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Walkers urged to try small hills

Posted 3 February 2010
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Walkers urged to try small hills
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Hill walkers looking for something different have been urged to try smaller hills instead of always taking on mountains.

February's edition of Trail Magazine has featured the charms of lower peaks, noting that there are many advantages to having a day on less-celebrated summits.

Advantages listed included the fact that the nearest smaller hill may be close by, whereas a long journey may be needed to access the mountains, as well as better view during bad weather, when higher ground may be shrouded in cloud.

Those looking to put on some walking gear and set out for smaller hills might benefit from buying Ordnance Survey Maps to help find some to climb.

While many mountain tick-lists are of peaks above certain heights - such as the Munros (3000 ft +), Corbetts (2,500 ft +) and Grahams (2,000 ft +) in Scotland, some do include many lower hills.

The Wainwrights in the Lake District include a number of lower peaks that are well below 2,000 ft, such as Loughrigg, Latrigg and Castle Crag, which is the lowest of them all at 890 ft.

Posted by Brandon Egley