Go to the top: A hill walking challenge

With walking a growing trend, many people will be looking for their next
challenge. Walking is a great way to explore new places and see new sights. At
walking pace and height you see landscapes and wildlife that you would so
easily miss by other forms of transports.

Preview-9Walking is also an accessible way to get in shape physically – and boost
your mental well-being.  Health experts
recommend at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, such as brisk
walking, each day for good health so taking your walking a it further and
higher will reap even greater benefits.

This year we challenge you to Go To The Top – by walking to 10, 20 or
100 of your favourite hills.

You can set your own list and limits, such as walking 30 Scottish Munros. The Munros are all mountains in
Scotland with a summit of more than 3000ft (914m) and many people set about
completing all 282 Munros over many years. You could have a goal of walking two
Munros every month, or 30 over the summer. Here is a link to a handy Munro
bagging on-line log

Corbetts, also in Scotland, present another ideal Go To The
Top challenge. The Corbetts are the 221 mountains with a summit of 2500ft.
Perhaps you could walk 50 Corbetts in 2013? Or aim to walk to the top of 10
Corbetts with your children? Cheek out this Corbett bagging website

Scotland also boasts other hill bagging lists, such as the Grahams, which is hill
between 2000 and 2499ft high.

Alternatively, there are the Sims, which are all hills in Scotland,
England or Wales with a summit of more than 600m and a drop of at least 30
metres all round.

A Marilyn
is a hill of any height in Scotland, England, Wales and the Isle of Man with a
drop of 150m (almost 500ft) or more on all sides.

The Donalds are named after Percy Donald
and his list of hills more than 2000 feet in the Scottish Lowlands. They are
based on a complicated formula for determining separate hills, and originally
comprised 87 hills plus a number of other named "tops”.

The Hewitts
are hills in England, Wales and Ireland more
than 2200ft (610m) high with a drop of at least 30 metres (98ft) all round.

Or how about bagging all the Nuttalls? This is a hill with a summit 2000ft (610m) or more,
which rises above its surroundings on all sides by at least 50ft (15m).

The Birketts could be
another Go To The Top goal. These are all the Lake District hills more than 1000ft
tall as listed in Bill Birkett's Complete
Lakeland Fells.

Then, on the Scottish islands, you’ll
find the MacPhies. A
MacPhie is the Isle of Colonsay's equivalent to a Munro, but not as high. Climb
all 22 peaks on Colonsay and neighbouring Isle of Oransay that exceed 300ft in
one go on a connected walk. You could take one or two days to do this over 20
miles. See  MacPhie Bagging

In England, more hills that attract walkers keen to tick off a number of
summits are the Wainwrights. There
are 214 hills that were identified by in A. Wainwright's seven-volume Pictorial
Guide to the Lakeland Fells (1955–1966). More than two million copies of the
Pictorial Guides have been sold worldwide since their publication. See this Wainwright link for more information. Many
of the fells can be walked in one outing so perhaps you could challenge
yourself to Go To the Top of 50 Wainwrights this year?

Another great walking challenge is to summit the three tallest mountains
in each of England, Scotland and Wales. Often referred to as the Three Peaks
Challenge, these mountains are Scafell Pike, (England), Ben Nevis (Scotland)
and Snowdon (Wales). Many walkers aim to complete this challenge in less than
24 hours by driving between the mountains but you could easily spread this over
a weekend, week or the entire summer!

We would love to hear from you if you take up our Go To The Top challenge.
And tell us what your goals are.

1 comment

  1. Sam Gouche 25 February, 2013 at 12:54 Reply

    All great walking locations but I do believe for a challenge the Brecon Beacons is one hell of a challenge, it’s where the Special Forces train.
    I live quite close to the Pennines and when it comes to serious gradients I don’t believe there is an equal short of the mountain ranges. The Pennine way is stunning to walk around the start of May just as temperatures rise and the wet weather is less prevalent.

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