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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

Showing Adam Luxton's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (10 out of 185, or 5.41%)

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Kingston upon HullEngland or South Field39England Hills 
1.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays2037England Hills2005-06
2.GwyneddWalesSnowdon3560Wales and Welsh Border2006-07
3.MorayScotlandBen Macdui4295Grampian Mountains2008-06
3.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui4295Grampian Mountains2008-06
5.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers3983Grampian Mountains2009-06
5.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis4409Grampian Mountains2009-06
5.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout2087England Hills2009-06
8.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch2365Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2010-01
9.PowysWalesPen y Fan2907Wales and Welsh Border2010-09
10.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn3491Wales and Welsh Border2010-09-24
 Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain722Wales and Welsh Border 
 South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope2566Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell2454Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill2297Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill1171Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top1729Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill1234Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes656Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat1896Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake1713Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill1447Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell2867Scotland Islands 
 SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon1703England Hills 
 SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood420England Hills 
 SurreyEnglandLeith Hill965England Hills 
 West SussexEnglandBlack Down919England Hills 
 CornwallEnglandBrown Willy1378England Hills 
 FifeScotlandWest Lomond1713Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common1083England Hills 
 HampshireEnglandPilot Hill938England Hills 
 DurhamEnglandMickle Fell2592England Hills 
 Western IslesScotlandClisham2621Scotland Islands 
 Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill1476Scotland Islands 
 Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill1578Scotland Islands 
 NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot2674England Hills 
 Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down791England Hills 
 HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood801England Hills 
 LancashireEnglandGreen Hill2057England Hills 
 LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill912England Hills 
 LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds551England Hills 
 North YorkshireEnglandWhernside2415England Hills 
 NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill738England Hills 
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill738England Hills 
 NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane673England Hills 
 OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill856England Hills 
 ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill1772Wales and Welsh Border 
 StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope1706England Hills 
 WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill856England Hills 
 BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe351England Hills 
 DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill915England Hills 
 EssexEnglandChrishall Common482England Hills 
 East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon814England Hills 
 KentEnglandBetsom's Hill820England Hills 
 Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law2756Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill344England Hills 
 WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill965England Hills 
 CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike3209England Hills 
 Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill1860Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law1755Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar2136Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 StirlingScotlandBen More3852Grampian Mountains 
 Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan3694Grampian Mountains 
 Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick2766Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill876England Hills 
 CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill479England Hills 
 Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor1834England Hills 
 Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill574Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 AngusScotlandGlas Maol3504Grampian Mountains 
 CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel2562Wales and Welsh Border 
 Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope1936Wales and Welsh Border 
 Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn1969Wales and Welsh Border 
 West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm1316Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 BridgendWalesWerfa1864Wales and Welsh Border 
 Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common1742Wales and Welsh Border 
 TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain1896Wales and Welsh Border 
 Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain1896Wales and Welsh Border 
 WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn2592Wales and Welsh Border 
 West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill1844Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
 Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill873Grampian Mountains 
 MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan2228Wales and Welsh Border 
 NewportWalesWentwood1014Wales and Welsh Border 
 CaerphillyWalesPen March1755Wales and Welsh Border 
 CardiffWalesGarth Hill1007Wales and Welsh Border 
 Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen449Wales and Welsh Border 
 SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws1224Wales and Welsh Border 
 CeredigionWalesPlynlimon2467Wales and Welsh Border 
 PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn1759Wales and Welsh Border 
 DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top2713Wales and Welsh Border 
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych2713Wales and Welsh Border 
 FlintshireWalesMoel Famau1818Wales and Welsh Border 
 North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton384England Hills 
 East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold814England Hills 
 DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head472England Hills 
 BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones1686England Hills 
 KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill1909England Hills 
 WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge577England Hills 
 CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge1581England Hills 
 LeedsEnglandBurley Moor1122England Hills 
 BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope1499England Hills 
 North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold335England Hills 
 YorkEnglandStock Hill144England Hills 
 SeftonEnglandMelling Mount118England Hills 
 OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head1775England Hills 
 WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top554England Hills 
 BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope1467England Hills 
 BuryEnglandScholes Height1362England Hills 
 RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge1555England Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope1555England Hills 
 SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge1804England Hills 
 RotherhamEnglandFir Hill515England Hills 
 WirralEnglandPoll Hill354Wales and Welsh Border 
 LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill292England Hills 
 KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park328England Hills 
 Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill587England Hills 
 StockportEnglandMellor Moor1073England Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods1073England Hills 
 TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge1631England Hills 
 ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park354England Hills 
 SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive381England Hills 
 Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field39England Hills 
 TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)220England Hills 
 Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor1076England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches269England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill269England Hills 
 HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill466England Hills 
 MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill328England Hills 
 North TynesideEnglandCamperdown282England Hills 
 South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills305England Hills 
 Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope430England Hills 
 GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill-East Top850England Hills 
 SunderlandEnglandThe Moors571England Hills 
 WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon745England Hills 
 CoventryEnglandCorley Moor548England Hills 
 SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood607England Hills 
 BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top820England Hills 
 SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill889England Hills 
 WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope771England Hills 
 DudleyEnglandCawney Hill823England Hills 
 North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm794England Hills 
 Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill866England Hills 
 BristolEnglandDundry Hill East525England Hills 
 South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill778England Hills 
 Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill646England Hills 
 PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick400England Hills 
 SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue269England Hills 
 SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill906England Hills 
 BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road213England Hills 
 PooleEnglandCorfe Hills256England Hills 
 LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green584England Hills 
 Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill561England Hills 
 RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park646England Hills 
 Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall361England Hills 
 Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park453England Hills 
 Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath820England Hills 
 Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower167England Hills 
 DarlingtonEnglandDere Street719England Hills 
 PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road531England Hills 
 TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill643England Hills 
 West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill974England Hills 
 ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)338England Hills 
 WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill466England Hills 
 Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill427England Hills 
 Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill476England Hills 
 SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park167England Hills 
 ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope381England Hills 
 Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill564England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road200England Hills 
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount200England Hills 
 PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road266England Hills 
 Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1433England Hills 
 HaltonEnglandHalton Castle328England Hills 
 WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park344England Hills 
 Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill1496England Hills 
 BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir112England Hills 
 Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin1335Wales and Welsh Border 
 HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain2306Wales and Welsh Border 
 WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon1394Wales and Welsh Border 
 Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke1198Northeast Ireland 
 Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee1781Northeast Ireland 
 Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh2182Western Ireland 
 Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights804England Hills 
 Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs797England Hills 
 Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head745Wales and Welsh Border 
 Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard2799Northeast Ireland 
 Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain2224Northeast Ireland 
 Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore1867Northeast Ireland 
 Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope1493Northeast Ireland 
 BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis1568Northeast Ireland 
 Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin1076Northeast Ireland 
 Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver702Northeast Ireland 
 Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany2057Northeast Ireland 

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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.


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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