Bygrave – S5008

Key Facts

The trig point at Bygrave is our nearest trig point, as the crow flies, so it was any obvious choice for a Friday evening bag and walk. Funnily enough, we didn’t have a map covering the area, so we plotted out a quick route online and set off.

It’s worth noting that this route starts and ends on the busy A507 itself right next to the A1(M). We could hear the road for most of our walk, but it was far less noticeable once we had reached the trig pillar. A perhaps more rewarding walk could be plotted from Ashwell, but I imagine you would need more than the hour in the evening that we designated for the walk.

Bygrave trig pillar
The sunset view from the pillar

Where to Park

We parked at in a layby on the A507, just down the road from the byway that comprises the walk-in. Parking was ample, and I can’t imagine you would have many problems finding space, no matter what time of day.

Alternatively, you could park in Norton Bury, but this would require a longer walk-in along a road and under the A1(M) which we didn’t fancy.

Sam stood by the trig pillar at bygrave looking into the camera on a sunny day

The Walk

Leaving the layby, follow the road in a southerly direction. There is a tarmac path on the right-hand side. Pass ‘The Nook’ and small cottage on the left-hand side and look for the layby shortly after (it is well signposted, but you will need to cross the road).

Follow the layby, without being tempted to turn off, where you might well discover a beehive and a dead-end! It is tarmacked for the first part, leading up to a pretty farmhouse and large barn.

Continue along the byway through the gates (they were open when we visited, but there is a cycle gate to the left for the public to use). Carry on up through the fields – as long as you are heading on a slight incline, you’re heading in the right direction. We probably passed through 4 different fields, though not all split by a hedge, so bear in mind this could change when you come to the walk!

walking route signpost in a field
On the walk in, follow the public arrow for the public restricted byway and Icknield Way Trail

Once you reach the top of the incline, keep walking, keeping a close eye out in the hedgerows to your right. If you’re eagle-eyed you’ll spot the trig hidden away amongst the brambles (I guess in Winter, it’ll be easier to find!).

Sneak round the field side and you’ll be able to get closer to the trig pillar and see its flush bracket. It’s in great condition, with the cap still intact. Take a picture and turn back the way you came for the walk-out.

Man sat on trig pillar at bygrave looking into the distance

To mix up the walk-out, walk back down the byway until you reach the corner of the next field. The path branches off diagonally through the field to your left – there is a clear right of way, but I imagine it can get muddy. We came at the start of summer so we were very careful to respect the right of way and not to stray onto the crops.

Follow the path to the bottom corner of the field then pass through the opening in the hedgerow and walk alongside the hedge with the field on your left. Continue down this path until you reach the A507. Cross the road and head back to your car.

path between fields
Follow the path on the left through the field

The View from the Pillar

Whilst not spectacular, the views here are charming, looking out over Baldock to the south, with its pretty church spire, and Newnham to the north. 

trig pillar at bygrave

Route Map

Route map for Bygrave Trig Pillar Quick Route by Samantha Chilcott on plotaroute.com


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