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Why It should be the Welsh 12 Peaks, not 15

By Dave Roberts   

on August 14, 2015    No ratings yet.

Why It should be the Welsh 12 Peaks, not 15

Mud and Routes have just re-published the definitive hill list for Wales. Actually, it’s probably the only hill list that’s specifically a list of all 118 Welsh Mountain Summits – The WASHIS –Welsh And Six Hundred In Stature. These are all the mountains with enough of a drop all around in order to define them as a mountain (50m), as well as reaching that magical 600m height (feet ceased to be relevant as soon as our OS maps went metric). Yes, it’s a matter of opinion what we’ve used, but then so is every other hill list in existence.

[jumbotron heading=”Download the WASHIS Booklet” tagline=”Free PDF File”][icons icon=”acrobat”] List of WASHIS – As regular pages

[icons icon=”acrobat”] WASHIS Booklet As a Leaflet – Print this back to back[/jumbotron]

While this includes 118 welsh this excludes three summits that others might consider to be proper mountains. Surely we can’t downgrade three of the 15 peaks? Well we can, and we have!

Of course, they’ll still be part of the of the 15 Peak Challenge, who are we to question that, but they’re not really mountains in their own right with barely 30m needed to climb these from the surrounding hills. Of course, this could be a new 15 Peaks Challenge that includes both Cadair Idris, Aran Fawddwy and Y Lliwedd!

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What you’re left with is a list of the principal summits of Wales, and a list that’s worth of completion without traipsing cross country in order to bag an insignificant pimple because it’s on a hill list (Nuttalls, we’re looking at you!)

Not only that, but it’s free, and we’ve also got free routes to most of the summits on Mud and Routes.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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