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Favourite place or hill names
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Author:  Rambling Pete [ Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Favourite place or hill names

Hello - is there anybody out there? It's awfully quiet on the forum..

But now xmas is coming and you are all pouring over your OS maps...There must be thousands of unusual place names and names of fells, hills etc around the UK. I'm sure every OS map has one on, so what are your favourites. For example anyone who overindulges at Xmas wouldn't want to walk up Barf the next day.

Here is a picture for starters....good place to stop if you're a bit itchy :D


Author:  Stottie [ Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:00 pm ]
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Can't say it's a favourite, but alongside your "Barf" I offer you the unedifying image brought up (if one might use that expression) by the name "Catsick Hill".

(Exactly 21 years ago I met a redoubtable walker at Buttermere YH, and he told me that he always spent New Year's Eve in the pub at Todmorden with his mates and their wives, after which everyone went back to his place and carried on eating and drinking until dawn, whereupon those still standing put on their boots and coats and went for a hike on the tops. "Aye," he said ruefully, "there's allus one or two spew up on t' way up t'ill."
See what happens when you introduce "Barf" into the conversation...)

Author:  Lone Walker [ Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:20 am ]
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A couple of favourites - one of which I've visited and one I haven't.


Slippery Stones - I'd love to know how that place got its name.

Also, the high point of the county of Cornwall is called Brown Willy. Imagine the fun you could have with that one :) :) Obviously named in a much more innocent age

Author:  Stottie [ Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:30 pm ]
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Slippery Stones? Watch the kids falling about on an idyllic summer afternoon and you'll have no doubt that the algae-coated, water-smoothed millsne grit justifies its name.
The bridge over Slippery Stones originally bridged the river Derwent at the village of, yes, Derwent, which has been under the water of Ladybower Res for a long time now. The old packhorse trail known as Cut Gate which climbs over the moors to the east might have crossed the river at Slippery Stones, and there is an excellent book about such ancient tracks in Derbyshire, and I think the author might have the surname Dodd - something for you to Google over Christmas!!

Author:  David Hanson [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 1:55 pm ]
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I was thinking of entering a picture here, but I've never done it before and can't see how to include one. What's the trick?

Author:  Lone Walker [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:30 pm ]
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Have a look at this posting:

It walks you through the process.
It may look complicated, but once you've set it up its really quite easy.
Let me know if you have any problems and I'll help out - either by email or PM.

Author:  David Hanson [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:28 pm ]
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Thanks, Stuart. I don't have an account with a photo site at the moment so that's obviously the first thing to do - be back later!

Author:  Nimrod [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:18 pm ]
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Not the highest in the Cleveland Hills,but I'm always drawn to it - Roseberry Topping.

Author:  Journeyman [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:01 pm ]
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A cracking trig point on the hills above Glossop is Harry Hut.

Author:  Lone Walker [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:32 pm ]
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Journeyman wrote:
A cracking trig point on the hills above Glossop is Harry Hut.

And as if by magic.... the picture appeared..


And nearby is Lantern Pike, which always makes me think of Desperate Dan and his lantern jaw. The trig point on this hill has been toppled by local heifers or cows of some sort.


Author:  Lone Walker [ Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:25 pm ]
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I'm having great fun with this topic, so just to keep the momentum going...

Tex and I took a walk in the Peaks in January - we were walking to Shutlingsloe via a circuitous route.

We started at Ridgegate Reservoir and began the walk by passing Bottoms Reservoir, we then climbed to Ward's Knob
before cresting the summit of Tegg's Nose. Oh we did titter!

An anatomical walk if ever there was one.
Full walk report here:
http://www.lonewalker.walkingplaces.co. ... 080126.htm

Author:  Beorn [ Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:29 pm ]
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Don't get me started on North American names, a few of which would be rated R. This topic would never end. From London I've always enjoyed the Frognal name (Hampstead). Out Bexleyheath way is Black Fen, with the Black Fen School for Girls, sounding like something out of Harry Potter!

Author:  Beorn [ Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Lantern Marsh

Does anyone know where Lantern Marsh is? Brian Eno wrote a cool piece with that title on his "On Land" ambient music cd. He also wrote one on the same cd called "Lizard Point", but I think we all know where that is.

Author:  john [ Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:44 pm ]
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Shitlington Crags just before Bellingham is my favourite from the Pennine Way. (NY 830 809)

Author:  Lone Walker [ Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:15 pm ]
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Beorn wrote:
Does anyone know where Lantern Marsh is? Brian Eno wrote a cool piece with that title on his "On Land" ambient music cd. He also wrote one on the same cd called "Lizard Point", but I think we all know where that is.

Lantern Marshes are in Suffolk, about 20 miles north east of Ipswich, right on the coast. There's a huge transmitter station there, it looks pretty cool on Google Earth

john wrote:
Shitlington Crags just before Bellingham is my favourite from the Pennine Way. (NY 830 809)

I think that's my favourite so far :)
Made me laugh as I read it.

Author:  David Hanson [ Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:40 am ]
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Not exactly a funny place name, but I loved this sign when I came across it (on the SW Coast Path in Devon)...


Author:  Rambling Pete [ Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:18 pm ]
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Here are a lot to keep you going...no offence intended for the rude ones...just close your eyes..I copied a lot of these from another place...

well we'd best get Lord Hereford's Knob, Fan y Big and Brown Willy out of the way early on...

Too many pints of beer and you'll be needing the River Piddle, in Dorset.

Slack Bottom, near Heptonstall?

I'm not sure if it's a favourite but Shellow Bowels has a strange curiosity about it. Even if it does sound like a stomach complaint

The Bastard it’s a 186m hill on the Mull of Kintyre.

Bell End, which is 5 miles up the road from Lickey End near Stourbridge.

Or Crapstone on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon

.and there is George Michaels favourite in N Yorks....Wham Bottom, and Stanley Unwin's favourite Harter Fell..

There's a village in County Durham called Pity Me

There's another called 'No Place' which makes you wonder why they even bothered to give it a name.

Passing through 'Ugglebarnby' on the way to our holiday cottage at Staithes as a kid always raised a smile for some reason.

There is a No man's land in the peak and a Handley Bottom

Where do all the idiots go? - Pillocksgreen in Shropshire, or Nob End near Bolton

the most ungrateful place of 'Unthank'.

For sheer barminess though Cross my Loof in Scotland must rank fairly high.

I also can't make my mind up if Blubberhouses in Yorkshire is full of fat people or people who cant stop crying.

Don't forget if you ever Orkney Mainland i would recommend a visit to Twatt!

or if on shetland a visit to Muckle Flugga is a must!

Matching Tye in Essex. Suits you Sir.

Author:  Lone Walker [ Tue Dec 23, 2008 8:02 am ]
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A fantastic list from Pete - no way I can come close to matching that, but here's my (probably) final entry. I passed this little village
in Scotland on the way to Schiehallion.

Doesn't sound like it's much fun to live there.


Author:  walkandbike [ Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:52 am ]
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Don't forget Low Bell End nr Rosedale Abbey. :oops:

Author:  WalkieTalkie [ Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:04 pm ]
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Love a good/bad place name! On a hike just outside Haye-on-Wye our crossed over Lord Hereford's Knob. Unfortunately don't have a picture and didnt fancy getting a good look at Lord Hereford's Knox courtesy of google image search either, but it's there I promise!

Author:  Rutherford [ Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:50 pm ]
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daavidfischer wrote:
Has anyone actually gone to a foreign country just to make a dream walk happen? Well I have just been to India and I am right here right now. I think you should actually try to make it happen too. This is one awesome place that you guys should try. -

I am sure that everyone on this site would welcome reading the report of your walk together with photos as you have obviously got a wealth of walking experience that we could all benefit from.

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