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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)
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
40.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
49.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
54.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
58.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
98.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill856England Hills
100.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill850England Hills
101.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill823England Hills
102.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill820England Hills
102.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
114.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
121.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
142.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
152.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive381England Hills
154.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall361England Hills
155.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park354England Hills
155.WirralEnglandPoll Hill354Wales and Welsh Border
157.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe351England Hills
158.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park344England Hills
158.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill344England Hills
160.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)338England Hills
161.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold335England Hills
162.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle328England Hills
162.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park328England Hills
162.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill328England Hills
165.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills305England Hills
166.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill292England Hills
167.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown282England Hills
168.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue269England Hills
168.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
175.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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