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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Bryn Arw

Location: Black Mountains
Grid Ref: SO 301206
Height: 1260 ft (384 m)
Status: Marilyn, Clement

Notes: Bryn Arw is a little heathland summit some four miles north of Abergavenny, just to the south of the Black Mountains proper. The summit is unmarked and slightly ambiguous, but it lays somewhere in among the gorse-covered hillocks seen in the photo, left. The Sugar Loaf, two miles to the southwest, dominates the view while the sprawls of Black Mountain and Waun Fach form the skyline to the north. The hill is surrounded by minor country lanes and footpaths, giving easy access from most directions.

Buckden Pike
Buckden Pike

Location: Yorkshire Dales, Wharfedale
Grid Ref: SD 960787
Height: 2303 ft (702 m)
Status: Hewitt, Nuttall, Marilyn

Notes:Buckden Pike stands above and to the east of the village of Buckden in upper Wharfedale, and can be climbed from Buckden's car park in a little over an hour. The summit area is a sea of mud and flagstones have recently been laid to aid walkers to reach the cairn and the trig point; critics will seem them as an eyesore. The wild country around Coverdale is seen to the east, and the marginally less wild environs of Wensleydale are in view to the north, but most interest lies to the west where Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside overtop nearby Birks Fell.

Bush Howe

Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Ref: SD 659980
Height: 2044 ft (623 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: A minor top of the Howgills about fifteen minutes' walk northwest of the Calf. The summit is a grassy dome almost devoid of features. The view is similar to that of the Calf to the south except that it looks directly down Chapel Beck to the southwest, to where the M6 motorway and the West Coast main line squeeze between the hills.

Butser Hill

Location: South Downs, Hampshire
Grid Ref: SU 716203
Height: 886 ft (270 m)
Status: Marilyn

Notes: A prominent top on the South Downs, Butser Hill lays a handful of miles southwest of Petersfield. Although the north slopes contain most of the hill's interesting features there is no legitimate approach on this side; access has to be from the south. A road leads almost to the summit from the south side and the South Downs Way passes within a few hundred metres. The summit features a trig pillar and a small village of radio huts as well as a prominent microwave tower. The view is fairly extensive and includes the Portsmouth / Southampton conurbation to the south along with the Isle of Wight.

Bynack More

Location: Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms
Grid Ref: NJ 042063
Height: 3576 ft (1090 m)
Status:  Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: Bynack More (or Ben Bynack, or Beinn Beithneag, or Caiplich) lays in the north west of the Ben Macdui massif of the central Cairngorms, the highest range of mountains in Britain. It's the highest point of a vaguely wedge-shaped piece of land lying between Strath Nethy and the Lairg an Laiogh. Like most of the Cairngorms it's a vast, gently-rolling upthrust of pink granite carpeted by mosses and short, wiry grasses. It's superb, easy walking terrain although quite remote. The easiest ascent is from Loch Morlich via the Ryvoan pass and the Lairg an Laiogh, a distance of 8½ miles involving 2600 ft of ascent. Views of the central and eastern Cairngorms, some of the grandest scenery in Britain, are superb.

Caer Caradoc

Location: Shropshire Hills

Grid Ref: SO 477953
Height: 1506 ft (459 m)
Status: Marilyn

Notes: A dramatic and craggy little hill standing a couple of miles northeast of Church Stretton in Shropshire. The normal route of approach is by a path rising up the eastern flanks from the south - avoid the direct route from Church Stretton as the lane adjacent to New House Farm is atrocious, but instead take the farm track and bridleway east of Helmeth Hill. The summit is unmarked and any one of half a dozen craggy outcrops could be the highest point. The earthworks on the summit are the remains of an iron age hill fort, claimed to be the last stand of Caractacus in his battles against the Roman invaders (though that battle probably took place elsewhere). The expedition from the town takes just 65 minutes and the reward is a glorious view that takes in the Long Mynd to the west, Wenlock Edge to the east and the Wrekin to the northeast.

Caerketton Hill

Location: Pentland Hills
Grid Ref: NT 242662
Height: 1483 ft (452 m)
Status: none

Notes: Caerketton Hill stands at the northeastern tip of the Pentlands and provides a superb view over the city of Edinburgh. It is an outlier of Allermuir Hill, not quite a mile to the west. Standing directly above the Hillend dry ski slope, it can be ascended from Hillend's car park in about 45 minutes.

Cairn Bannoch

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 222825
Height: 3320 ft (1012 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: One of the more remote summits of the Lochnagar massif, Cairn Bannoch lays some 10km from the nearest road access at Spittal of Glenmuick. Access is via a track along the south side of Glen Muick that rises to the paleau just short of neighbouring Broad Cairn, after which a reasonablyprominent path leads the rest of the way. The summit is only 120 ft above the previous col and can easily be mistaken for a minor top. The view is excellent, taking in just about all of the Mounth and Cairngorm massifs.

Cairn Gorm

Location: Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms
Grid Ref: NJ 005040
Height: 4085 ft (1245 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, HuMP

Notes: Cairn Gorm is the sixth highest mountain in Britain. Seen prominently from Aviemore and the Spey valley, it has given its name to the massif as a whole (though properly the Cairngorms are Am Monadh Ruadh, the Red Hills). Cairn Gorm is a gentle dome of a mountain, easily climbed from the base station of the summit railway by an ascent of some 2100 ft. It was formely possible to take the chairlift to the Ptarmigan cafe at 3700 ft and walk the final kilometre to the summit, but since the chairlift was replaced by the railway visitors are no longer allowed access to the summit from the top station. The summit is home to an automatic weather station run by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Views from the summit are awesome, particularly along the line of the northern corries (as depicted).

Cairn of Claise

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 185788
Height: 3491 ft (1064 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: An outlier of Glas Maol, Carn of Claise is situated northeast of its parent mountain and stands on the boundary between Aberdeenshire and Angus. A rise in the general level of the plateau rather than a "proper" mountain, Carn of Claise offers no views as such, just a general vista of a stone-littered grassy void. A stone wall leads away from the summit to the north but peters out. An old track known as the Monega Pass runs past Carn of Claise a hundred metres to the east, and offers a very easy route from Glas Maol to those who wish to visit this summit.

Cairn of Gowal

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 226820
Height: 3251 ft (991 m)
Status: Munro top

Notes: A top of Cairn Bannoch (see above), Cairn of Gowal is not much over sixty feet short of its parent and is crossed on the ridgewalk between Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn. It is marked by the tiniest of cairns and can easily be missed.

Cairnpapple Hill

Location: West Lothian
Grid Ref: NS 987711
Height: 1024 ft (312 m)
Status: Marilyn, Yeaman

Notes: Not the most interesting of hills, cairnpapple Hill stands a couple of miles northeast of Bathgate in West Lothian. The trig point is not far from a road; the access point is a gate somewhere around NS990712. Shin over the gate and walk up a track towards the summit. The view isn't terribly rewarding but includes the pentlands, Arthur's Seat and the Forth Bridges. There is a rather better viewpoint just across the road at NS990711, complete with a topograph.

Calders (a.k.a. Brant Fell)

Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Ref: SD 670960
Height: 2211 ft (674 m)
Status: Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: A fell in the Howgills, roughly 3 miles northeast of Sedbergh, from which it can be climbed in about 90 minutes via Arant Haw. It's a lonely place, overlooking grassy fell ridges and empty valleys. The Calf dominates the view to the north, and Arant Haw ditto to the south. Some of the Lakeland fells are seen to the northwest and Pennine tops such as Great Knoutberry Hill and Whernside appear to the east and southeast.

Calf, The

Location: Howgill Fells
Grid Ref: SD 667970
Height: 2218 ft (676 m)
Status: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: The Calf is the highest summit of the Howgills, a relatively unfrequented group of hills situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. This hill and its neighbours loom above the M6 motorway and the West Coast main line as they squeeze together on their way north from Kendal to Penrith. The hill therefore overlooks the motorway and railway, beyond which are the far eastern groups of the Lakeland fells. Yet more lonely hills feature in just about every other direction. The best base for the Howgills is the town of Sedbergh that lies immediately to the south, from which the Calf can be climbed in around two hours via Arant Haw and Calders. The highest point lays a little way east of the trig pillar.

Capelaw Hill

Location: Pentland Hills
Grid Ref: NT 215660
Height: 1490ft (454 m)
Status: none

Notes: A grassy dome in the northern Pentlands, immediately west of Allermuir Hill, from which there is a path all the way. The top is marked by a wooden post. The ridge to the east looks higher, but this proves to be an optical illusion. A pleasant enough place to be, with a splendid view of the city of Edinburgh, but worth climbing only as part of the Pentlands ridgewalk.

Carn a' Chlamain

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NN 915758
Height: 3159 ft (963 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: A landrover track from Glen Tilt virtually all the way up to the summit makes this hill one of the easiest Munros to ascend, although what the hill lacks in difficulty it makes up for in distance, being a good ten miles from Blair Atholl. This does make it quite a stretch for those without transport, and a bike ride up the glen to Clachghlas cottage will save a lot of time and effort. The conical top stands well back from the south east ridge along which the ascent track rises and is not seen from the glen itself. A glorious view is dominated by the various summits of the Beinn a'Ghlo massif across the glen, but perhaps most interest lays to the north where the high tops of the Cairngorms are spread out. Five hours on foot from Blair Atholl, three and a half hours back.

Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach (a.k.a. the White Mounth)

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 226845
Height: 3642 ft (1110 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: The White Mounth is part of the Lochnagar plateau and its summit cairn lays roughly 2km southwest of Lochnagar itself. It's not so much a mountain but more of a gentle swelling in the general level of the plateau, a broad, rounded top whose gradients are almost imperceptible. There is a path from Lochnagar, though you could more or less choose your own line across the short, wiry turf. The walk between the two hills takes roughly 45 minutes; there's not much difference in the far panorama and rather less foreground interest but you will probably be rewarded instead with solitude. The Anglicised name presumably refers to the vast snowfields that lie here in winter.

Carn a' Gheoidh

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 107767
Height: 3199 ft (975 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marylin

Notes: The parent hill of Carn Aosda and the Cairnwell, which together form the Glenshee ski centre, Carn a' Gheoidh lays a couple of miles to the west of its offspring and is far more secluded and pleasant. The intervening terrain is a joy to walk - for the most part you can ignore the paths and choose your own line over the short turf and gentle gradients. Allow 65 minutes from Carn Aosda. The hill is excellently placed for views into the western Mounth and isolated, remote hills such as Carn am Righ and Beinn Iutharn Mhor seem very close. The Cairngorms and the Beinn a' Ghlo massifs are the obvious highlights of the panorama, while Ben Lawers and its neighbours appear way over to the west. Eastwards lay Glas Maol and Lochnagar, while to the south the view extends as far as the Fife hills (East and West Lomond).

Carn an Tuirc

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 174804
Height: 3343 ft (1019 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: A northern outlier of the Glas Maol massif east of the Glenshee ski grounds, Carn an Tuirc is a stony ridge sitting atop grassy flanks. Though pathless it is very easily ascended from the nearby Monega pass between Glen Callater and Cairn of Claise, there being barely two hundred feet of reascent from the latter Munro. Carn an Tuirc has a reasonably good view northwards, down the glen to Braemar with the high tops of the Cairngorms ranged around the northwestern arc, while the Lochnagar massif dominates to the east.

Carn an t-Sagairt Mor

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 208843
Height: 3435 ft (1047 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: Carn Taggart Mor, to give the Anglicised version of the name, is a fine hill laying to the far west of the Lochnagar group. Although it coud be included in a very long round of Loch Muick it is far more easily approached from Glen Callater. A path from the disused Loch Callater Lodge runs up the flanls of the hill northeast of the loch and ultimately rounds our hill to the south; it's a simple matter to leave the path to the left and climb the summit dome to the top. The extensive views take in the Cairngorms and Mounth massifs.

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