Walking guidebook to Relative Hills of Britain - Marilyns - Europe - a Cicerone guidebook

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1st Published
1 Jan 1992
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The Relative Hills of Britain

Mountains, Munros and Marilyns

by Alan Dawson
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to walking all the Marilyns in Britain, Europe - the hills that are high with regard to the surrounding land with a drop of 150m or more on all sides. An invaluable reference work for all walkers, this guidebook contains a fascinating collection of not too serious facts and figures and is illustrated with very clear maps.

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How many hills are there in Britain? Has anyone climbed them all? Where is there for hill walkers to go in the south of England? What is a hill anyway? The answers to these and other questions will be found in The Relative Hills of Britain.

This book dispenses with the common assumption that a hill must be at least 2000ft high to be worth climbing. Instead it concentrates on listing all the hills that are relatively high compared to the surrounding land, rather than compared to sea level. This approach leads to some interesting results: for example, the highest points in the Cotswolds and Chilterns, Campsies and Quantocks are all included, as well as the main summits on numerous Scottish islands, whereas well-known mountain summits such as Cairn Gorm, Bowfell and Carnedd Dafydd do not qualify.

As well as being an invaluable reference work for all walkers, this book contains a fascinating collection of not too serious facts and figures about the Marilyns, as these relative hills have been called. The book is illustrated by a set of photographs and a large number of very clear maps, which make it easy to locate all the hills in each region.

  • Seasons
    Year-round possibilities.
  • Difficulty
    Varied difficulty according to location.
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May 2010

This update sheet summarises the most important changes to The Relative Hills of Britain since the book was published in April 1992, and also highlights changes since the previous update sheet in April 2006.

Update sheet


Chapter 1   Mountains, Munros and Marilyns
Chapter 2   The Challenge of the Marilyns
Chapter 3   The Marilyns by Region

    Region 1   Firth of Clyde to Strath Tay
    Region 2   Loch Rannoch to Loch Tay
    Region 3   Loch Leven to Connel Bridge and Glen Lochy
    Region 4   Fort William to Loch Ericht
    Region 5   Loch Ericht to Glen Tromie and Glen Garry
    Region 6   Forest of Atholl to Braemar and Blairgowrie
    Region 7   Braemar to Montrose
    Region 8   The Cairngorms
    Region 9   Spean Bridge to Elgin
    Region 10 Glen Shiel to Glenfinnan
    Region 11 Loch Duich to Loch Ness, South of Loch Mullardoch
    Region 12 Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness, North of Loch Mullardoch
    Region 13 Loch Carron to Loch Maree
    Region 14 Loch Maree to Loch Broom and Garve
    Region 15 Ullapool to Moray Firth
    Region 16 The Far North
    Region 17 Skye, Rhum, Mull and Nearby Islands
    Region 18 Ardnamurchan to Loch Linnhe
    Region 19 Oban to Dunoon and the Mull of Kintyre
    Region 20 Jura, Islay, Arran and Nearby Islands
    Region 21 Strathspey to Aberdeen
    Region 22 Shetland Islands
    Region 23 Orkney Islands
    Region 24 Western Isles
    Region 25 St Kilda
    Region 26 Central Scotland from Dumbarton to Montrose
    Region 27 South-West Scotland
    Region 28 Firth of Forth to the English Border
    Region 29 Isle of Man
    Region 30 North Wales
    Region 31 Mid Wales and Pembrokeshire
    Region 32 South Wales
    Region 33 The Scottish Border to the River Tyne
    Region 34 The Lake District
    Region 35 The Northern and Central Pennines
    Region 36 Lancashire, Cheshire and the Southern Pennines
    Region 37 The River Tees to The Wash
    Region 38 The Welsh Borders
    Region 39 Central and Eastern England
    Region 40 Cornwall and Devon
    Region 41 South Central England
    Region 42 South-East England and the Isle of Wight

Chapter 4   The Marilyns by Height
Chapter 5   The Absolute Summits of England and Wales
Chapter 6   The County Tops
Chapter 7   Hill Walking by Numbers
Chapter 8   Further Reading

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