Saturday, 13 August 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – Y Pedwarau

Coed y Bwlch (SJ 224 304)

This is the twenty fourth post under the heading of Significant Name Changes, and the following details are in respect of a hill that was surveyed with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 on the 7th June 2015 and the 20th July 2016.

The hill is part of Y Berwyn, which is an extensive group of hills situated in the south-eastern part of north Wales.  The hill is positioned between the small communities of Rhydycroesau to the east and Llansilin to the south-west.

Coed y Bwlch (SJ 224 304)

The hill appeared in the 400m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s website under the name Pen Coed y Bwlch, with an accompanying note stating; Name from wood at the summit.  This listing of hills is now co-authored with Aled Williams and known as Y Pedwarau.  

Pen Coed y Bwlch
    Name from wood at the summit

During my early hill listing I thought it appropriate to either invent a name for a hill, or use a name that appeared near to the summit of the hill on Ordnance Survey maps of the day.  My preference was to use farm names and put Pen, Bryn or Moel in front of them, or as in this instance, use the name of a wood.  During this early hill listing I considered that a name of a wood was not appropriate for that of a hill, and this is why I prefixed the name on the map with that of Pen, I now know that the name that already appears on the map is wholly appropriate to use and requires no invented prefix.

Extract from the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer map

The name this hill is now listed by in Y Pedwarau (Europeaklist and Haroldstreet 2013) is Coed y Bwlch, and this was derived from the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer map.

The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Y Berwyn

Name:  Coed y Bwlch

Previously Listed Name:  Pen Coed y Bwlch 

Summit Height:  414.0m (average of two surveys and converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  126

Summit Grid Reference:  SJ 22416 30481 
Drop:  86.1m (converted to OSGM15)

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (August 2016)

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