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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills
20.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell788England Hills
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills
34.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills
35.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill628England Hills
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England Hills
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England Hills
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England Hills
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills
66.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills
67.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height455England Hills
70.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills
73.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills
74.BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills
80.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills
81.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills
82.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills
83.StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills
86.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills
87.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill295England Hills
88.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills
89.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills
90.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills
91.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills
92.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills
93.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills
94.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills
95.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills
97.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills
98.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills
98.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills
100.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill259England Hills
101.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills
102.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills
102.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England Hills
104.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills
105.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold246England Hills
106.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills
107.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills
108.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills
109.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills
110.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills
111.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill240England Hills
112.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills
113.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills
114.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills
116.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills
118.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills
119.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills
121.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills
121.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills
123.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills
124.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills
125.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills
126.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills
127.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England Hills
129.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills
130.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills
131.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills
132.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills
133.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills
134.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills
135.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills
136.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills
137.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills
138.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills
139.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills
140.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills
141.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills
142.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills
142.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills
144.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills
146.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills
147.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills
148.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills
149.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills
150.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills
151.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills
152.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills
152.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills
154.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills
155.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills
157.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills
158.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills
158.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills
160.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England Hills
161.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills
162.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills
162.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills
162.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills
165.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills
166.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills
167.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills
168.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills
168.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills
170.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills
171.PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills
172.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills
173.BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road65England Hills
174.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills
175.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills
175.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills
177.YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills
178.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills
179.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills
180.Kingston upon HullEnglandEast Mount11England Hills
 Kingston upon HullEngland or Bransholme11England Hills
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1344Grampian Mountains
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains
5.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains
96.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains
13.County DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland
30.County LondonderryNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland
30.County TyroneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland
43.ArmaghNorthern IrelandSlieve Gullion574Northeast Ireland
49.AntrimNorthern IrelandTrostan550Northeast Ireland
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands
69.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
33.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
71.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
76.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
77.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
79.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
120.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
128.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border
40.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border
44.BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau555Wales and Welsh Border
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border
72.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border
75.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border
78.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border
84.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border
85.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border
114.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border
117.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border
145.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border
155.WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border
32.FermanaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western 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: 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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