Climbing The 95 ‘Ethels’
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
New Peak District Hill Walking Challenge: Climbing The 95 ‘Ethels’
The Ethels are 95 hills in the Peak District of England, mostly over 400m above sea level but including various prominent lower hills. The Ethels are a tribute to Ethel Haythornthwaite who pioneered the establishment of the Peak District as Britain’s first national park in 1951.
The Peak District and South Yorkshire branch of the CPRE countryside charity announced The Ethels in May 2021. The Ethels were devised in early 2021 by CPRE volunteer Doug Colton, who then built the Ethel Ready smartphone app for hill bagging.
Most of the Ethels lie within the Peak District National Park, but others lie outside its borders.
We have a new reason to pull on their boots and get walking in the Peak District.
You’ve heard of the Munros in Scotland and the Lake District Wainwrights. Now there’s a new hill walking challenge for the summits of the Peak District – the ‘Ethels’!
The Ethels are all the Peak District hilltops over 400m above sea level. And some significant lower prominent hills that stand out in their own right. There are 95 in total – enough to keep the keenest hill walkers busy for many months to come.
They are mapped and listed on a new smartphone app that’s been released to coincide with The Peak District and South Yorkshire branch of the CPRE countryside charity 97th birthday in May 2021.
And they’ve named them the Ethels. That’s in tribute to the charity’s founder, the pioneering environmentalist Ethel Haythornthwaite.
Some of the peaks are:
Kinder Scout, Bleaklow Head, Black Hill, Shining Tor, Higher Shelf Stones, Margery Hill, Black Chew Head, Mam Tor, Chrome Hill, Eldon Hill, Shatton Edge, Eyam Moor, to name but a few.
Who was Ethel Haythornthwaite?
Ethel created the charity in 1924. She found refuge in the beautiful countryside near her Sheffield home, after her husband Captain Henry Gallimore was killed in the First World War. She was just 22-years-old at the time.
“Ethel was lost in grief,” said CPRE PDSY chief executive Tomo Thompson.
“Her parents suggested that she took restorative walks in the countryside around the city. It’s an area we now know as the Peak District.
“Those walks and landscapes had a profound effect and literally changed her life. She went on to create the countryside charity that we now know as CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire.
“She helped protect wild areas like Longshaw and Blackamoor from development by organising their purchase for public access. She was also a key figure in creating the Peak District as Britain’s first national park seventy years ago.
“Today so many more people are finding refuge from Covid lockdown in the countryside on their doorsteps. So, it is thought very apt to create this new hill walking challenge in Ethel’s memory.
How does the smartphone app work?
The smartphone app maps all 95 Ethels and lists them by name with their height and grid reference.
They range from the 287m summit of Thorpe Cloud at the gateway to Dovedale in the limestone “White Peak” to the remote moorland summits of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill in the northern gritstone “Dark Peak” area.
The highest is the top of Kinder Scout, at 636m above sea level.
CPRE PDSY supporter Doug Colton came up with the ‘Ethels’ idea. Doug then worked with the charity to create the app named “Ethel Ready”. It can now be downloaded for both Apple and Android.
It includes a tick-list accumulator that allows you to work your way through the hills entirely at your own speed.
“Some people may want to join them all up in a very long run. Others might want to take it more steadily, ticking off just one or two a year,” said Tomo Thompson.
The app also has a CPRE tab that links to their website where you can learn more about their work, join the charity as a member, or make a donation to them.
“We have launched the app for free as we don’t actually ‘own’ those hills. We’ve just made a list of them!” Added Tomo Thompson.
Ethel Mary Bassett Haythornthwaite (Ward), MBE
Birthdate: January 18, 1894
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 11, 1986 (92)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
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TOP TEN HIGHEST ETHELS
Name Height Prominence Grid ref County
1 Kinder Scout 636 497 SK084875 Derbyshire
2 Bleaklow 633 128 SK094960 Derbyshire
3 Higher Shelf Stones 621 15 SK089948 Derbyshire
4 Grindslow Knoll 601 15 SK110868 Derbyshire
5 Black Hill 582 165 SE078046 Derbyshire / W Yorks
6 Brown Knoll 569 36 SK083851 Derbyshire
7 Shining Tor 559 236 SJ994737 Cheshire / Derbyshire
8 Axe Edge Moor 551 84 SK035706 Derbyshire
9 High Stones (Howden Edge) 550 62 SK187943 South Yorkshire
10 Lord’s Seat (Rushup Edge) 550 62 SK111834 Derbyshire
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