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TP6473 - Thurnham Court Estate
5th Apr 2013 00:00 by Bramley
Up from Thurnham Castle remains then onto Marilyn - at junction of 3 paths (with seat) rather than in wood
13th Sep 2012 16:06 by jonglew
Final trig for the day. Parked partway up Castle Hill and picked up a public path going NE directly to the trig. Interesting affair co-located as it is with 3 panels giving the views south across to the High Weald. Pillar is in good condition, but plug is missing. Looking for the Marilyn, Detling Hill, was a little more tricky as it's tucked away, unmarked, in the woods somewhere.
20th Jul 2012 13:16 by Pharisee
I parked opposite the start of the path, south of the pillar. An easy walk up until I realised I was on the wrong side of a barbed wire topped fence. Fortunately, there was a gate 100 yards or so past the pillar so access was not a problem. The pillar is in good condition apart from the missing centre plug and has been tastefully(?) incorporated into a viewpoint feature. The view west towards Detling is the only one thatís open and clear of trees.
17th Jun 2012 13:00 by dave-harris
27th Mar 2012 09:05 by WhiteFriar
22nd Oct 2011 11:05 by asbown
Good views on a lovely morning.
9th Oct 2011 15:30 by Godzilla
Fantastic views across Kent. Saw a buzzard flying over Thurnham Castle.
9th Aug 2011 21:35 by bowlesy
In the dark! Managed to find it ok from the car park.
1st May 2011 09:03 by THE CYCLIST
Views spoilt by heat haze. Interesting use of location for visitor viewpoint.
14th Dec 2010 14:44 by Aye Jimmy
3rd Nov 2010 15:00 by kaxov
Its always breezy up there!
25th Jul 2010 15:42 by Arnand
Nice location & great views. No cap
26th Apr 2010 14:15 by raypool
I was born 500 yards away from this trig.
2nd Apr 2010 15:34 by g4wsb
30th Dec 2009 18:51 by captain gore-tex
No view of anything, except fog!
greyness abounds ©captain gore-tex
26th Apr 2009 13:06 by Bridgeman
Walked via North Downs Way from Hollingbourne. Seats around trig point and a good view. Excellent spot for lunch stop.
13th Sep 2008 17:45 by RowleyBirkin
Drove out to this one on an evening when the coast-bound M20 was one enormous lorry park - Operation Stack as it is known. The local authority have done a wonderful job in preserving this pillar and incorporated it in a viewpoint feature. Compare this with certain other organisations who, to their ignorance and shame, have destroyed pillars unnecessarily.
4th Aug 2008 14:56 by vegibagger
walked up from Thurnham
30th Jul 2008 00:00 by Sprog
10th Oct 2007 11:50 by dugswell2
Detling Hill. Summit plateau appears to have a number of areas around 200 meters in height...slight higher than trig point. Castle ruins are worth a visit to view the rare Castlemilk Moorit sheep that are grazing there.
2nd Jul 2007 16:25 by M3ZTW (in the Kangaroo Hat)
A nice location for a Trig up here on the North Downs located in the White Horse Woods country park. This provides a great viewpoint over Kent and also appears to be a favourite destination for the pilots of model aircraft (gliders in particular). Anyway the Trig has been incorporated into a very nice seated area and is in good condition. I would have given it 8/10 had the centre cap not been missing from the Spider. The Ordnance Survey website lists the computing year as 1946 and the height at 198.56 metres (651.44 feet) a/s/l.
Trigpoint ©M3ZTW (in the Kangaroo Hat)
17th Dec 2006 11:30 by bazza1589
12th Oct 2006 16:45 by The Moor We Hunt...
Great views from this position on the North Downs over the Weald of Kent below. Well managed area with interesting information boards, wood sculpture and Thurnham Castle site nearby.
S3490 at Thurnham Court Estate ©The Moor We Hunt...
30th Jul 2006 12:22 by barryhunter
Again not much to add, other than great views due to nice blue skys.
26th Jul 2006 19:10 by Rhayader_wanderer
Everything worth noting has already been said. Some room to park next to the main footpaths into the site near the castle.
25th Mar 2006 15:30 by Ivanhoe
Area developed into very nice viewpoint along with seat overlooking Maidstone valley.
8th Mar 2006 11:33 by Uncle Jimbo
Cold, Wet & Windswept. But very peaceful.
29th Jan 2006 14:46 by Team Sieni
Great views. Nice walk alon N Downs Way from/to Boxley. GPSr gave height as 189m.
30th Dec 2005 22:56 by stonestreaker
parked the night at the end of the dead end road and bagged this in the morning
14th Nov 2005 16:33 by Griefmiester
Located about 200 meters from the car park at the top of Detling Hill. Pillar in good condition apart from a missing plug. No views at the time of my visit as almost dark - Nice sunset though.
2nd Apr 2005 12:00 by peregrinus
vgc, no cap or plug, next to info boards which mistakenly refer to it as 5490! Middle of cereal field last time I was there (19/6/1999) - didn't even search for the trig as far as I recall. Fine view
montaged by JWR ©peregrinus
25th Aug 2004 15:08 by Alan Grove
This is a strange place. The location is known these days as White Horse Wood and has been developed as a country park as a millennium project. Clearly a lot has been put into it with footpaths, plantations etc, and the actual trigpoint site has been turned into a viewpoint area. And all very nice it is too. The only problem on the day of my visit was that it was shut. Very surprising for 3pm on a Wednesday afternoon in August. There were no signs to this effect, but the first gate was secured with a strap (easily removed) and the second was padlocked (easily climbed). The whole site was deserted. The trigpoint was easily reached and duly logged. However, I felt all the time that I should not have been there. I checked the Kent CC website later but there was no mention of the site being closed. Previous logs made no mention of this; perhaps it is only open at weekends.
21st Aug 2004 16:00 by MCL
Cap is missing from the top and the centre tube is now full of small stones, maybe deliberately done by the authorities. Otherwise good condition and a fantastic view. Very good information point as well. Well done to the local council!
21st Apr 2004 11:20 by minstrelcat
This trig is quite well served, with a seat and information boards! Apparently all done as part of Thurnham's millenium project.
11th Oct 1998 10:20 by arranc
2nd May 1998 12:05 by senrabyar
in cropped field
20th Dec 1997 00:00 by mickandshane
10th Aug 1996 12:00 by iainmac
Condition taken from photos