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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M
(Opt)
Range (Level 4)
 FermanaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland
 CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills
 NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills
 DurhamEnglandMickle Fell788England Hills
 North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills
 DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills
 LancashireEnglandGreen Hill628England Hills
 DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills
 KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills
 SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge560England Hills
 Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills
 OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England Hills
 ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border
 StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope530England Hills
 SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills
 BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills
 TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills
 CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills
 RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills
 Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills
 BradfordEnglandWithins Height455England Hills
 BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills
 WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border
 CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills
 BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills
 Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border
 LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills
 GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills
 Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills
 StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills
 West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills
 WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill295England Hills
 SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills
 HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills
 West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills
 DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills
 LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills
 SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills
 SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills
 BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills
 Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills
 WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills
 OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills
 KentEnglandBetsom's Hill260England Hills
 GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill259England Hills
 DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills
 Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills
 BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill250England Hills
 East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills
 East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold246England Hills
 Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills
 HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills
 Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills
 North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills
 Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills
 South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills
 WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills
 WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills
 Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border
 NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills
 DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills
 NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills
 Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills
 RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills
 TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills
 SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills
 Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills
 LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills
 WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England Hills
 SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills
 Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills
 Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills
 WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills
 LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills
 CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills
 PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills
 BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills
 RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills
 EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills
 CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills
 Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills
 DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills
 HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills
 WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills
 Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills
 Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills
 Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills
 Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills
 SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills
 PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills
 North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills
 SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills
 ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills
 Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills
 WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border
 ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills
 BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills
 NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills
 WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills
 ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England Hills
 North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills
 KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills
 MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills
 HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills
 South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills
 LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills
 North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills
 Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills
 SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills
 PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills
 PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills
 TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills
 BournemouthEnglandRingwood Road65England Hills
 Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills
 Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills
 SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills
 YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills
 SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills
 BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills
 Kingston upon HullEnglandEast Mount11England Hills
 Kingston upon HullEngland or Bransholme11England Hills
 HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border
 County DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland
 County LondonderryNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland
 County TyroneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland
 ArmaghNorthern IrelandSlieve Gullion574Northeast Ireland
 AntrimNorthern IrelandTrostan550Northeast Ireland
 HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1344Grampian Mountains
 MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains
 AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains
 Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains
 StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains
 Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains
 AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains
 North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands
 Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands
 South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands
 Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands
 InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains
 Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man
 GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border
 ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border
 PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border
 DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border
 WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border
 CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border
 CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border
 MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border
 Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border
 Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border
 TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border
 Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border
 BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border
 FlintshireWalesMoel Famau555Wales and Welsh Border
 PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border
 CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border
 Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border
 SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border
 NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border
 CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border
 Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border
 Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border

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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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