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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascents
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England Hills48
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border90
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border52
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man23
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border19
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border20
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man16
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man66
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man22
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill - South Slope520England Hills52
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills97
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills28
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills28
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills20
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands24
66.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis478Northeast Ireland16
67.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills70
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill - Southeast Slope474England Hills21
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height - Northeast Slope457England Hills33
69.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills132
70.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis - West Slope455Northeast Ireland11
71.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands18
72.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill - Southeast Slope447England Hills68
73.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man9
74.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border160
75.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills76
76.BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills25
77.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border127
78.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man25
79.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man25
80.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border36
81.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke365Northeast Ireland8
82.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man10
83.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills37
84.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills89
85.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills52
85.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin328Northeast Ireland6
87.StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills18
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills15
88.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border47
89.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border60
90.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills76
91.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill294England Hills60
91.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills111
93.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills54
94.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills84
95.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills54
96.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills68
97.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills31
98.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills35
99.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills88
100.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains31
101.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills29
102.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills47
102.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills58
104.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill - East Top259England Hills23
105.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills22
106.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England Hills47
106.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills17
106.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill - North Top250England Hills28
109.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold248England Hills52
109.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills93
111.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills47
112.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills61
113.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills109
114.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills27
115.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills65
116.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills27
117.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon - East Slope235England Hills20
118.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border55
118.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills29
120.West NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills38
 West NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills16
121.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border113
122.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills22
123.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver214Northeast Ireland6
124.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills42
125.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man26
126.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills36
126.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills22
128.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills18
129.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills27
130.SunderlandEnglandWarden Law182England Hills7
131.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills81
132.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills32
133.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England Hills32
134.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man17
135.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills25
136.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills28
137.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill - North Top169England Hills38
138.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills51
139.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills26
140.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills21
141.North NorthamptonshireEnglandMill Hill161England Hills9
142.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills24
143.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills24
144.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills57
145.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills56
146.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills29
147.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills24
148.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills13
148.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills27
150.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills21
151.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border18
152.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills42
153.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills19
154.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills29
155.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills38
156.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills25
157.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills16
158.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills26
158.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill - Southwest Slope116England Hills19
160.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills21
161.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills37
161.WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border57
163.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills15
164.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills50
164.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills16
166.ReadingEnglandPark Lane103England Hills27
167.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills18
168.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills16
168.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills12
168.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills18
171.North TynesideEnglandSilverlink Park94England Hills12
172.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills18
173.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills24
174.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills18
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills13
174.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills30
176.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills28
177.Bournemouth, Christchurch, and PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills25
178.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills20
179.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills22
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills18
180.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills13
180.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills25
182.YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills27
183.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills25
184.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills24
185.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field12England Hills18
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1345Grampian Mountains993
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains214
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains214
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains174
5.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains120
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains81
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border1336
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains97
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border242
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills1311
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border483
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands119
13.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland188
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man91
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man62
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn - North Top827Wales and Welsh Border84
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border91
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills138
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands52
19.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell790England Hills43
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border44
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill - Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man22
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border78
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border75
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man43
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills477
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man55
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border88
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man22
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border61
30.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland45
31.Fermanagh and OmaghCavan/Northern IrelandCuillagh665Western Ireland39
32.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man29
33.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills463
34.LancashireEnglandGragareth628England Hills74
35.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany627Northeast Ireland16
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills122
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border46
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn - East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border33
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills138
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man46
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border40
42.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain - East Slope574Wales and Welsh Border25
43.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore569Northeast Ireland6
44.BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border26
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man31
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man21
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills161
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau554Wales and Welsh Border284
49.SheffieldEnglandHigh Stones550England Hills52
50.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee543Northeast Ireland7

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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.

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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