Win Hill


Win Hill

Infobox Mountain
Name = Win Hill
Photo = Winhill.jpg
Caption =
Elevation = 462 m (1,516 ft)
Location = Peak District, England
Range =
Prominence = "c." 144 m
Coordinates =
Topographic
OS "Landranger" 110
Type =
Age =
First ascent =
Easiest route =
Grid_ref_UK = SK186850

Win Hill lies north west of Bamford in the Derbyshire Peak District of England. At 462 m high, it is almost surrounded by the River Derwent to the east, River Noe to the south west and Ladybower Reservoir to the north, but 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. Win Hill Pike has an Ordnance Survey triangulation point, or trig point. Often misnamed the Old Witches Knoll, Win Hill Pike is often used for a Duke of Edinburgh Award station.

With around 144 m of relative height, Win Hill is only a few metres short of qualifying as a Marilyn.

The hill's counterpart, Lose Hill, lies to the west.

Win Hill gets its name from the Battle of Win Hill and Lose Hill in 626. Prince Cwichelm and his father, King Cynegils of Wessex, possibly with the aid of King Penda of Mercia, gathered their forces on neighbouring Lose Hill and marched on the Northumbrians based on Win Hill. Despite their superior numbers, Wessex was defeated by the Northumbrians building a wall and rolling boulders down upon them.


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