Monday, 19 December 2011

British Hills 2.11 minor release

British Hills 2.11 is a minor release to update the link to the source of the data,

Currently the app uses version 11.6 of the database, but the next version will use version 12 which includes data for Irish hills and for British hills down to 600m with 20m of drop. Update in the new year!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

A hill group by any other name...

Just thought I'd respond to a couple of people who have asked why their favourite hill or hills don't appear in the British Hills app. First of all, I don't create the lists, I use the database created by Graham Jackson, Chris Crocker et al at

This database is made up of a combination of Hill Lists. These lists are based around classifications of hills, not hill ranges. So you'll see Munros, Marilyns etc (the definitions are explained in the app). You won't see hill ranges such as Cheviots, Chilterns, Grampians etc - but the hills are probably there.

Secondly I only include the most used hill lists as classifiers - so you won't see a button for "HuMPs" etc. You may still see hills that don't belong to the main groups if you look at nearby hills or hills near another hill on the map. Hope that clears things up.


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A little preview of British Hills 2.0

I'm currently hard at work at making British Hills work on large screen devices and tablets, both Honeycomb and older types. I've also taken the opportunity to change the appearance of the app as the old way looks a little too similar to a certain competitor operating system... Anyway here's a couple of shots of the app on a Honeycomb tablet using a new two-pane view. Hope you like them... If anyone has any suggestions for new features they'd like to see in the next version please leave a comment.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

British Hills version 1.30 - Local Search

British Hills now gives you the ability to search for businesses near to any selected hill. This could be a pub, a hotel or even pizza delivery....mmm pizza....:)

Just select "Local Search" from the menu options on the Hill detail page to see the nearest matches plotted on your hill map - click on a marker to select it and then on the name to open contact details.  Searches are provided by Scoot.

G Reader Flickr Image Plus v1.35

Note the new name due to Google's rules on trademarks ;)

New Feature - view EXIF data (where available) for photos by clicking the link:

Saturday, 8 January 2011

British Hills version 1.25 - Backup and Restore

The new 1.25 release lets you backup your list of "Bagged" hills to your sd card, and restore from this file or similar. The CSV file that is used has a very simple format - so if you already have a huge list of Bagged Hills, and you already store the British Hills Database id for those hills, it's pretty simple to produce a CSV file that you can restore into the British Hills app.

The CSV file format is as follows:

Hill id,Date Climbed [YYYY-MM-DD],Notes

Note each field should be surrounded by single quotes, e.g.:

'1','2010-5-20','Hill Fog'
'2','2008-3-14','Lost my packed lunch'
'3','2009-6-20','Weather changed. Broke arm in scramble'

If there are any other particular formats that you would like me to be able to import, let me know and I'll have a look.