The triangulation circle was at the summit of Blencathra. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The triangulation circle was at the summit of Blencathra. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A man is raising funds to replace an Ordnance Survey ring that disappeared from the summit of Blencathra in the Lake District.

John Beamson’s appeal is currently two-thirds of the way towards its target of £1,000.

He set up a JustGiving page with the aim of having a replica circle made and installed on the 868m (2,848ft) fell. The trig detector ring went missing from its position at the head of Hall’s Fell Ridge on the mountain in August this year.

The concrete ring was a low concrete circle about 50cm in diameter, that actually sat on top of a buried block.

A spokesman for Ordnance Survey at the time said: “We’re really sorry to hear someone’s stolen a trig detector ring.

“This was a phosphor-bronze ring, encased in concrete and buried below surface level over a secondary trig (buried block).

“It could be located using a metal detector to aid the finding of the station in areas where a description alone was not enough.

“To hear that thieves have made off with it is very disappointing.”

Mr Beamson said: “We are aiming to replace the summit ring to the best of our abilities with a replica made by skilled craftsmen and backed by the veteran community and outdoor enthusiasts.”

Felicity Kettle, who is supporting the appeal, said on Facebook: “The stone is made; engraving to be done but John Beamson needs more funding.”

At the time of writing, £671 had been raised. Donations can be made via the JustGiving page.

Mr Beamson said any funds left over from the appeal would be donated to Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, in whose area Blencathra stands.

Ordnance Survey did not respond to grough’s request for a comment.

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