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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

Showing Nick Down's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (88 out of 180, or 48.89%)

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2003-09-09
2.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands2006-04-16
3.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills2006-05-23
4.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains2006-09-28
5.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills2007-03-10
6.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England Hills2007-04-14
7.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands2007-05-01
8.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills2007-06-09
9.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills2007-06-15
10.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills2007-11-03
11.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border2008-06-07
11.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border2008-06-07
13.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills2008-08-03
14.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains2008-08-18
14.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains2008-08-18
16.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills2009-02-08
17.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills2009-02-28
17.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills2009-02-28
19.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills2009-05-24
20.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains2009-07-12
21.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills2009-11-15
21.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills2009-11-15
21.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills2009-11-15
24.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills2010-02-28
25.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills2010-03-06
26.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border2010-03-13
27.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills2010-04-17
28.ArmaghNorthern IrelandSlieve Gullion574Northeast Ireland2010-05-01
29.County DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland2010-05-02
30.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border2010-06-19
30.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border2010-06-19
32.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills2010-08-14
33.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains2010-10-16
34.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border2010-10-21
35.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills2010-10-25
35.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills2010-10-25
37.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills2010-11-28
38.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills2011-01-16
39.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills2011-02-19
40.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills2011-03-05
41.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills2011-03-06
41.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills2011-03-06
43.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill295England Hills2011-03-20
44.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills2011-04-02
45.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills2011-04-21
46.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1344Grampian Mountains2011-04-27
47.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill259England Hills2011-04-30
48.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills2011-05-01
49.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills2011-05-08
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills 
50.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills2011-07-23
50.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England Hills2011-07-23
52.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England Hills2011-07-24
53.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border2011-08-06
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border2011-08-06
53.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border2011-08-06
55.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border2011-09-10
56.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border2011-09-11
57.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2011-10-22
58.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau555Wales and Welsh Border2011-11-12
59.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-07
59.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-07
59.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-07
62.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border2012-01-08
63.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England Hills2012-02-19
64.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell788England Hills2012-03-25
65.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills2012-03-26
66.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill628England Hills2012-03-31
67.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border2012-06-23
68.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills2012-07-14
69.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border2012-07-22
70.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold246England Hills2012-08-18
71.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills2012-08-19
72.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border2012-09-08
73.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border2012-09-09
74.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills2012-09-14
75.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills2013-03-10
76.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-04-30
77.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-05-02
78.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-05-04
79.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills2013-05-25
79.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills2013-05-25
81.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains2013-05-28
82.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills2013-06-23
83.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-08-18
84.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains2013-10-25
85.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands2014-04-19
86.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2014-05-11
87.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills2014-09 10
87.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills2014-09 10
 ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border 
 South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border 
 East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 County LondonderryNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland 
 County TyroneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland 
 FermanaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland 
 MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border 
 Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 AntrimNorthern IrelandTrostan550Northeast Ireland 
 CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border 
 Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border 
 North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills 
 TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills 
 CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills 
 Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands 
 RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills 
 BradfordEnglandWithins Height455England Hills 
 InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills 
 West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 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 
 Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border 
 Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border 
 DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills 
 Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills 
 TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills 
 SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills 
 LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills 
 WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England 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 
 WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills 
 HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills 
 Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills 
 Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border 
 Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills 
 Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills 
 PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills 
 North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills 
 ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills 
 SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills 
 Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills 
 ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills 
 WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border 
 BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills 
 WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills 
 ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England Hills 
 North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills 
 KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills 
 MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills 
 HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills 
 South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills 
 LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England 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.

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