Benchmark Quiz Answers

Moffat’s O.S. Benchmarks

(Flush Bracket)ANSWERS

  1. The railway is long gone but this isn’t that “hidden”. BM 0478
  2. From one park to the other the river takes you along the straightest route. You will find this plate on the bridge whose “new” name isn’t very appropriate. BM 0475
  3. You used to learn so much here, but now it’s just a bit flat, although luxurious. BM 0476
  4. You can still post a letter near here, but give your eyes a chance to find this one. BM 0477
  5. Off to the city by an old road or straight on for Selkirk, the decision is yours if you look behind the sign. BM 0387
Flush Bracket Answers
Clue 5. Holmend. On the junction with Old Carlisle Road and the A708, behind the mini roundabout sign ground level NT 0914 0502Clue 4 .
Old Moffat Post Office Now outside the opticians, right Hand side low down to the right of the post box. NT 0847 0534
Clue 2.
Moffat New Bridge South parapet, south face, where the footpath meets the parapet. Across the road from Hope Johnstone Park NT 0794 0573
Clue 1.
On the A701 Beattock Road, on the old railway bridge near the house Hidden Corner NT 0836 0402
Clue 3 .
Old Moffat Academy on the South west corner of the building on the south facing wall. NT 0837 0563
Below are the photos to put this in context.
CLUE 1: On the A701 near the house called Hidden Corner
Clue 1: Close up of the flush bracket. The wall has since been painted white
Clue 2: Moffat New Bridge
Clue 2: Moffat “New” Bridge. Close up
CLUE 3: The Old Moffat Academy.
CLUE 4: The Old Post Office
CLUE 5: Holmend.

Post your results in the comments box to see how many of you have found them! Let’s start a campaign to protect them.

And this is where the fundamental benchmark is. I’ve used someone else’s photo as it was all overgrown when we visited.

It didn’t look like that when we went to visit.

Moffat Cut Mark Quiz Answers

Clue 1: Moffat Can, previously a council depot, and once a free church.
Clue 1: This is an unusually large cut mark on the old Moffat Can building, currently being renovated.
Clue 2: St Andrew’s Chuch
Clue 2: on the south east end of the Church
Clue 3: On the parapet of the bridge over Birnock Water on the A708
Clue 3: Was this cut mark abused? That is a non standard second horizontal line
Clue 4: The two cottages at Holmeld proudly display this cut mark
Clue 5: It took us two attempts to find this one, but it helps if the light is on it.
Clue 6: We originally thought this was at the Hydro Garages. When you know where to look it really stands out.
Clue 6: We also learnt that this gatepost was once the edge of a set of stairs that took visitors on a short cut back to the Hydro Hotel, there is little evidence of that now and renovations are being done at the house on the right.

There are plenty more benchmarks on the old maps in Moffat. I wonder now you’ve found these how many others you can find.

Please be considerate to homeowners, who don’t want people walking all over their homes or looking in at their windows looking for benchmarks

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Benchmark Bagging Quizzes

Moffat O.S. Benchmarks Flush Bracket Quiz

Ordnance Survey Bench marks (BMs) are survey marks made by Ordnance Survey to record height above sea level. There are approximately 500,000 BMs still remaining; but this number is reducing as they have not been maintained for 30 years.

Moffat has 5 flush bracket benchmarks.
Can you use the clues to find them around town ?

Start with any clue but if you do them in the order marked it is the shortest distance to walk. If you start with the middle clues complete clue 1 after clue 5.

  1. The railway is long gone but this isn’t that “hidden”.
  2. From one park to the other the river takes you along the straightest route. You will find this plate on the bridge whose “new” name isn’t very appropriate.
  3. You used to learn so much here, but now it’s just a bit flat, although luxurious.
  4. You can still post a letter near here, but give your eyes a chance to find this one.
  5. Off to the city by an old road or straight on for Selkirk, the decision is yours if you look behind the sign.
Which flush plate photo goes with each clue and describe where each is to be found.

Care must be taken when looking for OS Benchmarks. Some are near water and others are on major roads. Remain on the pavement and paths, find safe places to cross. Follow the Green Cross Code and the Water Safety Code.

OSBM top of a fundamental
FBM

There are approximately 190 Fundamental benchmarks, FBMs, are  high-accuracy BMs and still maintained and are used by Ordnance Survey.   NT 06390866 This is on the A701 near the bridge over Holehouse Linn Visiting the fundamental benchmark is not suitable for young children due to the busy road, narrow entrance to the bridge and tight turn off the bridge There is a layby nearby, just before the bridge for parking.  

OSBM Fundamental Benchmark OS plate
OSBM Fundamental Benchmark OS plate on the A701

Moffat’s O.S. Benchmarks Cut Marks 1 Quiz

Sorry I thought I’d posted this quiz already and it looks like I haven’t. I’ll have another one soon!

Ordnance Survey Bench marks (BMs) are survey marks made by Ordnance Survey to record height above sea level. There are approximately 500,000 BMs still remaining; but this number is reducing as they have not been maintained for 30 years.

This quiz takes you to some of Moffat’s cut mark benchmarks.

This quiz takes you to the ones closest to the town centre.

If you continue up Well Road  (clue 5) there are several other cut marks to find. You can continue beyond the 30 mph limit for (clue 6) and bag a few more.

Cut marks are labelled on Golf Hill Drive but we’ve not found them yet. Maybe you can make up the next quiz.

Care must be taken when looking for OS Benchmarks. Some are near water and others are on major roads. Remain on the pavement and paths, find safe places to cross. Follow the Green Cross Code and the Water Safety Code.

Answers: Find at https://www.mrsphysics.co.uk/blog/benchmark-quiz-answers/

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