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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Kingston upon HullEngland or South FieldNullEngland Hills 
1.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge555England Hills 
2.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope525England Hills 
3.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top255England Hills 
3.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill255England Hills 
5.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad LawNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.NorfolkEnglandBeacon HillNullEngland Hills 
5.WiltshireEnglandMilk HillNullEngland Hills 
5.CumbriaEnglandScafell PikeNullEngland Hills 
5.PowysWalesPen y FanNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.SomersetEnglandDunkery BeaconNullEngland Hills 
5.SuffolkEnglandGreat WoodNullEngland Hills 
5.SurreyEnglandLeith HillNullEngland Hills 
5.West SussexEnglandBlack DownNullEngland Hills 
5.CornwallEnglandBrown WillyNullEngland Hills 
5.FifeScotlandWest LomondNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve CommonNullEngland Hills 
5.HampshireEnglandPilot HillNullEngland Hills 
5.DurhamEnglandMickle FellNullEngland Hills 
5.Western IslesScotlandClishamNullScotland Islands 
5.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas HillNullScotland Islands 
5.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard HillNullScotland Islands 
5.NorthumberlandEnglandThe CheviotNullEngland Hills 
5.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface DownNullEngland Hills 
5.HighlandScotlandBen NevisNullGrampian Mountains 
5.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrickNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.DevonEnglandHigh WillhaysNullEngland Hills 
5.CarmarthenshireWalesFan FoelNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East SlopeNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.ConwyWalesCarnedd LlewelynNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead MountainNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest SlopeNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter FellNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig HillNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.FalkirkScotlandDarrach HillNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East TopNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse HillNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin BraesNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's SeatNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of StakeNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.InverclydeScotlandCreuch HillNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.North AyrshireScotlandGoat FellNullScotland Islands 
5.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen CleuchNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn HillNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says LawNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope ScarNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.StirlingScotlandBen MoreNullGrampian Mountains 
5.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen CruachanNullGrampian Mountains 
5.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen LawersNullGrampian Mountains 
5.Dundee CityScotlandGallow HillNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.AngusScotlandGlas MaolNullGrampian Mountains 
5.MorayScotlandBen MacduiNullGrampian Mountains 
5.AberdeenshireScotlandBen MacduiNullGrampian Mountains 
5.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y LlynNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolmNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.BridgendWalesWerfaNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr CommonNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.TorfaenWalesCoety MountainNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety MountainNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.WrexhamWalesCraig BerwynNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn HillNullSouthern Scotland-Isle of Man 
5.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond HillNullGrampian Mountains 
5.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y FanNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.NewportWalesWentwoodNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.CaerphillyWalesPen MarchNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.CardiffWalesGarth HillNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair OnnenNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.SwanseaWalesMynydd y BetwsNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.CeredigionWalesPlynlimonNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.PembrokeshireWalesFoel CwmcerwynNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.GwyneddWalesSnowdonNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North TopNullWales and Welsh Border 
 DenbighshireWales or Moel SychNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.FlintshireWalesMoel FamauNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold NewtonNullEngland Hills 
5.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton WoldNullEngland Hills 
5.DoncasterEnglandForedoles HeadNullEngland Hills 
5.BarnsleyEnglandHoar StonesNullEngland Hills 
5.KirkleesEnglandBlack HillNullEngland Hills 
5.WakefieldEnglandWoolley EdgeNullEngland Hills 
5.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone EdgeNullEngland Hills 
5.LeedsEnglandBurley MoorNullEngland Hills 
5.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast SlopeNullEngland Hills 
5.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby WoldNullEngland Hills 
5.YorkEnglandStock HillNullEngland Hills 
5.SeftonEnglandMelling MountNullEngland Hills 
5.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew HeadNullEngland Hills 
5.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North TopNullEngland Hills 
5.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast SlopeNullEngland Hills 
5.BuryEnglandScholes HeightNullEngland Hills 
5.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone EdgeNullEngland Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast SlopeNullEngland Hills 
5.SandwellEnglandTurner's HillNullEngland Hills 
5.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East SlopeNullEngland Hills 
5.DudleyEnglandCawney HillNullEngland Hills 
5.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill FarmNullEngland Hills 
5.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver HillNullEngland Hills 
5.BristolEnglandDundry Hill EastNullEngland Hills 
5.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging HillNullEngland Hills 
5.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock HillNullEngland Hills 
5.PortsmouthEnglandFort SouthwickNullEngland Hills 
5.SouthamptonEnglandBassett AvenueNullEngland Hills 
5.SwindonEnglandLiddington HillNullEngland Hills 
5.BournemouthEnglandRingwood RoadNullEngland Hills 
5.PooleEnglandCorfe HillsNullEngland Hills 
5.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield GreenNullEngland Hills 
5.Milton KeynesEnglandBow BrickhillNullEngland Hills 
5.RutlandEnglandCold Overton ParkNullEngland Hills 
5.Leicester CityEnglandNether HallNullEngland Hills 
5.Derby CityEnglandAllestree ParkNullEngland Hills 
5.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir HeathNullEngland Hills 
5.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph TowerNullEngland Hills 
5.DarlingtonEnglandDere StreetNullEngland Hills 
5.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell RoadNullEngland Hills 
5.TorbayEnglandBeacon HillNullEngland Hills 
5.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury HillNullEngland Hills 
5.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)NullEngland Hills 
5.WokinghamEnglandBowsey HillNullEngland Hills 
5.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey HillNullEngland Hills 
5.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley HillNullEngland Hills 
5.SloughEnglandEast Burnham ParkNullEngland Hills 
5.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slopeNullEngland Hills 
5.Medway TownsEnglandHolly HillNullEngland Hills 
5.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon RoadNullEngland Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath MountNullEngland Hills 
5.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse RoadNullEngland Hills 
5.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1NullEngland Hills 
5.HaltonEnglandHalton CastleNullEngland Hills 
5.WarringtonEnglandAppleton ParkNullEngland Hills 
5.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter HillNullEngland Hills 
5.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck ReservoirNullEngland Hills 
5.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe WrekinNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack MountainNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire BeaconNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatukeNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenaneeNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillaghNullWestern Ireland 
5.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham HeightsNullEngland Hills 
5.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable DownsNullEngland Hills 
5.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw HeadNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve DonardNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel MountainNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmoreNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West SlopeNullNortheast Ireland 
5.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivisNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollinNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaverNullNortheast Ireland 
5.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneanyNullNortheast Ireland 
5.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington HillNullEngland Hills 
5.BedfordshireEnglandThe SlipeNullEngland Hills 
5.DorsetEnglandLewesdon HillNullEngland Hills 
5.EssexEnglandChrishall CommonNullEngland Hills 
5.East SussexEnglandDitchling BeaconNullEngland Hills 
5.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington HillNullEngland Hills 
5.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat ChishillNullEngland Hills 
5.Cheshire EastEnglandShining TorNullEngland Hills 
5.DerbyshireEnglandKinder ScoutNullEngland Hills 
5.HertfordshireEnglandPavis WoodNullEngland Hills 
5.LancashireEnglandGreen HillNullEngland Hills 
5.LeicestershireEnglandBardon HillNullEngland Hills 
5.LincolnshireEnglandThe WoldsNullEngland Hills 
5.North YorkshireEnglandWhernsideNullEngland Hills 
5.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury HillNullEngland Hills 
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big HillNullEngland Hills 
5.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood LaneNullEngland Hills 
5.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse HillNullEngland Hills 
5.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee HillNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.RotherhamEnglandFir HillNullEngland Hills 
5.WirralEnglandPoll HillNullWales and Welsh Border 
5.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton HillNullEngland Hills 
5.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley ParkNullEngland Hills 
5.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge HillNullEngland Hills 
5.StockportEnglandMellor MoorNullEngland Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking RodsNullEngland Hills 
5.TamesideEnglandHoarstone EdgeNullEngland Hills 
5.ManchesterEnglandHeaton ParkNullEngland Hills 
5.SalfordEnglandNewcombe DriveNullEngland Hills 
5.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth FieldNullEngland Hills 
5.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)NullEngland Hills 
5.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough MoorNullEngland Hills 
5.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe LarchesNullEngland Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy HillNullEngland Hills 
5.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly HillNullEngland Hills 
5.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry HillNullEngland Hills 
5.North TynesideEnglandCamperdownNullEngland Hills 
5.South TynesideEnglandBoldon HillsNullEngland Hills 
5.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhopeNullEngland Hills 
5.GatesheadEnglandCurrock HillNullEngland Hills 
5.SunderlandEnglandThe MoorsNullEngland Hills 
5.WalsallEnglandBarr BeaconNullEngland Hills 
5.CoventryEnglandCorley MoorNullEngland Hills 
5.SolihullEnglandMeighs WoodNullEngland 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.

Links

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