Mountains in England & Wales starting with T
|The summit of The Cheviot (2500ft+) , in Northumberland (England), is less than 2km from the the Scotland/England Border and thus can also be climbed from Scotland. It is a massive almost crag-free dome-shaped hill, notoriously boggy on its extensive summit plateau. Access to its giant trig point, on a grassy island in the middle of bog, has been substantially improved by the laying of a pathway of large flat stones flown in by helicopter.
From the summit a path goes SW almost to Cairn Hill (777m) then turns W to join the Border Ridge and the main Pennine Way footpath at an un-named cairn (743m). Another path from the summit runs ENE across the plateau 700m then divides, the N branch descending to the head of College Valley, and the forward continuation leading over Scald Hill (548m) and down to Harthope Valley.
The usual Scottish starting point is Cocklawfoot at the head of the Bowmont Valley S of Town Yetholm. The Cheviot may also be accessed by a rather long walk up College Valley from Hethpool near Kirk Newton to the N, and from the Harthope Valley to the ENE.
The Old Man of Coniston
|The Old Man of Coniston (2500ft+) (also called ‘Coniston Old Man’) lies W of Coniston town, in the Lake District (England), which it dominates. Its lower slopes have been the site of much mining activity in the past.
To its NE is a little glacial tarn (Low Water) enclosed to N and W by crags which lie below the ridge (Brim Fell, 796m) linking it to Swirl How (802m) 2.7 km to the N. Additionally, Brim Fell’s SW slopes descend to a col (Goat’s Hause, 649m) with Dow Crag (778m) which lies 1 km W of The Old Man across Goat’s Water. Since only 1 metre of vertical height officially separates The Old Man of Coniston (803m) and Swirl How (802m) a comparable situation exists for this pair of tops as for the (single) Corbett with 2 competing tops Sgurr a’ Bhac Chaolais ( 885m summit spot height) and Buidhe Bheinn (, 885m contour); and the prudent bagger should include both tops in a traverse ‘to be sure’.
The most scenic approach routes for this traverse are from Coniston; but it is also possible to approach both tops from Seathwaite Tarn Reservoir to the W.
|Tryfan (3000ft+) is a compact craggy mountain and its area is one of the smallest in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales). At 915m it , just scrapes in as a 3000-footer. It forms a single ridge, orientated NNE – SSW, which runs a mere 1.6 km from the E end of Llyn Ogwen to Bwlch Tryfan where it unites with Glyder Fach (994m). These statistics belie its magnificence and grandeur.
Tryfan completely dominates the scene as one approaches from the E on the A5 road, its skyline of triple summits above a wall of rock, quickening the pulse of all who come to walk or climb. The central top is the highest and is crowned with 2 matching pillar-like upended stones known as ‘Adam and Eve’. There is also a Far South Peak (850m) about 350m SSW of the summit.
The usual ascent route is up the N ridge, involving some scrambling; but it may also be climbed from Bwlch Tryfan via the S ridge. A third route, the ‘heather terrace’, follows a straight diagonal line across its W face on a rock ledge which is comfortably wide and without exposure and emerges on the S ridge at the col before the Far South Peak.