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Bid made to rename Cornwall's highest hill

Posted 8 November 2012
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Bid made to rename Cornwall's highest hill
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Brown Willy is Cornwall's highest hill - but soon it may not be.

The reason is not because resurveying of other peaks has found one to be higher, or any artificial additions of soil like something from a Hugh Grant film, but a bid to change the hill's name, a distortion of the Cornish Bronn Wennili (Hill of the Swallows).

Campaigner Chris Hines said the slightly rude sounding name should be altered to its original Cornish by the county council, telling the BBC: "It is that kind of giggle factor. I am hoping the council will turn the name back to Bronn Wennili."

Those who like to go walking around Britain might be able to think of quite a few hills with humorous names.

Examples could include Lord Hereford's Knob in the Brecon Beacons, or Great Cockup in the Lake District.

The Devil's Point in the Cairngorms, a 3,294 ft Munro, was allegedly given its name in response to a query by Queen Victoria about what its gaelic name Bod an Diamh (Penis of the Demon) meant in English.