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U.K. County/Unitary Authority High Points

RankCounty/Unitary AuthorityConstituent CountryPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascents
1.HighlandScotlandBen Nevis1345Grampian Mountains684
2.MorayScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains130
2.AberdeenshireScotlandBen Macdui1309Grampian Mountains130
4.Perth and KinrossScotlandBen Lawers1214Grampian Mountains118
5.StirlingScotlandBen More1174Grampian Mountains91
6.Argyll and ButeScotlandBen Cruachan1126Grampian Mountains55
7.GwyneddWalesSnowdon1085Wales and Welsh Border797
8.AngusScotlandGlas Maol1068Grampian Mountains74
9.ConwyWalesCarnedd Llewelyn1064Wales and Welsh Border128
10.CumbriaEnglandScafell Pike978England Hills727
11.PowysWalesPen y Fan886Wales and Welsh Border297
12.North AyrshireScotlandGoat Fell874Scotland Islands79
13.Newry, Mourne and DownNorthern IrelandSlieve Donard853Northeast Ireland136
14.Dumfries and GallowayScotlandMerrick843Southern Scotland-Isle of Man57
15.Scottish BordersScotlandBroad Law840Southern Scotland-Isle of Man39
16.DenbighshireWalesCadair Berwyn-North Top827Wales and Welsh Border48
 DenbighshireWales or Moel Sych827Wales and Welsh Border49
17.NorthumberlandEnglandThe Cheviot815England Hills83
18.Western IslesScotlandClisham799Scotland Islands34
19.WrexhamWalesCraig Berwyn790Wales and Welsh Border26
19.DurhamEnglandMickle Fell790England Hills34
21.South AyrshireScotlandKirriereoch Hill-Northwest Slope782Southern Scotland-Isle of Man16
22.CarmarthenshireWalesFan Foel781Wales and Welsh Border46
23.CeredigionWalesPlynlimon752Wales and Welsh Border56
24.South LanarkshireScotlandCulter Fell748Southern Scotland-Isle of Man32
25.North YorkshireEnglandWhernside736England Hills245
26.ClackmannanshireScotlandBen Cleuch721Southern Scotland-Isle of Man32
27.HerefordshireEngland/WalesBlack Mountain703Wales and Welsh Border62
28.East AyrshireScotlandBlackcraig Hill700Southern Scotland-Isle of Man19
29.MonmouthshireWalesChwarel y Fan679Wales and Welsh Border46
30.Derry and StrabaneNorthern IrelandSawel Mountain678Northeast Ireland34
31.Fermanagh and OmaghNorthern Ireland/CavanCuillagh665Western Ireland25
32.MidlothianScotlandBlackhope Scar651Southern Scotland-Isle of Man23
33.DerbyshireEnglandKinder Scout636England Hills234
34.LancashireEnglandGragareth628England Hills49
35.Causeway Coast and GlensNorthern IrelandMullaghaneany627Northeast Ireland14
36.DevonEnglandHigh Willhays621England Hills87
37.Neath Port TalbotWalesCraig y Llyn600Wales and Welsh Border37
38.Rhondda Cynon TaffWalesCraig y Llyn-East Slope590Wales and Welsh Border22
39.KirkleesEnglandBlack Hill582England Hills77
40.East DunbartonshireScotlandEarl's Seat578Southern Scotland-Isle of Man25
40.Blaenau GwentWalesCoety Mountain578Wales and Welsh Border32
42.TorfaenWalesCoety Mountain-East Slope574Wales and Welsh Border17
43.Mid UlsterNorthern IrelandOughtmore569Northeast Ireland6
44.BridgendWalesWerfa568Wales and Welsh Border16
45.Edinburgh CityScotlandEast Cairn Hill567Southern Scotland-Isle of Man27
46.West LothianScotlandWest Cairn Hill562Southern Scotland-Isle of Man18
47.Cheshire EastEnglandShining Tor559England Hills74
48.FlintshireWalesMoel Famau554Wales and Welsh Border175
49.SheffieldEnglandHowden Edge550England Hills30
50.Mid and East AntrimNorthern IrelandSlievenanee543Northeast Ireland6
51.OldhamEnglandBlack Chew Head541England Hills24
52.ShropshireEnglandBrown Clee Hill540Wales and Welsh Border64
53.PembrokeshireWalesFoel Cwmcerwyn536Wales and Welsh Border41
54.East LothianScotlandMeikle Says Law535Southern Scotland-Isle of Man19
54.CaerphillyWalesPen March535Wales and Welsh Border11
56.Merthyr TydfilWalesMerthyr Common531Wales and Welsh Border11
57.North LanarkshireScotlandCort-ma Law - East Top527Southern Scotland-Isle of Man11
58.FifeScotlandWest Lomond522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man41
58.RenfrewshireScotlandHill of Stake522Southern Scotland-Isle of Man16
60.StaffordshireEnglandCheeks Hill-South Slope520England Hills34
61.SomersetEnglandDunkery Beacon519England Hills77
62.BarnsleyEnglandHoar Stones514England Hills17
63.TamesideEnglandHoarstone Edge497England Hills13
64.CalderdaleEnglandWay Stone Edge482England Hills11
65.Orkney IslandsScotlandWard Hill481Scotland Islands14
66.BelfastNorthern IrelandDivis478Northeast Ireland13
67.RochdaleEnglandBlackstone Edge474England Hills28
 RochdaleEngland or Hail Storm Hill-Southeast Slope474England Hills12
68.BradfordEnglandWithins Height-Northeast Slope457England Hills16
69.Blackburn with DarwenEnglandWinter Hill456England Hills68
70.Antrim and NewtownabbeyNorthern IrelandDivis-West Slope455Northeast Ireland9
71.Shetland IslandsScotlandRonas Hill450Scotland Islands13
72.BoltonEnglandWinter Hill-Southeast Slope447England Hills39
73.InverclydeScotlandCreuch Hill441Southern Scotland-Isle of Man7
74.WorcestershireEnglandWorcestershire Beacon425Wales and Welsh Border106
75.CornwallEnglandBrown Willy420England Hills61
76.BuryEnglandScholes Height415England Hills13
77.Telford and WrekinEnglandThe Wrekin407Wales and Welsh Border65
78.West DunbartonshireScotlandDuncolm401Southern Scotland-Isle of Man19
79.East RenfrewshireScotlandCorse Hill376Southern Scotland-Isle of Man18
80.SwanseaWalesMynydd y Betws373Wales and Welsh Border29
81.Armagh, Banbridge and CraigavonNorthern IrelandCarrigatuke365Northeast Ireland8
82.FalkirkScotlandDarrach Hill357Southern Scotland-Isle of Man9
83.LeedsEnglandBurley Moor342England Hills20
84.GloucestershireEnglandCleeve Common330England Hills64
85.Lisburn and CastlereaghNorthern IrelandCollin328Northeast Ireland6
85.Redcar and ClevelandEnglandGisborough Moor328England Hills43
87.StockportEnglandMellor Moor327England Hills11
 StockportEngland or Robin Hood's Picking Rods327England Hills7
88.NewportWalesWentwood309Wales and Welsh Border39
89.CardiffWalesGarth Hill307Wales and Welsh Border45
90.West BerkshireEnglandWalbury Hill297England Hills56
91.WiltshireEnglandMilk Hill294England Hills39
91.SurreyEnglandLeith Hill294England Hills76
93.HampshireEnglandPilot Hill286England Hills38
94.West SussexEnglandBlack Down280England Hills67
95.DorsetEnglandLewesdon Hill279England Hills43
96.LeicestershireEnglandBardon Hill278England Hills48
97.SwindonEnglandLiddington Hill276England Hills19
98.SandwellEnglandTurner's Hill271England Hills25
99.BuckinghamshireEnglandHaddington Hill267England Hills67
100.Aberdeen CityScotlandBrimmond Hill266Grampian Mountains24
101.Bath and North East SomersetEnglandNiver Hill264England Hills24
102.WarwickshireEnglandEbrington Hill261England Hills36
102.OxfordshireEnglandWhitehorse Hill261England Hills38
104.GatesheadEnglandCurrock Hill-East Top259England Hills18
105.DudleyEnglandCawney Hill251England Hills12
106.KentEnglandBetsom's Hill250England Hills42
106.BirminghamEnglandRednal Hill-North Top250England Hills18
106.Stoke-on-TrentEnglandMeir Heath250England Hills10
109.East SussexEnglandDitchling Beacon248England Hills69
109.East Riding of YorkshireEnglandBishop Wilton Wold248England Hills38
111.Greater LondonEnglandWesterham Heights245England Hills38
112.HertfordshireEnglandPavis Wood244England Hills50
113.Central BedfordshireEnglandDunstable Downs243England Hills93
114.North SomersetEnglandBlagdon Hill Farm242England Hills18
115.Isle of WightEnglandSt Boniface Down241England Hills47
116.South GloucestershireEnglandHanging Hill237England Hills16
117.WolverhamptonEnglandSedgley Beacon-East Slope235England Hills14
118.WalsallEnglandBarr Beacon227England Hills18
118.Cheshire West and ChesterEnglandRaw Head227Wales and Welsh Border36
120.NorthamptonshireEnglandArbury Hill225England Hills28
 NorthamptonshireEngland or Big Hill225England Hills12
121.Isle of AngleseyWalesHolyhead Mountain220Wales and Welsh Border66
122.DarlingtonEnglandDere Street219England Hills14
123.Ards and North DownNorthern IrelandCairngaver214Northeast Ireland6
124.NottinghamshireEnglandNewtonwood Lane205England Hills31
125.Glasgow CityScotlandCathkin Braes200Southern Scotland-Isle of Man19
126.Brighton and HoveEnglandBullock Hill197England Hills15
126.RutlandEnglandCold Overton Park197England Hills26
128.TorbayEnglandBeacon Hill196England Hills13
129.SolihullEnglandMeighs Wood185England Hills17
130.Saint HelensEnglandBillinge Hill179England Hills55
131.LutonEnglandWhitehill-Butterfield Green178England Hills20
132.WakefieldEnglandWoolley Edge176England Hills20
133.Dundee CityScotlandGallow Hill175Southern Scotland-Isle of Man11
134.SunderlandEnglandThe Moors174England Hills8
135.Medway TownsEnglandHolly Hill172England Hills16
136.Milton KeynesEnglandBow Brickhill171England Hills17
137.WiganEnglandBillinge Hill-North Top169England Hills25
138.LincolnshireEnglandThe Wolds168England Hills42
139.CoventryEnglandCorley Moor167England Hills16
140.PlymouthEnglandWoolwell Road162England Hills15
141.BristolEnglandDundry Hill East160England Hills20
142.RotherhamEnglandFir Hill157England Hills12
143.EssexEnglandChrishall Common147England Hills44
144.CambridgeshireEnglandGreat Chishill146England Hills41
145.Windsor and MaidenheadEnglandAshley Hill145England Hills21
146.DoncasterEnglandForedoles Head144England Hills15
147.WokinghamEnglandBowsey Hill142England Hills17
147.HartlepoolEnglandWhelly Hill142England Hills10
149.Derby CityEnglandAllestree Park138England Hills15
150.Vale of GlamorganWalesTair Onnen137Wales and Welsh Border10
151.Nottingham CityEnglandNottingham M1132England Hills26
152.Newcastle upon TyneEnglandWesterhope131England Hills13
153.Bracknell ForestEnglandSurrey Hill130England Hills16
154.SuffolkEnglandGreat Wood128England Hills30
155.PortsmouthEnglandFort Southwick122England Hills16
156.North East LincolnshireEnglandWold Newton117England Hills12
157.SalfordEnglandNewcombe Drive116England Hills16
157.ThurrockEnglandLangdon Hill-Southwest Slope116England Hills15
159.Leicester CityEnglandNether Hall110England Hills12
160.ManchesterEnglandHeaton Park108England Hills18
160.WirralEnglandPoll Hill108Wales and Welsh Border35
162.BedfordshireEnglandThe Slipe107England Hills7
163.NorfolkEnglandBeacon Hill105England Hills37
163.WarringtonEnglandAppleton Park105England Hills11
165.ReadingEnglandPark Lane103England Hills16
166.North LincolnshireEnglandSaxby Wold102England Hills12
167.KnowsleyEnglandKnowsley Park100England Hills10
167.HaltonEnglandHalton Castle100England Hills12
167.MiddlesbroughEnglandQuarry Hill100England Hills11
170.South TynesideEnglandBoldon Hills93England Hills12
171.LiverpoolEnglandWoolton Hill89England Hills18
172.North TynesideEnglandCamperdown86England Hills11
173.Stockton-on-TeesEnglandThorpe Larches82England Hills13
 Stockton-on-TeesEngland or Boy Hill82England Hills10
173.SouthamptonEnglandBassett Avenue82England Hills16
175.PeterboroughEnglandRacecourse Road81England Hills20
176.Bournemouth, Christchurch, and PooleEnglandCorfe Hills78England Hills17
177.TraffordEnglandGreen Walk (Bowdon)67England Hills14
178.Southend-on-SeaEnglandLondon Road61England Hills19
 Southend-on-SeaEngland or Heath Mount61England Hills17
179.Isles of ScillyEnglandTelegraph Tower51England Hills7
179.SloughEnglandEast Burnham Park51England Hills16
181.YorkEnglandStock Hill44England Hills14
182.SeftonEnglandMelling Mount36England Hills18
183.BlackpoolEnglandWarbreck Reservoir34England Hills16
184.Kingston upon HullEnglandSouth Field12England Hills12

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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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