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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Location: Monmouthshire
Grid Ref: ST 411943
Height: 1014 ft (309 m)
Status:  Marilyn, Clement

Notes: This summit is situated in woodland a few miles north of the Monmouthshire coast, and lays not far from the lane between Parc-Seymour and Pen y Cae-Mawr. Non drivers can get a bus to Parc-Seymour (which is on the Newport to Chepstow route) and walk up. The trig pillar is a couple of hundred metres south of a prominent forest track and is not difficult to find. There is no view from the trig pillar itself but the lane up from ParcSeymour has some rather nice views of the Bristol Channel and the Somerset coast.

Wether Hill

Location: Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 455167
Height: 2198 ft (670 m)
Status: Wainwright, Nuttall

Notes: It's likely that a good many walkers stroll across the summit of Wether Hill without even realising they've done so, for the gradients either side of it on the ridge path are imperceptible and there's little feeling of being on top of something. The fell stands part way along the northern section of the High Street ridge, between the more notable tops of High Raise and Loadpot Hill. The Hight Street ridge path is the obvious approach. The view, like the fell, is unremarkable but does include the Helvellyn group to the southeast and the Cross Fell group way to the northwest.


Location: Yorkshire Dales, Ribblesdale
Grid Ref: SD 738814
Height: 2416 ft (736 m)
Status: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, County Top (North Yorkshire)

Notes: The highest of the celebrated Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales, and the highest summit in Yorkshire, Whernside stands between the heads of Ribblesdale and Deepdale and overlooks the famous Ribblehead viaduct from the northwest. The hill is a long ridge with a steep southeastern flank, which makes a direct ascent from Ribblehead very hard work. A drystone wall (marking the boundary between the districts of Craven and Richmond) follows the top of the ridge, accompanied by a broad pathway, and at the summit itself the wall is formed into a pair of wind shelters. The summit can be reached in about two hours from Ribblehead station, and the choice of two ascent routes can be combined into a circular walk (up one way, down the other) of around four hours.


Location: Radnor Forest, Powys
Grid Ref: SO 205626
Height: 1965 ft (599 m)
Status:  Dewey

Notes: A smal yet shapely hill on the southern edge of the New Radnor Forest in mid Wales, Whimble is a straightforward climb from New Radnor village. There are good views of the countryside of Powys and Herefordshire around the southern arc but the northern aspect is shut in by the higher summits of the group.


Location: Lake District, North Western Fells
Grid Ref: NY 196249
Height: 1722 ft (525 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: Whinlatter is the fell that has given its name to the high road between Braithwaite and Cockermouth, and to the forest plantations on its slopes and those of the surrounding fells. Easily ascended from the visitor centre at the top of Whinlatter Pass, the highlight of its summit view is that of the Grizedale Pike group to the south. Wainwright actually chose the west top as his summit but it's the east top (seen here) that is higher.

White Maiden

Location: Lake District, Southern Fells
Grid Ref: SD 254957
Height: 2001 ft (610 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: White Maiden is an outlier of Walna Scar, itself a satellite of Dow Crag in the Coniston group, and just qualifies as a Nuttall. Its splendidly rocky summit marks it out as a rather more interesting place to be than Walna Scar itself, and further interest is added by the adjacent meeting point of two beautifully constructed stone walls. Neither Walna Scar nor White Maiden feature in Wainwright's guides and the path between them is relatively unfrequented, being little more than a faint trod in the rough grass of the ridge. A ten minute walk south from Walna Scar with very similar views.

White Side

Location: Lake District, Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 337166
Height: 2831 ft (863 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: One of the many tops of Helvellyn's long northern ridge, White Side lays just over a mile north of its parent and is traversed by all those choosing the old mine track from Glenridding as a route to or from Helvellyn. As such it is a deceptively easy climb, particularly as it ranks as one of the twenty highest summits in England. The highlights of its view include nearby Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstycam.

Wills Neck

Location: Quantocks, Somerset
Grid Ref: ST 165352
Height: 1261 ft (384 m)
Status:  Marilyn

Notes: The highest point of the Quantocks, a hill range in western Someset running from Taunton northwestwards to the coast. The Quantocks are superb walking country, sandy heathland with heathery tops and forested slopes. Wills Neck is best visited as part of a ridgewalk but could be climbed direct via a number of footpaths from down in the valleys to either side (e.g. from Crowcombe or Aisholt). There are superb views to the west and northwest, including the coast near Minehead and across the Bristol Channel to Wales.

Wilmington Hill

Location: South Downs, Sussex
Grid Ref: TQ 548034
Height: 702 ft (214 m)
Status:  Marilyn

Notes: Wilmington Hill is the first major summit on the South Downs west of Eastbourne. It lays some 400m off the roue of the South Downs Way but, by careful map reading and the use of a permissive path, it's possible to access the trig point. The actual highest point appears to be a grassy mound around 50 metres further along the path. The summit stands on the lip of a steep north-facing chalk slope and the views across the Weald are superb. To the west Firle Beacon presents an inviting profile while to the south there is a distant view of Newhaven harbour and the Channel.


Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Ref: SD 653932
Height: 1553 ft (473 m)
Status: Clement

Notes: Winder sits immediately above Sedbergh and is likely to be the first top encountered by anyone venturing into the Howgills from the town. There is a topograph near the trig pillar, though unfortunately some of it is illegible. The view, however, encompasses both the Lakeland fells and the Pennines, with Kentmere Pike to the northwest and Whernside to the southeast, each roughly 20 miles away. The ascent from Sedbergh takes about 50 minutes.

Winter Hill
Winter Hill

Location: Bolton, Lancashire
Grid Ref: SD 659149
Height: 1496 ft (456 m)
Status: Marilyn, Clement

Notes: Winter Hill is situated a few miles north of Bolton. The hill, which overlooks Greater Manchester, Greater Merseyside and the industrial towns of Lancashire, made it an ideal site for the Independent Television Authority (as it was in those days) to choose it as the site of their main TV transmitter for north west England and the mast overlooks and dwarfs the trig pillar. There are also several other communications towers nearby. It's possible to drive up from Howrich (south west of the summit) but a more elegant ascent can be made from the village of Belmont to the east, which also has a handy bus service from Bolton. Apart from the aforementioned urban panorama the southern Pennines take pride of place in the view to the east.

Wrekin, The

Location: Shropshire Hills
Grid Ref: SJ 628080
Height: 1335 ft (407 m)
Status:  Marilyn

Notes: Surrounded by woodland, myth and legend, the Wrekin is a suberb little hill sutuated three miles southwest of Wellington, near Telford in Shropshire. The summit is home to a TV transmitting station as well as a trig pillar and a topograph. The view is superb; many of the principal hills of mid and north Wales can be seen, including Pen-y-Fan and Cadair Idris, while to the south the view extends to the Malverns and Cotswolds. To the north and northeast lay the Cheshire plain with Winter Hill beyond, parts of the Pennines including Blackstone Edge, and the Roaches and Cannock Chase. To the east the hill overlooks Telford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. A rough track runs all the way up from a road junction at the northeast end of the hill, and a lone cottage halfway up provides drinks and refreshments.


Location: Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 437067
Height: 2316 ft (706 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Yoke is a prominent top, the most southerly on the ridge between Troutbeck and Kentmere. As such it is well seen in views northwards from Windermere. The usual approach is via the Garburn pass between Kentmere and Troutbeck, and most walkers will not simply climb Yoke but will go on to walk the ridge to High Street or to complete the Kentmere horseshoe. The best views are to the west and northwest where the Scafell / Bowfell massif and the Fairfield group form the skyline.

Ysgyryd Fawr

Location: Black Mountains
Grid Ref: SO 331182
Height: 1594 ft (486 m)
Status: Marilyn, Clement

Notes: This hill is situated roughly three miles northeast of Abergavenny. The ascent is simple; go through the gate off the road and follow the path up through the trees and out onto the north-south ridge until you reach the trig point. It's a hill that appears to be popular with families (although maybe that's because I chose to climb it on Easter Sunday). Sugar Loaf and Blorenge dominate the view, which otherwise consists largely of the pastoral countryside of Monmouthshire.

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