Highest Mountains in England You Should Climb

Posted on 25 March 2019

Peak District view

England is always pictured with barely hilly, although vibrantly green grassland that is showered with rain on a daily basis. The geographical map of Great Britain is mostly green too, with brown colour only appearing at the north of the island.

Hence, it's mostly believed that English people can only go on quality hikes when abroad. Which is well not the case. 

The highest mountains in England can be challenging and rewarding adventures for all who enjoy the outdoors. The unique, sometimes medieval scenery makes up for the lack of feet above sea level.

Scafell Pike, 3,209 ft - Lake District

Located in one of England's national parks - Lake District, Scafell Pike is not only the highest mountain in England standing in at 3,209 ft (978 metres) it's one of the best viewpoints in Europe.

 Scafell Pike isn't high but it sure gives a stunning view

Scafell Pike has a sci-fi kind of look
(Photo: Pixabay)

The distinct geology of the Lake District, often described by the rarely applicable word 'fell', makes climbing Scafell Pike a sci-fish adventure of sorts. As similar as to the tourist-booming Iceland as possible in England, the highest peak in England shouldn't be underestimated because of its steepness and hard terrain.

Scafell Pike is one of three peaks participants of the National Three Peaks Challenge event must ascend in 24h, usually for charity. The other two peaks are the highest mountains in Scotland and Wales respectively. Ben Nevis stands at 4,413 ft (1,345 metres), while the highest mountain in Wales - Snowdon is 3,560 ft (1,085 meters) high.

All other 10 highest peaks in England are also located in the Lake District and there is no lack of challenges in the national park:

1. Scafell Pike 3,209 ft (978 metres)
2. Scafell 3,163 ft (964 metres)
3. Helvellyn 3,117 ft (950 metres)
4. Ill Crag 3,068 ft (935 metres)
5. Broad Crag 3,064 ft (934 metres)
6. Skiddaw 3,054 ft (931 metres)
7. Lower Man 3,035 ft (925 metres)
8. Great End 2,986 ft (910 metres)
9. Bowfell 2,959 ft (902 metres)
10. Great Gable 2,949 ft (899 metres)

For the others who don't want to travel all the way up to this national park to hike in England, or just want to change scenery, we listed the rest of the highest mountains in England which are not located in the Lake District.

Cross Fell, 2,930 ft - Pennine Hills

Located just outside the Lake District, in the Pennine Hills of Northern England, Cross Fell is unique as it is a stone plateau at its peak. The summit itself is crowned by a cross-shaped shelter made out of dry stone and is standing at 2,930 ft (893 metres) above sea level.

Cross Fell North Pennines

A unique stone plateau
(Photo: Mike Quinn, www.geograph.org.uk)


The sense of open space Cross Fell gives is obvious when climbing it, as the mountain dominates the area for miles.

The longer and the more popular starting point for Cross Fell are Garrigill near Alston and puts 15 miles-long circular trek in front of English adventurers.

The Cheviot, 2,674 ft - Cheviot Hills

On the more eastern side of the very north of England are the Cheviot Hills, and less than two miles from the Scottish border, lies the highest peak of this range - The Cheviot.

Cheviot Hills Walk

Cheviot Hills aren't high but the scenery is like a fairy tale
(Photo: Walter Baxter, www.geograph.org.uk)

At 2,674 ft (815 metres) high, the peak might not seem challenging to some based on height, but the authorities had to place stone slabs as the terrain is covered with beautiful peat bog.

North of the highest point in the Northumberland National Park there are remains of a crashed B-17 bomber from the Second World War.

But scenes worth seeing are everywhere as the bog, difficult as it was before the stone was placed, created a unique, scary fairy-tale like scenery.

 Whernside, 2,415 ft - Yorkshire Dales

The southernmost peak featured, but still, pretty north, Whernside stand 2,415 ft (736) tall in the Yorkshire Dales area of the country. The impressive Ribblehead viaduct cuts the scenery, yet fits right in and presents a stunning view in front of Whernside.

 Great Whernside

View from the Great Whernside
(Photo: Michael Graham, www.geograph.org.uk)


Although the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks (Whernside, Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent) Whernside is considered easiest to climb in certain directions.

Although the elderly might find even the climb, and especially the descent from the peak too steep. Be it, that the whole hike is organized in a circular motion bringing the trekkers right back where they started without threading back.

What the highest mountains in England may lack in height, they make up in terrain and weather harshness, so quality equipment is still required for enjoyable trekking across the country.

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