Toposcope

I have mentioned the Toposcopes on the top of hills and hillforts and as I will talk about these places again I thought a brief description would be interesting.

A Toposcope is a monument indicating direction and distance of notable land marks

These landmarks can be hills, mountains, towns, the Sea, Battlefields or historical places.

They are usually at popular vantage points either where there is a 360 degree view or long reaching views.

The plaques are usually cast in bronze and in their simplest form have radiating lines which line up with the landmarks they indicate and the distance to them.

More complex Toposcopes have lines showing the shapes of the hills, the way you are looking, with their names and distance from where you are standing. There will also be compass points marked on them.

There is a Toposcope at the top of Flounders Folly.

One of my favourite is at Bury Ditches which gives a view all round and another is at Clee Hill Village at the car park which has views including the Malvern Hills.

Hill Bagging

Long Mynd

Long Mynd

I knew about Munro bagging but had not realised there was other classifications for hills and mountains.

A Munro is a mountain over 3,000 feet. If haven’t you heard of Munro bagging, it is where some people who like climbing,  climb all the mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet? Their aim being to climb all the Munros.

I was looking up some information on Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee and kept wondering what the little bit saying Marilyn meant. When I looked it up I found this whole world of other classification for hills and mountains.

I am not going to explain them all here but there are names like Wainwrights, Donalds and Tumps. Tumps in Shropshire are burial mounds, and probably in other parts of the country as well.

These classifications are said to give climbers something to aim for, others say it devalues climbing.

However you feel towards these classifications it is still interesting subject.

In future look for the hill classifications in blogs about Shropshire Hills.

The image above is a view of Church Stretton and Long Mynd taken near the summit of Caer Caradoc, Shropshire by Copsewood from Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Brown Clee Hill and Titterstone Clee Hill

Panorama from Brown Clee Hill

Panorama from Brown Clee Hill

Titterstone Clee Hill and Brown Clee Hill are in the south of Shropshire. They are both within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are linked together by a ridge between them and are both interesting in their own right.

Brown Clee is the highest hill in Shropshire at 540 metres (1,770 feet) above sea level. Titterstone Clee Hill is the third highest hill in Shropshire. It rises to 533 metres(1,749 feet) above sea level. Both are classifyed as Marilyns (see blog on hillbagging).

Popular with walkers, and on clear days there are extensive, beautiful views over many other counties and from Titterstone Clee these extend into Wales.

Quarrying has had a huge effect on both hills and there is still an open quarry on Titterstone Clee.

Nordy Bank Hill Fort is the only intact hill fort on Brown Clee. Abdon Burf And Clee Burf and the Hill Fort on Titterstone Clee Hill have been largely damaged due to the quarrying activities.

Both hills now have radar arrays on their summits. Titterstone Clee Hills is refered to as the Golf Ball, (see below photograph) as that is what it looks like. There is also Met Office sensors as well.

There is lots to see  which gives a link to how humans have had their effect on Brown Clee and Titterstone Clee Hill.

Titterstone Clee Hill

Titterstone Clee Hill

The photograph Panorama from Brown Clee Hill above is taken from Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The photograph Titterstone Clee Hill above is taken from Pixabay.