Sunday, 1 October 2017

A new mountain list

I don’t think that there are any dominance-based mountain lists for the UK so I thought that I’d compile one.  My criteria for a summit’s inclusion are –

  • be located in the UK or any of the UK’s Crown Dependencies
  • have its summit at or above 2000 feet
  • have a dominance of at least 50%
These criteria are purely arbitrary but I do have some reasons for their definitions.

I’ve chosen the UK because I am a UK citizen; it’s my country!  And Northern Ireland isn’t generally included in any lists except those specific to the island of Ireland.  I’ve included the Crown Dependencies (the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) because I didn’t want to exclude Snaefell!

I’ve chosen 2000 feet as the minimum summit height as this seems to be the accepted point at which a hill becomes a mountain, as I’ve explained in my previous “What is a Mountain?” blog.

50% is the most arbitrary of the criteria.  I had to pick a figure and I thought that any mountain with a prominence of at least half of its height would be worthy of inclusion.

You might think that it would take quite some effort to compile the resulting list, but the required data is freely available on the Database of British and Irish Hills.  It took me less than half an hour to compile the list with a little bit of spreadsheet trickery.

There are 245 mountains on the list according to the DoBIH version 15.5 data.  All but three of them are already classified as a Munro, Corbett, Graham or Nuttall and all of them are Marilyns which means there’s a fair chance that somebody has already completed the list.  My progress is not that impressive, I’ve managed to tick only 35.

Here are the 245.

England

Mountain
Dominance
Height (metres)
Grid reference
Scafell Pike
93.25%
978
NY215072
High Willhays
86.47%
621
SX580892
Kinder Scout
78.04%
636
SK084875
Skiddaw
76.15%
931
NY260290
Helvellyn
74.95%
950
NY342151
Cross Fell
72.90%
893
NY687343
The Cheviot
68.22%
815
NT909205
Grasmoor
60.92%
852
NY174203
Ingleborough
58.98%
724
SD741745
The Calf
56.66%
676
SD667970
Whernside
55.43%
736
SD738814
Blencathra
53.11%
868
NY323277
Dale Head
52.72%
753
NY222153
The Old Man of Coniston
51.81%
803
SD272978
Calf Top
51.34%
610
SD664856

Isle of Man

Mountain
Dominance
Height (metres)
Grid reference
Snaefell
100.00%
621
SC397880

Northern Ireland

Mountain
Dominance
Height (metres)
Grid reference
Slieve Donard
97.06%
850
J358276
Sawel
85.55%
678
H617973

Scotland

Mountain
Dominance
Height (metres)
Grid reference
Ben Nevis
100.00%
1345
NN166712
Sgurr Alasdair
100.00%
992
NG450207
Ben More
100.00%
966
NM525330
Goatfell
100.00%
874
NR991415
Askival
100.00%
812
NM393952
An Cliseam
100.00%
799
NB154073
Beinn an Oir
100.00%
785
NR498749
Beinn Mhor
100.00%
620
NF808310
Sgurr Dhomhnuill
98.31%
888
NM889678
Carn Eige
96.96%
1183
NH123261
Sgurr na Coinnich
96.62%
739
NG762222
Beinn na Caillich
95.08%
732
NG601233
Beinn Bhan
94.98%
896
NG803450
Doune Hill
94.69%
734
NS290970
Beinn Mhor
93.93%
741
NS107908
The Storr
93.32%
719
NG495540
Bla Bheinn
92.79%
929
NG529217
Liathach
90.71%
1055
NG929579
Creach Bheinn
88.51%
853
NM870576
Ben Mor Coigach
88.16%
743
NC093042
Rois-Bheinn
87.76%
882
NM756778
Tiorga Mor
86.60%
679
NB055115
Dun da Ghaoithe
86.03%
766
NM672362
Gulvain
85.31%
987
NN002875
Ben Klibreck
85.13%
962
NC585299
Ben Vorlich
84.67%
985
NN629189
Ben Lomond
84.19%
974
NN367028
Ben More
83.99%
1174
NN432244
Ben More Assynt
83.67%
998
NC318201
Merrick
83.63%
843
NX427855
Ben Hope
83.28%
927
NC477501
Ben Cleuch
82.52%
721
NN902006
Sgurr Mor
82.40%
1108
NH203718
Canisp
81.35%
847
NC202187
Morven
81.30%
706
ND004285
Sgurr na Ciche
80.67%
1040
NM902966
Ben Loyal
79.69%
764
NC578488
Cruach nan Capull
79.41%
612
NS095795
Creach-Beinn
78.94%
698
NM642276
Ben Cruachan
78.08%
1127
NN069304
Ladhar Bheinn
77.94%
1020
NG824039
Broad Law
77.74%
840
NT146235
Garbh Bheinn
77.63%
885
NM904622
Ben Lui
77.43%
1130
NN266262
Beinn Bhreac
76.98%
681
NN321000
Creag Meagaidh
76.86%
1128
NN418875
Beinn Mheadhoin
76.86%
739
NM799514
Cul Mor
76.68%
849
NC162119
Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais
75.53%
1083
NH258430
Foinaven
75.52%
911
NC315506
Beinn Ruadh
75.45%
664
NS155884
Ben Lawers
75.37%
1214
NN635414
Sgorr Ruadh
75.26%
961
NG959505
Ben Venue
74.76%
729
NN474063
Stob Coire a'Chearcaill
74.58%
771
NN016726
Beinn Dearg
74.26%
1084
NH259811
Carn Mor
73.94%
829
NM903909
Gleouraich
73.91%
1035
NH039053
Ben Stack
73.75%
720
NC269422
Bidean nam Bian
73.43%
1149
NN143542
Cairnsmore of Fleet
73.42%
711
NX501670
Beinn na Gucaig
73.21%
616
NN062653
Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
73.02%
797
NX594979
Sgurr na Lapaich
72.98%
1151
NH161351
Ben Macdui
72.57%
1309
NN988989
Sgurr Ghiubhsachain
72.32%
849
NM875751
Stac Pollaidh
72.06%
612
NC107106
Meall a'Bhuiridh
71.75%
1108
NN250503
Ben Buie
71.69%
717
NM604270
Beinn Bheula
71.50%
779
NS154983
An Teallach
71.25%
1063
NH068843
Beinn a'Bheithir
71.19%
1024
NN056558
Cul Beag
71.00%
769
NC140088
Beinn an Lochain
70.98%
902
NN218078
Beinn Sgulaird
70.65%
937
NN053460
Fionn Bheinn
70.53%
933
NH147621
Beinn Ime
70.43%
1011
NN254084
A'Chraileag
70.18%
1120
NH094147
Windlestraw Law
69.93%
659
NT371430
Cranstackie
69.91%
801
NC350556
Ben Chonzie
69.60%
931
NN773308
Ben Hee
69.53%
873
NC426339
Druim Fada
69.35%
744
NN086824
Meall Dubh
68.95%
789
NH245078
Sgurr a'Mhaoraich
68.94%
1027
NG983065
Ben Alder
68.21%
1148
NN496718
Sgurr nan Eugallt
68.15%
898
NG927048
Druim Fada
68.10%
711
NG894083
Quinag
67.99%
809
NC209292
Suilven
67.85%
731
NC153183
Binnein Mor
67.17%
1130
NN212663
Ben Vorlich
67.02%
943
NN295124
Sron a'Choire Ghairbh
66.38%
937
NN222945
Beinn Dhorain
66.24%
628
NC925156
Uisgneabhal Mor
66.12%
729
NB120085
Schiehallion
66.11%
1083
NN713547
Ben Wyvis
66.06%
1046
NH462683
Sgurr a'Mhuilinn
65.98%
879
NH264557
Ben Donich
65.88%
847
NN218043
Druim na Sgriodain
65.53%
734
NM978656
Mid Hill
65.45%
657
NS321962
Aonach Eagach
64.32%
967
NN140583
Moruisg
64.01%
928
NH101499
Slioch
63.81%
981
NH004690
Sgurr Thuilm
63.76%
963
NM939879
Bidein a'Chabair
63.67%
867
NM889930
Oireabhal
63.29%
662
NB083099
Lamachan Hill
63.18%
717
NX435769
Beinn Ghobhlach
63.15%
635
NH055943
Glamaig
62.71%
775
NG513300
Beinn Fhada
62.69%
1032
NH018192
Sgurr an Utha
62.69%
796
NM885839
Fraochaidh
62.68%
879
NN029517
Beinn Eighe
62.57%
1010
NG951611
Beinn Leoid
62.50%
792
NC320294
Carn Dearg
62.49%
946
NH635023
Beinn Bhuidhe
62.41%
949
NN203187
Beinn Dearg Mor
62.23%
906
NH032799
Beinn Bhan
62.19%
796
NN140857
Tinto
62.17%
711
NS953343
Beinn Udlaidh
62.14%
840
NN280331
Sgurr Fhuaran
62.14%
1067
NG978166
Stob Coire Creagach
61.69%
817
NN230109
Chno Dearg
61.57%
1046
NN377741
Creag Tharsuinn
61.43%
643
NS087913
Ben Rinnes
61.00%
841
NJ254354
Beinn Alligin
60.95%
986
NG865612
Meall a'Phubuill
60.47%
774
NN029854
Beinn Airigh Charr
60.23%
792
NG930761
Beinn a'Chreachain
60.15%
1081
NN373440
Ben Ledi
60.07%
879
NN562097
Gairich
60.07%
919
NN025995
Corserine
59.95%
814
NX497870
Beinn a'Chlachain
59.58%
626
NG724490
Beinn Odhar Bheag
59.41%
882
NM846778
Beinn Resipol
59.41%
845
NM766654
Beinn a'Chuallaich
59.08%
892
NN684617
Stob Dubh
59.00%
883
NN166488
Beinn a'Ghlo
58.65%
1122
NN971733
Sgurr Mhurlagain
58.52%
880
NN012944
Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair
58.22%
1015
NH052735
Lochnagar
58.04%
1156
NO243861
Green Lowther
57.92%
732
NS900120
Mam na Gualainn
57.91%
796
NN115625
Carn Breac
57.82%
678
NH045530
Meall Glas
57.77%
959
NN431321
Beinn Donachain
57.69%
650
NN198316
Beinn Damh
57.36%
903
NG892502
Beinn an Eoin
57.35%
619
NC104064
Beinn Trilleachan
56.90%
840
NN086439
Beinn Talaidh
56.46%
761
NM625347
Marsco
56.11%
736
NG507251
Creag Rainich
55.89%
807
NH096751
Beinn Iaruinn
55.40%
805
NN296900
Beinn a'Mhuinidh
55.35%
692
NH032660
Stob a'Choin
55.24%
869
NN417159
Maol Chean-dearg
55.09%
933
NG924499
Beinn Udlamain
55.00%
1011
NN579739
Carn Chuinneag
54.95%
839
NH483833
Stob Coire Easain
54.80%
1115
NN308730
Leum Uilleim
54.72%
906
NN330641
Beinn Dronaig
54.45%
797
NH037381
Beinn nan Ramh
54.29%
711
NH139661
Carn nan Tri-tighearnan
54.15%
615
NH823390
Beinn a'Chrulaiste
54.14%
857
NN246566
Meall na h-Eilde
54.06%
838
NN185946
Sgurr a'Chaorachain
53.94%
1053
NH087447
Meall a'Bhuachaille
53.83%
810
NH990115
Mount Blair
53.76%
744
NO167629
Beinn Sheasgarnaich
53.74%
1077
NN413383
Beinn Chaorach
53.44%
713
NS287923
Beinn Lochain
53.41%
703
NN160006
Beinn Bharrain
53.37%
721
NR901427
Meall Tairneachan
53.37%
787
NN807543
Beinn Fhionnlaidh
53.18%
959
NN095497
Beinn Lair
52.97%
859
NG981732
Scaraben
52.88%
626
ND066268
Beinn Mhic-Mhonaidh
52.76%
796
NN208350
Aonach Buidhe
52.73%
899
NH057324
Beinn a'Chaisteil
52.71%
886
NN347364
Cruach Ardrain
52.49%
1046
NN409212
Binnein Shuas
52.48%
747
NN462826
Meall Buidhe
52.43%
946
NM848989
The Fara
52.12%
911
NN598842
Buachaille Etive Mor
52.09%
1021
NN222542
Queensberry
52.08%
697
NX989997
Glas-charn
51.82%
633
NM846837
Ettrick Pen
51.73%
692
NT199076
Creag Dhubh
51.72%
756
NN677972
Meall nan Caorach
51.63%
624
NN928338
Creag Mhor
51.47%
713
NC698240
Beinn Sgritheall
51.33%
974
NG835126
Beinn Dearg
51.33%
914
NG895608
Creagan na Beinne
51.24%
888
NN744368
The Brack
51.21%
787
NN245030
Mor Bheinn
51.07%
640
NN716211
Beinn Tharsuinn
51.01%
692
NH606792
Beinn an Eoin
50.76%
855
NG905646
Beinn a'Chearcaill
50.74%
725
NG930637
Beinn Odhar
50.72%
901
NN337338
Beinn Chuirn
50.68%
880
NN280292
Baosbheinn
50.63%
875
NG870654
Beinn a'Mhanaich
50.49%
709
NS269946
Creag Dhubh
50.46%
658
NN322824
Stuchd an Lochain
50.21%
960
NN483448
Meall an t-Seallaidh
50.12%
852
NN542234
Meall an Fhudair
50.00%
764
NN270192

Wales

Mountain
Dominance
Height (metres)
Grid reference
Snowdon
95.76%
1085
SH609543
Waun Fach
76.70%
811
SO215299
Pen y Fan
75.85%
886
SO012215
Moel Hebog
74.71%
783
SH564469
Y Llethr
74.21%
756
SH661257
Aran Fawddwy
74.03%
905
SH862223
Carnedd Llewelyn
70.49%
1064
SH683643
Pumlumon Fawr
69.95%
752
SN789869
Tarren y Gesail
69.42%
667
SH710058
Moel Siabod
68.81%
872
SH705546
Cadair Idris
68.09%
893
SH711130
Mynydd Mawr
66.33%
698
SH539546
Glyder Fawr
64.14%
1001
SH642579
Great Rhos
56.67%
660
SO182638
Arenig Fawr
56.09%
854
SH827369
Craig Cwm Silyn
54.22%
734
SH525502
Fan Brycheiniog
52.96%
803
SN824220
Rhinog Fawr
50.42%
720
SH656290
Y Garn
50.08%
629
SH702230
Moelwyn Mawr
50.00%
770
SH658448

I’ve tried to create a catchy acronym that could be used a name for the list but I’ve failed miserably.  There have a few ideas for a name rattling round my head for a while but as the list is dominance based and a figure of 50% (i.e. half) has been used I’ve settled on something particularly unimaginative; I call them the


Half Doms