My primary aim, since I re-took to walking as a serious pastime in my 40s, has been to walk long-distance paths; however, I’ve always enjoyed hill-walking too, and this section gives notes on some of my ascents.

British hills are divided into categories according to height and, sometimes, other features. The groupings that interest me are Munros, Corbetts and Hewitts.

The latter are hills in England, Wales and Ireland over 200ft with a relative height of 98ft. I’ve not so much as set foot in Ireland, but I’ve climbed many of the Welsh Hewitts, including all the 3000-footers, and a good number of the English Hewitts too.

Crib Goch

The Crib Goch ridge (1974)

The first two classifications are only properly applied to hills in Scotland. Munros are the 282 mountains over 3000ft, and Corbetts those between 2,500 and 3,000 feet with a relative height of at least 500 feet (that is, height between it and the lowest contour encircling it and no higher summit).

The relative height measure is brought in to help resolve the question as to whether successive high points on a ridge, say, are separate mountains or not. There is no such measure for a Munro; the issue is resolved in a more impressionistic way, with subsidiary heights being deemed ‘Munro tops’. I’ve climbed few of either, as I don’t go to Scotland much, although several featured on my cross-Scotland walk.