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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

Showing Martin Richardson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (97 out of 180, or 53.89%)

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1344Grampian Mountains1980
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian MountainsUnknown
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian MountainsUnknown
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian MountainsUnknown
5.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian MountainsUnknown
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian MountainsUnknown
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border1991
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian MountainsUnknown
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England HillsUnknown
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland IslandsUnknown
13.County DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland2005-09-02
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man1993
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2000
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border 
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border 
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England HillsUnknown
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands2008
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border 
20.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell788England HillsUnknown
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England HillsUnknown
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2008-12-29
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border1998
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
30.County LondonderryNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland2005
30.County TyroneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland2005
32.FermanaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland2008-08-31
33.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
34.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England HillsUnknown
35.LancashireEnglandGreen Hill628England HillsUnknown
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England HillsUnknown
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border 
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England HillsUnknown
40.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
43.ArmaghNorthern IrelandSlieve Gullion574Northeast IrelandUnknown
44.BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border 
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2013-04-23
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England HillsUnknown
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau555Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England HillsUnknown
49.AntrimNorthern IrelandTrostan550Northeast Ireland2008-09-28
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England HillsUnknown
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2008
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border 
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border 
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man2008-12-30
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England HillsUnknown
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England HillsUnknown
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills 
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills 
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills 
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland IslandsUnknown
66.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills 
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills 
67.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England HillsUnknown
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height455England Hills 
69.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland IslandsUnknown
70.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills 
71.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
72.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
73.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England HillsUnknown
74.BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills 
75.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
76.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
77.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of ManUnknown
78.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
79.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
80.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills 
81.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England HillsUnknown
82.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills1990
83.StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills 
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills 
84.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
85.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border2000
86.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England HillsUnknown
87.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill295England HillsUnknown
88.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England HillsUnknown
89.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills2008-08-27
90.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England HillsUnknown
91.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills2007
92.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills2003
93.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills 
94.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England HillsUnknown
95.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England HillsUnknown
96.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains2009-02-15
97.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England HillsUnknown
98.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England HillsUnknown
98.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England HillsUnknown
100.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill259England HillsUnknown
101.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills 
102.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England HillsUnknown
102.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills 
104.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England HillsUnknown
105.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold246England HillsUnknown
106.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England HillsUnknown
107.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England HillsUnknown
108.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England HillsUnknown
109.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills 
110.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England HillsUnknown
111.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill240England Hills 
112.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills 
113.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills 
114.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills 
114.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
116.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England HillsUnknown
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills 
117.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh BorderUnknown
118.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills 
119.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England HillsUnknown
120.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
121.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills 
121.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills 
123.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills 
124.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills 
125.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England HillsUnknown
126.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills 
127.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England HillsUnknown
128.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man 
129.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills 
130.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills 
131.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills 
132.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills 
133.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England HillsUnknown
134.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills 
135.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills 
136.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills 
137.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills 
138.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England HillsUnknown
139.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England HillsUnknown
140.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills 
141.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills 
142.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills 
142.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills 
144.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills 
145.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border 
146.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills 
147.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills 
148.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills 
149.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England HillsUnknown
150.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills 
151.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills 
152.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest slope116England Hills 
152.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills 
154.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills 
155.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills 
155.WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border 
157.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills 
158.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills 
158.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England HillsUnknown
160.ReadingEnglandPark Lane (Tilehurst)103England Hills 
161.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills 
162.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills 
162.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills 
162.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills 
165.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills 
166.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills 
167.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills 
168.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills 
168.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills 
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England 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.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills 
175.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England 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 

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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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