ENGLAND is slightly bigger than previously thought – after a hillwalker discovered the border with Wales has been incorrectly marked for decades.
Myrddyn Phillips said the line separating the two countries in the Black Mountains has been wrongly traced on Ordnance Survey maps.
The current border follows a line from the summit of a mountain called Twyn Llech.
But intrepid Mr Phillips and his hill-walking friend Mark Trengove have re-measured the summit of the 2,308ft mountain – and found it to be further west.
Using a state-of-the art global navigation satellite system, the duo measured the peak of Twyn Llech 39ft into Powys, Wales.
It means there is 1,800,000square feet of land that England is entitled to grab back from Wales.
Mr Phillips, 57, from Welshpool, mid Wales, said: “The hill is neither just Welsh, nor just English. It is a dual national hill and the strip of land that many thought a part of Wales is in fact a part of England.
“The border placement on the Ordnance Survey map, although very close to the summit, is still 12 metres from it.
“My conclusion is that the border should be moved.”
A spokesman for the Ordnance Survey said its MasterMap has the boundary correct.
He added: “The 1887 maps Mr Phillips has used are guidelines only, where the boundary is 15m wide.
“We are not obliged to put a boundary in but we do so as a guide. In our most detailed mapping product the border is located accurately and correctly.”
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Matt Redmond, deputy chief executive of the Boundary Commission for Wales, said: “As far as the commission is concerned the Ordnance Survey MasterMap is the definitive boundary and it is fine.
“We at the Commission are content with where the boundary is.
“To make the changes that Mr Phillips would like to see would require primary legislation. There is no legal mechanism in place to change the boundary.”
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