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.

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Great Calva

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 290311
Height: 2264 ft (690 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Great Calva is a prominent conical hill, liberally covered in heather and standing at the head of the Glenderaterra valley between Skiddaw and Blencathra. Part of the Caldbeck or "Back O' Skiddaw" massif, it is quite remote and is perhaps best approached from the north via the neighbouring fell of Knott. The thin paths through the heather on its southern slopes are more easily found from above than below. The summit is very rocky and quite untypical of the rest of the fell. A striking feature of the view is that Great Calva looks straight down the Glenderaterra valley and in turn straight along the Thirlmere valley towards Dunmail Raise. Otherwise, vast empty moors and the great bulks of Skiddaw and Blenathra dominate the panorama.

Great Cockup

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 273333
Height: 1726 ft (526 m)
Status: Wainwright, Dewey

Notes: Oh come on, I hear you say, you're making this up. There surely can't be a hill with such a ridiculous name.

There is, and this is it. Great Cockup is a lonely little summit, part of the "back o'Skiddaw" group, and laying some two miles east of Bassenthwaite village from where it's most easily climbed. The panorama is rather dominated by the bulk of Skiddaw to the south and Knott and its companions to the east, but the view of Binsey and Over Water is good. The fell's most interesting feature is the tiny ravine of Trusmadoor, dividing Great Cockup from Meal Fell.

Great Dun Fell

Location: North Pennines, Cumbria
Grid Ref: NY 710321
Height: 2782 ft (848 m)
Status: Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: High on the Pennines, Great Dun Fell is home to the Civil Aviation Authority's air traffic control radar. The summit radomes are visible for a good forty miles around and many see them as a visual intrusion, but of course installations like this have to be built somewhere. Great Dun Fell lays on the route of the Pennine Way, which is the usual approach, though it could also be climbed by the private road to the radar station (the highest surfaced road in Britain). The views are mainly of wild moorland and other Pennine tops. On good days the Lakeland fells can be seen to the south west.

Great Knoutberry Hill

Location: North Pennines, Yorkshire/Cumbria
Grid Ref: SD 788871
Height: 2205 ft (672 m)
Status: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: This lonely summit lays on the main watershed of England and on the Yorkshire / Cumbria border. A minor road from Dent to Garsdale crosses its northwest shoulder and is the key to its ascent. Leave the road at SD779850, having driven there or walked up from mearby Dent station, follow the track for roughly half a mile, and then turn left through a gate and along a faint path until you reach the top. The "stone men" in view throughout the ascent prove to mark the lip of the steeper slope, the actual summit laying half a mile beyond. The panorama is of endless Pennine heights, broken only by the green valley of Dentdale to the west.

Great Lingy Hill

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 310340
Height: 2021 ft (616 m)
Status: Nuttall(?)

Notes: A minor top of Caldbeck's High Pike, pathless and covered in heather. Seen from High Pike itself it's just a gentle swell in the moorland a mile or so to the southwest. The only feature of interest is the "men at work" sign that forms part of the cairn, and no doubt that will be temporary. The hill's status as a Nuttall appears to be in doubt, as it's featured in the original book but no longer appears on the Nuttall's website. It has perhaps been deleted.

Great Mell Fell

Location: Lake District, Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 396254
Height: 1762 ft (537 m)
Status: Wainwright, Marilyn, Dewey

Notes: Great Mell Fell is untypical of the Lakeland fells, being an isolated grassy dome rising from the pastoral country east of Matterdale. In Wainwright's day the fell was part of an army firing range and access was difficult, but the fell is now owned by the National Trust and there are no restrictions. The fell is largely pathless, however. Its flanks are quite steep and the least difficult way up is probably by the eastern slopes, which are partially wooded. From the grassy bald of the summit there are splendid views of the Fairfield and Helvellyn groups as well as nearby Blencathra.

Great Rhos

Location: Radnor Forest, Powys
Grid Ref: SO 182638
Height: 2165 ft (660 m)
Status: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Great Rhos is the highest point of the Radnor Forest. A summit for list tickers only, it is the centre of a sprawl of boggy moorland on which paths are few and ill-defined. The easiest approach by far is from the forest tracks to the north, but most walkers seeking out this summit will be doing the round from New Radnor and you will be lucky to make it to or from the village without having to wander over unpleasant trackless moorland south of the trig point. The Harley Dingle valley is a firing range and is out of bounds. The flat summit doesn't even allow for decent views, though the Brecon Beacons should be prominent to the souh west.

Great Rigg

Location: Lake District, Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 355104
Height: 2513 ft (766 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Fairfield's immediate neighbour on its southwest ridge, Great Rigg stands high above Grasmere. The fell is normally visited as part of the Fairfield horseshoe, and is but a kilometre of simple grassy walking from its parent fell. The ridge continues southwards to Heron Pike and Great Rigg also has a southwest ridge that includes the outlier of Stone Arthur. There is a splendid mountainscape through the whole western arc, from the Old Man of Coniston through to Skiddaw.

Great Sca Fell

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 291339
Height: 2136 ft (651 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: Not to be confused with Scafell Pike or Scafell some twenty miles to the south, Great Sca Fell is a minor top in the "back o' Skiddaw" group and an immediate neighbour of its parent fell, Knott. It's probably best climbed as part of a round, either from Knott itself or from any of the Uldale fells to the north and west. Apart from a glimpse of Carrock Fell to the east and a nice grouping of the Whinlatter group to the southwest, the view is curtailed by the bulks of Knott and Skiddaw. The Solway Firth and part of the CUmbrian coastal plain are seen to the northwest.

Great Shunner Fell

Location: Yorkshire Dales, Wensleydale
Grid Ref: SD 848973
Height: 2349 ft (716 m)
Status: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: Great Shunner Fell is the highest point of a great sprawl of moorland between upper Wensleydale and upper Swaledale, and lays on the route of the Pennine Way. It is around six miles and 1600 ft of ascent from Hawes, a straightforward walk of about 3 hours. There is little foreground interest but distant panoramas are superb and include the Lake District, the Three Peaks and much of the north Pennines.

Great Whernside

Location: Yorkshire Dales, Wharfedale
Grid Ref: SE 002739
Height: 2310 ft (704 m)
Status: Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall

: Not to be confused with Whernside, which is actually higher, Great Whernside is situated to the east of upper Wharfedale near the village of Kettlewell. The summit can be reached from the village in an hour and twenty minutes. The panorama is one of rolling hills in pretty nearly all directions, with the view to the west being the finest and encompassing Pen-y-Ghent and its neighbours.


Location: Staffordshire Roaches
Grid Ref: SJ 970615
Height: 1263 ft (385 m)
Status: Marilyn, Clement

: Gun is the high point of Gun Moor, an area of unimproved heathland on the western fringes of the Peak District adjacent to the Staffordshire Roaches. It is but a ten minute stroll from the nearest road access at SJ968609. Non-drivers can get a bus to Rushton Spencer and walk along the back lanes, a walk of around an hour. The Cloud is prominent to the west while the Peak Disrtict hills rise to the east and north. A radio amateur was working the 15-metre band from the summit on the day I visited and had just contacted an operator in Pennsylvania in the USA.

Hallin Fell

Location: Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 433198
Height: 1273 ft (388 m)
Status: Marilyn, Wainwright

Notes: Tucked within the lower elbow of Ullswater, Hallin Fell is virtually isolated from the rest of the Far Eastern Fells and is a delightful little hill. It's a mere twenty minute ascent from Martindale church, not far from Howtown. There is a huge square cairn on the summit. The views of Ullswater are excellent, and the mountain panorama includes the eastern satellites of the Dodds and the Helvellyn group, Gowbarrow and the Mel Fells, Blencathra, Cross Fell and the northern Pennines, and some of the many tops of the High Street and Stony Cove Pike groups crowding into the southern arc.

Harbour Hill

Location: Pentland Hills
Grid Ref: NT 206654
Height: 1381ft (421 m)
Status: none

Notes: A modest yet pleasing little hill in the Pentlands, overlooking the city of Edinburgh. The hill lays immediately east of Maiden's Clough, the pass between Penicuik and Balerno, and is probably visited most often by walkers exploring the ridge west of Allermuir Hill. The summit is unmarked, laying about 100 metres south of the boundary fence between Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Hanter Hill

Location: Radnorshire
Grid Ref: SO 252571
Height: 1358 ft (414 m)
Status: Clement

Notes: Hanter Hill is a minor top of Hergest Ridge in Herefordshire but, thanks to the meanderings of the England-Wales border in these parts, Hanter Hill itself is in Wales. The summit is a short and pleasant excursion from Hergest Ridge itself and the diversion takes just fifteen minutes. The hill country of Herefordshire and Powys is laid out around the northern arc, but of course the view to the south is blocked by Hergest Ridge itself.

Hare Stones

Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 315343
Height: 2057 ft (627 m)
Status: Nuttall

Notes: The tiniest of cairns marks the summit of Hare Stones, a minor top of Caldbeck's High Pike and little more than a slight bump in the surrounding moorland. Two paths running round the shoulders of High Pike and a third path down from its summit converge into one near the head of the Graingill Beck valley, and Hare Stones itself lays barely a hundred metres to the northwest of this point though can be rarely visited. But for its status as a Nuttall it's a fair bet that it would be ignored, for its drab moorland surround ensures that it lacks any interest, save that of being in the middle of nowhere.

Harrison Stickle

Location: Lake District, Central Fells
Grid Ref: NY 281073
Height: 2415 ft (736 m)
Status: Wainwright, Hewitt, Nuttall

Notes: The highest of the Langdale Pikes, Harrison Stickle (together with its near neighbour Pike O'Stickle) dominates Langdale and is prominent in views from Windermere, Lonsdale and along the A65 down from Ingleton. It has something of a tower-shaped profile, making it look formidale in views from the valleys, yet can easily be ascended from the plateau to the rear, or from the valley via Dungeon Ghyll or Stickle Ghyll (both routes are straightforward but a bit strenuous). A longer but easier ascent can be made from Grasmere via Easedale. There is an excellent view, particularly over the southeastern arc across Windermere to the Pennines.

Hay Bluff

Location: Black Mountains
Grid Ref: SO 244366
Height: 2221 ft (677 m)
Status: none (deleted Nuttall)

Notes: Hay Bluff is the dramatic little butt-end at the northern extremity of the Black Mountain ridge on the England/Wales border. It overlooks Hay-on-Wye and the nearby Hay to Capel-y-Ffin road provides easy access. A series of grassy paths, some of them pretty steep, lead from the various car parks along Gospel Pass to the top of the hill. It's a favourite spot for hang gliding. The view is superb, the northern arc encompassing the pastoral stretches of Herefordshire and Powys while the southern arc consists of the rest of the Black Mountains and also part of the Brecon Beacons to the southwest. Plynlymon is seen to the northwest.

Helm Crag

Location: Lake District, Central Fells
Grid Ref: NY 327093
Height: 1299 ft (316 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: Known to generations of tourists as the Lion and the Lamb, Helm Crag is an outlier of High Raise situated two miles northwest of Grasmere. The unusually rocky summit sits atop an otherwise unremarkable grassy fell. The fell can be climbed direct from Grasmere - it requires some effort but takes less than ninety minutes. The actual top of the fell, the "Howitzer", is tricky to reach. The view is restricted by the Helvellyn and Fairfield groups to the east and the bulk of High Raise to the west, but the Grasmere Valley is the obvious highlight.

Hensbarrow Beacon

Location: Cornwall
Grid Ref: SW 996575
Height: 1024 ft (312 m)
Status: Marilyn, Clement

Notes: Surely the saddest summit in Britain. Technically it is the highest natural point for many miles around, but in practice Hensbarrow Beacon is surrounded and overtopped on three sides by the massive spoil heaps of Cornwall's china clay quarries. Some of these heaps are a good three to four hundred feet higher, many are still growing, and there can be little doubt that they will be permanent fixtures. Someday this summit will have to be relocated. If you do wish to visit and claim a technical "bag" then the trig pillar is just ten minutes' walk east of the minor road between Carthew and Coldvreath, about three miles north of St Austell. You don't want to know about the qualities of the view.

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