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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

Showing Martin Richardson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (97 out of 180, or 53.89%)

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian MountainsUnknown
1.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian MountainsUnknown
3.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian MountainsUnknown
4.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian MountainsUnknown
5.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian MountainsUnknown
6.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian MountainsUnknown
7.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
8.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England HillsUnknown
9.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
10.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland IslandsUnknown
11.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England HillsUnknown
12.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell788England HillsUnknown
13.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
14.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
15.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
16.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England HillsUnknown
17.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
18.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
19.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
20.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England HillsUnknown
21.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill628England HillsUnknown
22.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England HillsUnknown
23.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
24.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England HillsUnknown
25.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
25.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
25.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
28.ArmaghNorthern IrelandSlieve Gullion574Northeast IrelandUnknown
29.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England HillsUnknown
30.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau555Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
31.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England HillsUnknown
32.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England HillsUnknown
33.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
34.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
35.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
36.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England HillsUnknown
37.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England HillsUnknown
38.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland IslandsUnknown
39.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England HillsUnknown
40.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland IslandsUnknown
41.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
42.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England HillsUnknown
43.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
44.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
45.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
46.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
47.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England HillsUnknown
48.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
49.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England HillsUnknown
50.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill295England HillsUnknown
51.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England HillsUnknown
52.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England HillsUnknown
53.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England HillsUnknown
54.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England HillsUnknown
55.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England HillsUnknown
56.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England HillsUnknown
56.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England HillsUnknown
58.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill259England HillsUnknown
59.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England HillsUnknown
60.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England HillsUnknown
61.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold246England HillsUnknown
62.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England HillsUnknown
63.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England HillsUnknown
64.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England HillsUnknown
65.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England HillsUnknown
66.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
67.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England HillsUnknown
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills 
68.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
69.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England HillsUnknown
70.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England HillsUnknown
71.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England HillsUnknown
72.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England HillsUnknown
73.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England HillsUnknown
74.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England HillsUnknown
75.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England HillsUnknown
76.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England HillsUnknown
77.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1344Grampian Mountains1980
78.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills1990
79.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border1991
80.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1993
81.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border1998
82.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2000
83.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border2000
84.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills2003
85.County LondonderryNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland2005
85.County TyroneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland2005
87.County DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland2005-09-02
88.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills2007
89.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands2008
90.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2008
91.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills2008-08-27
92.FermanaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland2008-08-31
93.AntrimNorthern IrelandTrostan550Northeast Ireland2008-09-28
94.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2008-12-29
95.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2008-12-30
96.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains2009-02-15
97.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-04-23
 DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border 
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border 
 WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border 
 South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border 
 BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border 
 Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border 
 Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border 
 North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills 
 TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills 
 CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills 
 RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills 
 BradfordEnglandWithins Height455England Hills 
 BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills 
 InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills 
 FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills 
 StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills 
 SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills 
 DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills 
 Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills 
 North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills 
 BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill240England Hills 
 South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills 
 WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills 
 WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills 
 DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills 
 Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills 
 RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills 
 TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills 
 SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills 
 LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills 
 Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills 
 Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills 
 Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills 
 WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills 
 CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills 
 PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills 
 BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills 
 RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills 
 Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills 
 DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills 
 HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills 
 WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills 
 Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills 
 Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border 
 Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills 
 Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills 
 Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills 
 PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills 
 North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills 
 SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills 
 ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills 
 Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills 
 WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border 
 ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills 
 BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills 
 WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills 
 ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England Hills 
 North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills 
 KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills 
 HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills 
 MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills 
 South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills 
 LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills 
 North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills 
 SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills 
 PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills 
 PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills 
 TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills 
 BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road65England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills 
 SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills 
 Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills 
 YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills 
 SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills 
 BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills 
 Kingston upon HullEnglandEast Mount11England Hills 
 Kingston upon HullEngland or Bransholme11England Hills 

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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: 6 historic counties. There are 26 district councils with very limited local governmental power that are the formal divisions, but they have not caught on much so the historic counties are still used for this list.

This gives us a total of 180 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.

Acknowledgments

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.

Links

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