Saturday, 1 July 2000

Mountain Profile: Win Hill

Win Hill from Lose Hill
Height: 462m (1,516ft)
Prominence: 144m (472ft)
Region: Peak District Dark Peak
Classifications: HuMP
Summit feature: Trig pillar
Times climbed: 1
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A trig pillar commands an excellent view
Win Hill lies north west of Bamford in the Peak District with a ridge running north west links it to Kinder Scout. The Roman road from Glossop over the Snake Pass crosses the ridge to the north and descends to Hope and the old Roman base of Brough in the Hope Valley, with the Hope Cross, a marker post dating from 1737, at the highest point of the road.

On top of Win Hill lies Win Hill Pike, locally known as the Pimple.

The hill's counterpart, Lose Hill, lies to the west. In relatively recent times, the two hills' names have prompted a fanciful tale concerning the outcome of an imagined battle. There is no historical basis for the tale whatsoever, and no evidence of any battle ever being fought here.

Win Hill was originally recorded as Wythinehull, meaning "Withy Hill" or "Willow Hill". Fragments of willow can still be found in the otherwise largely coniferous plantation on the approach from Yorkshire Bridge.

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