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: Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms
Grid Ref: NO 365965
Height: 1319 ft (402 m)
Status: Marilyn

Notes: A little gem of a hill, a wooded crag standing immediately above the town of Ballater in Deesside. There is a network of paths through the woods, one of which leads to the summit, where you'll find a bench and a topograph and a glorious view. The ascent takes about 45 minutes, 15 minutes of which is spent negotiating suburban roads. The climb through the woods is a delight and the view that rewards you includes stretches of the Dee to the east and west, Lochnagar and its cliffs to the southwest, Beinn a Bhuiridh and Geallaig to the west, Morven to the north, Mount Keen poking above the hills to the southeast and Driesh appearing through the dip of Glen Muick. Craigendarroch is an ideal evening stroll.


Location: Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms
Grid Ref: NH 962134
Height: 2253 ft (687 m)
Status: Graham Top

Notes: Craiggowrie is the westernmost of the four tops of the Meall a'Buachaille ridge that lies to the north of Loch Morlich, and as such is the nearest of the four to Aviemore, which it overlooks. The route to the summit from Glenmore runs through forest for a couple of miles before emerging onto a featureless, heathery hillside and running straight up a ridge to the hill's short western shoulder. Normally one would come down this way, having reached Craiggowrie at the end of the ridgewalk. The Spey valley, the Rothiemurchus and Abernethy forests and the corries and tops of Cairn Gorm are the principal features of the view.

Creag a'Chaillich

Location: Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms
Grid Ref: NH 968127
Height: 2332 ft (711 m)
Status: Graham Top

Notes: One of the tops of the Meall a'Buachaille ridge north of Loch Morlich, and the third one along if the ridge is walked from east to west. There are paths from both neighbouring summits but none from down in the valley. The view is pretty much the same as that from neighbouring Creagan Gorm (see below).

Creag a Mhaim

Location: Scottish Highlands, Kintail
Grid Ref: NH 087077
Height: 3107 ft (947 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes:The easternmost of the seven Munros of the celebrated South Glenshiel ridge, Creag a Mhaim has splendid views to the east, enlivened by both Loch Cluanie and Loch Loyne (assuming you don't suffer hill fog, like I did on the day the summit picture was taken). The top picture shows the mountain seen from Carn Ghluasaid across Loch Cluanie. Creag a Mhaim is often recommended as an ideal first Munro, given its relative ease of ascent by a fine stalker's path up its southeast ridge, reached in turn by an estate track from the Cluanie Inn. From Creag a Mhaim a good ridge, with very few difficulties, stretches some miles to the west and incudes six more Munros.

Creag an Dubh-loch

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 233822
Height: 3225 ft (983 m)
Status: Munro top, Murdo

Notes: Part of the Lochnagar massif, Creag an Dubh-loch lays to the southwest of the Dubh-Loch and is the top of a mighty buttress of cliffs on that side. The cliffs are not seen from the plateau, however, from which the summit is a mere ten minute stroll off the path between Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch. There is no path but the route is obvious and lays over easy terrain. The Dubh-Loch is not seen from the summit but the whole of the Lochnagar plateau is seen to advantage and Loch Muick looks quite spectacular to the east.

Creag Leacach

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 154745
Height: 3238 ft (987 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: Creag Leacach is Glas Maol's immediate neighbour to the south and can easily be climbed from it; there's only about 200 ft of reascent. The summit itself is surprisingly rocky and, unusually for a Scottish mountain, carries a drystone wall along its crest. There are good views to the south down to Spittal of Glenshee and beyond, but the great bulk of Glas Maol cuts out much of the panorama to the north and northeast.

Creagan Gorm

Location: Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms
Grid Ref: NH 978120
Height: 2401ft (732 m)
Status: Graham Top

Notes: Creagan Gorm is one of the tops of the Meall a'Buachaille ridge north of Glenmore, the second of the four if you traverse the ridge in the usual direction from east to west. The ridge path is well maintained as far as the col between Buachaiile and Gorm, after which it gets a good deal rougher. There is also a path up to this col direct from Glenmore. The view is similar to that of its neighbour, consisting of the ridges and corries of nearby Cairn Gorm, the Rothiemurchus and Abernethy forests, and various distant high summits.


Location: Brecon Beacons
Grid Ref: SO 023213
Height: 2608 ft (795 m)
Status: Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: A summit in the Brecon Beacons, situated just under a mile east of Pen y Fan, Cribyn is probably best climbed as part of a Beacons ridgewalk. The nearest public road is at SO 038237, from where a prominent track runs up to the pass between Cribyn and Fan y Big (the next summit along the ridge). The highlight of the panorama is of course Pen y Fan itself, but the view also takes in the Black Mountains, the Bristol Channel, the vale of Brecon and Mynydd Epynt.

Cross Fell

Location: North Pennines, Cumbria
Grid Ref: NY 687343
Height: 2930 ft (890 m)
Status: Hewitt, Nuttall, Marilyn

Notes: Just seventy feet short of Munro height, Cross Fell is the highest summit of the Pennines (and therefore the highest point on the main watershed of England). Formely known as Fiends Fell, the hill is a massive moorland lump with a broad, rocky summit plateau. A well built wind shelter adorns the summit, and the view encompasses much of the north Pennines as well as the Lakeland fells.  On clear days both the east and west coasts are visible. The fell is best ascended by the "corpse road" up from Garrigill in the upper South Tyne valley, a distance of seven miles. This track forms part of the Pennine Way, as does Cross Fell itself.

Crowborough Beacon

Location: East Sussex
Grid Ref: TQ 510305
Height: 794 ft (242 m)
Status: Marilyn

Notes: Crowborough Beacon (simply given as "Crowborough" by most sources) has the distinction of being Britain's only urban Marilyn. Unfortunately that's really its only interesting feature. The highest point of an area known as Ashdown Forest, it lays somewhere along Beacon Road, pictured here. There is a trig point on a covered reservoir, just by the communications mast, but as an artificial earthwork that doesn't realy count. Look for the house named "Beacon Crest" just here on the left, which is arguably the highest natural point. A pleasant enough saunter of about 40 minutes from Crowborough railway station.

Cuidhe Crom

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 259849
Height: 3553 ft (1083 m)
Status: Munro top, Murdo

Notes: A top of Lochnagar, laying roughly 2km southeast of the main summit. Once you've hauled yourself up to Lochnagar's summit plateau via the shoulder known as the Ladder (part of the popular route from Spittal of Glenmuick), you're very close to Cuidhe Crom itself. The walk to the summit tor from here is simple - about ten minutes' diversion over short turf with virtually level gradients. An easy one for list-tickers to collect. The name apparently trasnaltes as "crooked wreath" and probably refers to a crescent shaped snow cornice (there is a better-known Cuidhe Crom on the headwall of Coire Cas on Cairn Gorm).

Dale Head

Location: Lake District, North Western Fells
Grid Ref: NY 223153
Height: 2470 ft (753 m)
Status: Wainwright, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Said to be the Lakeland fell with the highest reward to effort ratio, Dale Head can be climbed from Honister Hause in around forty five minutes. It forms the apex of two ranges, the ridge to the west rising to Hindscarth and then again to Robinson, while that to the north encompasses High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells. Dale Head forms a continuous wall above the Honsiter and upper Borrowdale road. It looks across to the Gable and Scafell massifs to the south, and is also on intimate terms with the High Stile and Grasmoor ranges. Dale Head Tarn, down at the col between the fell and its neighbour High Spy, is a favourite picnic spot and wild camp site. The top picture portrays Dale Head as seen from High Spy.

Detling Hill

Location: North Downs, Kent
Grid Ref: TQ 804586
Height: 656 ft (200 m)
Status:  Marilyn

Notes: One of the four Marylins of the North Downs, and typically disappointing. The scenic interest lies in the nearby slopes facing Maidstone, which is a couple of miles to the southwest. The top itself is indeterminate, laying somewhere within a couple of hundred square metres of flat land sandwiched between a six lane motorway and a mobile phone mast. The nearby trig point at 198 metres is obviously not the summit - rather, walk to the northwest to enter the topmost pasture, newly planted with trees, and go up to the west boundary fence near the chalet. Good view of Maidstone, Leeds Castle and the Len valley from the trig point. The top is barely a mile and a half from Bearsted railway station. Drivers can cheat by parking on the adjacent lane up from Thurstone.

Ditchling Beacon

Location: South Downs, Sussex
Grid Ref: TQ 331130
Height: 814 ft (248 m)
Status:  Marilyn, County Top (East Sussex)

Notes: A splendid little hill, the highest point in East Sussex is a popular place with a view encompassing huge tracts of Sussex to the north and glimpses of Newhaven, Brighton and the English Channel to the south. The trig point is close to the scarp slope and it's only necessary to walk thirty or forty metres to the north for the best views. The hill can be climbed from nearby villages such as Ditchling or Clayton, the latter just fifteen minutes' walk from Hassocks railway station. Drivers can cheat by parking up just a few minutes' walk from the top off a lane to the east.


Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 245273
Height: 1647 ft (502 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: The westernmost top of the Skiddaw massif, Dodd stands alone, its slopes heavily forested. There is apparently a new path up from the adjacent Carl Side col, connecting Dodd with the rest of the massif, but previously Dodd had to be climbed alone, ascended by a maze of forestry roads whose layout was always more recent than the newest available map. The top used to be hidden in trees but nowadays a little bald patch provides a useful view of Derwentwater, and arguably the finest panorama of Bassenthwaite (as pictured).


Location: Lake District, Western Fells
Grid Ref: NY 164158
Height: 2103 ft (641 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: Dodd is an outlier of the Buttermere Red Pike, and overlooks both the lake and village of Buttermere. It is easily visited from the standard ascent route of Red Pike, by turning right after the steep pull up from Bleaberry Tarn. It's worth it for the view.

Dodd Fell

Location: Yorkshire Dales, Wensleydale
Grid Ref: SD 840845
Height: 2192 ft (668 m)
Status: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Dodd Fell is a wasteland of rough grasses and peat hags laying some 600m east of the line of the Pennine Way just after it crosses the watershed between Ribblesdale and Wensleydale. It has little merit either as a viewpoint or as a place to be and its climb, though perfectly straightforward, is unrewarding. The nearest road access is Kidhow Gate, reached from upper Wensleydale, from where it's a mere 20 minute walk. A summit for list-tickers only.

Druim Shionnach

Location: Scottish Highlands, Kintail
Grid Ref: NH 074084
Height: 3238 ft (987 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: The second of seven Munros of the celebrated South Glenshiel ridge (counted from the eastern end), Druim Shionnach ("Foxes' Ridge") is only thirty minutes' walk from the first, Creag a Mhaim. The reascent is some 350ft. The last part of the connecting ridge is a surprisingly narrow arete, though it's less scary than Striding Edge in the Lakes and is unlikely to prove difficult to the average hillwalker. The view is similar to that from its neighbour except that the third Munro along the ridge, Aonach air Chrith, looks quite daunting. The Kintail peaks to the north and the Quoich and Knoydart hills to the south provide a splendid panorama.

Drumaldrace (a.k.a. Wether Fell)

Location: Yorkshire Dales, Wensleydale
Grid Ref: SD 873867
Height: 2014 ft (614 m)
Status: Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Drumaldrace stands above the town of Hawes in upper Wensleydale, from where it can be ascended in just over an hour and a half. The summit dome is broad and relatively flat, restricting the view to that of other tops and ridges round about, while the best views of Hawes and along Wensleydale itself are seen from the approach slopes. The ascent track from Burtersett is rough and muddy as far as the point where it joins the old Roman road that bypasses the top of the fell on its south side. The summit dome itself carries no actual rights of way though paths are beginning to appear. A footpath also runs around the summit dome to the north, the Hawes side, but approaches to or descents from the cairn in this direction should be avoided as the intervening terrain is exceptionally boggy.

Dundry Down

Location: Bristol
Grid Ref: ST 553667
Height: 764 ft (233 m)
Status:  Marilyn

Notes: The highest point of the Dundry Hills overlooking Bristol from the southwest, Dundry Down is not exactly one of Britain's more worthwhile summits. The trig point, seen here (in front of the bush just right of centre) stands on top of what looks like an artificial earthwork, fifty metres beyond a barbed wire fence crossing a muddy pasture and adjacent to a cluster of farm sheds.  Purists may argue but I consider this top as "bagged" as it's ever going to be. Not worth visiting unless you're a list-ticker. At least the view of Bristol from the adjacent village of Dundry is worth seeing.

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