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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)
 Kingston upon HullEngland or South Field39England Hills
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.Newry, Mourne and 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.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell2592England Hills
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn2592Wales and Welsh Border
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.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain2224Northeast Ireland
31.Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh2182Western Ireland
32.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar2136Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
33.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout2087England Hills
34.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill2057England Hills
34.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany2057Northeast Ireland
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.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore1867Northeast 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 Famau1818Wales and Welsh Border
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge1804England Hills
50.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee1781Northeast Ireland
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head1775England Hills
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill1772Wales and Welsh Border
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn1759Wales and Welsh Border
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March1755Wales and Welsh Border
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law1755Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
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.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis1568Northeast Ireland
67.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge1555England Hills
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope1555England Hills
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope1499England Hills
69.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill1496England Hills
70.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope1493Northeast Ireland
71.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill1476Scotland Islands
72.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope1467England Hills
73.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill1447Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
74.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon1394Wales and Welsh Border
75.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy1378England Hills
76.BuryEnglandScholes Height1362England Hills
77.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin1335Wales and Welsh Border
78.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm1316Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
79.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill1234Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
80.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws1224Wales and Welsh Border
81.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke1198Northeast Ireland
82.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill1171Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
83.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor1122England Hills
84.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common1083England Hills
85.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor1076England Hills
85.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin1076Northeast Ireland
87.StockportEnglandMellor Moor1073England Hills
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods1073England Hills
88.NewportWalesWentwood1014Wales and Welsh Border
89.CardiffWalesGarth Hill1007Wales and Welsh Border
90.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill974England Hills
91.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill965England Hills
91.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill965England Hills
93.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill938England Hills
94.West SussexEnglandBlack Down919England Hills
95.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill915England Hills
96.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill912England Hills
97.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill906England Hills
98.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill889England Hills
99.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill876England Hills
100.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill873Grampian Mountains
101.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill866England Hills
102.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill856England Hills
102.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill856England Hills
104.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill850England Hills
105.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill823England Hills
106.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill820England Hills
106.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top820England Hills
106.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath820England Hills
109.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon814England Hills
109.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold814England Hills
111.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights804England Hills
112.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood801England Hills
113.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs797England Hills
114.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm794England Hills
115.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down791England Hills
116.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill778England Hills
117.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope771England Hills
118.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon745England Hills
118.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head745Wales and Welsh Border
120.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill738England Hills
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill738England Hills
121.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain722Wales and Welsh Border
122.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street719England Hills
123.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver702Northeast Ireland
124.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane673England Hills
125.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes656Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
126.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill646England Hills
126.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park646England Hills
128.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill643England Hills
129.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood607England Hills
130.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill587England Hills
131.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green584England Hills
132.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge577England Hills
133.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill574Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
134.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors571England Hills
135.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill564England Hills
136.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill561England Hills
137.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top554England Hills
138.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds551England Hills
139.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor548England Hills
140.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road531England Hills
141.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East525England Hills
142.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill515England Hills
143.EssexEnglandChrishall Common482England Hills
144.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill479England Hills
145.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill476England Hills
146.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head472England Hills
147.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill466England Hills
147.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill466England Hills
149.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park453England Hills
150.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen449Wales and Welsh Border
151.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1433England Hills
152.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope430England Hills
153.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill427England Hills
154.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood420England Hills
155.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick400England Hills
156.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton384England Hills
157.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive381England Hills
157.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope381England Hills
159.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall361England Hills
160.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park354England Hills
160.WirralEnglandPoll Hill354Wales and Welsh Border
162.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe351England Hills
163.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill344England Hills
163.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park344England Hills
165.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)338England Hills
166.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold335England Hills
167.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park328England Hills
167.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill328England Hills
167.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle328England Hills
170.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills305England Hills
171.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill292England Hills
172.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown282England Hills
173.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches269England Hills
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill269England Hills
173.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue269England Hills
175.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road266England Hills
176.PooleEnglandCorfe Hills256England Hills
177.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)220England Hills
178.BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road213England Hills
179.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road200England Hills
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount200England Hills
180.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park167England Hills
180.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower167England Hills
182.YorkEnglandStock Hill144England Hills
183.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount118England Hills
184.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir112England Hills
185.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field39England 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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