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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

Showing Nick Down's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (106 out of 185, or 57.3%)

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Kingston upon HullEngland or South Field12England Hills 
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1344Grampian Mountains2011-04-27
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains2008-08-18
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains2008-08-18
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains2009-07-12
5.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains2010-10-16
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains2013-05-28
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border2010-10-21
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains2006-09-28
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border 
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills2011-04-21
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border2012-06-23
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands2014-04-19
13.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland2010-05-02
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2003-09-09
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-04-30
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border2011-08-06
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border2011-08-06
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills2010-08-14
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands2006-04-16
19.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell790England Hills2012-03-25
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border2011-08-06
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-10-10
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border2012-09-08
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border 
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-05-02
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills2009-05-24
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-08-18
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border2008-06-07
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014-10-24
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border2008-06-07
30.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland2015-09-22
31.Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland2015-09-27
32.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-03-22
33.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills2011-05-01
34.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill627England Hills2012-03-31
34.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany627Northeast Ireland 
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills2010-04-17
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border2010-06-19
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border2010-06-19
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills2011-07-23
40.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-07
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-07
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014-11-08
43.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore569Northeast Ireland 
44.BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border 
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-04-18
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-04-18
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills2008-08-03
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau554Wales and Welsh Border2011-11-12
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England Hills2012-02-19
50.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee543Northeast Ireland 
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England Hills2011-07-23
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border2011-09-11
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border2012-07-22
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border 
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-05-04
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border 
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-02-08
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-02-01
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2011-10-22
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England Hills2011-07-24
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills2012-07-14
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills 
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills 
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills 
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands2015-09-03
66.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis478Northeast Ireland 
67.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills 
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope457England Hills 
69.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills2013-05-25
70.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope455Northeast Ireland 
71.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands2007-05-01
72.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills2013-05-25
73.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-03-14
74.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border2010-03-13
75.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills2012-09-14
76.BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills 
77.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border2011-09-10
78.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014-12-27
79.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2015-03-14
80.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border2012-09-09
81.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke365Northeast Ireland 
82.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014-11-16
83.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills 
84.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills2011-04-02
85.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills2012-03-26
85.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin328Northeast Ireland 
87.StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills 
88.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-07
89.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-08
90.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills2009-11-15
91.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill294England Hills2011-03-20
91.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills2007-11-03
93.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills2009-11-15
94.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills2007-06-09
95.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills2006-05-23
96.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills2007-03-10
97.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills 
98.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills2010-10-25
99.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills2010-02-28
100.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains2013-10-25
101.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills2011-02-19
102.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills2009-11-15
102.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills2010-03-06
104.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill259England Hills2011-04-30
105.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills 
106.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England Hills2007-04-14
106.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top250England Hills 
106.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills 
109.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills2009-02-08
109.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold248England Hills2012-08-18
111.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills2013-06-23
112.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills2009-02-28
113.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills2009-02-28
114.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills 
115.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills2007-06-15
116.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills 
117.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills 
118.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills 
118.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border2016-03-13
120.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills2011-05-08
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills 
121.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border 
122.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills 
123.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver214Northeast Ireland 
124.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills2012-08-19
125.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014-05-11
126.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills 
126.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills2013-03-10
128.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills 
129.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills 
130.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills2010-10-25
131.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills 
132.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England Hills 
133.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014-11-30
134.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills 
135.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills 
136.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills 
137.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills 
138.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills2010-11-28
139.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills 
140.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills 
141.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills 
142.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills 
143.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills2011-03-06
144.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills2011-01-16
145.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills 
146.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills 
147.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills 
147.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills 
149.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills 
150.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border 
151.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills 
152.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills2014-09 10
153.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills 
154.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills2011-03-06
155.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills 
156.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills 
157.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills 
157.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills 
159.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills2015-03-26
160.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills 
160.WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border 
162.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills 
163.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills2011-03-05
163.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills 
165.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England Hills 
166.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills 
167.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills 
167.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills 
167.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills 
170.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills 
171.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills2015-03-18
172.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills2014-09 10
173.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills 
173.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills 
175.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills 
176.PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills 
177.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills 
178.BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road65England Hills 
179.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills 
180.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills 
180.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills 
182.YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills 
183.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills 
184.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills 
185.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field12England 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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