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English and Welsh hills go interactive

Snowdonia summits map on Walkhighlands

Snowdonia summits map

Walkhighlands has expanded its mountain database to include the hills of England and Wales.

Walkhighlands is Scotland’s leading website for walkers. However many of our users (50%) live in England and Wales. These visitors come to the site because of their interest in walking in Scotland, but they obviously walk nearer home in England and Wales too. Several had asked for the interactive part of Walkhighlands to be expanded so that they could record their ascents in England and Wales and write trip reports for them. This would mean they could write about all their walking trips and have them shown on their Walkhighlands blog page.

“This new expansion isn’t just for baggers, although they can record all their ascents on their own interactive maps,” said site co-founder, Paul Webster. “There are now pages on the site for each of these hills showing who has climbed each, and, as trip reports come in, these will appear on the hill pages. Having this functionality for these hills means Walkhighlands should in time become a good source of reference and reports for all the hills of Britain. GPS-using walkers can now attach the tracklogs of their walks in GPX format to their reports – if they do this, other users will see your route marked on a map in your post, and will be able to download it too. This can help the walk reports to become a guide to the English and Welsh hills in their own right.”

The hills added are in two new categories:

  • The Wainwrights are the summits of the Lake District, as recorded by the famous guidebook author A Wainwright. Climbing all the Wainwrights has become a popular aim in this area.
  • The Hewitts are the hills above two thousand feet, with 30 metres of descent all around. Walkhighlands has added all the Hewitts in England and Wales.
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