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Snowdonia hill upgraded to a mountain

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A hill in Snowdonia has been upgraded to mountain status.

Two friends, Myrddyn Phillips and Aled Williams, accurately surveyed it using sophisticated GPS technology and discovered the hill was more prominent than once thought.

Foel Penolau is situated in the northern Rhinogydd in the Snowdonia National Park, and is part of some of the roughest mountain terrain in Wales.

It needed to be a minimum 2,000ft (609.6m) in height and at least 98.4ft (30m) of drop from summit to col - the lowest point on a ridge between two peaks.

It met the first criteria but it was considered to have only 85ft (26m) of drop meaning it fell short of mountain status.

Now it's promotion to mountain status means it been included in the list of Hewitts - hills in Wales, England, or Ireland over 2,000ft high which have a minimum drop of 98ft.

It is the first time that a Welsh hill has entered this classification since the list was first published in 1992 due to its drop increasing to more than 30m.

Credit: Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

Read more: Fan y 'not so' Big! Brecon Beacons mountain gets downgraded to hill

In August a 'mountain' in the Brecon Beacons was downgraded to a hill after data revealed it doesn't meet the criteria.

Fan y Big, part of the high ridge heading easterly from famous Pen y Fan, lost its status after new drop measurements showed it was 5ft less than required.