Fancy a hill walking challenge? Fed up with climbing those same old favourite mountains? Ever thought that there are many more worthwhile peaks to climb out there? Are you keen to explore in depth the various mountain areas of Britain? Want more of a structure to your hillwalking days, a goal, a long-term aim? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then the LDWA’s Hillwalkers’ Register (HR) is for you.
The HR offers a unique service to hillwalkers and peakbaggers. It provides information and advice to all those wanting to take up a hillwalking challenge of completing one or more of several categories of hills in England, Wales or Ireland (Scotland has its own organisations catering for the Munro and others baggers north of the border). The HR maintains five Registers of hillwalkers who have ascended all the mountains over 2000ft in England & Wales (there are over 400 tops!), climbed all of the Wainwrights (214 summits) in the Lake District, or visited all of the County Tops of England & Wales. Other Registers include the 500m+ hills (Deweys) of England & Wales, the Birketts, 1000ft hills of the Lake District, as well as the Irish hills. Over 930 names are currently listed on the Registers. For some walkers these challenges are a year-long quest (just a few complete them in even less time!), but for most people they represent many happy hillwalking days spread over several years. When you have completed a list of hills simply fill in a Register Claim Form and send it to the Recorder who will enter your name on the relevant Register and issue you with an (optional) certificate, which is a superb memento of your achievement. Updated Registers are published annually as a supplement in Strider, so that you and your family and friends can proudly see your name in print. The HR Annual Report is published as a pullout section in Strider every April, and in addition to the updated Registers contains new hill lists, articles and many other items of interest to the hillwalker and peakbagger.
So come along and spice up you hillwalking life. Take on one of these long-term peakbagging challenges and get to know the upland areas of your country intimately. No longer need you say when on the summit of Scafell Pike or Snowdon “ wonder what those hills are over there?”
If you are in the happy position of being able to make a claim, please scroll down this page to the heading "How to Claim an Entry on the Register", where there is a link to the official downloadable Register Claim Form. But please, read all of this Introduction, and also the introduction to the Register that you have completed, before you submit your claim. This could save a lot of unnecessary correspondence!
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Details of the Hillwalkers’ Register
The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) keeps records of hillwalkers who have completed a "round" of various lists of hills in England, Wales and Ireland (other organisations and individuals, e.g. the Scottish Mountaineering Club, TACit Press [http://bubl.ac.uk/org/tacit/] and Alan Dawson [email: firstname.lastname@example.org] keep similar records for Scotland). The Hillwalkers’ Register (HR) takes the form of Five Registers, which contain the names of those who have completed recognised lists of hills.
The Five Registers
Register 2A: The Wainwrights (214 Lakeland Fells).
Register 2B: The Wainwrights plus Outlying Fells (330 Lakeland Fells).
Register 2C: The Birketts (541 Lakeland Fells).
Register 2D: The Lakeland Fellrangers (227 Lakeland Fells)
Register 3A: The County Tops of England & Wales.
Register 3B: The County Tops of Ireland.
Register 5B: The 500m+ Tops of Southern Scotland (Donald Deweys)
Updated Registers are published every year in the HR Annual Report, which is produced as a mini-magazine and despatched with Strider, the magazine of the LDWA, every April. The HR Annual Report also contains several articles and many items of interest to the peakbagger and hillwalker.
The most popular Registers are those of the Two Thousand Foot Mountains of England and Wales and the Wainwrights. Yearly “Tables of Progress” are published in the HR Annual Report for some Registers (e.g. the Deweys) that show relatively little annual progress. A Table of Progress contains data on the number of summits in a list of hills so far climbed by each hillwalker who is actively collecting these hills.
Further general information on the HR will be found in two Strider articles by Alan Castle (Strider 65, April 1993, pp 22 - 25 & Strider 69, August 1994) published at the time the HR was originally set up.
Important Note Regarding Access
Please note that a few of the hills on the Register lists are on private land where there is no legal right of access. In these cases hillwalkers are reminded that it is ONLY permissible to climb these tops if prior permission has been sought and granted from the landowners. If access is denied then entry to the HR will still be granted if these hills are omitted from your hill list. Please inform the HR Recorder of the hills to which you were denied access when you send in your completed Claim Form. If a sign is encountered denying access then please do not ignore this. Neither the HR nor the LDWA condone irresponsible behaviour in the countryside and do not encourage trespass. The existence of the Hillwalkers’ Registers is not an encouragement to break the law, interfere with landowners’ privacy or trespass on land to which there is no legal access. The HR and the LDWA will not be held responsible for any actions that result from ignoring these warnings.
Neither the LDWA nor the HR will accept any responsibility for accidents or other mishaps that may occur in pursuit of the hill and mountain summits on the HR lists. Safety is the responsibility of the individual and all people attempting these challenges should be sufficiently experienced and adequately equipped.
Register 1. The 2000ft+ Mountains of England and Wales
As there is no "official" list of summits, claimants must state the list used for their completion. The following published lists are acceptable: Simpson (1937) & Moss (1939 & 1940), Bridge (1973), Buxton & Lewis (1986), Nuttalls (1989 & 1990), Dawson (1992) and Dawson (1997). The use of Wright (1974) together with one of the lists of the Welsh summits in the above publications is also acceptable. A copy of any other list used (a full list of summit names and grid references), including the claimant's own, must be forwarded with all applications for inclusion in the Register. It is anticipated that most completions these days will be of the Nuttalls or the Hewitts (the latter listed in Dawson, 1992 and 1997). A completion without the ascent of Pillar Rock (a "moderate" grade rock climb) is acceptable, although it should be clearly stated whether or not this peak was included in the round. Most authors have traditionally analysed the summits of both England and Wales together, and consequently the two countries will not be considered separately, i.e. only the names of those who have ascended the summits of both England and Wales will be recorded on the Register - a register of the separate completions of the summits of either England or Wales will not be maintained. The ascent of the summits of both countries is a considerable challenge to the hillwalker, and those ascribed to the Register can be justly proud of their achievement.
At the end of 2013, 220 hillwalkers had claimed a round of the 2000ft Mountains of England & Wales on the Hillwalkers’ Register.
Registers 2A to 2D. The Lake District Fells
The first two Registers consist of the names of those individuals who have reached the summit of all the hills featured in Alfred Wainwright's Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Register 2A lists all those who have ascended the 214 peaks described in the Seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells; Register 2B lists those who have also included the additional 116 hills described in The Outlying Fells (see Register 2 - References “Jackson & Crocker” and “Crowder” below for a full listing of The Outlying Fells). Therefore when applying for inclusion in the Register please state whether or not the Outlying Fells were included. No register of names is kept of any individuals who have ascended all of the Outlying Fells but have not completed the Wainwrights. Please note that the term "Wainwrights" as given above, for the hills listed by Alfred Wainwright is only used for convenience - it is a term that AW would surely have detested!
At the end of 2013, Wainwrights Register 2A contained 674 names.
A companion Register lists the names of those who have made Multiple Completions of the Wainwrights. At the end of 2013 there were 74 names on this Register, seven of whom have completed ten rounds or more of these popular Lakeland hills; the record for one individual stood at 42 rounds. When sending a claim to the Recorder for a second or subsequent round of the Wainwrights (or any other Register List) please do so on the normal Claim Form, not in the form of a letter or email, and please mark boldly on the top of the Claim Form the number of the Round that has been completed. One Claim Form per completion please.
Register 2C lists the names of those who have ascended all 541 Birketts in the Lake District.
Register 2D lists the names of those who have climbed all 227 fells described in the eight-volume Lakeland Fellranger series, written by Mark Richards and published by Cicerone.
Register 3A. The County Tops of England and Wales
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.
Register 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 www.mountainviews.ie State whether or not the six counties of Northern Ireland were included. 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.
Register 4. The 2000ft+ Mountains of Ireland
Claimants must state the list used for their completion. The following published lists are acceptable: Vandeleur & Lynam (1950s), Wall (1980s), Dillon (1992), Lynam (1990s), Clements (1997), Edmondson (2005) and www.mountainviews.ie A copy of any other list used (a full list of summit names and grid references), including the claimant's own, must be forwarded with all applications for inclusion in the Register.
Registers 5A and 5B. The Deweys and Donald Deweys
A Dewey is defined as a mountain or hill in either England or Wales that exceeds 500 metres in height above sea level, but is below 610 metres (2000ft) in altitude; it must be separated from adjacent tops by a height difference of at least 30 metres on all sides.
As at the end of 2013 there were 428 hills accepted as Deweys, and just 10 people had claimed to have climbed them all. A “Table of Progress” of hillwalkers’ achievements with this list is published each April in the HR Annual Report. A completion without the ascent of the tor on the summit of Great Links Tor (a high grade rock climb) in Dartmoor is acceptable; please state whether or not this was climbed when submitting the Claim Form.
A Donald Dewey is defined as a hill meeting the same height and drop criteria, but situated in the Lowlands of Scotland (the region in which Percy Donald compiled his list of 2000ft hills, published in 1935). Completers are recorded in Register 5B, and a “Table of Progress” for this list is published each April in the HR Annual Report.
How to Claim an Entry on the Register
Retrospective claims as well as current ones are acceptable. There is no time limit. Please ensure that the claim is signed. A claimant other than the "completer" will only be acceptable if the latter is deceased (e.g. a friend or relative might like to provide the information). In this case please provide the full name and address of the claimant, and the date on which the "completer" died.
Claims will only be accepted on an official Register Claim Form downloadable from this website or available free from the Recorder on receipt of an 8.5 x 4.5 inch or larger SAE. Alternatively a Register Claim Form may be obtained as an email attachment by emailing the Recorder (see email address below). The form consists of a single A4 page, which will only take a few minutes to complete. One form per person per Register please. Answers to some of the questions, e.g. date of birth, are optional. Completed and signed forms must be posted (not emailed back) to the Recorder, who will then record the names of the “completers” on the relevant Registers. Entry to the Registers is free-of-charge, but for a commemorative certificate please also send a cheque for £3.00, a fee that includes post and packaging in a large stiff envelope, or/and for a special HR badge send a cheque for £1.50 (see below - cheques made out to the LDWA please).
Claims will be entered on the appropriate Register, which is kept on a computer file, and is the property of the LDWA. An acknowledgment will only be sent if the claimant includes a stamped self-addressed postcard. Annually updated Registers, containing the names of the "completers" who made a claim within the last year, are published every April in the HR Annual Report despatched with Strider, the magazine of the LDWA (available to members only - click here for further details.) The HR Report is usually twenty pages in length and contains a wealth of information, articles and items of interest to the hillwalkers and peakbagger.
Hillwalkers' Register Certificates
High quality certificates, A4 size, are available from the Recorder. All those hillwalkers who have satisfied the requirements for entry into the Hillwalkers' Registers are eligible for a certificate. There are certificates for all the Register categories, viz. the 2000ft Summits of England & Wales, the Wainwrights, the Wainwrights and Outlying Fells, the Birketts, the County Tops of England & Wales, the County Tops of Ireland, the 2000ft Summits of Ireland and the Deweys of England & Wales. To claim your certificate simply send a cheque for £3.00 per certificate, made out to the L.D.W.A., to the Recorder (no cash or stamps please) and indicate which category certificate you require and your completion date. The cost includes postage and package in a stiff-carded envelope, so do not send an SAE in this case (but always send an SAE with all other correspondence with the Recorder, please). It is most convenient if a certificate is requested at the time a completed Claim Form is submitted.
Hillwalkers' Register Badge
Cloth badges are now available. The badge shows a rucksack leaning against a summit trig column, with a hillscape in the background and bears the words “Hillwalkers’ Register” and “LDWA”. Badges, which can only be claimed by those whose names appear on one or more of the HR Registers, are available from the Recorder (address below), on receipt of a cheque for £1.50. Please include your name, address and details of your HR entry(ies): Register category(ies) and date(s). New “completers” can conveniently request a badge along with a HR certificate, when sending in their HR Claim Form.
The Recorder needs a plentiful supply of photographs in order to illustrate the HR Annual Report. Shots relating to hillwalking and peakbagging, and particularly those depicting walkers climbing a "2000 Footer", Wainwright, or other Register peak are required. Photographs of a summit celebration on completing such a round, with champagne in hand, etc, would be particularly welcome, but good general photographs of any of the hills on the Registers are also sought. Please send these to the Recorder as email attachments at a good resolution. If you are sending several images, please send no more than two attached to any one message, to avoid potential constraints on file sizes. Colour prints or slides are also welcome, but digital images are preferred.. Please don’t forget to include captions for your shots, and make sure they include the names of the people on the photo, the location, the occasion and the date. Make sure that the captions are legible, typed if possible or in capitals if hand written (and ensure that the pen used will not smudge to form an unreadable mess!)
The contact address for the Hillwalkers' Register is: David Purchase, Flat 7 Avonview, 9 Downleaze, Stoke Bishop, BRISTOL, BS9 1NA. Email: email@example.com