This is a list of major peaks and ridges in the UK that are of particular interest for mountaineering, scrambling or rock climbing. I have marked the ones which I have climbed and I provide photos and GPS measurements of their summits, where they could be acquired.

Tryfan's characteristic North ridge as seen from the valley.
Tryfan’s characteristic North ridge as seen from the valley.

The GPS coordinates listed are given in WGS 84 datum and the altitudes are derived from barometric measurements that were calibrated to previous GPS-determined elevations with high accuracy.

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England

Scafell Pike (978 m)

Highest in England, Lake District. The fastest route from the National Trust car park near Wasdale Head to the summit is about 9.3 km long, but fairly boring even in clear weather.

Own measurement: N54° 27.254 W003° 12.691, 980 m.

Climbed: 2018-07 (via fastest route), 2018-04 (only halfway due to heavy rain)

Scafell (964 m)

Lake District.

Helvellyn (950 m)

Lake District.

  • Striding Edge

    Classic grade 1 scramble.

Great Gable (899 m)

Lake District.

  • Needle ridge

    Proper grade V climb, rather than a scramble.

Blencathra or Saddleback (868 m)

Northern Lake District.

  • Sharp Edge

    The “bad step” and the “usual gully” are two accident black spots known by mountain rescue.

  • Hall’s Fell ridge

St Sunday Crag (841 m)

Lake District.

  • Pinnacle ridge

    Grade 3 scramble, but many difficulties can be avoided.

Lingmell (807 m)

Lake District.

Pavey Ark (700 m)

Lake District.

  • Jack’s Rake

    Awkward grade 1 scramble along and up the side of a rock face, loose and slippery rock.

Pen y Ghent (694 m)

In the Yorkshire Dales. Easy climb. Part of Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Kinder Scout (636 m)

Peak District, near Manchester.

Own measurement: N53° 23.082 W001° 52.260, 637 m.

Climbed: 2018-03

Mam Tor (517 m)

Peak District, near Manchester.

Own measurement: N53° 20.956 W001° 48.579, 520 m.

Climbed: 2018-06

Cat Bells (451 m)

Cumbria, Lake District, near to Keswick.

Castle Crag (290 m)

Lake District, accessible as part of the Borger Dalr geology walk.

Own measurement: N54° 31.990 W003° 09.697, 291 m.

Climbed: 2018-04


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Scotland

Ben Nevis (1345 m)

Highest in Scotland and the UK. There is a large plateau on the summit, with a tiny emergency shelter and ruins of a meterological observatory and small hotel.

Own measurement: N56° 47.812 W005° 00.211, 1345 m.

Climbed: 2018-08 (via the Mountain Track, time taken: 2:30 h up, 1:45 down)

Ben Macdui (1309 m)

Second highest mountain in the UK. In the Cairngorms national park.

Schiehallion (1083 m)

In Perth and Kinross.

Buachaille Etive Mor (1021 m)

Sports four main tops.

Ben Lomond (974 m)

In Loch Lomond & The Trossachs national park.

Own measurement: N56° 11.419 W004° 37.985, 972 m.

Climbed: 2018-08 (time taken: 4 h in total)

Arthur’s Seat (251 m)

Highest point in Edinburgh.

Own measurement: N55° 56.644 W003° 09.710, 254 m.

Climbed: 2018-08

Carn Mor Dearg arete

North-West highlands.

Aonach Eagach ridge

West highlands, grade 2 scramble.

An Teallach ridge

North highlands, grade 3 scramble, but many difficulties can be avoided.

Sgurr Alasdair (992 m)

Black Cuillin ridge

Isle of Skye, grade 3 scramble, most certainly the hardest ridge walk in the UK.


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Wales

Snowdon (1085 m)

Highest in Wales, Snowdonia, Welsh 3000s.

Own measurement: N53° 04.109 W004° 04.575, 1084 m.

Climbed: 2018-05 (via Pyg and Miner’s track)

The summit of Snowdon can be a busy place in summer.
The summit of Snowdon can be a busy place in summer.

Garnedd Ugain (1065 m)

Snowdonia, Welsh 3000s.

  • Crib y Ddysgl ridge

Glyder Fawr (1001 m)

Snowdonia, Welsh 3000s. The summit is a rock structure on top of a wide plateau.

Own measurement: N53° 06.088 W004° 01.750, 999 m.

Climbed: 2018-10, 2018-05

A jagged rock marks the otherwise flat summit of Glyder Fawr.
A jagged rock marks the otherwise flat summit of Glyder Fawr.

Glyder Fach (994 m)

Snowdonia, Welsh 3000s. The final climb to the very summit requires basic climbing skills.

  • Main peak

    Own measurement: N53° 06.289 W004° 00.502, 993 m.

    Climbed: 2018-10, 2018-05

  • Bristly Ridge

    Classic grade 1 scramble.

The summit stone on Glyder Fach. The last few metres to the summit require basic climbing skills.
The summit stone on Glyder Fach. The last few metres to the summit require basic climbing skills.
View from the summit of Glyder Fach in foggy conditions.
View from the summit of Glyder Fach in foggy conditions.
The start of Bristly Ridge in rainy and foggy conditions. This didn't stop the mainly British climbers from tackling it.
The start of Bristly Ridge in rainy and foggy conditions. This didn’t stop the mainly British climbers from tackling it.

Castell-Y-Gwynt (972 m)

Snowdonia, Castle of the wind. Requires basic climbing technique to reach the summit.

Own measurement: N53° 06.227 W004° 00.719, 971 m (this is about 1 m from the true summit, which is quite exposed)

Climbed: 2018-05

Castell-Y-Gwynt, or the Castle of the Wind, viewed from the side.
Castell-Y-Gwynt, or the Castle of the Wind, viewed from the side.

Y Garn (947 m)

Snowdonia, Welsh 3000s.

Climbed: 2018-10

Crib Goch (923 m)

Snowdonia, Welsh 3000s.

  • Crib Goch ridge

    Classic grade 1 scramble, knife edge, high exposure.

Crib Goch ridge as seen from Snowdon summit. The ridge provides high exposure to both sides.
Crib Goch ridge as seen from Snowdon summit. The ridge provides high exposure to both sides.

Llech Ddu Spur

Snowdonia.

Tryfan (918 m)

Snowdonia, Ogwen valley, Welsh 3000s.

  • Main peak

    Own measurement: N53° 06.893 W003° 59.852, 919 m.

    Climbed: 2018-05 (via South ridge)

  • Tryfan South peak

    Own measurement: N53° 06.863 W003° 59.859, 914 m.

    Climbed: 2018-05 (via South ridge)

  • North ridge

    Classic grade 1 scramble.

Tryfan's characteristic North ridge as seen from the valley.
Tryfan’s characteristic North ridge as seen from the valley.
Two rock pillars called Adam and Eve mark Tryfan's main peak. A common tradition is to climb onto one of them and to jump to the other. This would not be a problem, were it not for the steep drop just behind them.
Two rock pillars called Adam and Eve mark Tryfan’s main peak. A common tradition is to climb onto one of them and to jump to the other. This would not be a problem, were it not for the steep drop just behind them.

Y Lliwedd (898 m)

Snowdonia.

Y Lliwedd as seen from Snowdon summit.
Y Lliwedd as seen from Snowdon summit.

Cadair Idris (893 m)

South Snowdonia.

Own measurement: N52° 41.977 W003° 54.529, 899 m.

Climbed: 2018-05

The summit marker on Cadair Idris.
The summit marker on Cadair Idris.

Pen y Fan (886 m)

South Wales. In Brecon Beacons national park.

Mynydd Moel (863 m)

South Snowdonia, second highest near Cadair Idris.

Own measurement: N52° 42.344 W003° 53.084, 870 m.

Climbed: 2018-05

Part of Mynydd Moel seen from the side.
Part of Mynydd Moel seen from the side.
The summit of Mynydd Moel is marked by two stone structures, one of which could be used as a simple wind shelter.
The summit of Mynydd Moel is marked by two stone structures, one of which could be used as a simple wind shelter.

Gau Graig (684 m)

South Snowdonia.

Gau Graig as seen from the slopes of Mynydd Moel.
Gau Graig as seen from the slopes of Mynydd Moel.

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Northern Ireland

Slieve Donard (850 m)

Highest in Northern Ireland.

Slieve Commedagh (767 m)