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Ascent of High Holborn on 2012-12-12

Climber: Peter Stone

Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:High Holborn
    Location:UK-England
    Elevation:21 m / 72 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I'm not a great fan of London Borough high points; perhaps visiting them would be a sensible pastime if one lived or worked in London and wanted an excuse for some metropolitan walks, but the attractions are definitely more cultural rather than geomorphological or ecological and virtually all of them are on made-made, artificially modified land with no views. In my opinion they are of a lower value than the County Tops, however, I can see some point in visiting the high points of the Cities of London and Westminster and also of Greater London as a whole. So that's my excuse for seeking out this location.

The high point of the City of London is a 22 metre spot height at the junction of High Holborn (A40) and Chancery Lane (B400), a hundred metres or more west of the Chancery Lane tube station. It's a boundary slope feature just outside a Cotswold Outdoor shop so one can get kitted up with Goretex and plastic boots if conditions require it for a winter ascent. In order to be sure of stepping on the exact point one needs to make a slightly hazardous diagonal crossing of the intersection avoiding taxis and bike couriers! Of note the Chancery Lane street signs are provided by Camden Council on the west side of the road and the City of London on the east, the High Holborn signs are older and lack council designation.

I've walked and cycled along here numerous times in the past when I studied and worked in London, but only recently learned of its particular significance so I had to make a detour to the summit on a visit to London for business.
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