Tomo Thompson on one of the Ethels

Tomo Thompson on one of the Ethels

Peakbaggers have a new reason to pull on their boots and get walking.

A charity has come up with a new set of hills to tick off, appropriately in the Peak District.

The Ethels is a list of 95 hilltops with an altitude of 400m, plus a few significant lower prominent hills. The list has been devised by the Peak District and South Yorkshire branch of the countryside charity CPRE and is named after its founder Ethel Haythornthwaite.

The list includes the national park’s three highest peaks: Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill plus enough, the charity said, to keep the keenest hillwalkers busy for many months to come.

It adds to challenges such as the Scottish munros and the Lakeland Wainwrights, but is probably more achievable for less adventurous walkers.

The hills range from the 287m (942ft) summit of Thorpe Cloud at the gateway to Dovedale in the limestone White Peak to the remote moorland summits the northern Dark Peak area.

Ethel Haythornthwaite addresses a Ramblers access rally in Winnats Pass in the 1950s

Ethel Haythornthwaite addresses a Ramblers access rally in Winnats Pass in the 1950s

The highest point is on Kinder Scout, 636m (2,087ft) above sea level.

They’re mapped and listed on a new smartphone app that is being released by CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire to coincide with its 97th birthday.

The challenge was the idea of CPRE PDSY supporter Doug Colton, who worked with the charity to create an app named Ethel Ready that can now be downloaded for both Apple and Android.

Ethel Haythornthwaite created the charity in 1924. She found refuge in the countryside near her Sheffield home after losing her husband Captain Henry Gallimore in the First World War, when she was only 22.

CPRE PDSY chief executive Tomo Thompson said: “Ethel was lost in grief.

“Her parents suggested that she took restorative walks in the countryside around the city, an area we now know as the Peak District.

“Those walks and landscapes had a profound effect and literally changed her life. She went on to create the countryside charity that we now know as the CPRE.

Ethels mapped on the app

Ethels mapped on the app

“She helped protect wild areas like Longshaw and Blackamoor from development by organising their purchase for public access. She was also a key figure in creating the Peak District as Britain’s first national park 70 years ago.

“Today so many more people are finding refuge from Covid lockdown in the countryside on their doorsteps, so we thought it apt to create this new hillwalking challenge in Ethel’s memory.

“On our 97th birthday we wanted to give something back to the communities that have supported us, and to inspire others to come to this remarkable part of England.”

The smartphone app has a map of all 95 Ethels, plus a list of them by name with their height and grid reference.

The app includes a tick-list accumulator that allows people to work their way through the hills at their own speed.

“Some people may want to join them all up in a very long run, and some people might want to take it more steadily, ticking off just one or two a year,” Mr Thompson said.

“The app also has a CPRE tab that links to our website where you can learn more about our work, join our charity as a member, or make a donation to us.

“We have launched the app for free as we don’t actually ‘own’ those hills; we have just made a list of them.

“If you use the app we would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation to us to support our work.”