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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
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.County 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.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn2592Wales and Welsh Border 
20.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell2585England Hills 
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.County LondonderryNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain2224Northeast Ireland 
30.County TyroneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain2224Northeast Ireland 
32.FermanaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh2182Western Ireland 
33.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar2136Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
34.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout2087England Hills 
35.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill2060England Hills 
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 
42.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat1896Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
43.ArmaghNorthern IrelandSlieve Gullion1883Northeast 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 Famau1821Wales and Welsh Border 
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge1804England Hills 
50.AntrimNorthern IrelandTrostan1804Northeast Ireland 
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head1775England Hills 
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill1772Wales and Welsh Border 
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn1759Wales and Welsh Border 
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law1755Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
55.CaerphillyWalesPen March1755Wales and Welsh Border 
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 
59.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.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge1555England Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope1555England Hills 
67.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill1496England Hills 
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height1493England Hills 
69.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill1476Scotland Islands 
70.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope1467England Hills 
71.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill1447Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
72.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon1394Wales and Welsh Border 
73.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy1378England Hills 
74.BuryEnglandScholes Height1362England Hills 
75.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin1335Wales and Welsh Border 
76.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm1316Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
77.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill1234Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
78.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws1224Wales and Welsh Border 
79.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill1171Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
80.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor1122England Hills 
81.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common1083England Hills 
82.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor1076England Hills 
83.StockportEnglandMellor Moor1073England Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods1073England Hills 
84.NewportWalesWentwood1014Wales and Welsh Border 
85.CardiffWalesGarth Hill1007Wales and Welsh Border 
86.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill974England Hills 
87.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill968England Hills 
88.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill965England Hills 
89.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill938England Hills 
90.West SussexEnglandBlack Down919England Hills 
91.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill915England Hills 
92.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill912England Hills 
93.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill906England Hills 
94.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill889England Hills 
95.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill876England Hills 
96.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill873Grampian Mountains 
97.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill866England Hills 
98.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill856England Hills 
99.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill856England Hills 
100.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill850England Hills 
101.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill823England Hills 
102.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill820England Hills 
103.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath820England Hills 
104.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon814England Hills 
105.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold807England Hills 
106.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights804England Hills 
107.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood801England Hills 
108.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs797England Hills 
109.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm794England Hills 
110.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down791England Hills 
111.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill787England Hills 
112.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill778England Hills 
113.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope771England Hills 
114.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon745England Hills 
115.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head745Wales and Welsh Border 
116.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill738England Hills 
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill738England Hills 
117.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain722Wales and Welsh Border 
118.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street719England Hills 
119.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane673England Hills 
120.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes656Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
121.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill646England Hills 
122.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park646England Hills 
123.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill643England Hills 
124.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood607England Hills 
125.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill587England Hills 
126.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green584England Hills 
127.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge577England Hills 
128.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill574Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
129.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors571England Hills 
130.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill564England Hills 
131.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill561England Hills 
132.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top554England Hills 
133.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds551England Hills 
134.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor548England Hills 
135.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road531England Hills 
136.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East525England Hills 
137.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill515England Hills 
138.EssexEnglandChrishall Common482England Hills 
139.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill479England Hills 
140.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill476England Hills 
141.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head472England Hills 
142.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill466England Hills 
143.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill466England Hills 
144.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park453England Hills 
145.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen449Wales and Welsh Border 
146.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1433England Hills 
147.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope430England Hills 
148.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill427England Hills 
149.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood420England Hills 
150.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick400England Hills 
151.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton384England Hills 
152.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope381England Hills 
153.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive381England Hills 
154.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall361England Hills 
155.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park354England Hills 
156.WirralEnglandPoll Hill354Wales and Welsh Border 
157.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe351England Hills 
158.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park344England Hills 
159.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill344England Hills 
160.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)338England Hills 
161.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold335England Hills 
162.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle328England Hills 
163.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park328England Hills 
164.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill328England Hills 
165.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills305England Hills 
166.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill292England Hills 
167.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown282England Hills 
168.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue269England Hills 
169.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches269England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill269England Hills 
170.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road266England Hills 
171.PooleEnglandCorfe Hills256England Hills 
172.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)220England Hills 
173.BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road213England Hills 
174.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road200England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount200England Hills 
175.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park167England Hills 
176.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower167England Hills 
177.YorkEnglandStock Hill144England Hills 
178.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount118England Hills 
179.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir112England Hills 
180.Kingston upon HullEnglandEast Mount36England Hills 
 Kingston upon HullEngland or Bransholme36England 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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