For those of you that have climbed every Munro, ticked off each Marilyn and collected all the Corbetts and now find there is no outlet for your wanderlust, help may be at hand thanks to outdoor enthusiast and hill list compiler Alan Dawson.
Alan has hit upon the novel idea of creating a list of ‘holes’ across Britain that walkers are invited to visit and ‘bag,’ in the time honoured tradition.
“Just about every mountain, hill or mound in Britain has made it onto one list or another – from the Scottish Munros to the Nuttalls in England and Wales. My aim to create a list of British holes seeks to redress the balance.”
“Many of the holes I’ve visited are filled with rich history and are just as unique and compelling as their convex cousins and they deserve to be recognised.”
Alan’s quest to list the nation’s holes has come to light thanks to serial hill measurer Myrddyn Phillips, who together with his associates Graham Jackson and John Barnard has been responsible for reclassifying a number of hills in Scotland and Wales, including Glyder Fawrlast year.
Myrddyn says: “All my life I’ve had a love of hill walking, but when I heard about Alan’s intriguing idea of creating a list of ‘holes’ I couldn’t resist finding out more.”
Myrddyn met Alan Dawson in at a hole in Cheshire known locally as ‘Mad Allen’s Hole’ and his video interview gives more background into the project, to list Britain’s holes and the fascinating story that surrounds ‘Mad Allen’ himself. He also discusses how he is deciding which holes to include in his list.
At Ordnance Survey we’re undecided whether to support Alan’s idea of recognising holes on the landscape. Places that are of interest to tourists like caves or potholing sites are already shown on our maps, but Alan’s idea could require recognising many more, possibly with their own map symbol.
This mock up provides one possible version of what such a ‘hole’ symbol might look like.
Do you think Alan’s idea is a good one? Should more holes be recognised on our maps? Would you be interested in bagging Britain’s holes, or is the idea something that is better off buried?
Let us know what you think.