As part of my walking objectives I have given myself an aim of climbing all the county tops of, initially, England, and then maybe later Wales and Scotland as well. I have made the job slightly harder by giving myself the aim of, where possible, attaching the tops to sections of my Lands End to John O'Groats walk, so I will have a continuous walk from one county top to another. As of the 15/12/2003, I have included many more of the pre-1964 counties in Wales and England. In the couple of places where there are disagreements about the highest top, these are outlined below the table and both options are included in the table.
County tops are classed as being the highest point in the respective county. There are several lists of these about, but the information held below has been collected from the following places:
The excellent Where's the path website; these two gents are not only visiting all of the county tops in England and Wales, but also all of the unitary authorities as well.
This is an amazingly large task, which is going to be very hard
to achieve. I estimate that it may take me up to ten years to complete if I
decide to link all the tops up, and considerably less if I do not.
This page will get updated as the walks progress.
Note that the maps in the OS Map column refer to Landranger
1:50,000, unless they have OL in front of them, in which case they refer to
the appropriate Outdoor Leisure 1:25,000 map.
TACIT has Dorset as Pilsdon Pen, other as Lewesdon Hill.
TACIT has Lancashire as Garageth, other as Green Hill. A consensus of opinion on the uk.rec.walking newsgroup has it as being Green Hill (grid ref. SD 701 820 at 628 metres).
I have been told that the highest point in Nottinghamshire is the newly-landscaped Silverhill colliery at 205 metres (two metres higher than Newtonwood Lane), so I have included that as well.
Some say South Yorkshire top is at Howden Edge (550 metres) - SK 187 943
For the ultra-distance runners, there is a walk that takes in the four county tops in the Dark Peak - see http://gofar.org.uk/darkpeak15trigs.html. This is over 40 miles in length and involves 7000' feet of ascent - I might leave this challnegfe to those who are fitter!