There is a fine history of hillwalking lists from Sir Hugh Munro onward. However, there is a need for a new generation of lists that achieve the following:
The UK Prominent Peak (UKPP) database aims to provide a foundation for a new generation of hillwalking lists. This database has been developed by Jim Bloomer, a keen hillwalker and member of the UK Metric Association. This builds on Ordnance Survey data and the work of others.
The UKPP database requires that peaks have a minimum prominence of 100 metres and a minimum height of 500 metres. This avoids relatively insignificant sub-summits and smaller hills that do not merit inclusion.
A key innovation of Sir Hugh Munro's tables was that he recognised that there was a hierarchy of peaks. There are distinct "separate mountains" (Munros) and subsidiary "tops". However, he never documented how he distinguished between the two.
Different historic lists have often been separated by varied height criteria. The UK Prominent Peaks have a height classification too but within one consistent framework.
The Bloomer’s Challenge is a new generation hillwalking challenge. It offers the following benefits:
However, other hillwalking lists can be created from the database to meet individual or local requirements. As an example, the authors have created a "UK Thousander" list.
This website provides a range of resources for hillwalkers. The database itself is available as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet and documentation is provided on how to use it. A range of online maps is available for database users.
Today the database only includes data from the UK and Isle of Man. Some historic lists have covered the whole of Ireland and including data from the Republic of Ireland would clearly be valuable. The scale of the mountains there is very similar to the UK and so the same prominence and height criteria would be relevant.