Monday, 30 November 2015

A view from the top

Toposcope on Barlaston Downs

This toposcope (panoramic viewpoint) is atop a stone pillar (erected for the Millennium) which is atop a triangulation point which is atop the highest hill on Barlaston Downs which is itself atop the east bank of the valley.  So it’s quite high up.
Being high up makes it a magnet for runners, orienteering enthusiasts and serious ramblers, who see it as a bit of a challenge.


  1. I think that's the first time I've heard the term.

    Downs is a term that never really made the crossing of the Atlantic in terms of the language. I first heard it in the context of the children's book Watership Down.

    1. Interesting; I never thought about it! Yet 'downs' makes no sense: 'downs' are usually high up...