Accurate set of Wainwright GRs for download?


Does anybody happen to know where it’s possible to download what they *know* to be an accurate set of Wainwright GRs?

I’ve plotted them manually on a digital map using the info from Sean McMahon’s excellent Striding Edge. However, I found a set for download at

Having loaded them both into the map, I’ve spotted a discrepancy (there may be more) which makes me wonder which is correct. The one I spotted (I’ve only taken a quick look so far) is Gray Crag in the Far Eastern Fells, which Sean has at NY 42675 11882. It’s shown at NY 42775 11668, though, in the downloaded set.

Does anybody know for sure where I can get an accurate set? I’d hate to walk round and then find I’d been to the wrong places! *g* As far as I can see, Wainwright doesn’t include GR info in his books.

12 Responses to Accurate set of Wainwright GRs for download?

  1. Lonewalker says:


    You can get a set at my site here:

    This is the set I’ve been using.
    Also all the Outlying Fells and loads of other hill collections available on that page.

  2. Lonewalker says:

    Sorry – forgot to add this…

    The Gray Crag dilema is that the cairn at NY 42675 11882 is not actually the high point according to the OS, that is at the other GR you mention NY 42775 11668 or very close to it.

    My set uses the latter GR but at the end ofthe day if you’ve walked to the north end of this ridge as most will do then you’ve covered both bases.

    Also, apologies but the reference I sent earlier actually downloads a set of Lat/Long references in CSV file, but should load into QUO for you.

    If it doesn’t let me know and I’ll send you the OS GR version by email.

    • peewiglet says:

      Ooh, excellent thanks! I’ll see if I can get it to load in Quo, and let you know if I can’t.

      Thanks again for helping ♥

  3. BG! says:

    I found that there were quite a few discrepancies. I loaded them into my MemoryMap installation and corrected them myself. I’ve not tried to extract the GR data since, but I’ll have a go if you want.

    • peewiglet says:

      Oh, no! Don’t go to all that trouble, thanks (though thank you v. much for offering ♥)

      Where do you get the definitive list of accurate GRs from, though? If I knew I had one I’d just correct my own points.

      • BG! says:

        “Where do you get the definitive list of accurate GRs from, though?”

        I didn’t find a list that I could trust 100%.

        For the places that I’ve been to, I made the corrections based on my own GPS readings. For the few remaining that I’ve yet to go to, I’ve scoured the web, asked friends, used online aerial photography and stuff like that.

    • peewiglet says:

      Phew! I understand now. I was afraid there was going to be some completely obvious thing I’d entirely overlooked… *g*

  4. alan.sloman says:

    “As far as I can see, Wainwright doesn’t include GR info in his books.”

    LOL – I can just see old Alf in his padded coat and cloth cap digging out his GPS / Satmup to record the 10 fig GR’s before he takes his black and white snap of the view to go home to convert to his pen and ink sketch…

    That’s mad my day, Shirl!

    • peewiglet says:

      Now, now! They did have such things as maps and compasses in AW’s day, you know! *g* GRs were not entirely unknown.

      I reckon he was just lazy.

      …. heh….

  5. RP610 says:

    There is a comprehensive and well-researched database, including many 10-figure grid references, at the following address:

    There are often notes about tops like the Wainwrights where there is doubt about the top location (if I remember correctly, some of the tops identified by Wainwright may not have been the high point on the respective fell?)

  6. Phil says:

    The set is identical to

    The general rule is the top is where Wainwright said it was not where the highest point of the hill is.

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