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, Marilyn, Hewitt, et al).

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Carn Aosda

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 134791
Height: 3002 ft (917 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: Arguably the easiest and most accessible Munro of all, Carn Aosda lays at the heart of the Glenshee ski centre and can be climbed in a mere 40 minutes from the car park. It only just qualifies as a Munro - various sources give its height as between 2997ft and 3009ft. The ascent, by way of rough vehicle tracks from Glenshee ski centre, is completely straightforward though a little steep. The summit is only just clear of the intrusions of ski fences and towbar supports; the view to the south is rather spoiled by these developments and even more so by the clutter of radio masts atop the neighbouring Cairnwell, but in other directions the hills of the Mounth and the Cairngorms offer an exciting prospect.

Carn Ghluasaid

Location: Scottish Highlands, Kintail
Grid Ref: NH 145125
Height: 3140 ft (957 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: The easternmost Munro of those overlooking Loch Cluanie and Glenshiel from the north, Carn Ghluasaid commands a superb view to the east, down Glen Morriston towards the Great Glen. Ghluasaid is one of the easier Munros to ascend, thanks to an excellent stalker's path to the top from the locality of Lundie down in the glen. The summit is a broad stony plateau, with two summit cairns (some 100 metres apart) towards the northern edge. In the summit picture we're looking northwest to Sgurr nan Conbhairean, of which Ghluasaid is technically an outlier.

Carn Liath

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NN 936698
Height: 3199 ft (975 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marylin

Notes: The westernmost summit of the Beinn a' Ghlo massif, Carn Liath is a straightforward expedition from Blair Atholl. There is a public road as far as the picturesque Loch Moraig, from where an estate track and then a path lead directly (if somewhat steeply) to the summit. Allow three hours for the climb from Blair Atholl, or two hours from the car park. The rest of the Beinn a' Ghlo massif dominates the view to the east, Ben Vrackie stands directly to the south and the Glen Tilt hills and the Cairngorms fill the skyline to the north. The most intriguing view is to the west, where to the right of Ben Lawers and Schiehallion, the Glencoe and Mamore summits form a clearly visible cluster some fifty miles away.

Castle Crag

Location: Lake District, North Western Fells
Grid Ref: NY 249159
Height: 978ft (298 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: Sandwiched between the loftier hills of Grange Fell and High Spy, Castle Crag is the hill that forms the "Jaws of Borrowdale", forcing the Derwent through a narrow channel and effectively dividing Borrowdale into two halves. It's the only fell less than 1000 ft high to figure in Wainwright's guides. Although of very modest height is is surprisingly steep and requires real effort to climb. It rewards those who reach the summit with excellent views of Derwentwater to the north.

Castlelaw Hill

Location: Pentland Hills
Grid Ref: NT 225648
Height: 1601ft (488 m)
Status: none

Notes: A dark, heathery dome at the eastern end of the Pentlands, situated about a mile south of Allermuir Hill. A vehicle tracks reaches the summit from the north, ensuring an easy ascent, but Castlelaw Hill lays within the boundaries of an army firing range so it should not be approached when the red flags are flying. The summit features an observation point and a flagpost. The central Pentlands are seen to advantage from here. Should anyone ever compile a list of Marylin tops, Castlelaw Hill would be a typical example.


Location: Lake District, North Western Fells
Grid Ref: NY 244199
Height: 1480 ft (451m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: The striking profile of Catbells and its position on the western side of Derwentwater ensures that it is one of the Lake District's most popular climbs. However, it is not a climb to be taken lightly. All ascents are unpleasantly steep and the fell's topknott is craggy enough that the summit is impossible to attain without some undignified and awkward clambering. The view is glorious, taking in Derwentwater to the east, the Newlands valley to the west, the Skiddaw massif to the west and a host of Lakeland summits to the south.

Cats Tor

Location: Peak District
Grid Ref: SJ 994759
Height: 1713 ft (522 m)
Status: Dewey

Notes: Cats Tor is effectively the north top of Shining Tor, not far north of the Buxton - Macclesfield road on the western fringes of the Peak District. It stands on the Derbyshire - Staffordshire border. Its ascent is best undertaken as an addition to that of Shining Tor. The surroundings are of bleak and open moorland, with hills of various sizes in the middle distance; the plateau of Kinder Scout is obvious to the northeast.

Cefn Eglwysilan

Location: Taff Vale
Grid Ref: ST 097925
Height: 1253 ft (382 m)
Status: Marylin, Clement

Notes: A lonely summit of rough pasture standing above Pontypridd to the east. The trig point is exactly an hour's walk from Pontypridd railway station, with a road most of the way; some walkers will find parts of it rather steep. Motorists can make their task far easier by parking at the road bend just below the summit dome. The whole summit pasture is open access land and carries more paths than the map shows. There's not much of a view from the top but the Brecon Beacons should be seen to the north on clearer days.

Chanctonbury Ring

Location: South Downs, Sussex
Grid Ref: TQ 135120
Height: 781 ft (238 m)
Status:  Marylin

Notes: Chanctonbury Ring is one of many tops of the South Downs in West Sussex, and stands out from the pack only because of its relative height. It is a few miles north of Worthing and overlooks the village of Washington, from where it is most easily ascended. The photo shows the trig pillar to the west of the Ring, which is an ancient hill fort crowned by a thicket of trees. The Ring is marginally higher than the trig point. Worthing can just be glimpsed to the south, while northwards there is a view across the Sussex countryside towards Billingshurst and Horsham.

Cheriton Hill

Location: North Downs, Kent
Grid Ref: TR 196396
Height: 617 ft (188 m)
Status:  Marylin

Notes: Cheriton Hill is the easternmost Marylin in Britain and is the highest elevation of the Dover and Folkestone downs, though the actual highest point - seen here - lays way back from the lip of the downs in standard farming country. There's no feeling of being at the top of anything and in that respect Cheriton Hill is among the most boring of Britain's high points. The 1:50000 map shows the highest point as a trig pillar adjacent to a reservoir, but the 1:25000 map has a spot height on a road a couple of hundred metres to the west (as depicted). In truth the exact location doesn't really matter because the surrounding terrain is virtually flat. The upside of a visit to Cheriton Hill is that it introduces you to the possibilities of the North Downs proper. France can be seen from the top of the scarp, three quarters of a mile to the south. Cheriton Hill can be walked from Folkestone railway station in about 75 minutes.

Choinneachain Hill

Location: Scottish Highlands, Perthshire
Grid Ref: NN 818289
Height: 2582 ft (787 m)
Status: Corbett Top

Notes: Just a few metres lower than its parent, Auchnafree Hill, this top is most easily reached along the track up from the Loch Turrett dam. A sketchy path leads north from King Kenneth's Cairn, from which you venture off left to reach the summit. Ben Chonzie and Auchnafree Hill shut in the view somewhat, but the Ben Lawers range is prominent to the northwest and there is a suggestion of a huge plateau to the northeast that might be the Cairngorms.

Claife Heights

Location: Lake District, South Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: SD 382973
Height: 886 ft (270 m)
Status: Marylin 

Notes: Claife Heights is one of the lesser Lakeland fells that failed to make it into Wainwright's seven volume guide but instead got a mention in his later "outlying fells" book. A Marylin, it rises on the west side of Windermere a few of miles north of Beatrix Potter's stamping ground of Near and Far Sawrey. The craggy limestone top is half hidden in forest and is defended by a series of paths that are ill defined and which flounder around desperately in bogs. There's not much of a view from the actual summit but nearby locations have glimpses of Windermere, with Windermere town and Bowness directly opposite, with the Fairfield and Kentmere ridges ranged to the north and northeast.

Cleeve Hill

Location: The Cotswolds, Cheltenham
Grid Ref: SO 996246
Height: 1083 ft (330 m)
Status:  Marylin

Notes:  It's such a crying shame that this, the highest point of southern England's most charming range of hills, should be such a cheerless and mundane place. The Cotswolds are formed from a limestone escarpment and the scarp slopes are full of interest, yet the highest point lays on the edge of a flat pasture adjacent to a car park, a golf course and a cluster of radio masts. It's fortunate that the immediate environs of Cleeve Hill make up for the disappointment of its summit, being fine walking country and commanding a view over Cheltenham and the Severn vale. You can drive to the top but any self respecting walker will at least stroll up from the town.

The Cloud

Location: Staffordshire / Cheshire borders
Grid Ref: SJ 904636
Height: 1125 ft (343 m)
Status: Marilyn, Clement

Notes:The Cloud is a delightful heathland summit laying a handful of miles west of Congleton, Cheshire, more or less on the Cheshire / Staffordshire border. It is easily ascended from the village of Timbersbrook. An excellent viewpoint, it looks across the Cheshire plain to the northwest and extends to the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. The Jodrell Bank radio telescope is also prominent. The western reaches of the Peak District form the skyline to the east. On the clearest of days the view would include Winter Hill to the north and The Wrekin to the south west.

Clough Head

Location: Lake District, Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 333225
Height: 2382 ft (726 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: The northernmost fell of the Helvellyn massif, Clough Head enjoys a superb view along the Keswick - Penrith gap and across the Glenderamackin valley to Blencathra, whose five southern ridges are displayed to full advantage (see photo, left). Clough Head is rarely climbed on its own, but more usually ascended as part of a ridgewalk including the Dodds.

Codale Head

Location: Lake District, Central Fells
Grid Ref: NY 288090
Height: 2395 ft (730 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: A minor top of High Raise laying just a few hundred metres northeast of Sergeant Man. Despite being the geographical head of Codale it does not actually overlook it, being some way back from the lip of the steeper gorund. Easedale is partly in view. Apart from Sergeant Man the felltop most prominent in the panorama is High Raise itself, half a mile to the northwest.

Coety Mountain

Location: Lwyd Vale
Grid Ref: SO 231079
Height: 1896 ft (578 m)
Status: Marylin, Dewey

Notes: Coety Mountain is the highest point of the moorland ridge seperating Abertillery (in the Afon Vale) from Blaenavon (in the Lwyd Vale). It is most easily climbed from the latter but the terrain is very confusing and the paths on the hill's lower slopes are very difficult to trace. You need to head for the col carrying the power lines and then walk north. The ridge path peters out some 400 metres from Coity's highest point, which is unmarked and unmemorable. The highlight of the panorama is the view of the Brecon Beacons to the northwest; the Bristol Channel and Somerset can be seen to the south.

Conic Hill

Location: Scottish Highlands, Loch Lomond
Grid Ref: NS 432923
Height:  1185 ft (361m)
Status:  Marylin

Notes: Conic Hill is a complex little hill with three obvious summits, each of them heather-clad domes with steep flanks. The summits lay immediately adjacent to the West Highland Way and the ascent is one of the walk's early highlights. The hill lays on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond near Balmaha, from where it can easily be climbed in about 75 minutes. The views are glorious and include Loch Lomond and its islands to the west, the Lanarkshire plains to the south and Ben Lomond to the north. Conic Hill is more or less on the Highland Boundary Fault.

Corn Du

Location: Brecon Beacons
Grid Ref: SO 007213
Height: 2864 ft (873 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: Corn Du is the second "Brecon Beacon", the slightly lower neighbour of Pen y Fan. It shares its big brother's flat-topped profile. If you ascend the Beacons by the normal route from Storey Arms then Corn Du will be the first top you reach, the precursor to Pen y Fan itself. Views are glorious; the plateau of the Beacons sweeps away to the south, the hills of mid-Wales appear to the north, and there are distant views of Snowdonia, the Shropshire Hills, the southern Pennines and Exmoor on clear days.

Cracoe Fell

Location: Yorkshire Dales, Wharfedale
Grid Ref: SD 993588
Height: 1660 ft (506 m)
Status: Marilyn, Dewey

Notes: Cracoe Fel is the highest point of an area of moorland laying between Skipton, Grassington and Bolton Abbey overlooking mid-Wharfedale. It is crowned by an enormous memorial commemorating the war dead pf the parishes of Cracoe and Rylestone, and is easily ascended from the latter; take the track from SD971582 up to the ridge and then turn left, following the eastern side of the ridge wall until you are opposite the memorial. The hills of the southern Dales are well presented in the view.

Craig yr Allt

Location: Taff Vale
Grid Ref: ST 133850
Height: 896 ft (273 m)
Status: Marilyn 

Notes: A splendid little hill standing two miles northeast of Taffs Well, and just under an hour's walk from the village's railway station. The Rhymney Valley Walk runs along the ridge. The highest point is unmarked but is nevertheless unmistakable, and lays a few paces east of a little rock outcrop. Apart from Taffs Well itself the view encompasses Treforest and Pontypridd to the northwest and Caerphilly to the northeast, as well as the surrounding countryside of hills and woods.

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