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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

Showing Alison Fox's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (58 out of 185, or 31.35%)

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
1.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England HillsUnknown
1.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell790England HillsUnknown
1.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland IslandsUnknown
1.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland IslandsUnknown
1.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England HillsUnknown
1.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England HillsUnknown
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills 
1.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England HillsUnknown
1.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England HillsUnknown
1.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope457England HillsUnknown
1.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England HillsUnknown
1.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England HillsUnknown
1.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England HillsUnknown
1.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England HillsUnknown
1.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England HillsUnknown
16.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border1978
17.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains1981
18.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills1982
19.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills1984
20.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border1985
21.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1345Grampian Mountains1990
22.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills1991
23.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains1993
23.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains1993
23.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains1993
26.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains1994
26.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills1994
28.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland1996
29.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills1999
30.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border2000
30.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills2000
30.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border2000
30.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border2000
30.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border2000
30.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border2000
36.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills2001
37.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2002
37.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains2002
37.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border2002
37.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border2002
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border2002
41.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2003
42.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands2004
43.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2005
43.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands2005
43.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2005
43.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2005
47.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2006
48.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2007
48.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2007
50.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2010
50.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2010
52.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2011
52.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2011
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2012
55.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013
55.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains2013
55.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013
58.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014
 Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border 
 Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border 
 BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border 
 Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border 
 TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain-East Slope574Wales and Welsh Border 
 Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border 
 Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border 
 GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills 
 HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills 
 NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills 
 WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill294England Hills 
 CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills 
 SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills 
 SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills 
 SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills 
 West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills 
 CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills 
 NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills 
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills 
 NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills 
 OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills 
 HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills 
 LancashireEnglandGragareth628England Hills 
 LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills 
 LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills 
 StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England Hills 
 WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills 
 BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills 
 DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills 
 EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills 
 East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills 
 KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England Hills 
 FlintshireWalesMoel Famau554Wales and Welsh Border 
 North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills 
 East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold248England Hills 
 DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills 
 BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills 
 NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border 
 CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border 
 CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border 
 Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border 
 SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border 
 PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border 
 WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England Hills 
 CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills 
 North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills 
 YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills 
 SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills 
 Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills 
 RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills 
 Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills 
 Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills 
 Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills 
 Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills 
 DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills 
 PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills 
 TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills 
 West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills 
 ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England Hills 
 WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills 
 Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills 
 Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills 
 SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills 
 ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills 
 Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills 
 PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills 
 Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills 
 HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills 
 WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills 
 RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills 
 WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border 
 LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills 
 KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills 
 Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills 
 StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills 
 TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills 
 ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills 
 SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills 
 Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field12England Hills 
 TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills 
 Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills 
 HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills 
 MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills 
 North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills 
 South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills 
 Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills 
 GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill-East Top259England Hills 
 SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills 
 WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills 
 CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills 
 SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills 
 BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top250England Hills 
 SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills 
 WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills 
 DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills 
 North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills 
 Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills 
 BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills 
 South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills 
 Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills 
 PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills 
 SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills 
 SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills 
 BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road65England Hills 
 PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills 
 WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border 
 Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke365Northeast Ireland 
 Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee543Northeast Ireland 
 Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland 
 Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills 
 BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills 
 WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills 
 Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland 
 Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore569Northeast Ireland 
 Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope455Northeast Ireland 
 BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis478Northeast Ireland 
 Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin328Northeast Ireland 
 Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver214Northeast Ireland 
 Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany627Northeast Ireland 
 Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border 
 BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills 
 Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border 

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List Description

The United Kingdom has been re-organizing its local government for the past 20 years or so, making the county (and county-equivalent) situation here quite a jumbled mess. Here, the following scheme is used:

  • England: 120 areas: 48 unitary authorities, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 35 counties, and Greater London. The boroughs of London are sometimes treated as county equivalents, but the usual practice is to consider Greater London as one unit. Changes to this structure in the future are certainly possible, given recent history.
  • Wales: 22 unitary authorities (former counties now gone)
  • Scotland: 32 unitary authorities (former counties now gone)
  • Northern Ireland: 11 districts. These are new as of 2015 and replaced 26 little-loved district councils, which in turn replaced the traditional 6 counties in 1973.

This gives us a total of 185 second-level administrative units for the United Kingdom. It's a somewhat motely menagerie of different animals, but it's the best we can do given the evolving changes.

Another possible list is based on the historic counties or "lieutenancies", which eliminates many of the smaller metropolitan boroughs and unitary authorities. But that list has almost zero governmental reality behind it. So this list, despite its shortcomings, at least has real administrative machinery behind it.


Thanks to Peter Stone, who helped by adding many of these peaks to the database. I was also aided in my research by the Hill Bagging web site.


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