Place Fell Database of British and Irish Hills

These are a few sites that may interest users of the DoBIH. Most apps have been evaluated by the editorial team.

General resources
  • Hill Lists
    Graham Haley's iPhone app.
  • British Hills
    Android app developed by Adam Coles. Now on DoBIH v15.3. Also available for Windows phone.
  • National Parks offline maps
    Range of iOS apps covering all the National Parks and some other areas. Offline OS mapping down to a nominal 1:10k scale with DoBIH hill data and other functionality.
  • Peak Scanner
    Uses DoBIH data together with the GPS, magnetometer and gyroscope functions in the phone to produce an Augmented Reality view, allowing you to find out about the hills around you by pointing your phone at them. iOS and Android versions.
  • Geograph
    Invaluable source of mapping at 1:250k, 1:50k, 1:25k and a larger scale. The grid ref field allows 6, 8 and 10 figure GRs with or without spaces. Click inside the map to obtain a zoomable map showing the different scales, with a pin located at your grid reference. The largest scale shows more spot heights than any other source, and sometimes additional contours at 5m spacing not shown on the 1:25k map (note that the reverse is very occasionally true). The parent page displays photographs within the 1km grid square. The experimental coverage map gives the same mapping over a larger area but without the pin. The search box now accepts grid references. Clicking inside the map gives an image gallery ordered by distance from the clicked location.
  • OS Maps
    Online topographical resource that has replaced OS Get-a-map. A grid reference can be entered in the search box (top left). Shows 5m contours at the largest scale in all areas of Britain but lacks spot heights and other detail. Photogrammetry differs from Geograph and paper maps. The "Grid Ref" tool places a cursor in the centre of the map and displays the grid reference at that location.
  • OS OpenData
    Vector mapping at a nominal 1:25k scale on zoom settings 8 and 9 and a nominal 1:10k scale on settings 10 and 11. Settings 8 and 9 show many but not all of the additional spot heights on Geograph and may be less up to date. With rare exceptions, settings 10 and 11 have no spot heights but are useful for towns. Also accessible in Hill Bagging via the Show Map option, where additional zoom scales offer 1:50k mapping.
  • Grid Reference Finder
    Gives a Google Map from a grid reference, OS and Bing maps, and where applicable Google Streetview. Outputs lat/long and postcode, which are also available as inputs.
  • PRONI Historical Maps Viewer
    Current and historical OSNI maps. For current 1:50k and 1:10k maps, click on the Basemap Gallery (first icon, top right of screen). For 1:10k metric maps of 1957-1986 vintage and historical 6 inch maps, click on "Layer list" (second icon). Maps will only display at certain zoom scales; click inside the map and use the +/- buttons at top left.
  • NIEA Map Viewer
    OSNI 1:50k and historic 6" maps of Northern Ireland. To obtain the latter, select Historic Maps from the menu. Not the easiest site to use.

    The OSi viewer has been replaced by the less useful GeoHive product. The search box requires xcoord, ycoord. It does not accept lettered grid references.

  • Magic Maps
    Large scale interactive maps overlaid with geographical, environmental or administrative information. "Administrative Geographies" is useful for pinpointing boundaries for County Tops.
  • LIDAR (England)
    LIDAR (Wales)
    LIDAR (Scotland)
    Highly accurate height data at 1m or 2m spatial resolution covering much of England and Wales, particularly lowland areas, and a small part of Scotland.
  • National Library of Scotland
    Best source of historic mapping at 1:10560 (6 inch) and 1:63360 (1 inch) scales, covering the whole of Britain. Also offers 1:2500 (25 inch) maps in Scotland and 1:25000 in England and Wales. Coverage of England and Wales at 1:2500 and larger scales is progressing. Has recently added post-war 1:10560 and larger scale maps from the National Grid survey. High quality reproductions, fully zoomable.
    Online source of old 1:10000, 1:10560, 1:2500 and larger scale maps. The maximum zoom level for non-subscribers generally allows heights to be read at 1:2500 but not at smaller scales. Useful for large scale maps in England and Wales, and for post-1940s maps not available on the NLS site.
  • Datum height differences
    Useful for converting pre-1921 surveyed heights on old maps from Liverpool Dock to the Newlyn datum.
  • UK Street Map Coordinate Converter
    Converts between 6-figure GRs, xcoord/ycoord, latitude/longitude and postcode.
  • Sabre maps
    Range of maps including War Office maps of Ireland.
  • Where's the path
    OS and satellite mapping side by side, or two OS maps, with choice of modern 1:50k and old 1" OS maps. It defaults to the latter after the allocated number of 1:50k map tiles per day has been reached.
Communities and organisations
  • The Relative Hills of Britain
    Comprehensive resource and focus for the RHB community.
  • RHB group
    Forum for baggers of Marilyns and Humps. Members can opt for a daily digest by email. Nowadays it is mainly used for notifications. The related Facebook group carries general traffic from walkers sharing photos and experiences on the hills.
  • The Tump Forum
    Essential resource for Tump baggers. All changes to the list are announced here. Also covers Simms and Dodds. Members can opt for a daily email alerting them to new postings.
  • Relative Hills Society
    For baggers of metric lists. The magazine Relative Matters (not available online) has taken over from Marhofn, whose last issue was in 2016.
  • MountainViews
    Long established site with an online community and resources for the Irish hillwalker. Run by a committee with whom we share data and surveying expertise.
  • The Munro Society
    Society open to Munro "compleaters". One of its objectives was to check the heights of marginal qualifiers on Munro's list, for which it commissioned surveys by the DoBIH survey team (G&J Surveys). This resulted in Sgurr nan Ceannaichean and Beinn a'Chlaidheimh being reclassified as Corbetts, and Knight's Peak deleted from the Munro Tops.