Relative Hills Society


For baggers of metric relative hills in Britain and the world

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Relevant discussion groups/forums include:

 rhb is a group set up by Alan Dawson and hosted on Yahoo. Many members of the Marilyn bagging community have been members of this forum for a number of years - the discussion includes the other relative hill lists. Once you have been accepted as a member of the group you can send and receive messages by email.

The googlegroups based Tump forum calls itself the home of discussion and advice on the Tumps. Once you have been accepted as a member of the group you can send and receive messages by email

There are two  relevant interest groups on

Relative hills of Britain  A place to share photos and experiences for relative hills. Orginally set up for Marilyn baggers, the group members now discuss hills from across the range of  British relative hill lists.

Island Bagging  A place to share photos, experiences and trip plans for islands, ... Based on the Significant Islands of Britain SIBs) as listed by Alan Holmes: Main SIBs are 30 hectares in area and/or 30m high There is a  spreadsheet listing all 1100+ islands in the  group's files area 



Useful recommended websites include:

  Relative Hills of Britain RHB Alan Dawson's website on Marilyns and other relative hill lists of Britain. Includes online versions of the 18 annual Marilyn Hall of Fame Newsletter magazine as well as the ongoing Marilyn Hall of Fame. Hill Bagging is the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills. The website is updated on a regular basis. Each hill has its own entry with a range of useful information. If you register on the website you can log your own progress with the lists.

 Harold Street Mountain Lists, GPS waypoints and hill-walking routes. An alternative website that is also based on the Database of British and Irish Hills. The website is updated on a regular basis.If you register on the website you can log your own progress with the lists.

 TrigpointingUK Trigpoint Logging System. Obviously not a relative hill based list. However there are useful trip reports and there is a very good phone app that allows you to log your tripoint pillars whilst on the hill and by checkng the FB number you can confirm you are on the right hilltop.

 Ordnance Survey Ordnance Survey Britain's mapping agency.

 Mountain Bothy Association manages 100 shelters in some of the remoter parts of Britain with the permission and support of the owners. The shelters are unlocked and are available for anyone to use, even relative hill-baggers..

 Grough magazine Grough Digital outdoor magazine with a FaceBook presence and an emphasis on mountain rescue.

 Mountain Weather Information Service Mountain Weather Information Service provide detailed three-day forecasts for the main hillwalking areas of Britain. There is also a phone app.

 British Geological Survey British Geological Survey Geology of Britain viewer. There are two very good phone apps to help you to identify what kind of rock that you just stubbed your toe on.

 Magicseaweed The Magicseaweed site is for surfers. However it is useful to know the sea conditions when bagging islands, which are hills surrounded by water, that is often choppy and swelly.

There are lots of other websites with an unfortunate tendency to use dreadful terms like sub2K and compleation. Few of them cover the whole of Britain - not to be recommended.


Internationally speaking

 Peakbagger USA based website with astonishing number of world-wide hill and mountain lists that would take several lifetimes to exhaust the possibilities. Excellent source for the Ultra and Major lists. Equally excellent phone app for Android and iPhones that allows you to store information from the Peakbagger and Summitpost websites for offline use. You can log your bags on the go. Highly recommended.

 Summitpost An invaluable source of information about mountains and mountain ranges throughout the world. Includes lots of trip reports and GPS tracks. Information can be stored on your phone using the Peakbagger app.

 Europeaklist European hill and mountain lists, country by country. A labour of love by Mark Trengove.

 MountainViews an outstanding website that covers Ireland. A contender for one of the best hill/mountain websites in the world.

 Wikiloc has trails of the world. Excellent collection of other people's GPS tracks for when trying to find the path without a British OS quality map.

 Austrian Alpine Club (UK Section) membership includes at no extra charge, Mountain Rescue Insurance; worldwide, without age limit and inclusive of repatriation; Alpine Hut Rights; discounted accommodation costs in alpine huts belonging to the National Alpine Mountaineering Federations. Extremely good value for money. Highly recommended.