Bagging Munros, Peaks and the Wainwrights

Do you know your Wainwrights from your Hardys?

Do you know your Wainwrights from your Hardys? You will after reading the blog today!

On your outdoor adventures have you come across people who claim to have “bagged” Wainwrights, Munros, Grahams or Peaks? Have you wondered what they were talking about? Today on the Ordnance Survey blog I aim to explain what they all mean! If you don’t know your Marilyns from your Munros or your Wainwrights from your Hardys – read on!

  • Bagging
    This term means – a hill walker / climber / mountaineer attempting to reach the summit of a collection of hills / peaks.

The collection of hills or peaks that are “bagged” could be one of the following …

  • Munros
    These are all the Scottish hills / peaks that are over 3 000ft. The list on Munros was originally set by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891 but has since been revised by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. There are 283 Munros to be bagged with an additional 227 subsidiary Munro Tops listed that meet the height requirement but aren’t deemed to be separate enough from others to stand alone.
  • Corbetts
    These were named after climber, John Rooke Corbett and are Scottish mountains that are between 2 500 and 3 000ft and have a drop of at least 500ft on all sides. the list was devised in the 1920s.
  • Grahams
    This is another collection of Scottish hills – this time between 2 000 and 2 499ft and with an all round drop of at least 150metres. This list used to be called the Lesser Corbetts but has since been renamed after Fiona Torbet (nee  Graham).
  • Donalds
    These are the hills in the Scottish Lowlands that are under 2 000ft. The list comprises of 89 hills (at least 30metres with a relative height of 15metres) and 51 tops.
  • Marilyns
    This list comprises of 1 554 hills in Great Britain and Ireland that have a drop of at least 150 metres between them and their neighbours. To date no one has bagged the whole list which contains inaccessible seas stacks on St Kilda.
  • Hewitts
    These are the Hills of England, Wales and Ireland over Two Thousand feet and have a relative height of at least 30metres. There are 527 hills on the list (178 in England, 138 in Wales and 211 in Ireland).
  • Hardys
    These are the highest points in hill ranges of the United Kingdom, islands (over 1 000 acres in size) and top tier administrative areas (including the county tops – see below). In total there are 342 Hardys on the list ready to be bagged.
  • County tops
    This list is of the highest points in each county of England, Scotland and Wales – regardless of which county boundary maps you use.
  • Nuttals
    These are all English and Welsh hills that are over 2 000ft and have a relative height of just 15m (49ft). There are 443 on the list that was compiled by John and Anne Nuttal – of which all but one are accessible on foot. The exception is Pillar Rock in the Lakes that requires a rock climb.
  • Wainwrights
    These are the 214 Lakeland Fells as depicted by Alfred Wainwright in his Pictorial Guides that were first published in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
  • British Three Peaks
    These are the highest peaks in England (Scafell Pike – OS grid reference NY215072), Scotland (Ben Nevis – OS grid reference NN166712) and Wales (Snowdon – OS grid reference  SH609543). Many attempt to reach the summits of all three within the space of 24 hours for a charity challenge.
  • Yorkshire Three Peaks
    Situated within the Pennines, the three peaks are Whernside (OS grid reference SD738814) , Ingleborough (OS grid reference SD740745) and Pen-y-ghent (OS grid reference SD838733).  This is another popular charity challenge where people aim to complete the grueling 37.5km route within 12 hours.

So there you have it – that’s our quick guide to the peaks and hills lists that are waiting for you – good luck in your quest to bag them! Have a read of our blog article on how we measure the height of mountains before you go.

Which peaks / hills have you bagged? Have you managed to bag a whole set?

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