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
Apps
  • Hill Lists
    Graham Haley's iPhone app. Generally uses the latest DoBIH release. Now includes the Tumps.
  • British Hills
    Android app developed by Adam Coles. Uses 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.
Mapping
Britain
  • 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 contours that used to be shown at the largest scale disappeared when the OS feed changed in February 2019, along with many spot heights at cols; those at summits often differ from those previously shown. The parent page displays photographs within the 1km grid square. Links are given in DoBIH and Hill Bagging.

    The Interactive Coverage Map used to give the same scales over a larger area but currently offers nothing larger than 1:50k. It may still be useful for producing a gallery of images ordered by distance when you click at a desired location inside the map. The experimental v4 is based on OpenStreetMap but has links to historic 1" mapping.

  • Magic Maps
    Large scale interactive maps overlaid with geographical, environmental or administrative information. Links are given on Hill Bagging. "Administrative Geographies" is useful for pinpointing boundaries for County Tops.
  • OS Maps
    Online topographical resource. A grid reference can be entered in the search box (top left). It used to show 5m contours at the largest scale in all areas of Britain but these disappeared in July 2020. 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. Links are given in Hill Bagging.
  • Scotlis
    Gives OS mapping in Scotland with the 5m contours formerly shown on OS Maps at high zoom levels. Append xcoord/ycoord to the URL to navigate directly to a particular location.
  • OS OpenData
    Source of free geospatial data.
  • 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. Links for individual hills are given in Hill Bagging.
  • old-maps.co.uk
    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 frequently not at smaller scales, where brown labels may not display. Useful for large scale maps in England and Wales, and for post-1940s maps not available on the NLS site.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • UK Street Map Coordinate Converter
    Converts between 6-figure GRs, xcoord/ycoord, latitude/longitude and postcode.
  • Datum height differences
    Useful for converting pre-1921 surveyed heights on old maps from Liverpool Dock to the Newlyn datum.
LIDAR Irish Republic
  • MountainViews
    Gives OpenStreetMap mapping overlaid with MountainViews hills. The OSi site formerly offered a useful map but now directs you to GeoHive whose maps lack any elevation data.
  • Geograph
    Gives OpenStreetMap mapping with some photographs. The Coverage Map offers historic half-inch mapping.
  • Historic Environment Viewer
    Historic 6" and 25" maps from the 19th century OS survey. The coordinates icon accepts xcoord, ycoord in Irish National Grid.
  • Sabre maps
    Offers a few half inch maps. It used to have War Office maps of Ireland but these have disappeared.
LIDAR
  • Open Topographic Data Viewer
    LIDAR datasets from several sources brought together by The Geological Survey of Ireland. Currently no coverage of upland areas.
Northern Ireland
  • 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.
Communities and organisations
  • The Relative Hills of Britain
    Comprehensive resource and focus for the RHB community.
  • The Tump Forum
    Essential resource for Tump baggers. Summary changes to the lists on Hill Bagging are announced here. Also covers Simms and Dodds. Members can opt for a daily digest.
  • Pedantic Publications
    Forum for discussion of Marilyns, Humps, and other matters. Replaced the defunct Yahoo rhb group in December 2020. Members can opt for a daily digest.
  • Relative Hills Society
    Society for baggers of metric lists in Britain and abroad. The magazine Relative Matters (not available online) has taken over from Marhofn, whose last issue was in 2016.
  • Relative Hills of Britain Facebook group. Popular group focused on relative hill bagging. Many postings share photos and experiences on the hills.
  • 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 early objectives was to measure 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. An account is given in the book Scaling the Heights.

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