Monday, 20 July 2020

Mapping Mountains – Hill Reclassifications – The 500-Metre Tops of England and Wales – Deweys

Woldside (SD 874 830) – Dewey addition

This is one in a series of retrospective Hill Reclassification posts that detail hills whose status has altered in the listing of the Deweys and where I have had direct association with the status change.  These posts will tie in with a forthcoming Change Register giving detail to this list and its alterations since publication in the Mountain tables book.

LIDAR image of Woldside (SD 874 830)

The 500-Metre Tops of England and Wales are affectionately known after their hill list compiler; Michael Dewey.  This list mixes metric and imperial height in its criteria to bookend up to the 2000ft height band and takes in all hills in England, Isle of Man and Wales that are 500m and above and below 2000ft (609.6m) in height that have 30m minimum drop.

This list formed one of a number of lists that appeared in the Mountain tables book published by Constable in 1995 and at the time of publication comprised 373 hills with 164 in England, 5 in the Isle of Man and 204 in Wales.  The Deweys have undergone extensive revision since first publication with the initial stages forming the basis of this revision given below:

1995    Mountain tables published by Constable with 373 hills listed as Deweys.

April 2000    Strider (LDWA quarterly booklet) publishes contact details for David Purchase and Myrddyn Phillips who have found and list 24 and 14 possible new 500m tops respectively.

It was expanded versions of the above two lists that formed the basis of the next publication:

25th May 2000    List of Possible 500 Metre Tops by Michael Dewey listing 44 hills.

David Purchase expands his Additional Dewey 500m Hills and Myrddyn Phillips produces lists of English 500m hills to measure and Welsh 500m hills to measure.

These lists formed the basis of the next publication:

29th June 2000    Possible/Probable 500’s by Michael Dewey listing 77 hills.  Michael adopts following protocol; if one person proposes that a top should qualify as a 500 by personal survey, and is then confirmed by a second person, it should then be promoted to the main list.

April 2002    The 500+ Tops of England and Wales – The ‘New Deweys’ published in the Strider booklet and listing 66 new qualifying hills.

25th May 2006    Rob Woodall republishes Michael’s main and possible/probable lists on the RHB Yahoo group file database. 

Mountain tables by Michael Dewey

The details for this addition appear below:

The name the hill is listed by in the Deweys is Woldside, and it is adjoined to the Ingleborough group of hills which are situated in the Yorkshire Dales in England, and it is positioned with the A684 road to its north, the B6255 road to its west and the B6160 road to its east, and has the town of Hawes towards the north.

This hill was not included in the original 1995 Constable publication, but with a 596m summit spot height and col contouring between 560m – 570m that appear on the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer map, the interpolated drop value was estimated sufficient for this hill to be a potential new Dewey.

Extract from the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer map

The above detail was noted by Rob Woodall and Myrddyn Phillips who worked independently but also exchanged all data, with Rob having assessed the hill’s qualification on site.  These details were forwarded to the list author; Michael Dewey and the hill was added to the list on the 19th November 2000.

However, it was not until LIDAR became available that the details for this hill could be accurately re-assessed.  The LIDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) technique produced highly accurate height data that is now freely available for much of England and Wales.

LIDAR summit image for Woldside

LIDAR col image for Woldside

The summit and col heights for this hill were subsequently ascertained from LIDAR analysis conducted by Myrddyn Phillips, resulting in a 595.3m summit height and a 560.4m col height, with these values giving this hill 34.9m of drop, confirming its Dewey status. 

The full details for the hill are:

Name:  Woldside

OS 1:50,000 map:  98

OS 1:25,000 map:  2, 30

Summit Height:  595.3m (LIDAR)

Summit Grid Reference:  SD 87423 83003 and SD 87437 83001 (LIDAR)

Col Height:  560.4m (LIDAR)

Col Grid Reference:  SD 86487 83567 (LIDAR)

Drop:  34.9m (LIDAR)

Myrddyn Phillips (July 2020)

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