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Hillwalkers' Register 3

3A   The County Tops of England and Wales

3B   The County Tops of Ireland

3A   The County Tops of England and Wales

Claims for the County Tops of England and Wales may be based on the traditional (pre-1974) counties, the counties as they existed between 1974 and 1996 (or so), or the current counties.  Many claimants do all three eras to make sure!  Even now, a 'county' is regarded in its traditional form  -  it is not necessary to visit all the high points of urban Administrative Areas.

Claimants must state the list used for their completion. The following published lists are acceptable: Pre-1974: Moss (1951), Bridge (1973), Post 1974: Climber & Rambler magazine (1975), Dillon (1985), Strider magazine, (1990), Dawson (1992), Dewey (1995), Dawson (1997) and Hardy. A copy of any other list used (a full list of top names and grid references), including the claimant's own, must be forwarded with all applications for inclusion in the Register.

At the start of 2014 there were 53 walkers who had submitted a claim for Register 3A.

In 2013 a marker was added to Register 3A so that walkers who had completed the County Tops of England and Wales and also the County Tops of Scotland could record that achievement.  Note that there is no register for the County Tops of Scotland alone.

 

3B   The County Tops of Ireland

The list according to Dillon (1985) is acceptable. More up-to-date and useful information on the Irish County Tops is also contained within Clements (1997). See also http://mountainviews.ie. Please state whether or not you included the six counties of Northern Ireland in your completion of the Irish County Tops, or whether you simply bagged the highest point of the Province of Northern Island, that is, as it were, counting Northern Ireland as a single "county". The latter is acceptable, even though it is not entirely satisfactory for a full completion of all the County Tops of Ireland. A copy of any other list used (a full list of top names and grid references), including the claimant's own, must be forwarded with all applications for inclusion in the Register. An annual “Table of Progress” for this Register is published in the HR Report every April.

At the start of 2014 there were 17 walkers who had submitted a claim for Register 3B.

 

References

 

Note that many of the references given below, which are arranged in chronological order, are now out-of-print, but some of these can be acquired from specialist second-hand book suppliers.  The principal references that are currently in print or otherwise relatively easily available are given in bold.  These reference lists are not intended to be exhaustive.  A variety of hill lists is also available on the Internet, or by email attachment from various hill list experts; details of these sources are often given in the HR Annual Report.

 

MOSS: The County Tops of England and Wales by E. Moss. Rucksack Club Journal (1951) pages 319 – 327.
BRIDGE: The Mountains of England and Wales by George Bridge. Gastons/West Col. (1973).
CLIMBER and RAMBLER: Climber and Rambler magazine. (Jan. and Feb. 1975). Lists of the post-1974 County
Tops of England and Wales.
DILLON: County Tops of the British Isles by Paddy Dillon. Gastons/West Col. (1985).
STRIDER: Strider magazine (journal of the LDWA) Volume 56, pages 34 – 35 (April 1990) and
Strider Volume 57, page 24 (August 1990). Lists of English and Welsh County Tops.
DAWSON: The Relative Hills of Britain by Alan Dawson Cicerone Press. (1992). A list of County Tops is included.
DEWEY: Mountain Tables by Michael Dewey. Chapter 4. Constable. (1995).
DAWSON: The Hewitts and Marilyns of Wales by Alan Dawson TACit Press. (1997). A list of Welsh Council Tops is included.
DAWSON: The Hewitts and Marilyns of England by Alan Dawson TACit Press. (1997). A list of English County Tops is included.
CLEMENTS: The Hewitts and Marilyns of Ireland by E.D. "Clem" Clements TACit Press. (1997). Irish County Tops are included.
HARDY: High Points by Ian Hardy. A list of the County Tops in the UK (i.e. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) is included.  This is a useful source for the post-1974 and the current County Tops.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS: A Hillwalking Resource for Ireland. Includes a list of the County Tops of Ireland.
MUIR: The UK's County Tops. Inspiring guide to 82 walking routes reaching the tops of the UK's 91 historic counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

The County Tops of England & Wales

No. Nameclick to sort Sex List(s) Scottish CTs Rnds First Finishclick to sort
1 Tom Anderson M Bridge   1 Nov 1992
2 Andrew W. Armstrong M Muir   1 12 Nov 2013
3 Richard Aust OBE M Dawson   1 14 Nov 1999
4 Charles W Baldey M C&R   1 17 Aug 1976
5 Gerry Bowes M Private List Yes 1 8 Apr 2014
6 David Cainey M Dawson   1 21 Sep 1998
7 Alan Castle M Dawson, Strider, Dillon (C), C&R, Bridge   1 2 Jan 2000
8 Peter Collins M Dawson   1 11 Feb 2004
9 Philip H Cooper M C&R Yes 1 1 Mar 1977
10 Ken Crawford M Dawson   1 22 Oct 2000
11 Tony Davies M Private List   1 14 Jan 2012
12 Paddy Dillon M Dillon (C)   1 3 Jul 1982
13 Stephen Dixon M Dawson   1 27 Aug 2011
14 Chris Doughty M Dawson, Dillon (C), Moss   1 17 Nov 2002
15 Nick Down M Dawson   1 14 Sep 2012
16 Michael Earnshaw M Dawson   1 15 Mar 2009
17 John Arthur Edwards M Dawson   1 27 Jan 2008
18 Dave Evans M Dawson   1 8 May 2013
19 David Findel-Hawkins M Dawson, Dewey   1 15 Jul 2006
20 Bob Garrett M Dawson, Strider   1 8 Jul 2003
21 Martin Grass M Dewey   1 19 Sep 2009
22 Nicola Grace Grass F Dewey   1 19 Sep 2009
23 Brian Richard Graves M Bridge   1 31 Dec 2008
24 Ian Hardy, MVO M Hardy, Dawson   1 3 Jun 2010
25 Ken Hay M Dillon (C), C&R, Bridge Yes 1 3 May 1985
26 Bryan Haycox M Bridge   1 8 Aug 1997
27 Pauline Haycox F Bridge   1 8 Aug 1997
28 David Hoyle M Dawson, Dillon (C), C&R, Bridge   1 31 Oct 2002
29 Dave Irons M Dawson, Bridge   1 25 Sep 2011
30 Mike Jacobs M Dawson, Bridge   1 19 Dec 1998
31 Charles R Knowles M Dawson, Dillon (C), Bridge Yes 1 20 May 2000
32 Merrian Lancaster F Dawson, Dewey   1 18 Aug 2007
33 Finlay Lowthian M Private List   1 23 Oct 2013
34 Jamie Lowthian M Private List   1 23 Oct 2013
35 Keith Lowthian M Private List   1 5 Oct 2013
36 Howard Mann M Dawson, Dewey, Bridge   1 6 Oct 2011
37 Frank Meachem M Dawson   1 29 Jun 1999
38 Clive Menzies M Dawson   1 26 Oct 2000
39 Lisa Menzies F Dawson   1 26 Oct 2000
40 Andy Mohun-Smith M Dawson, Dewey   1 30 Dec 2000
41 Edward Moss M Moss   1 28 Jul 1961
42 Judy Nickerson F Dawson   1 25 Oct 2008
43 Chris Pearson M Dawson, Dewey, Bridge   1 30 Oct 2002
44 Martin Pearson M   1 4 Oct 2010
45 David Purchase M Dawson, Dewey, Bridge, Moss   1 31 Dec 1999
46 Ted Richards M Dawson   1 7 Sep 2012
47 Martin Richardson M Dawson   1 17 Sep 2010
48 George Edward Ross M Dewey, Bridge   1 23 Jan 2003
49 Jim Rousell M Dawson, Bridge   1 29 Jul 2008
50 Ursula Stubbings F Dawson   1 8 Jan 2003
51 Barrie Trigg M Bridge   1 31 Aug 1998
52 Steven Turnbull M Dawson, Dewey   1 30 Aug 2009
53 John Warren M Dawson   1 8 Mar 2012
54 Ian White M Dawson   2 19 Nov 2000
55 Rob Woodall M Dawson   1 17 Aug 2002

 

The County Tops of Ireland

No. Nameclick to sort Sex List(s) Rnds First Finishclick to sort
1 Philip H Cooper M C&R 1 27 Aug 1976
2 Paddy Dillon M Dillon (C) 1 28 Aug 1982
3 Ken Hay M Dillon (C) 1 24 Apr 1989
4 Pat Lynch M Dillon (C) 1 26 Nov 1996
5 Paul Clements M 1 31 Jul 2002
6 Bob Garrett M Clem, Dillon (C) 1 7 Apr 2004
7 George Edward Ross M Dillon (C) 1 21 Jun 2004
8 Rob Woodall M Clem 1 9 May 2005
9 David Purchase M Clem, Dillon (C), C&R 1 12 Sep 2005
10 Gwen Watson F Clem 1 17 Aug 2006
11 Dave Watson M Clem 1 17 Aug 2006
12 Willie Hamilton M Private List 1 30 Sep 2010
13 Ali Round F 1 30 Sep 2010
14 Jim Bloomer M 1 24 Sep 2011
15 Michael Earnshaw M Clem 1 19 Apr 2012
16 David Findel-Hawkins M Gribbon, Clem 1 14 Jul 2013
17 Merrian Lancaster F Gribbon, Clem 1 14 Jul 2013
18 Alan Castle M M-V, Dillon (C) 1 21 Jun 2014

 


Abbreviations

Bridge: Bridge's County Tops list
C&R: Climber & Rambler mag County Tops List
Dawson: Dawson's County Tops list
Dillon (C): County Tops of British Isles (Gastons/West Col 1985
Dewey: Dewey's County Tops list
Moss: Moss' County Tops list
Strider: Number 56 (August 1990)
Clements: TACit Press (1997)