Some Mountains, Hills and Summits of Great Britain

These pages feature some of the many mountains, hills, fells, summits and high points in Britain. The criteria for inclusion are that (1) I've climbed the hill in question, and (2) that I've taken a photo at the summit. Wherever possible there is also a picture of the hill from a neighbouring summit or adjacent valley, or a picture of the view from the top.

See the home page for an explanation of the status terms (Munro, Corbett, Marylin, Hewitt, et al).

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The Knott

Location: Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 437127
Height: 2425 ft (729 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: The Knott looks like a significant fell when you approach it from the west, but in reality is is a mere pimple on the ridge between High Street and Rest Dodd, and it can be climbed from the intervening col in just two minutes. The col carries the path from Ullswater to High Street (part of Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk) and this is the obvious ascent route. The High Street ridge dominates the view to the east, Ullswater is seen to the north, the Helvellyn group to the east and Stony Cove Pike to the south. A grand mountain panorama.


Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 278246
Height: 1207 ft (368 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: Latrigg is Keswick's local fell and stands immadiately above the town to the north. It is rather dwarfed by Skiddaw, of which it is really just an outlier, but nevertheless it's a bit of a magnet to the town's visitors. Its slopes are quite extensively wooded, and like many of the lower fells it is relatively steep and needs a fair bit of effort to climb. The easiest way up is to set out along the Skiddaw path from Spooney Green Lane and head almost as far as the Latrigg - Skiddaw col, from where the top of Latrigg is a relatively easy stroll. There is no trig point, marker or cairn on the highest point (seen left). The principal viewpoint is a few hundred metres west of the highest point and has excellent views of Keswick, Derwentwater, Skiddaw, and the Grasmoor and Dale Head groups.

Laughter Tor

Location: Dartmoor
Grid Ref: SX 653757
Height: 1381 ft (421 m)
Status: Clement

Notes: One of Dartmoor's many tors, Laughter Tor is easy enough to climb though it's an hour or so from Postbridge, its most convenient access point. It is usually climbed along with its near neighbour, Bellever Tor. The view is not extensive but if you like endless vistas of empty moorland then Laughter Tor is for you.

The Law

Location: The Ochils
Grid Ref: NS 910996
Height: 2093 ft (638 m)
Status: Donald top

Notes: The Law is an outlier of Ben Cleuch, the highest top of the Ochils, and lays directly along the path to the parent fell from Tillicoultry. The cairn is actually just across the fence from the path but it would take a real purist to claim that the hill was not "bagged" unless one had slid across the fence to touch the cairn proper. Views over the plain of the Forth are superb.

Leith Hill

Location: North Downs, Surrey
Grid Ref: TQ 139431
Height: 968 ft (295 m)
Status: Marilyn, County Top (Surrey)

Notes: Leith Hill is the highest point in south east England, the summit of an area of heath and forest laying proud of the North Downs a few miles southwest of Dorking. The tower is an eighteenth century folly built in an effort to raise the height of the hill to 1000ft. Due to the tree cover there is no view from the summit although a good sweep of the North Downs can be seen from a point a few hundred metres to the northeast. The nearest road access is the hamlet of Coldharbour, a mile away, while the nearest rail access is Holmwood on the London Victoria to Horsham line. The hill can be climbed from Holmwood in about 50 minutes by using a combination of lanes and local footpaths.

Ling Fell

Location: Lake District, North Western Fells
Grid Ref: NY 179285
Height: 1224 ft (373 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: Like its neighbour Sale Fell, Ling Fell is a grassy hill on the northwestern edge of the Lake District. Its position gives it a good view over the Vale of Lorton and Cockermouth, and beyond to Scotland across the Solway Firth. It can be ascended with relative ease from the Kelswick farm road above Embleton.

Lingmoor Fell

Location: Lake District, Southern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 302046
Height: 1539 ft (469 m)
Status: Wainwright, Marilyn

Notes: An isolated fell laying between Langdale and Little Langdale, Lingmoor is of modest height yet great complexity. Its slopes are steep and its summit ridge is both rocky and boggy and, despite it being one of those fells habitually left for a mediocre day, it is not a place to be in poor weather. Best approached from the unclassified road between Dungeon Ghyll and Little Langdale, Lingmoor is a prime viewpoint for the Langdale Pikes (another reason to visit in good weather). There's an awesome closeup view of Bowfell and its neighbours to the west, while eastwards the Fairfield and Helvellyn ranges dominate.

Little Calva

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 282314
Height: 2106 ft (642 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: A minor top west of Great Calva. Were it not for its status as a Nuttall it's doubtful if anyone would ever seek out this fell top, situated as it is in the midst of a boggy and dreary sea of heather. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed the rain on the camera lens, but unfortunately this image will have to do as I seriously doubt I'll ever come here again. The best approach is probably from Great Calva, from which there is a path of sorts, a splendid expedition for those who enjoy wading through soup. The view is about as exciting as the fell itself. Best visited in sunshine when at least the situation of being well off the beaten track can be enjoyed.

Little Dun Fell

Location: North Pennines, Cumbria
Grid Ref: NY 704330
Height: 2762 ft (842 m)
Status: Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Little Dun Fell is one of the Cross Fell group of summits in the north Pennines, and is on the route of the Pennine Way. The PW is the normal route of ascent to the summit, though it could also be climbed by way of the private road to the summit of its neighbour, Great Dun Fell. There is not a great deal to commend the summit as a viewpoint; much of the panorama consists of the wild high ground of the Pennines, though the Lakeland Fells crowd the skyline to the southwest.

Little Hart Crag

Location: Lake District, Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 387100
Height: 2090 ft (637 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Little Hart Crag is effectively an eastern outlier of Dove Crag. It's a fearsome looking summit, a crown of crags standing above the head of Scandale, but is far less daunting than it looks. It can be climbed from the Scandale col in fifteen minutes. It is excellently placed for close-up views of Red Screes (to the east) and Dove Crag and Fairfield (to the west) but the bulk of these hills does rather tend to shut out the wider panorama.

Little Lingy Hill (a.k.a. Iron Crag)

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 303338
Height: 1998 ft (609 m)
Status: none

Notes: Laying to the west of Great Lingy Hill and a minor "Top" of Caldbeck's High Pike, Little Lingy Hill is a more prominent and better defined hill than its big brother but is just two feet short of qualifying as a Nuttall. Strictly the summit itself is nameless - Iron Crag is a rock formation on its north slopes and the map places the legend "Little Lingy Hill" almost at the col between here and Knott. The summit lacks interest apart from the view out across the Solway firth, and there are no paths anywhere near it. The hill itself looks quite handsome from down in the valley, however, towering above the gash of Dale Beck south of Fell Side.

Little Mell Fell

Location: Lake District, Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 423240
Height: 1657 ft (505 m)
Status: Wainwright, Marilyn

Notes: Little Mell Fell is the lesser companion of Great Mell Fell, and like its big brother it's an isolated grassy dome laying north of Ullswater and east of Matterdale. Its portrait to the left is from neighbouring Gowbarrow Fell. There is a permissive path to the summit from The Hause, below its southern flank where it meets Little Meldrum (an outlier of Gowbarrow Fell). Ullswater is not well seen from the summit, and the better views are to the west and south west where the Fairfield and Helvellyn groups, the Dodds and Great Mell Fell look very inviting. On a clear day the high tops of the north Pennines should be in view to the northeast.

Loadpot Hill

Location: Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 456181
Height: 2201 ft (671 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nutall

Notes: Loadpot Hill is the northernmost hill of the High Street ridge. The ridge falls northwards towards Pooley Bridge and this is the most obvious ascent route if you're climbing Loadpot for its own sake, though it is usually climbed as part of the ridgewalk. Masochists might try the very steep ascent from Howtown. The view is not terribly exciting save for the southwestern arc, which contains the head of Ullswater and the Helvellyn group. The Vale of Eden fills the northern and eastern panoramas, with the high Pennines visible to the northeast.

Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag)

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 243861
Height: 3789 ft (1155 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: A superb mountain, the highest summit of the Mounth, Lochnagar is not only a pleasure to walk but also posesses dramatic features. Its summit plateau is one of the largest tracts of high ground in the UK and, on its northern lip, it falls away in a series of cliffs towards Loch Nagar (from which the mountain is named). The highest summit, Cac Carn Beag, sits above the western end of these cliffs. The most popular ascent is from the Spittal of Glenmuick, southwest of Ballater, and takes roughly three hours. The panorama is magnificent and features a mountainscape ranging through the Fife hills in the south, the Mounth and Perthsire hills to the west and the Cairngorms to the north. The hills and plains of Aberdeenshire are seen to the east and there are occasional glimpses of coastline. The summit features a topograph as well as the usual Ordnance Survey trig pillar.

Long Mynd

Location: Shropshire Hills
Grid Ref: SO 4155944
Height: 1693 ft (516 m)
Status: Marilyn

Notes: The Long Mynd is an impressive and extensive heathland plateau, part of the Shropshire Hills, laying immediately to the west of Church Stretton near Shrewsbury. A moorland road passes within a quarter of a mile of Pole Bank, the highest point, but to drive to the summit would be to miss the delights of the area as a whole. There are a number of possible approaches from either side but for the best experience walk up from Church Stretton by the path south of Town Hollow and return by Cardingmill Valley, which boasts some of the best ravine scenery in England. The top is just 90 minutes' walk from the town and the whole plateau is superb, easy walking country. Wales is only a few miles to the west and the view extends to the mid-Wales hills and the Becon Beacons, while in the other direction the panorama includes Wenlock Edge and the Wrekin.

Long Side

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 248284
Height: 2408 ft (734 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: The central top of the subsidiary ridge that lays to the southwest of Skiddaw's summit, Long Side is dwarfed by its lofty parent yet is a delightful excursion. It can rarely be climbed in its own right, but is a useful diversion from Skiddaw itself along with its neighbours Carl Side and Ullock Pike. There's an easy path from Skiddaw to Long Side via the Carl Side Col. The Long Side ridge is airy without being in any way daunting, and has fine views over both Derwentwater and Bassenthwite.

Lonscale Fell

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 285271
Height: 2346 ft (715 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Lonscale Fell is an eastern outlier of Skiddaw. Its pleasant, grassy and almost flat top is easily reached from the main Skiddaw path by turning off right at the top of Jenkin Hill. It boasts one of the best views of Derwentwater. The fell itself has few interesting features apart from its shapely east top, which overlooks the Glenderaterra valley. A cycle track winds around the lower slopes of the fell en route for the Skiddaw House youth hostel.

Looking Steads

Location: Lake District, Southern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 245101
Height: 2543 ft (775 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: A top of Glaramara, laying some 800 metres to the south of its parent fell and, thanks to the rocky nature of the local terrain, qualiofying as a Nuttall in its own right. The summit cairn is roughly sixty metres to the east of the main ridge path. The ascent from the south, the usual route from Allen Crags to Glaramara, is a slightly tricky clamber and requires care. The views are rougly the same as from Glaramara.

Low Fell

Location: Lake District, Western Fells
Grid Ref: NY 137226
Height: 1388 ft (423 m)
Status: Marilyn, Wainwright, Clement

Notes: A lonely fell, Low Fell the highest top of the group of hills that seperates Loweswater from the Vale of Lorton. It's best approached from Thackthwaite, from where a rough track takes a route into the valley of Meregill Beck and curves south to reach Low Fell's north ridge. The view into the main bulk of the Lakeland fells, fronted by Crummock Water and Mellbreak, is the highlight of the panorama.

Mam Sodhail

Location: Scottish Highlands, Affric
Grid Ref: NH 120253
Height: 3875 ft (1181 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: Britain's fourteenth highest mountain, and the second highest north of the Great Glen, Mam Sodhail (or Mam Soul, its Anglicized form) is surprisingly easy to ascend. The nearest road access is just a handful of miles away at the end of the Glen Affric road from where you take the footpath along the north side of Loch Affric, turning right into Coire Leachavie and following a stalkers' path up to the col. The summit of Mam Sodhail is a short stroll from here up the last couple of hundred feet. The summit picture to the left is the view down into Gleann nam Fiadh from the top, which features a massive pepperpot cairn. The view is excitingly crowded and includes much of the North West Highlands.

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