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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Kingston upon HullEngland or South Field39England Hills 
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis4409Grampian Mountains 
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui4295Grampian Mountains 
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui4295Grampian Mountains 
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers3983Grampian Mountains 
5.StirlingScotlandBen More3852Grampian Mountains 
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan3694Grampian Mountains 
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon3560Wales and Welsh Border 
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol3504Grampian Mountains 
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn3491Wales and Welsh Border 
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike3209England Hills 
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan2907Wales and Welsh Border 
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell2867Scotland Islands 
13.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard2799Northeast Ireland 
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick2766Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law2756Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top2713Wales and Welsh Border 
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych2713Wales and Welsh Border 
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot2674England Hills 
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham2621Scotland Islands 
19.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell2592England Hills 
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn2592Wales and Welsh Border 
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope2566Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel2562Wales and Welsh Border 
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon2467Wales and Welsh Border 
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell2454Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside2415England Hills 
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch2365Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain2306Wales and Welsh Border 
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill2297Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan2228Wales and Welsh Border 
30.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain2224Northeast Ireland 
31.Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh2182Western Ireland 
32.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar2136Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
33.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout2087England Hills 
34.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill2057England Hills 
34.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany2057Northeast Ireland 
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays2037England Hills 
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn1969Wales and Welsh Border 
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope1936Wales and Welsh Border 
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill1909England Hills 
40.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain1896Wales and Welsh Border 
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain1896Wales and Welsh Border 
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat1896Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
43.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore1867Northeast Ireland 
44.BridgendWalesWerfa1864Wales and Welsh Border 
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill1860Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill1844Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor1834England Hills 
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau1818Wales and Welsh Border 
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge1804England Hills 
50.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee1781Northeast Ireland 
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head1775England Hills 
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill1772Wales and Welsh Border 
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn1759Wales and Welsh Border 
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March1755Wales and Welsh Border 
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law1755Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common1742Wales and Welsh Border 
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top1729Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake1713Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond1713Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope1706England Hills 
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon1703England Hills 
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones1686England Hills 
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge1631England Hills 
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge1581England Hills 
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill1578Scotland Islands 
66.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis1568Northeast Ireland 
67.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge1555England Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope1555England Hills 
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope1499England Hills 
69.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill1496England Hills 
70.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope1493Northeast Ireland 
71.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill1476Scotland Islands 
72.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope1467England Hills 
73.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill1447Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
74.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon1394Wales and Welsh Border 
75.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy1378England Hills 
76.BuryEnglandScholes Height1362England Hills 
77.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin1335Wales and Welsh Border 
78.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm1316Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
79.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill1234Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
80.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws1224Wales and Welsh Border 
81.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke1198Northeast Ireland 
82.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill1171Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
83.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor1122England Hills 
84.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common1083England Hills 
85.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor1076England Hills 
85.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin1076Northeast Ireland 
87.StockportEnglandMellor Moor1073England Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods1073England Hills 
88.NewportWalesWentwood1014Wales and Welsh Border 
89.CardiffWalesGarth Hill1007Wales and Welsh Border 
90.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill974England Hills 
91.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill965England Hills 
91.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill965England Hills 
93.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill938England Hills 
94.West SussexEnglandBlack Down919England Hills 
95.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill915England Hills 
96.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill912England Hills 
97.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill906England Hills 
98.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill889England Hills 
99.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill876England Hills 
100.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill873Grampian Mountains 
101.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill866England Hills 
102.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill856England Hills 
102.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill856England Hills 
104.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill850England Hills 
105.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill823England Hills 
106.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill820England Hills 
106.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top820England Hills 
106.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath820England Hills 
109.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon814England Hills 
109.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold814England Hills 
111.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights804England Hills 
112.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood801England Hills 
113.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs797England Hills 
114.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm794England Hills 
115.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down791England Hills 
116.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill778England Hills 
117.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope771England Hills 
118.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon745England Hills 
118.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head745Wales and Welsh Border 
120.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill738England Hills 
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill738England Hills 
121.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain722Wales and Welsh Border 
122.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street719England Hills 
123.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver702Northeast Ireland 
124.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane673England Hills 
125.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes656Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
126.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill646England Hills 
126.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park646England Hills 
128.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill643England Hills 
129.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood607England Hills 
130.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill587England Hills 
131.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green584England Hills 
132.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge577England Hills 
133.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill574Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
134.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors571England Hills 
135.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill564England Hills 
136.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill561England Hills 
137.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top554England Hills 
138.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds551England Hills 
139.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor548England Hills 
140.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road531England Hills 
141.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East525England Hills 
142.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill515England Hills 
143.EssexEnglandChrishall Common482England Hills 
144.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill479England Hills 
145.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill476England Hills 
146.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head472England Hills 
147.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill466England Hills 
147.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill466England Hills 
149.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park453England Hills 
150.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen449Wales and Welsh Border 
151.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1433England Hills 
152.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope430England Hills 
153.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill427England Hills 
154.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood420England Hills 
155.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick400England Hills 
156.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton384England Hills 
157.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive381England Hills 
157.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope381England Hills 
159.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall361England Hills 
160.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park354England Hills 
160.WirralEnglandPoll Hill354Wales and Welsh Border 
162.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe351England Hills 
163.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill344England Hills 
163.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park344England Hills 
165.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)338England Hills 
166.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold335England Hills 
167.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park328England Hills 
167.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill328England Hills 
167.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle328England Hills 
170.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills305England Hills 
171.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill292England Hills 
172.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown282England Hills 
173.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches269England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill269England Hills 
173.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue269England Hills 
175.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road266England Hills 
176.PooleEnglandCorfe Hills256England Hills 
177.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)220England Hills 
178.BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road213England Hills 
179.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road200England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount200England Hills 
180.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park167England Hills 
180.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower167England Hills 
182.YorkEnglandStock Hill144England Hills 
183.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount118England Hills 
184.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir112England Hills 
185.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field39England 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: 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.

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.

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