sure I'd found it initially. Good views to be had across Gloucester to the other local hills - Robinswood Hill for example, our next visit.
23rd Mar 2012 20:33 by THE CYCLIST
Cycled all the way up beyond church car park to reservoir entrance. In view up bank. Confused! Thought I was looking at a toposcope and the trig was near by, then found actual toposcope plate has been removed revealing spider and central tube and presumably the trig pillar has been encased in stones. Ends of two of the spider arms have been cut shorter. Despite warm sunny day any views absent due to haze.
5th Mar 2012 11:00 by dugswell2
Lovely hill as Martin R, Two ways to get to the true summit one choice is to be cheeky and go into the grounds of Chosen cottage. the other is the muddy bank at the back. Did both. Bagged trig and church.
1st Jan 2012 14:00 by asbown
not sure if this should be damaged or not really,looks like a good stone build pillar but no FB.
9th Dec 2011 11:00 by Chalky
No FB spider centre open, stone-built.
25th Aug 2011 15:45 by slateloose
Somebody as messed this one up,the stone work is very poor.
2nd Aug 2011 20:30 by dpeberdy
2nd Aug 2011 20:30 by Team Harrison
Stunning location, amazing sunset, random collection of people at this remote location - very entertaining!
Beautiful sunset and beautiful company There is a lovely church near here affording stunning views of the Malverns and the Cotswolds
22nd May 2011 13:53 by longmyndhiker
21st Apr 2011 17:31 by fasgadh
Would be a horrid place when muddy, lucky to visit during a dry spell. Any idea what the FB number was? The toposcope has gone, revealing the pillar within. It had an asphalt cap replacement, now punctured.
12th Dec 2010 11:15 by Father Ted
I presume we can give the trig point a good rating given that it has a brick protective coating. I have never seen one like this before. Collected half a dozen geocaches as I was here.
23rd Oct 2010 13:46 by rob godrer coed
7th Oct 2010 12:30 by heavyhorses
great views of Cheltenham and surrounding area.
12th May 2010 18:35 by Pyoung1s
2nd May 2010 14:50 by Loz&Bib
Not sure about this so I have marked it damaged, great location though.
15th Apr 2010 14:10 by arranc
built over with topograph. presumably its still underneath
15th Sep 2009 15:16 by Rob&Fiona
29th Nov 2008 14:00 by Stevie Boy
Easy walk from the church, itself well worth a visit for some nice views. New top now in place. Foggy, will return
28th Jul 2008 09:20 by lonesome_cowboy_burt
Nice stroll from the church, good views. Top still missing.
12th Jul 2008 16:15 by desperate dan
Bit of a mess now
27th May 2008 19:27 by Clanfield Rambler
Parked by church and walked up to pillar. As other have said pillar encased in stone, but top missing reveals spider
2nd Mar 2008 11:10 by lackofluke
I agree with bluebeard - Damaged is about the closest matching condition. Entombed would perhaps be a more accurate description. The spider and two of the hooks are visible, although the spider does seem to be pointing in an odd direction.
18th Feb 2008 17:30 by RoPeHe
[Non-visit log] Confirmation received today from Richard Short at OS - "Chosen Hill was a normal concrete pillar. The Local Parish council got permission from me to erect the topograph on top of our pillar. The pillar and plate was similar to the St Agnes [Beacon] topograph (i.e. a full pillar encased in a stone shell.)"
16th Feb 2008 10:55 by bluebeard
Someone has "liberated" the viewfinder top plate and there, underneath where it was, the spider is visible. This means the tp is not "definitely missing" but is rather normally hidden from view so I have given it a rating of "damaged".
8th Dec 2007 14:12 by theblack
Having read the previous log i thought i'de better investigate carefully. The foundation is almost curtainly from the trig. The Topo looked a little short for a trig point but then the base looks like it may have been built up a bit. The general shape and size of the stone work could cerrtainly contain a pillar. So i will also log as Possibly missing, it may well reimmerge one day.
18th Oct 2007 10:45 by Lathama
Up here today to get the two GeoCaches. Had a long conversation with some Severn-Trent workers on the adjacant water plant and they are quite certain that the current toposcope was built around the original trig pillar. So I have labelled this as 'possibly missing' - because it might be still there! As there isn't a 'present but invisible' description, I think that is the most appropriate one. Glorious morning and fantastic views over Gloucester and The Malverns today.
3rd Jun 2007 13:15 by Al & Tracy Smith
Great views today. Enjoyed the walk up the hill, but tripoint no more as it looks like its been converted to a toposcope. Note: In light of recent logs and updated info I have changed my log of the Trigs condition to "Damaged".
11th May 2007 20:24 by trickey.j
Seeing as the rain had finally stopped, I decided to go cycling and find the viewpoint. The views were pretty good, although it wasnt completely clear.
20th Jan 2007 12:00 by The Flying Boots
Came here whilst in the area geocaching. Fabulous view from here across to the Malverns on this beautiful sunny January day.
Mr F.B. at the trig ©The Flying Boots
3rd Oct 2006 12:00 by iainmac
Wonder if the trig is inside the toposcope.
8th Sep 2006 12:45 by Managra
There is a viewfinder nearby. OS list the FB as S5303
13th Apr 2006 12:28 by SidAndBob
I've been up here a couple of times to do the 2 caches here at lunchtimes as it's close to where I work. It has a view - but it's of Gloucester.
10th Feb 2006 07:35 by dal
Delightful early morning views, Condition changed, given we now know the pillare is inside.
27th Jan 2006 13:00 by CrazyL200
As the other logs say - it's now a tourist info post - looks like the new one has been built around the original trip post.
27th Dec 2005 14:06 by Rhayader_wanderer
Lots of parking by the church and a pleasant 15 min circular around the reservoir. Good views but not the best of days to see them.
21st Nov 2005 16:00 by Sinjy and Sadie
It was as foggy as anything!
10th Jul 2005 11:00 by snerdbe
All we could find was the Toposcope, came to do the two caches on the hill, great views.
26th Jun 2005 13:30 by mickandshane
We parked at the top of the lane that leads to Churchdown 'Church and Burial Ground' in an entrance to one of the reservoirs. The viewfinder makes quite a good substitute for the pillar, with extensive views west.
2nd May 2005 16:00 by Glaslyn
Not much to add to other logs,a fake pllarbut good views.
9th Feb 2005 16:00 by minstrelcat
Didn't think this trig looked like the usual sort - now we know it isn't the original trig. Great view from up here though!
11th Jun 2003 19:19 by Keith Stevens
No pillar, replaced by tourist place/direction pillar. Public area with excellent views. Quite easy to reach after drive up on the single track road According to 'www.deformeweb' this used to be S5303, which makes sence with the trigs nearby
Tourist pillar Right on the trig map ref
3rd Jan 2003 00:00 by peregrinus
Trig entombed by the NT
1st Jan 1970 19:30 by vegibagger