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Name:Saxa Vord
Hill number:1530
Height:284m / 932ft
RHB Section:22: Shetland Islands
County/UA:Shetland Islands (UA)
Island:Unst
Maritime area:Shetland - North East
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), SIB
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,SIB)
Grid ref:HP 63118 16609
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:284m
Col:Sea
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 1
(1:25k) 470N
Observations:higher man made ground within 10m; area fenced with continuous security presence
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On site construction is currently 7 days a week for completion prior to winter. Spoke with C4I Sqn at Buchan (see mae's log for a good number), spoke with security guys on site - no access at present. The site footprint is being reduced, as to whether trig and hill top will eventually be outwith the wire is not yet known (or we are not being told if it has been decided). In the meantime closest possible access is 35m from the old fenceline (HP 6313 1659). Pillar and hill top visible - head above summit rule invoked. With Gill Stevens.jonglew21/08/2018
Saxa Vord is now a high security site and there is absolutely no public access. Access to the construction site is banned due to H&S rules and, when the radar is live, just forget it. I tried very hard to get in. Started by driving up to the gate and talking to the civilian site security guard. Also talked to an RAF engineer near the site. Phoned RRH Buchan and managed to get the phone number for the RRH Saxa Vord site manager, but he was away. Buchan then gave me the phone number for the site office. All said no, and told me that the site is operational 7 days a week with night time security. So baggers will have to be satisfied with driving up to the car park just below the site gate, going up to the gate (the highest point you can get to) and talking to the guard. You can also walk up the perimeter fence to get a glimpse of the trig which is lower. Best to talk to the guard first, though.Gill21/08/2018
Radar station active, but mainly stopped by construction site on summit. Highest point apparently being re modelled, but not allowed in to check. Walked fence instead.PeteN15/08/2018
Second visit (first in 2010). Summit not reached this time. It's active again, and guarded day and night. Don't expect to be allowed in if you arrive unannounced. Contact RRH Buchan on 01779 874052 to find out if there's any chance of arranging access to the summit.mae206/07/2018
Not possible to reach high point due to security at perimeter fence.NormanW24/06/2018
Security man was definitely not going to let me in, and told me off for being on MOD property (the access road). Had to be content with a walk around the perimeter fence.PGCE02/05/2018
Drove as far as MOD signs allow then walked up road to high fence and gates. Walked round the perimeter fence with MOD Keep Out signs and contented myself with photos of Muckle Flugga and Out StackCoinneach26/05/2017
Drove up as far as possible and got out of the car. Windy and misty so we used the unfriendly MOD signs and fences as an excuse not to waste any more time going higher. Disappointing for the most northerly Marilyn.mindlessflogger25/08/2016
Drove to lower gate. Sunny and mild but breezy.iangalbraith31/08/2014
Very fortunate that, just after arriving, soldier on gate duty opened up to let workmen through and allowed me to visit trig.AndrewFinnimore14/08/2014
End of a magnificent sunny coastal walk. Early evening. All locked and secured with the usual keep out warning signs - walked all around the perimeter fence. In the cold war Russian 'bears' were tracked from here approaching UK airspace and fighters sent up to intercept them.The man we hired our bikes from (for our return cycle to Mid Yell) used to work for the RAF there, and now runs the chocolate shop / factory !Chris Pearson22/07/2014
The gate was open so drove in. RAF men said it was OK to visit Trig.Lionel Bidwell14/08/2013
Parked near gate. Heavy mist, saw very little.bolton26/07/2013
Many thanks for the escorted visit.fasgadh11/07/2013
Managed to tunnel under the fence to bag the trig and the cairn on the other side that Martin didn't kick over. Bagged with Jenny, Rick and Tricky on a lovely day for May.Dugswell229/05/2013
Up MoD road to first building / chain. Walked up road w Doug, Jenx and Tricky. Round right side of gate to fence junction and able to get under wires. To trig and also new small cairn around other side of golf ball on clearly higher ground! Misty morning views, lots of aerial activity.nordicstar29/05/2013
No comment - except on the glorious view out to Muckle Flugga and Out Stack.Topographer5728/05/2013
Circuit from Norwick including an inspection of the ridge to Ruska Kame & The Noup - Looks very tricky.Smudge26/05/2013
Group visit escorted by Ian Mackay RHW01/06/2012
Tackled gate with pipe lagging and blanket. In excitement forgot camera. Er... views spoilt by some nearby objects. Good to see Muckle Flugga though.Martin R04/05/2012
Cycled up. Two young soldiers overtaking offered a key to the gate. Not wishing to end up on the front of a tabloid incident, we decided better if they left the gate open.Eddie27/08/2011
1000th MarilynCampbell Singer28/07/2008
Drove to gate across road, by side of RAF radar inst. Woman squaddie said no to my request to go the 100m to column. With Patricia. 9.00.arranc20/08/2003
Access was easy for us. Gate was open with workmen up a tower. They asked us to start their van engine, to save the radio flattening the battery!RHW05/08/2002
With Michelle. Up to the fence only I'm afraid. Wonder if there's a way in to the trig.vegibagger21/06/1993
M.R.Glenford12/04/1979
Stopped with the Riches in Norwick. But pure chance it was changeover day for the lighthouse on Muckle Flugga. Managed to scrounge a liftthere as our hosts knew the boatmen!moorsman01/08/1976
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Tom Mundell15/07/2017
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David Purchase05/06/2016
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Thorny30/06/2015
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petesimpson06/06/2014
Susan Bidwell14/08/2013
TonyRHOM03/06/2013
Dee Rogers03/06/2013
Adrian01/06/2013
Colin Crawford01/06/2013
Jon F01/06/2013
jenx29/05/2013
Tricky29/05/2013
Buteobuteo28/05/2013
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SteveG26/05/2013
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