Since this book was published in April 1992 sales have been modest and stocks at Cicerone Press are still plentiful. A printed second edition is therefore a long way off, but purchasers are entitled to have up-to-date information, and so the most important changes since publication are summarised here. These updates will make little sense to anyone without a copy of the book.
Many of the updates are the result of new maps being published by the Ordnance Survey, but I have also received a fair amount of help in keeping track of changes to the list of Marilyns. I should like to thank E.D.Clements for numerous suggestions leading to the discovery of several new Marilyns, Charles Everett for discovering and researching the problematic status of Abberley Hill and Milk Hill, and everyone else who has been in contact with comments and suggestions, notably Stuart Benn, Ann Bowker, Colin Donnelly, Dave Hewitt, Graham Marett, Tony Payne, David Smith and Chris Upson.
Seventeen hills have been elevated from the relative wilderness of the SubMarilyns list to the premier league of full Marilyn status. The drop shown refers to the height difference (in metres) between the summit and the col connecting the hill to the next Marilyn. A c in the drop column means there is no col height shown on any map, so the drop is estimated from the contour lines. Abberley Hill and Milk Hill only qualify by virtue of a railway cutting at the relevant col, so some might consider their inclusion contentious, but I have taken the view that the cuttings must now be considered as permanent features of the landscape.
|4A||232||761||Cruim Leacainn||41||NN 166807||150|
|20B||318||1043||Giur-bheinn (Islay)||60,61||NR 379728||c150|
|21A||491||1611||The Bochel||36||NJ 232232||c154|
|24A||261||856||Beinn Bhragair (Lewis)||8||NB 266433||c150|
|28A||423||1389||Sell Moor Hill||73||NT 480444||c150|
|30C||389||1275||Mynydd Rhyd ddu||116||SJ 054477||165|
|30F||321||1053||Craig y Castell||124||SH 698162||153|
|31A||507||1663||Disgwylfa Fawr||135||SN 737847||c152|
|31B||460||1509||Cefn Cenarth||136||SN 969762||155|
|31C||466||1529||Carn Gafallt||136,147||SN 940646||157|
|32C||258||846||Mynydd Dinas||170||SS 761915||c151|
|35A||675||2215||Lovely Seat||98||SD 879950||c150|
|38B||285||935||Abberley Hill||138||SO 751672||c157|
|38B||276||904||Aconbury Hill||149||SO 505330||157|
|39||295||968||Milk Hill||173||SU 104643||c151|
|42||188||617||Cheriton Hill (the easternmost Marilyn)||179,189||TR 197396||150|
These eight hills are now known to have less than 150 metres drop all round. It is a pity to lose them, especially Sgorr Tuath and Scafell, but there are so many hills queuing up for promotion that a strict policy of eviction has had to be enforced on any hills with less than the required 150-metre drop. It is still possible to climb these hills even though they are no longer Marilyns.
|16F||589||1932||Sgorr Tuath||15||NC 110074||c148|
|19C||568||1863||Cruach Bhuidhe||56||NS 125947||149|
|22||176||577||Cunnigill Hill||2,3||HU 432675||127|
|33||714||2342||Hedgehope Hill||80||NT 943198||148|
|33||615||2018||Cushat Law||80||NT 928137||147|
|34C||778||2552||Harter Fell||90||NY 459093||149|
The 17 additions and 8 deletions bring the current total of Marilyns to 1551 - 1213 in Scotland, 178 in England, 156 in Wales and 5 in the Isle of Man (Black Mountain is in both England and Wales).
|28A||567||1860||East Cairn Hill replaces||65,72||NT 128593|
|28A||562||1844||West Cairn Hill||65,72||NT 107584|
|35B||609||1998||Horse Head Moor replaces||98||SD 893768|
|35B||608||1995||Birks Fell||98||SD 918763|
|38B||254||833||Hegdon Hill replaces||149||SO 585539|
|38B||252||827||Grendon Green||149||SO 599574|
|41||279||915||Lewesdon Hill replaces||193||ST 437012|
|41||277||908||Pilsdon Pen||193||ST 413011|
The summits of these hills have moved to a new location but have retained their old name.
|1D||744||2441||Meall nan Gabhar||50||NN 235240|
|5||827||2713||An Dun||42||NN 717805|
|17C||281||921||Sgurr nan Caorach||32||NH 593030|
|19A||360||1181||Dun Leacainn||55||NN 033016|
|19C||519||1703||Beinn Bhreac||63||NS 050778|
|20A||304||998||Cruach na Seilcheig||55,61||NR 678984|
|32A||384||1260||Bryn Arw||161||SO 301206|
|34D||339||1112||Lambrigg Fell||97||SD 586941|
|1A||759||2490||Shee of Artalnaig (was Ciste Buide a'Claidheimh)||51,52||NN 729351|
|1E||657||2155||Beinn Dubh (was Mid Hill)||56||NS 322964|
|3B||726||2382||Beinn Bhreac (was Mam Hael)||50||NN 008408|
|13B||626||2053||Beinn a'Chlachain (was Meall an Doireachean)||24||NG 724490|
|30A||178||584||Mynydd Bodafon (was Yr Arwydd)||114||SH 472854|
|30E||671||2201||Esgeiriau Gwynion (was Foel Rhudd)||124,125||SH 889236|
|32A||423||1388||Graig Syfyrddin (was Edmund's Tump)||161||SO 403210|
|34B||352||1155||Dent (was Long Barrow)||89||NY 041129|
|40||252||828||Watch Croft (was White Downs)||203||SW 420357|
|42||200||656||Detling Hill (was North Downs)||178,188||TQ 804586|
Summit heights are now taken from 1:10000 or 1:25000 maps where possible, as the Ordnance Survey have admitted that these are more up-to-date than 1:50000 maps. Details of hills that have changed height by five or more metres since 1992 are listed below, along with a few other significant height changes.
|7||671||2201||Cat Law||44||NO 319611||-7|
|9C||805||2641||Beinn Iaruinn||34||NN 296900||+5|
|17E||761||2497||Beinn Talaidh||49||NM 625347||-2|
|19C||519||1703||Beinn Bhreac||63||NS 050778||+12|
|20A||304||998||Cruach na Seilcheig||55,61||NR 678984||+8|
|21A||610||2001||Ladylea Hill||37||NJ 343168||+1|
|30D||539||1768||Mynydd Nodol||124/125||SH 865393||+9|
A SubMarilyn is a hill with a drop all round of 140-149 metres, i.e. within ten metres of being a Marilyn. There are currently 206 SubMarilyns, including 10 Murdos, 19 SubCorbetts, 23 SubGrahams, 5 new islands (Soay, Tiree, Seil, Colonsay, Lundy) and ten hills in the south of England. The following 21 hills miss out by just one metre; they each have a drop all round of 149 metres. The full list of SubMarilyns is available on request.
|1C||674||2211||Meall Cala||57||NN 508127|
|2A||465||1525||Meall Chomraidh||42,51||NN 483556|
|5||830||2723||Glas Mheall Mor||42||NN 563673|
|7||337||1105||Hill of Goauch||38,45||NO 662942|
|9B||834||2736||Marg na Craige||35||NN 620973|
|10D||896||2940||Beinn Gharbh||40||NM 882876|
|10D||327||1073||Meall Bhanabhie||41||NN 116789|
|17E||348||1142||Cruach Torr an Lochain (Mull)||47,48||NM 563402|
|19C||568||1863||Cruach Bhuidhe||56||NS 125947|
|20C||480||1575||Sail Chalmadale (Arran)||62,69||NR 914401|
|27B||786||2579||Kirriereoch Hill||77||NX 421870|
|27C||681||2234||Blacklorg Hill||77||NS 653042|
|27C||240||788||Killyleoch Hill||78||NX 878820|
|28B||217||712||Ayton Hill||67,74,75||NT 944586|
|30A||192||630||Mynydd Anelog||123||SH 152272|
|30C||305||1001||Mynydd y Cwm||116||SJ 073767|
|30F||383||1257||Bryn Brith||124||SH 664153|
|34C||778||2552||Harter Fell||90||NY 459093|
|38A||320||1050||Earl's Hill||126||SJ 409048|
|42||255||837||Littleton Down||197||SU 941150|
These hills are of equal height to a nearby Marilyn but the drop between them is less than 150 metres.
|2B||1118||3668||An Stuc (twinned with Meall Garbh)||51||NN 639431|
|8||862||2829||Creag an Dail Bheag (twinned with Carn Liath)||36,43||NO 157981|
|10A||885||2904||Buidhe Bheinn (twinned with Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais)||33||NG 963090|
|17E||704||2311||Cruachan Dearg (twinned with Corra Bheinn)||48||NM 568331|
|31C||205||673||Middleton Hill (twinned with Brandy Hill)||158||SN 146118|
The Scottish Mountaineering Club is preparing a new edition of Munro's Tables, in which the three Marilyns currently classified only as Tops are likely to be promoted to Munros, along with five other Tops. Details of the 444 Scottish summits over 3000 feet with 30 metres drop are available in The Murdos, published by TACit Press, 138 West Stirling Street, Alva, Clackmannanshire FK12 5EN (#1.95 inc p&p).
The number of Corbetts is now down to 219, as Beinn Talaidh is less than 2500 feet high and Corrieyairack Hill has shrunk to 892 metres, leaving Gairbeinn at 896 metres undisputed as a Corbett. Buidhe Bheinn is now of equal height to Sgurr a'Bhac Chaolais (Glen Shiel) and a rival candidate for its Corbettness.
The Lesser Corbetts (Elsies) have been renamed Grahams in memory of the late Fiona Torbet (née Graham) who compiled her own list of Scottish hills between 2000 and 2500 feet before agreeing to merge it with the relevant Scottish Marilyns. There are 224 of them, as Ladylea Hill has been promoted and Beinn Talaidh demoted. The official list of Grahams is available in The Grahams and the New Donalds, published by TACit Press, 138 West Stirling Street, Alva, Clackmannanshire FK12 5EN (#1.95 inc p&p).
Rowland Bowker remains the world's leading Marilyn bagger, though Ann Bowker is slowly closing, having amassed 209 new Marilyns in 1996. The end-of-year accounts for 1996 show there are ten members of the Hall of Fame. Stuart Benn's figures look a little unbalanced and nationalistic compared to the others.
|Born||Marilyns by end 1996|
(Scot, IoM, Wales, Eng)
|1st Marilyn||1000th Marilyn|
(973, 1, 156, 176)
|Turner Cleuch Law|
(944, 1, 156, 176)
(1014, 2, 100, 145)
(746, 1, 131, 119)
(679, 1, 75, 115)
(451, 1, 124, 110)
(504, 0, 70, 107)
(506, 1, 72, 73)
(583, 0, 7, 13)
(478, 0, 38, 85)
Membership of the Hall is open to anyone who has climbed over 600 Marilyns and is willing to provide this type of information. I would be pleased to hear from other prospective members.
The Sweats (Summits of Wales and England Above Two thousand feet) have been renamed Hewitts (Hills of England, Wales and Ireland over Two Thousand feet) to allow for expansion to cover Ireland. The number of Hewitts in England and Wales is now 314. Full details of all Hewitts are available in three booklets in the TACit Tables series: The Hewitts and Marilyns of Wales; The Hewitts and Marilyns of England and The Hewitts and Marilyns of Ireland. All three booklets published 1997 by TACit Press.
Further research has uncovered new highpoints for Dorset (Lewesdon Hill) and Lancashire (Green Hill). Local government reorganisation has had a dramatic effect on the list of county tops, with Rutland reappearing from April 1997 and Berkshire disappearing in 1998. Details of the current county tops in England and Ireland, and the council tops in Wales, are published in the relevant TACit Tables booklet.
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