The one and only guide to every col and pass in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
The essential data – to download, use and enjoy!
Ian Sampson, Spectator
`a groundbreaking act of reimagining the landscape’
Roger Cox, Scotsman
`a delicious and hypnotically fascinating masterpiece’
Stephen Bayley, Spectator
`Books of the Year’
`You will never read a wittier gazetteer’
Boyd Tonkin, Observer
`a beautiful little book … [it] gently rewires your brain and changes the way you look at the countryside.’
Feargal McKay, http://www.podiumcafe.com
Particular Books (2 June 2016)
Penguin paperback out on 5 April 2018
The following Word files contain the basic data for all 2002 cols and 105 passes in the United Kingdom and Ireland: the name or names of the col or pass, and the latitude and longitude coordinates.
Full details are given in the catalogue: name(s); elevation; surface; nearest place; region; latitude and longitude; National Grid coordinates; geographical, historical and anecdotal notes.
The book also contains a historical and geographical (and personal) introduction, a glossary of all the different terms for `col’ or `pass’, essays and stories on some of the main col regions, with hand-drawn `col maps’ of each region, a list of `superlatives’ (highest, steepest, remotest, tastiest, etc.).
The catalogue looks like this in the published book:
Once downloaded, these files can be used in Google Earth, Garmin GPS, http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/, etc.
Download Word file; select all and copy; click on gpsvisualizer link; choose `Google Maps’ (for example); paste text into box, removing `desc,’ from header; click on `Draw the map’.
A list of all the road cols in the British Isles, starting with the highest (Excel file)
All road cols
Boudicca Fox-Leonard in The Telegraph
(paste URL into address bar to complete)
Boyd Tonkin in The Observer
“Why isn’t my favourite climb listed in the catalogue?”
Because it isn’t a col or traditionally referred to as a pass.
“Where can I get the raw data?”
Right here (above).