Friday, 30 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 100m Twmpau


Coed Gaer (SH 799 808)

This is the forty 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 16th January 2016.

The hill is part of the Rhos group of hills, this range of hills is an extension of Mynydd Hiraethog and is situated in the northern part of Wales.  The hill is positioned between the south-eastern outskirts of Llandudno to its north-west and Penrhyn Bay to its north-east.

The Trimble GeoXH 6000 gathering data at the summit of Coed Gaer

The hill appeared in the 100m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s v-g.me website under the partly invented name Pen Coed Gaer, with an accompanying note stating; Name from wood at summit.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its height was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble. 


Pen Coed Gaer
    130c
    SH802810
  115/116
 17
    Two points of same height - other at SH799808. Name from wood at 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 the wood near to the summit of the hill and add the word Pen.  This is not a practice that I now advocate as with a little research either conducted locally or historically an appropriate name for the hill can usually be found.   

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

As an appropriate name for this hill already exists on current Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps, the use of the invented and prefixed word of Pen is wholly unnecessary, therefore the name this hill is now listed by in the Twmpau is Coed Gaer.



The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Rhos

Name:  Coed Gaer

Previously Listed Name:  Pen Coed Gaer 

Summit Height:  134.0m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  115

Summit Grid Reference:  SH 79924 80840 
 
Drop:  c 72m





Myrddyn Phillips (September 2016)







Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Trimble Surveys – Long Mynd


24.09.16  Caer Caradoc Hill (SO 477 953, previously Trimbled), Willstone Hill (SO 485 943), Hope Bowdler Hill (SO 479 940) and Helmeth Hill (SO 469 938, only col Trimbled)   

Willstone Hill (SO 485 943)

The Shropshire hills offer so much, with their quiet beauty being a joy to re-visit.  The heartland of these hills is centred on the small market town of Church Stretton, and it here that Mark had suggested to meet; also joining us was Bob Kerr, who was driving north from Southampton and kindly taking me to Scotland afterward for Rick and Jen’s celebratory completion of the Marilyns.

Leaving two cars in the town I then drove northward to squeeze my car beside a gate on a track that gave us access to Caer Caradoc Hill, which is one of the gems of upland Shropshire.

This chosen route gave us access to the north ridge of the hill and as height was gained The Lawley stood proud with the flat plains beyond only reaching skyward again with the up thrust of The Wrekin, which proved an ever present distant pyramidal profile placed on the horizon.

The Lawley (SO 494 974)

Mark and Bob on the way up Caer Caradoc Hill

Thankfully the forecast was for dry, albeit gusty conditions and as we crested the upper part of Caer Caradoc Hill the wind blasted across the landscape.  The customary summit photographs were taken with Bob adopting a celebratory pose as he ticked off another Marilyn.

At the summit of Caer Caradoc Hill

Dropping off the hill south-eastward gave us shelter and good paths led us down toward the col of Hope Bowdler Hill, which is listed as a Hump and Four, and which was our next main hill of the day.  I’d previously surveyed Caer Caradoc Hill with Charlie Leventon in March 2015, so decided to concentrate on summits and cols that had not yet been Trimbled.

Willstone Hill and Hope Bowdler Hill from the descent of Caer Caradoc Hill

Reaching the col I set the Trimble up placed on top of my rucksack to give it elevation above its immediate surrounds, quickly measured a 0.44m offset between its internal antenna and the ground at the base of the rucksack and once the 0.1m accuracy level was attained, pressed ‘Log’ and scampered off to join Mark and Bob who were happily munching on their lunch.

Gathering data at the col of Hope Bowdler Hill

Above us were the gently sloped upper reaches of Hope Bowdler Hill and its lower neighbour; Willstone Hill, which is listed as a Sub-Four with the minimum qualifying drop of c 20m.  It seemed a shame to miss out on giving this hill an accurate height and drop and so after the col data was gathered we headed its way.

Willstone Hill is crowned by rounded heathland with a volcanic plug at its far north end, the high point of which clearly vied for being the summit of the hill.  Bob skipped up it and conducted a quick precision survey comparing its height against that of the heathland at its base, it was decided to Trimble both, and as Mark and Bob waited patiently I positioned the Trimble aligned with the high point of the rock outcrop and as the strength of the wind was somewhat strong I attached its dog lead which I held as the five minutes of data were gathered.

Bob on the top of the relocated summit of Willstone Hill

The art of precision surveying

The Trimble attached to its dog lead at the summit of Willstone Hill

Afterward I set the Trimble up on my rucksack at the high point of the land near the base of the rock outcrop and as the five minutes of data were collected Mark and Bob headed down to the adjoining col seeking shelter out of the wind.

Gathering data at the lower heath land summit of Willstone Hill

Once data were gathered I joined them and we all set about pinpointing the critical col of Willstrone Hill, this proved to be ground beside a fence which thankfully was well sheltered from the strong wind.  Once the customary five minutes of data were gathered I packed the Trimble away and we walked up the good path to the summit of Hope Bowdler Hill.

Gathering data at the col of Willstone Hill

The high point of Hope Bowdler Hill is about 14 metres from its small summit cairn amongst heathland scrub of wind-blown grass.  Having been away from Trimbling hills for two months it was good to be out again, and especially so in the company of Mark and Bob, both of whom I hadn’t seen for quite a time. 

Gathering data at the summit of Hope Bowdler Hill

After summit data were stored we retraced our inward route back toward the hill’s col and continued on another good path, this time amongst bracken toward the col of Helmeth Hill which was our last hill of the day.

The wooded summit of Helmeth Hill from the descent of Caer Caradoc Hill

The col was positioned in a field and was Trimbled, however the summit is positioned in an attractive deciduous wood and although I set the Trimble up at the high point it did not achieve its accuracy level before data should be logged, and having waited five minutes for it to do so, we decided that I should switch the equipment off and it was time to head down.

Gathering data at the col of Helmeth Hill

Our route toward Church Stretton took us steeply down through the wood and on to paths and tracks leading us to the periphery of the town.  Mark later checked the distance and ascent for the day’s walk and with approximately 600m of ascent it had proved a good day out, it was also good to see both Mark and Bob again, hopefully we’ll be on the hill again shortly.


Survey Result:


Willstone Hill

Summit Height:  404.7m (converted to OSGM15)

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 48564 94370 (summit relocation confirmed)

Col Height:  382.2m (converted to OSGM15)

Col Grid Reference:  SO 48190 94230

Drop:  22.4m (400m Sub-Four status confirmed)

Dominance:  5.54%




Hope Bowdler Hill

Summit Height:  425.3m (converted to OSGM15)

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 47956 94043

Col Height:  306.0m (converted to OSGM15)

Col Grid Reference:  SO 47961 94519

Drop:  119.3m

Dominance:  28.05%




Helmeth Hill

Col Height:  304.3m (converted to OSGM15)

Col Grid Reference:  SO 47134 93748

Drop:  c 40m

Dominance:  11.63%









Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 100m Twmpau


Trwyn y Fuwch (SH 813 823)

This is the forty third 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 16th January 2016.

The hill is part of the group of hills associated with Moelfre Uchaf, this range of hills is an extension of Mynydd Hiraethog and is situated in the northern part of Wales.  The hill is positioned overlooking the north Wales coastline and Ormes Bay which is also known as Llandudno Bay, and has the communities of Craigside to its west south-west and Penrhyn Bay to its south-east.

The Trimble  GeoXH 6000 gathering data on the summit of Trwyn y Fuwch

The hill appeared in the 100m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s v-g.me website under the name of Creigiau Rhiwledyn, which is a name that appeared close to the summit of the hill on Ordnance Survey maps of the day.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its height was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble. 


Creigiau Rhiwledyn
    141m
    SH813824
    116
  17
    aka Little Orme or Little Ormes Head. Clem/Yeaman. Trig pillar.
     

During my early hill listing I paid little regard to name placement on a map, or the meaning of names and to what feature the name was appropriately applied to.  Therefore I prioritised names for listing purposes that I now understand are inappropriate, and Creigiau Rhiwledyn is such an example as this name has been consistently applied by the Ordnance Survey to the cliffs that are positioned north-eastward of this hill’s summit, and although it can be appropriate to use the main named feature of a hill when naming it for listing purposes, in this instance the hill has its own name, and this is Trwyn y Fuwch.  In addition the hill is also known by its English name of Little Orme.

Therefore the name this hill is now listed by is Trwyn y Fuwch, and this was derived from a number of sources including the Dictionary of the Place-Names of Wales (Hywel Wyn Owen and Richard Morgan, Gomer Press 2007).  



The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Moelfre Uchaf

Name:  Trwyn y Fuwch

Previously Listed Name:  Creigiau Rhiwledyn 

Summit Height:  141.7m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  116

Summit Grid Reference:  SH 81314 82382 
 
Drop:  136m





Myrddyn Phillips (September 2016)
















Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Jenny Hatfield and Rick Salter complete the Marilyns


Congratulations to Jenny and Rick who on the 25th September 2016 completed the Marilyns on Cruinn a’Bheinn (NN 365 051) above Loch Lomond in Scotland.  In doing so Jenny became the 1st female to complete the Marilyns and Rick the 9th male.

Rick and Jen complete the Marilyns on Cruinn a'Bheinn

They were joined by a number of friends for the summit celebrations and copious amounts of Champagne, whiskey and cake kept the throng happy as blustery showers blew in from the west.


There are currently 1,556 Marilyns in Britain and the listing forms one of the toughest challenges for any hill bagger.  The celebratory chant was led by list author; Alan Dawson, who compiled the listing of Marilyns which was first published by Cicerone Press in 1992 in The Relative Hills of Britain book.

A Marilyn is a hill of any height that has a minimum 150m of drop.

Rick and Jen’s Marilyn completion has been covered by numerous online websites, including:









Monday, 26 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 100m Twmpau


The Pimple (SJ 299 472)

This is the forty second 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 20th October 2015.

The hill is part of the group of hills associated with Moel y Gamelin, this range of hills are situated in the north-eastern part of north Wales.  The hill is positioned above the B 5426 and B 5605 and is situated on the northern outskirts of Rhosllanerchrugog.

The Trimble GeoXH 6000 gathering data at the summit of The Pimple

Prior to the survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 the hill was not classified as it had not appeared in any known listing of hills.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its height and classification was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble.
    
Extract from the current Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger map

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

Therefore, although there is no change in this hill’s listed name it is worth categorising under the heading of Significant Name Changes as the name this hill is now listed by comes from local enquiry. 

The Pimple is a locally known name for the summit of the hill and is known as such by the family who live in the house directly below the hill to the west beside the area of the hill’s bwlch.  The house used to be the old office of the mine that operated on a part of the hill, and the family confirmed that this name has been in use for generations and that their family have lived in this house for five generations.



The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Moel y Gamelin

Name:  The Pimple

Previously Listed Name:  Previously not classified 

Summit Height:  153.5m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  117

Summit Grid Reference:  SJ 29984 47262 
 
Drop:  25.2m





Myrddyn Phillips (September 2016)





Saturday, 24 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Significant Name Changes – 100m Twmpau


Bonc yr Hafod (SJ 311 469)

This is the forty first 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 20th October 2015.

The hill is part of the group of hills associated with Moel y Gamelin, this range of hills are situated in the north-eastern part of north Wales.  The hill overlooks the A 483 and is positioned on the north-eastern outskirts of Johnstown and Rhosllanerchrugog.

The large stone construct at the entrance to the car park at the base of Bonc yr Hafod


Bonc yr Hafod (SJ 311 469)

The hill appeared in the 100m P30 list on Geoff Crowder’s v-g.me website under an invented name of Bryn-y-hafod, with an accompanying note stating; Name from house to the South, with Hafod House being a large residence to the south of the hill.  The listing this hill is now a part of is named Twmpau (thirty welsh metre prominences and upward) and its height was confirmed by the survey with the Trimble. 


Bryn-y-hafod
    150c
    SJ312469
    117
  256
    Name from house to the South
  

During my early hill listing I thought it appropriate to invent a name for a hill if no name seemed to appear for it on Ordnance Survey maps of the day.  My preference was to use farm names and put Pen, Bryn or Moel in front of them and in this instance I prefixed the name of a large house with that of Bryn.  This is not a practice that I now advocate as with a little research either conducted locally or historically an appropriate name for the hill can usually be found and in this instance the name the hill is now listed by comes from the updated details on current Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps.

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

Therefore the name this hill is now listed by is Bonc yr Hafod, and this was derived from the current Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer map.  



The full details for the hill are:

Group:  Moel y Gamelin

Name:  Bonc yr Hafod

Previously Listed Name:  Bryn-y-hafod
 
Summit Height:  152.7m (converted to OSGM15)

OS 1:50,000 map:  117

Summit Grid Reference:  SJ 31182 46940 
 
Drop:  43.9m





Myrddyn Phillips (September 2016)










Friday, 23 September 2016

Mapping Mountains – Trimble Surveys – Long Mynd


17.09.16  Burway Hill (SO 440 942, previously Trimbled))

Burway Hill (SO 440 942)

Sometimes it’s amazing what can be fitted in to a day, especially so when not really planned, just follow the old adage and go with the flow and see where it takes you.  Saying that, we did have a rough plan as a browse around Church Stretton followed by a visit to the Green Dragon in Little Stretton for a lunchtime meal had been planned, after that and if the weather was favourable a small wander to the top of Burway Hill and down the other side of the Long Mynd had been discussed, but again; it’s amazing what can be done in a day.

I picked Huw and Debs up in Welshpool and continued to Oswestry to pick Lou up and it was then onwards to Church Stretton, a quaint market town in Shropshire that nestles below the Long Mynd.  The day was beautifully warm with late summer blue skies and vivid colours.

After our browse around a few shops we headed to the pub where Lou had booked a table, the day out was a part of Lou’s birthday weekend and unbeknownst to her a celebratory cake and bubbly were sneaked in to the pub’s kitchen to be delivered to our table after our meal; the surprise seemed to go down well.

Cake and bubbly

Burway Hill is a convenient view point as the minor road known to cyclists as The Burway climbs to within a few metres of the hill’s col where two or three cars can be parked.  It is only a short detour from the col to the summit and well worth the visit as the views are expansive. 

I’d visited this hill twice before, once with Charlie Leventon when it was Trimbled, and a few weeks ago with Lou, it seemed to have left an impression as she wanted to visit again.

Once appropriate foot wear had been donned I led the budding mountaineers over the col to a sheep track that skirted the hill’s south-western slopes, these are steep and plunge down in brackened fashion to the Townbrook Valley below.

One of the budding mountaineers was not happy at all with the thought of imminent death caused by the steep terrain and refused to go any farther, Huw offered to head back and take the standard route to the summit with the panicking mountaineer in tow.

That's steep and it's full of snakes and I'm not going any farther

This left me and Debs to investigate the sheep track, I thought this would skirt the steep upper southerly slopes and wind its way around the picturesque crags that cling to the upper part of the hill, it didn’t, it just stopped where the crags shot upward, I looked back at Debs and asked if she was OK with going up the rock, she was all for it, and therefore up we went.  It felt good to get hands on rock with warm sunshine cascading down on the land. 

Debs proving to be an enthusiastic scrambler

Within a few minutes we’d popped out on the summit ridge and made it to the top just before Lou and Huw joined us.  After the customary summit photos we headed down the eastern ridge toward the minor road and back to the car.

Lou and Huw nearing the summit

With Lou at the summit of Burway Hill

Huw, Debs and Lou at the summit of Burway Hill

It was lovely to be out on a hill in such fine weather, we didn’t really have much of a plan for the rest of the day but quite fancied visiting the Midland Gliding Club which is situated high on the southern flank of Pole Bank; the high point of the Long Mynd.

We spent about 45 minutes at the gliding club watching gliders being shot in to the air and gently using the thermals on the west facing ridge of the Long Mynd.  The club was officially set up in 1934, with the first recorded flights as early as 1930.  Today the members were very welcoming and within a few minutes Huw was seated in one of the gliders and being shown the instruments, I soon followed.  The last time Lou and I had visited the gliding club a darkening sky heralded heavy rain pushing in from the west which overcame up as we drove over the Striperstones road, today the sky was settled with blue radiating above and stunning views west to the Stiperstones, which looked invitingly becalmed with their nobbled rock outcrops following the skyline.

Huw in one of the gliders at the Midland Gliding Club high on the Long Mynd

The view of the Stiperstones from the gliding club

Leaving the gliding club we retraced our route back on the minor road and descended north-west toward Ratlinghope and the Bridges, here we stopped as the Horseshoe Inn looked too tempting to drive past. 

The Horseshoe Inn at the Bridges

The late summer’s sun was now low in the sky casting long shadows and giving succulent colour.  There was still warmth and we sat with drinks and an assortment of crisps and peanuts whilst an eclectic mix of customers drank and played outside.

Late summer in a wine glass

Lou, Debs and Huw at the Horseshoe Inn at the Bridges

I pottered about for a few minutes beside the River East Onny, which gently flows beside the minor road next to the pub, children played in the water whilst parents soaked in the sun and drank beer, whiling away an hour in good company with good conversation is sometimes the best thing in the world to do.

The River East Onny

It wasn’t that far to continue to Bishop’s Castle which is a haunt for many a person living around this part of border country.  As we drove in to the town cars were parked on every spar bit of tarmac, we were fortunate to find parking close to the centre of town and could hear the music blasting out as we opened the car doors; we’d arrived during the celebrations for the town’s Michaelmass Fair.

There was a great atmosphere in the town with a band playing beside the Town Hall, and a multitude of people on the street dancing, smiling and drinking.  Rarely does Bishop’s Castle disappoint and tonight it was in full swing. 

People on the street at the Michaelmass Fair in Bishop's Castle

As the light slowly ebbed from the sky we listened to the band before heading for a drink in the Three Tuns.  Leaving the others with their drinks I ventured out to indulge myself in the atmosphere as traction engines chugged up the street and the lantern procession made its way through the town.

All that remained were visits to The Dragon in Montgomery followed by more drinks in The Oak in Welshpool.  A great day and thanks to Lou, Huw and Debs for the company.


The result of the Trimble survey of Burway Hill from February 2014 appears below:


Survey Result:

Burway Hill

Summit Height:  402.8m

Summit Grid Reference:  SO 44061 94220

Col Height:  373.1m

Col Grid Reference:  SO 43986 94261

Drop:  29.7m (Sub-Four status confirmed)