Saturday, 1 October 2016

Mapping Mountains – Summit Relocations – The Fours

Willstone Hill (SO 485 943)

There has been a Summit Relocation initiated by a survey with the Trimble GeoXH 6000 to the listing of The Fours, with the survey that resulted in the following details taking place on the 24th September 2016 in good, clear, albeit windy conditions in the company of Mark Trengove who had suggested the walk, and Bob Kerr.

The name of the hill is Willstone Hill and it is situated in the hills of the Long Mynd which are topographically connected to the Stiperstones, with the hill positioned between the town of Church Stretton to the west south-west and the small community of Cardington to the east north-east.

The hill is listed as a 400m Sub-Four (The Fours published by Europeaklist and Haroldstreet), these are the English 400m hills with 30m minimum drop, with 400m Sub-Fours being those 400m hills that have a minimum 20m and under 30m of drop.

The previously listed summit position for the hill corresponded with where the 403m spot height appears on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps, this is at SO 48528 94341.  This point is on grassed heath land which forms a part of this hill’s rounded summit.  However, as with many hills in this area Willstone Hill has an attractive small outcrop of volcanic rock situated on it.  This rock outcrop is positioned on the northern extremity of the summit area and its high point was Trimbled as being 404.7m (404.650m, converted to OSGM15) compared to the high point of the adjacent rounded summit; 404.0m (404.024m, converted to OSGM15).

This is not a dramatic relocation in distance from the old to the new summit, but the relocation from the rounded heath land summit to the rock outcrop necessitates a Summit Relocation post, and therefore the position of the relocated summit is at SO 48564 94370 and is the top of a small rock outcrop, this is not given a spot height on current Ordnance Survey maps but the Trimble GeoXH 6000 result gave it as 0.63m higher when compared to the high point of its adjacent heath land top.

The full details for the hill are:

Cardinal Hill:  Stiperstones

Summit Height:  404.7m (converted to OSGM15)

Name:  Willstone Hill

OS 1:50,000 map:  137, 138

Summit Grid Reference (New Position):  SO 48564 94370
Drop:  22.4m (converted to OSGM15)

The Trimble GeoXH 6000 gathering data at the high point of the rounded heath land top of Willstone Hill, with the new summit of the hill at the top of the rock outcrop on the left of this photograph

Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams (October 2016)

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