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3A   The County Tops of England & Wales

3B   The County Tops of Ireland

3A   The County Tops of England & Wales

Claims for the County Tops of England & 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.  Some claimants do all three eras to make sure!  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 end of 2016 there were 60 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 & 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.)  At the end of 2016  there were 11 walkers so marked, 8 of whom had also completed the County Tops of Ireland (Register 3B).

 

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) and Gribbon (Ireland's County High Points, 2012). 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. The HR Annual Report will note any progress that has been reported.

For a copy of the Claim Form, click here.

At the end of 2016 there were 25 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) Last Summit Scottish CTs Rnds First Finishclick to sort
1 Edward Moss M Moss   1 28 Jul 1961
2 Charles W Baldey M C&R   1 17 Aug 1976
3 Philip H Cooper M C&R The Cheviot Yes 1 1 Mar 1977
4 Paddy Dillon M Dillon (C)   1 3 Jul 1982
5 Ken Hay M Dillon (C), C&R, Bridge Holyhead Mountain Yes 1 3 May 1985
6 Tom Anderson M Bridge   1 Nov 1992
7 Bryan Haycox M Bridge Milk Hill & Tan Hill   1 8 Aug 1997
8 Pauline Haycox F Bridge Milk Hill & Tan Hill   1 8 Aug 1997
9 Barrie Trigg M Bridge Mickle Fell   1 31 Aug 1998
10 David Cainey M Dawson St Boniface Down   1 21 Sep 1998
11 Mike Jacobs M Dawson, Bridge St Boniface Down   1 19 Dec 1998
12 Frank Meachem M Dawson Bardon Hill   1 29 Jun 1999
13 Richard Aust OBE M Dawson Snowdon   1 14 Nov 1999
14 David Purchase M Dawson, Dewey, Bridge, Moss Tan Hill Yes 1 31 Dec 1999
15 Alan Castle M Dawson, Strider, Dillon (C), C&R, Bridge St Boniface Down Yes 1 2 Jan 2000
16 Charles R Knowles M Dawson, Dillon (C), Bridge Foel Cwmcerwyn Yes 1 20 May 2000
17 Ken Crawford M Dawson St Boniface Down   1 22 Oct 2000
18 Clive Menzies M Dawson Moel Famau   1 26 Oct 2000
19 Lisa Menzies F Dawson Moel Famau   1 26 Oct 2000
20 Ian White M Dawson St Boniface Down   2 19 Nov 2000
21 Andy Mohun-Smith M Dawson, Dewey Black Hill   1 30 Dec 2000
22 Rob Woodall M Dawson Tair Onnen Yes 1 17 Aug 2002
23 Chris Pearson M Dawson, Dewey, Bridge St Boniface Down   1 30 Oct 2002
24 David Hoyle M Dawson, Dillon (C), C&R, Bridge Beacon Hill (Cromer)   1 31 Oct 2002
25 Chris Doughty M Dawson, Dillon (C), Moss Bushey Heath   1 17 Nov 2002
26 Ursula Stubbings F Dawson Ward's Stone   1 8 Jan 2003
27 George Edward Ross M Dewey, Bridge Hampstead Heath   1 23 Jan 2003
28 Bob Garrett M Dawson, Strider St Boniface Down   1 8 Jul 2003
29 Peter Collins M Dawson Silverhill Wood   1 11 Feb 2004
30 David Findel-Hawkins M Dawson, Dewey Fan Foel   1 15 Jul 2006
31 Merrian Lancaster F Dawson, Dewey  Gisborough Moor   1 18 Aug 2007
32 John Arthur Edwards M Dawson Black Down   1 27 Jan 2008
33 Jim Rousell M Dawson, Bridge Snaefell   1 29 Jul 2008
34 Judy Nickerson F Dawson Turner's Hill   1 25 Oct 2008
35 Brian Richard Graves M Bridge Pilsdon Pen   1 31 Dec 2008
36 Michael Earnshaw M Dawson  Newtonwood Lane Yes 1 15 Mar 2009
37 Steven Turnbull M Dawson, Dewey  Mickle Fell   1 30 Aug 2009
38 Martin Grass M Dewey Hob on the Hill   1 19 Sep 2009
39 Nicola Grace Grass F Dewey Hob on the Hill   1 19 Sep 2009
40 Ian Hardy, MVO M Hardy, Dawson Turner's Hill Yes 1 3 Jun 2010
41 Martin Richardson M Dawson Milk Hill   1 17 Sep 2010
42 Martin Pearson M Fan Foel   1 4 Oct 2010
43 Stephen Dixon M Dawson Beacon Hill   1 27 Aug 2011
44 Dave Irons M Dawson, Bridge Beacon Hill   1 25 Sep 2011
45 Howard Mann M Dawson, Dewey, Bridge Snaefell   1 6 Oct 2011
46 Tony Davies M Private List Brown Clee Hill   1 14 Jan 2012
47 John Warren M Dawson Craig Llysfaen   1 8 Mar 2012
48 Ted Richards M Dawson Brown Willy   1 7 Sep 2012
49 Nick Down M Dawson Brown Willy Yes 1 14 Sep 2012
50 Dave Evans M Dawson St Boniface Down   1 8 May 2013
51 Keith Lowthian M Private List Mickle Fell   1 5 Oct 2013
52 Finlay Lowthian M Private List Snowdon   1 23 Oct 2013
53 Jamie Lowthian M Private List Snowdon   1 23 Oct 2013
54 Andrew W. Armstrong M Muir Foel Cwmcerwyn   1 12 Nov 2013
55 Philip Massey M DoBIH Lewesdon Hill Yes 1 22 Mar 2014
56 Gerry Bowes M Private List Bald Hill Yes 1 8 Apr 2014
57 Alan Kent M DoBIH Hampstead Heath   1 10 Nov 2014
58 Joanne Wood F Bridge St Boniface Down   1 21 Nov 2015
59 Peter Wood M Bridge St Boniface Down   1 21 Nov 2015
60 Neil Rawlins M Muir Burnhope Seat   1 30 Aug 2016

 

The County Tops of Ireland

No. Nameclick to sort Sex List(s) Last Summit Rnds First Finishclick to sort
1 Jim Bloomer M Kippure 1 24 Sep 2011
2 Gerry Bowes M DoBIH, Gribbon Errigal Mountain 1 2 Apr 2015
3 Alan Castle M M-V, Dillon (C) Knockboy 1 21 Jun 2014
4 Paul Clements M Slieve Donard 1 31 Jul 2002
5 Philip H Cooper M C&R Corn Hill 1 27 Aug 1976
6 Paddy Dillon M Dillon (C) 1 28 Aug 1982
7 Michael Earnshaw M Clem Trostan 1 19 Apr 2012
8 Brendan Fahy M DoBIH Knockmealdown 1 22 May 2015
9 David Findel-Hawkins M Gribbon, Clem Carnbane East 1 14 Jul 2013
10 Bob Garrett M Clem, Dillon (C) Benbaun 1 7 Apr 2004
11 Willie Hamilton M Private List Mweelrea 1 30 Sep 2010
12 Ken Hay M Dillon (C) Mweeelrea  1 24 Apr 1989
13 Merrian Lancaster F Gribbon, Clem Carnbane East 1 14 Jul 2013
14 Pat Lynch M Dillon (C)  Carrauntoohil 1 26 Nov 1996
15 Philip Massey M DoBIH, Gribbon, Clem Errigal 1 2 Apr 2015
16 Thomas Morris M DoBIH Trostan 1 21 Jul 2016
17 David Purchase M Clem, Dillon (C), C&R Truskmore 1 12 Sep 2005
18 George Edward Ross M Dillon (C) Kippure 1 21 Jun 2004
19 Ali Round F Mweelrea 1 30 Sep 2010
20 Michelle Ryan F DoBIH Knockmealdown 1 22 May 2015
21 Ian Scott M Clem Mweelrea 1 3 Sep 2015
22 Dave Watson M Clem Moylussa 1 17 Aug 2006
23 Gwen Watson F Clem Moylussa 1 17 Aug 2006
24 Nicky Wood F Clem Mweelrea 1 3 Sep 2015
25 Rob Woodall M Clem Eshbrack 1 9 May 2005

 


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)