A TRIGPOINT at one of the most famous viewpoints in the Lake District has been found broken into two pieces. 

Fell-walkers took to social media to express their sadness in seeing the marker on top of Loughrigg in its current state. The site is used by both locals and visitors as a place to take photos of the beautiful landscape.

It is unknown exactly when the trigpoint broke other than at some point before the afternoon of February 2. 

Originally it was put up by the Ordnance Survey as a location marker.

The trigpoint is now managed by the Lowther Estate, who said that they did not know why the rocks had collapsed but said that they hoped to repair it 'by Easter.' 

Andy Whitworth, the forest manager from Lowther Estate, said: "I don't know if it has been vandalised or if it is frost shatter. I've been told to get a price to repair it. 

"I would like to see it up before Easter. If we cement it at this time of year and we get a hard frost it shatters the cement." 

He said that the Lowther Estate bosses 'are aware of how important it is.'