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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

Showing Rob Woodall's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (172 out of 185, or 92.97%)

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Kingston upon HullEngland or South Field12England HillsUnknown
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1344Grampian Mountains1981-09
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains1987-06-02
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains1987-06-02
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains1981-06-10
5.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains1989-05-27
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains1981-08-29
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border1970-06-01
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains1988-06-14
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border1976-06-01
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills1997-06-22
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border1983
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands1992-05-25
13.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland1997-06-21
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1992-06-21
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1990-08-28
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills1990-10-26
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands1993-06-10
19.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell790England Hills1990-10-26
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border1997-11-16
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1989-07-09
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills2006-11-19
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1992-06-22
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1992-06-23
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border1998-10-26
30.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland2005-05-07
31.Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland2005-05-04
32.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1990-08-27
33.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills1977-01-01
34.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill627England HillsUnknown
34.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany627Northeast IrelandUnknown
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England HillsUnknown
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border1997
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England HillsUnknown
40.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border1998-05-16
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border1998-05-16
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2004-08-29
43.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore569Northeast Ireland2015-05
44.BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills2006-03-25
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau554Wales and Welsh Border2005-07-16
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England HillsUnknown
50.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee543Northeast Ireland2015-05
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England Hills1997-12-20
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border2004-07-17
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border1998-09-05
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2000-02-18
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2002-08-10
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1998-04-11
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England HillsUnknown
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills2001-01-01
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England HillsUnknown
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England HillsUnknown
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England HillsUnknown
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands2002-08-02
66.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis478Northeast Ireland2015-05
67.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England HillsUnknown
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills 
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope457England HillsUnknown
69.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills1998-11-08
70.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope455Northeast Ireland2015-05
71.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands1998-06-14
72.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England HillsUnknown
73.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
74.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border2005-02-11
75.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills1999-08-28
76.BuryEnglandScholes Height415England HillsUnknown
77.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border2005-01-03
78.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2001-11-17
79.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2001-11-16
80.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border1998-12-20
81.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke365Northeast Ireland2015-05
82.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
83.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills2015-10
84.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills1999-10-10
85.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills1998-12-12
85.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin328Northeast Ireland2015-05
87.StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England HillsUnknown
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England HillsUnknown
88.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border1998-12-18
89.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border1998-12-19
90.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills1999-09-17
91.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill294England Hills1999-09-17
91.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills1999-06-20
93.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England HillsUnknown
94.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills2007-05-20
95.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills1999-09-18
96.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills2001-01-01
97.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills2000
98.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills2001-12-30
99.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills1999-09-17
100.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian MountainsUnknown
101.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England HillsUnknown
102.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills2001-12-15
102.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills2001-12-31
104.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill259England Hills2002-11-17
105.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England HillsUnknown
106.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England HillsUnknown
106.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top250England HillsUnknown
106.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills2014
109.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills1999-06-20
109.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold248England Hills1998-12-11
111.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England HillsUnknown
112.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills2001-12-15
113.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills2002-10-20
114.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England HillsUnknown
115.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills2000-06-03
116.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills2015
117.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England HillsUnknown
118.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills2000
118.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border2000
120.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills2000
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills2012
121.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border1998-08-02
122.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills 
123.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver214Northeast Ireland2015-05
124.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills2000
125.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2000
126.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills 
126.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills2002-11-04
128.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England HillsUnknown
129.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills2014
130.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills1998-11-08
131.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills2014
132.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England HillsUnknown
133.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
134.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills 
135.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England HillsUnknown
136.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills2000
137.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills 
138.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills2005-10-01
139.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills2014
140.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills2015
141.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England HillsUnknown
142.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England HillsUnknown
143.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills2000
144.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills2001-12-09
145.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England HillsUnknown
146.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England HillsUnknown
147.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills 
147.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England HillsUnknown
149.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills2015-01-24
150.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border2000
151.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills2014
152.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills2015
153.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills2000
154.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills2002-11-09
155.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills2000
156.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England HillsUnknown
157.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills2015
157.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills2015-01-25
159.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills2014
160.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills2015
160.WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
162.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills2014
163.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills2001-12-09
163.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills2015
165.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England HillsUnknown
166.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills2000
167.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England HillsUnknown
167.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills 
167.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England HillsUnknown
170.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills 
171.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England HillsUnknown
172.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills 
173.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills 
173.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England HillsUnknown
175.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills2014
176.PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills2015
177.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills2015
178.BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road65England Hills2015
179.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills2015-01-25
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England HillsUnknown
180.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England HillsUnknown
180.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills1990-01-01
182.YorkEnglandStock Hill44England HillsUnknown
183.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England HillsUnknown
184.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England HillsUnknown
185.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field12England HillsUnknown

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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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