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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 Hills34
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border75
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border47
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man20
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border16
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border17
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man13
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man49
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man18
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England Hills38
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills89
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills25
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills22
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills17
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands19
66.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis478Northeast Ireland15
67.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills51
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills17
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope457England Hills25
69.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills90
70.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope455Northeast Ireland11
71.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands15
72.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills48
73.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man8
74.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border136
75.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills69
76.BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills16
77.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border97
78.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man23
79.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man20
80.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border34
81.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke365Northeast Ireland8
82.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man9
83.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills29
84.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills75
85.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills47
85.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin328Northeast Ireland6
87.StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills15
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills12
88.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border43
89.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border55
90.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills68
91.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill294England Hills51
91.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills89
93.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills45
94.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills74
95.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills48
96.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills51
97.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills24
98.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills28
99.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills79
100.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains29
101.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills25
102.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills42
102.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills53
104.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill-East Top259England Hills21
105.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills19
106.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England Hills42
106.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills15
106.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top250England Hills25
109.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold248England Hills44
109.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills82
111.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills42
112.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills55
113.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills102
114.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills21
115.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills54
116.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills24
117.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills19
118.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border47
118.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills23
120.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills32
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills14
121.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border92
122.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills18
123.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver214Northeast Ireland6
124.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills35
125.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man22
126.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills29
126.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills17
128.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills16
129.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills22
130.SunderlandEnglandWarden Law182England Hills7
131.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills63
132.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills24
133.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England Hills25
134.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man14
135.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills21
136.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills20
137.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills29
138.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills46
139.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills20
140.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills19
141.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills22
142.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills17
143.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills53
144.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills52
145.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills25
146.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills18
147.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills12
147.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills22
149.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills17
150.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border16
151.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills33
152.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills16
153.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills22
154.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills35
155.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills21
156.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills14
157.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills19
157.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest Slope116England Hills17
159.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills15
160.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills24
160.WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border52
162.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills12
163.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills43
163.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills13
165.ReadingEnglandPark Lane103England Hills19
166.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills14
167.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills12
167.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills11
167.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills15
170.North TynesideEnglandSilverlink Park94England Hills8
171.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills16
172.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills21
173.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills15
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills11
173.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills23
175.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills24
176.Bournemouth, Christchurch, and PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills21
177.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills14
178.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills21
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills18
179.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills8
179.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills20
181.YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills22
182.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills20
183.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills17
184.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field12England Hills14
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1345Grampian Mountains851
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains169
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains169
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains146
5.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains105
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains67
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border1088
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains86
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border197
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills1044
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border389
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands98
13.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland169
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man75
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man51
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border70
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border75
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills119
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands43
19.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell790England Hills39
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border36
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man21
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border58
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border68
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man38
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills359
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man41
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border76
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man20
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border55
30.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland40
31.Fermanagh and OmaghNorthern Ireland/CavanCuillagh665Western Ireland35
32.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man24
33.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills357
34.LancashireEnglandGragareth628England Hills63
35.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany627Northeast Ireland16
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills105
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border40
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border28
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills102
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man41
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border36
42.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain-East Slope574Wales and Welsh Border22
43.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore569Northeast Ireland6
44.BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border24
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man28
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man19
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills113
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau554Wales and Welsh Border242
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England Hills40
50.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee543Northeast Ireland6

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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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