The Angry Corrie 10: Dec 1992-Jan 1993


**** Star letter **** : The Boring Squares

from John Biggar, Kirkcudbright ("A Biggar not a Bagger!")

Dear Sirs!

I have the ultimate solution to the bagging craze. In one fell swoop my latest list will (a) remove all hardened baggers (oo-er! - Ed.) from the overcrowded mountains to the remotest corners of the land, and (b) cure many of the less obsessed by its utter lack of interest.

I enclose the Compleat List of Boring-Squares (that's not my surname by the way!). Anyone who ticks this list can call them a Compleat Boring-Square. The Boring-Squares are the most featureless 1 km grid squares in Scotland: all those in fact with less than five features. There are 166 of these altogether, and 110 of them are in Caithness! Any serious bagger would have to go and live in Wick...

I compiled this list on a recent rainy weekend while searching for the elusive empty grid square. Square A in the attached quiz comes close, with only a ditch in one corner. It is the only square in Scotland with only one feature, and I can claim to have ticked it! I used to live less than 2 miles away from it...

Perhaps you could run a competition amongst your readership to locate some of the Boring-Squares? Much as I'd like to offer a free holiday to South America as a prize, I'm afraid it will have to be a long weekend ticking the Boring-Squares of southwest Scotland! (OK, OK, we'll run to a TAC sweatshirt for the nearest all-correct entry - blackmailed Ed.)

The criteria for "features" are as follows:

  • Boundaries and names etc not counted
  • Forest counted by the number of edges
  • Contours and streams each time they break grid square boundary
  • No squares with a high water line included, nor those mostly inland loch

grid ref OS features grid ref OS features grid ref OS features grid ref OS features
HY 4606 6 4 ND 1550 11/12 4 ND 1244 11/12 5 ND 2768 11/12 3
  4706   5   0649   5   1344   3   2967   4
  4806   4   1549   3   1444   4   2766   4
NC 8543 10 4   1649   3   1544   3   3064   4
  9652 11 5   0648   5   1043   5   2459   3
  9739   5   0948   3   1143   5   2559   5
  9851   2   1048   5   1243   3   2659   3
ND 0462 11 / 12 4   1648   2   0642   4   3058   3
  0348   5   0747   5   1042   5   3158   4
  0449   4   1347   5   1242   5   2957   3
  0353   5   1447   3   0841   5   3057   3
  0453   3   1046   4   1341   5   2756   2
  0551   4   1146   4   1541   4   2956   3
  0751   5   1246   5   1641   4   3056   3
  0851   4   1346   4   0740   4   2955   5
  1051   3   1646   5   0939   5   3055   4
  1151   4   0945   5   1739   4   2451   4
  1451   3   1045   5   1538 11/17 4   2650   3
  1551   4   1345   4   1537   5   2950   5
  0850   5   1445   5   1738 11 5   2149   2
  1350   5   1545   2   1636   4   2649   4
  1450   3   1044   2   2468 11/12 5   1948   5

grid ref OS features grid ref OS features grid ref OS features grid ref OS features
ND 2548 11/12 5 ND 3170 7/12 5 NL 4497 46 5 NT 1955 66/72 4
  2648   5 NC 2771   4 NN 3662 41 5   2055 66 4
  1847   5   3470   5 NR 2957 60 5   2156   5
  1947   5   7116 16 5   2567   5   4358   5
  2047   3   7238   3   8193 55 5 NX 2856 82 5
  1846   2   8035 17 5 NS 3447 63 5   1354   4
  1946   3   8330   5   8275 65 5 NY 0471 84 3
  2046   5   7622   3   5689 57 5   0469   2
  2346   5   7917   5   5696   5   0173   5
  2946   5 NH 8283 21 4   5796   4   0373   3
  1945   5   8314   5   5597   5   0174   4
  2045   5 NF 7544 22 3   5698   5   0568 85 3
  2645   5 NH 9236 27 3   6299   5   0569   1
  2845   5   9743   4   6399   4   2667   5
  2844   5 NJ 0342   3   6398   4        
  2944   3   0341   4   6498   4        
  2469 12 3 NK 0228 38 4   8957 65/72 5        
  3069   4 NG 4545 23 5   9154   5        
  3267   4   4645   5   9548   4        
  3566   4 NH 6536 26 5   6225 71 4        
  3463   4   6636   4 NT 0053 72 5        
  3753   5                        

Total: 166

Sheet 11: 100, Sheet 12: 102, Caithness: 110

Ed - A brief skim through various maps of Albion's Plain reveals the following estimates for featureless squares:

Sheet 144 (Norfolk & Suffolk): 1467
Sheet 154 (Stratford & Shakespeare-upon Avon): 154
Sheet 163 (Cotswolds; Mendips, Malverns, Chilterns, Wolds): 666
Sheet 89, 90, 96 & 97 (The Pond District): 447
Sheet 191 (Kent, Wiltshire & Exeter): 28771

Perhaps one of our English readers would like to check these figures?

OK, OK, it's a quiz... The person who correctly identifies most of the following Boring-Squares has the choice between a straitjacket (size: narrow) or a trendy TAC sweatshirt (sizes: L or XL). Usual address.


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