Welcome to The Hardys website and The Hardys book - with a News Page, a Photo Gallery, a "Google" site/book search and a forum - plus bagging info and prizes! The site stats show more and more interest, thanks for visiting (and re-visiting!). Do let me know what you think about the site and the Hardys (see the Contact page).
Wherever you are in the United Kingdom, whatever your walking ability, there is a High Point you can visit. Everybody seems to be interested in the question “what is the highest point of … ?”. This site answers this question for the hill ranges, islands and administrative areas of the United Kingdom.
It also provides the information people need to visit these High Points, encouraging everybody to go out walking, to improve their fitness, to enjoy the countryside, to explore the whole UK and to share their enjoyment.
There is also a Facebook Group "The Hardys High Points".
The Hardys are summarised in the Wikipedia article "Hardy (hill)", and included in the article "Lists of Hills in the British Isles".
Now beginning to look forward (once the snow finally gives way to Spring!) to our next Hardys bagging trip to Scotland in May/June (via a week's hill-climbing in the Lake District) to tick off the two core Hardys in the Orkneys, plus sundry non-core islands there too.
23rd March 2013
Latest Site Updates
The compiler's profile was updated on 23rd March 2013.
The site text was updated during July 2012 to become V2.0/0.1 (some minor residual associated changes are still to be completed).
The Hardys is the only source of “high points” covering all the UK’s hill ranges, larger islands and top-tier administrative areas. It provides a comprehensive UK-wide complement to the more “specialised” summit lists (the Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Hewitts, Marilyns … ), and opens up the fascination and enjoyment of, and achievement in, “bagging” to everybody, whatever their walking abilities and wherever they live in the UK. It is recognised as an authority by the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA). There are now 343 Hardys, with the recent identification of PORTSEA ISLAND (essentially the City of Portsmouth!) as an island non-core Hardy.
The Hardys High Points are listed in a Book, first compiled in the early nineties, and now available in an updated and expanded third edition, including maps and the latest administrative area changes. The book's online version can be found on the Book page, in six PDF parts. An Addenda publishing post-third Edition amendments is also included.
The Book provides the criteria for the High Point listings in three categories: hill ranges, islands and top-tier administrative areas.
You can bag Hardys just like any other hill list I know there are people out there “doing” The Hardys, and this site can enable me and fellow baggers to keep in touch with how everybody is getting on! Let me know how you are doing (see the Contacts Page) and I will post your info on the site.
To encourage participation, I am offering prizes for completing the first “round” of Hardys (verified by me), overall and in several sub-categories (see the Bag Totals page).
I also hope you will enjoy looking round the site, and please e-mail me if you have any news, comments, suggestions or queries; or would like any documents e-mailed to you (Word 2003); or to let me know how many Hardys you have already “bagged” (you can count “previous”!) - for the latest "News" go to the News page.
17th July 2012