Friday, 16 November 2012

21 - Brown Willy, Cornwall - 13th November 2012 - Part 2

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Continued . . . . . . . 

The wind was blowing at the top of Brown Willy however it was not that cold, the clouds were moving fast above me, it felt like they were just above my head but I expect they were quite a long way up, I stayed up the top on Brown Willy for about 30 mins as I was making a time lapse video and they always take a while to make. It was after I had finished the time lapse video while I was taking a few more photos I looked over to the west and noticed the light coming through the clouds, I could just make out where the sun was, it was just at the horizon and setting fast, a quick glance at my watch and it was 4:30pm.

I have several books about climbing the high points of the UK and in one of them it says that Brown Willy should take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the entire walk, the other book states that the walk is 4 miles. this made sense to me, if I walked at 3 miles an hour then 2 hours should be plenty of time to walk the 4 miles, what I didn't take into account was the fact that I often stop off for photographs, also the people who write these books obviously walk at the speed of a harrier jump jet where I walk at a much slower pace.

Muddy Shoes

It had taken me 1.5 hours to walk to the top of Brown Willy, the sun had just set and I was some distance from the car park, daylight was fading fast. I have no problem with walking in the dark, I have a compass for emergencies and an Ordnance Survey map and GPS tracker on my phone so this was not an issue, what I didn't want is for a sudden mist to come along and make things difficult. Bodmin moor is notorious for mist developing in a very short time. It was time to pack up and get back to the car park fast.

From the top of Brown Willy it is only a couple of miles to the car park, it should take me just 30-40 mins if I walk fast however Rough Tor sits directly in the way and I had a choice to make, do I walk around the edge of Rough Tor or cut straight over the top? well as I started my descent down the muddy slippery paths I had a short time to think about it. The walk down the side of Brown Willy was fast, I knew where the worst mud was and headed straight over the first gate in just a few minutes. It was during the next section I started to notice the problem with my left knee, every 5th or 6th step was giving me shooting pains through my knee and slowing me down slightly, I pushed on.

The next gate was at the bottom of Brown Willy, I was now across the river and working my way up to wards Rough Tor, time to make a decision, What I did in the end was aim up the side of Rough Tor in between 2 peaks, I figured it was a compromise between the two routes. Passing some horses I now started to notice my right knee playing up, yes I was now getting shooting pains in both knees, perfect, with two knees hurting every few steps and the light disappearing fast it was quite an interesting walk, at least I hadn't thought about the beast of Bodmin moor yet . . .oh great, and now I had THAT in my mind, I was alone, it was nearly dark, there was no sign of life for miles around and there is me thinking about big mysterious creatures in the night, perfect.

I carried on, walking up the hill as fast as I could, thankfully I took my walking poles so I managed to keep up a good pace, soon I had made it to the top of the ridge between the two peaks and it was down hill all the way, in the fading light I could now see the car park ahead, it must have been just less than a mile away, 15 mins and I would be there.

The Night Approaches
I reached the car park very quickly, my knees had both stopped hurting on the way down and there had been no sign of the beast of Bodmin moor (shame, I could have made a fortune). There was just enough light to take a few photos and a small explore around the area of the car park, there is a memorial to Charlotte Dymond here, she was murdered on the moor back in 1844, I took a few photos of the bridge and then made my way back to the car.

I think this has to be the best walk I have done since I climbed Scafell Pike with Chris and Amy, the views are stunning, the scenery is amazing and it all makes for such a brilliant walk, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

21 - Brown Willy, Cornwall - 13th November 2012

Just to the north of Bodmin in the north east of Cornwall lies Bodmin Moor, an 80 sq mile moorland and home to the highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy.

I have been to Cornwall many many times and I have worked out that I have driven through Bodmin Moor along the A30 around 80 times however I have never stopped off on the moor for an explore, it was time to change this and I left home at 10:30am for the 188 mile drive to the car park near Camelford.

The journey was uneventful having done most of it many times before, driving along the M27, A31 past Ringwood, A35 past Dorchester, Honiton then onto the M5 for a short time and then the A30 past Okehampton. Just after Launceston I turned off the A30 onto a smaller road and past the village of Pipers Pool and Davidstow, finally turning left just before Camelford towards the car park. I arrived at the car park around 2:30pm and prepared for my walk.

I left the car park and headed south through a gate, across a field and through another gate where I crossed a bridge over a river and headed onto the Bodmin Moor, I could see several hills rising up ahead of me and from this point I could not see Brown Willy. After a very short time It had become apparent that the ground was very wet, my shoes were already damp and mud was splattered up my jeans but this was not a problem, I dodged the puddles where I could.

I made my way up in between the first 2 hills, on my left was Showery Tor and on my right was Little Rough Tor, My plan was to get to the top of the ridge between these 2 Tors and then turn west and head up to the top of Little Rough Tor. This was not a steep climb but the ground was scattered with boulders and mud ahead of me which slowed me a little, eventually a made my way up to the top of Little Rough Tor.

Up until now I had not seen Brown Willy and as I reached the top of Little Rough Tor I saw it ahead, an unmistakable peak beyond a shallow valley to the south of me, I took a few photos and continued west along the ridge to the top of the next hill. Rough Tor is an impressive sight, many large boulders protrude from the top of the hill, they look like they have been scattered there by giants, some balancing on top of others as if they are about to fall off and then to the west a hugh granite wall stands as if ready to hold back an approaching army.
There is a memorial on top of the Tor for the 43rd Memorial Division who fought in WWII, the Scouts also have recently visited to leave a poppy wreath. I stayed around for a few minutes and then decided to move on to Brown Willy, I headed south again and worked my way through and over the boulders which are scattered all over the slopes of Rough Tor.

Rough Tor
The boulders and rocks soon disappeared as I walked through the valley between Rough Tor and Brown Willy, it was around this time during my walk I noticed how alone I was, I had not seen anyone since the car park and could see no one around, just a few horses, cows and sheep in the distance, it was quite windy but down in the valley I could not feel the full force of the wind and it was actually very quiet, a feeling of remoteness was upon me, I couldn't see any signs of civilisation, just the occasional barb wire fence.

At the bottom of the valley I approached a river with a bridge and a gate, up until now I had been on National Trust land but Brown Willy is on open moorland and there were paths for me to follow from now on, I stopped to photograph the little bridge over the river and then crossed it to the gate, it was pretty muddy as I got near the gate and I carefully stepped on solid ground towards the gate but just as I reached it my foot sunk into a mud hole right up past my ankle, ewwwww, the water poured into my shoe and I was left with a horrible soggy foot, oh well, never mind, at least I didn't have to worry about it getting any wetter.

Once through the gate I started the climb up Brown Willy its not a steep climb, in fact its a very easy climb so it was not long until I was at the second gate and once through this it was even muddier for a short distance, further towards the top the path became strewn with rocks and boulders and the top was in sight.

Further up the path I walked and up the last few feet to the top of Brown Willy where I found a trig point and a pile of rocks marking the highest point, I had made it to the top, The views are magnificent, to the south and east are the rolling moors stretching into the distance and in the north-west lies the Atlantic Ocean, they are probably some of the best views I have seen on any of my highpoint climbs so I was very happy.

To be Continued . . . . . . . . . . 

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

18-20 - Walsall, Solihull and Coventry - 7th November 2012

Barr Beacon
Yesterday I visited 4 of the hills in the Birmingham area, today I was going to visit 3 more and the first to visit was Barr Beacon situated in Walsall to the north of Birmingham. It was easy to find Barr Beacon, I just kept driving up hill until I couldn't go any further, parking right on top of Barr Beacon I went for a walk around the area.

On top of Barr Beacon is a war memorial, it looks like a bandstand and when I got there it was totally covered in Scaffolding, apparently thieves have stolen all the copper from the roof so it was getting some much needed repairs. I had a really nice walk around the entire beacon, there are some radio masts and plenty of open areas, plus a few clumps of woodland which were turning a beautiful orange colour as winter draws in.

The views from the top are pretty awesome too, you can see all the way to Sedgely beacon in the west and over the rolling hills to the east. I couldn't see Birmingham to the south as the trees were in the way.

Meighs Wood
My next hill to conquer was in Solihull and what can I say about it, well, basically it was a tree stump in Meighs wood just to the north of the town of Meriden, there is not much more I can say about it really, I pulled up in a layby and wandered into the woodland for an explore but it was all pretty unexciting.

The highest point in Coventry
My last high point of the day was just a few minutes drive away, it was the high point of Coventry and is situated in the small village of Corley Moor. The actual high point is thought to be a manhole cover in the middle of the road so I parked in the centre of the village and wandered around the area, again another very uneventful high point to visit.
Corley Moor

The best high point in Birmingham was probably Barr Beacon and yesterday I have 2 other really good hills to climb with Sedgley Beacon and Rednal Hill, I was pleased to have those good hills to climb to make my trip worth while.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

14-17 - Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton - 6th November 2012

Rednall Hill in Birmingham
Having walked to the top of Ebrington Hill in Warwickshire earlier this afternoon It was time to continue to my next set of hills in and around Birmingham, from Ebrington Hill I headed north through the Shakespearian town of Stratford Upon Avon and then up the M40 towards Britains second largest city Birmingham.

An Oak Tree
The first of four hills was Rednall Hill, the highest point of Birmingham, it can be found in the far south west of the city close to where the M42 meets the M5. I parked up in a small layby in a residential area and walked up a steep and quite small path towards the top of the hill, it was not a long walk, I was up on top of the hill within 5 minutes, there were a few good views over the surrounding area and in the distance I could see the centre of Birmingham. I didn't stay too long as there was not much to look at on the very top of the hill, so I made my way back down the hill to the layby meeting some dogs on the way.

The Delights of Turners Hill
The next hill was just a 15 minute drive away in Sandwell, Turners Hill is the highest point in the surrounding area of Birmingham but it was far from being the prettiest, I parked in an empty golf club car park and walked the very short path to the top of the hill. the hardest part was dodging the rubbish and doggy deposits and I was soon as close as I could get, the actual high point was situated behind some very big locked gates (what do thy keep in here? Dinosaurs?)

Cawney Hill
The next stop was Cawney Hill in Dudley, another unimpressive stop just 5 minutes away from Turners Hill, turning off a main road and up a residential street I parked up outside the private house which sits on top of the hill. No time to stop here as there were a few people about and I thought I would look suspicious taking photos and having a look around.

The View of Birmingham from Sedgley Beacon

It was time to stop for some dinner so I headed back towards Birmingham and came across a huge Tesco store, now I am not really the type who gets excited about supermarkets (well not much) but this Tesco was HUGE, it was one of those raised up on stilts with the car park underneath, but when you get up into the store the roof seemed to be miles above me and the views out of the window over Birmingham were pretty cool, I think this Tesco was taller than a lot of my high points but I was not going to try climbing it (well not today anyway, I had another hill to visit tonight and don't want to get arrested).

Sedgley Beacon
After a dinner of burger and chips I headed north towards Wolverhampton and Sedgley Beacon, It was dark now but I parked in a residential area and walked up the short path to the top of the hill, the actual high point is not at the top of the hill, yes it sounds odd but the border cuts through the hill and so the highest point is right on the edge of the border as high up the hill as it can get, but I walked to the top anyway. The views were pretty good, on one side was the small town of Sedgley and then on the east side the lights of Birmingham stretched out below me as far as I could see.

Remember Remember, Sedgley Fireworks
I took a few photos and being it was a day after Firework night there were still a few fireworks going off, it was an excellent viewpoint to see them. I stayed up on Sedgley Beacon for about 20 mins before heading back to my car and then heading to my bed for the night. Rednall Hill and Sedgley Beacon are worth a look if you are in the area but give Cawney Hill and Turners Hill a miss.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

13 - Ebrington Hill, Warwickshire - 6th November 2012

You may have noticed that I am running out of local high points and the time has come to start travelling so It was time to do a few high points over the course of 2 days. I decided that my first high point was going to be Ebrington Hill, in Warwickshire, this is a bit of an unusual one as most of the walk was in Gloucestershire, the highest point of Warwickshire lies just a few feet over the border between the 2 counties.

I left home around 10am and drove the 115+ miles towards the Midlands, my route took me along the M27,  up the M3, then the A34 towards Oxford, eventually I turned off onto the A44 passing Blenheim Palace and eventually arriving at Chipping Campden for some lunch.

Chipping Campden is in the Cotswolds and is surrounded by amazing scenery, the village is also pretty amazing, a typical old fashioned village with tea rooms and little shops. I had a nice wander around the main high street and around the market hall which was built in 1627. Walking away from the main street I headed towards the church and had a wander around that area, there was a house which reminded me of a house in the Harry Potter books. Back in the village I had my lunch (Sausage Roll and Almond Tart) and then drove to a car park at the base of Ebrington Hill just a few miles away.

I left the car and started the walk up the hill, it was not far to walk to the top and not steep either, just a gradual climb, it was not long until the amazing views were stretching out behind me, the path turned right and then I came across a massive puddle which I had to climb across somehow without getting wet feet.

A few minutes later I had reached the top of the hill, I finally walked out of Gloucestershire and into Warwickshire where the high point was situated, a small area was fenced off where a communication station was situated but the views to the west over the Cotswolds were amazing, I took a few photos and it was around this point it started to rain a little. It was not long before I made my way back down towards the car park. There was nothing spectacular about Ebrington hill but it was a nice walk and worth having an explore.

Monday, 22 October 2012

12 - St Boniface Down, Isle of Wight - 22nd October 2012

On the ferry to the island
My 11th high point is St Boniface Down, on the southern part of the Isle of Wight it is just 18 miles from my house and one of the more local high points but it proved to be a bit more difficult to get to. Joining me today was Nat, then Andie once we reached the Island.

To get to the island we chose to take the Passenger ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde and set off ready to catch the 10:40 sailing, arriving nice and early we walked down to the ferry only to find out that the 10:40 ferry had been cancelled, now ferry cancellations are a common occurrence and we had check the website to see if there were any cancellations but they had failed to advertise this change so we had 45 mins to wait to catch the next ferry.

After a walk to the Co-op and a bit of a wait near HMS Warrior we made our way back to the ferry to get our tickets, £34 later (yes £34 for 2 adults to travel a total of 10 miles) we had our tickets and boarded the ferry for our 15 minute trip to Ryde. The weather crossing the Solent was pretty foggy, there was nothing to look at during our trip and when we arrived at Ryde Pier Head we couldn't actually see land, just the pier stretching out into the fog ahead of us.

We found Andie waiting for us at the entrance of the pier and we piled into here little car for the 25 minute drive across the island, we drove from Ryde, thro Brading, Sandown, Shankling and then on towards Ventnor. Our original plan was to park just outside Ventnor but the car park was closed due to roadworks so we carried on down into the town and parked in the town car park instead.

The fog, look out for zombie pirates
Leaving the car park we walked along the road and up some very steep steps to another road, then along to the start of St Boniface Down, when we passed through the gate onto the downs we were presented with a decision, either left or right, Nat was heading left but looking at the map this path just led back down towards the town, where turning right meant going up the hill, so we went right and up the hill, first following a wall then climbing steeply, and then even more steeply, it was near impossible to climb but we managed and came out onto some open land.

We followed the contours of the hill for a while and saw a sleeping fox not far away, he woke up and ran away but was nice to see, after this we worked our way up the steep hill and through the ferns eventually coming out at the top path, this path ran alongside a fenced off area, the location of several radio masts and the location of the highest point on the island, we walked along this path a while and took some photos, we didn't stop for too long as the view was non existent, the fog was so thick we couldn't more than a few tens of meters.

Rob, Nat and Andie on St Boniface Down

Shortly we started to make our way back down the hill, this time following the path towards the west end of Ventnor, we were hoping to see some of the feral goats which the area is known for but sadly they were hiding today. We soon went through a gate and were back in civilisation where it was a short walk back to the car park.

Once we reached the car park we had all decided we were hungry so continued down through the town and onto the seafront where we walked along the promenade to the Spy Glass Inn where we all had a fantastic Lunch, I had a Cheddar and Stilton ploughmans, Nat had scampi with chips and Andie had a cheese and coleslaw jacket potato, It was all very yummy and highly recommended.

Once lunch was finished we headed back to the car and then Andie very kindly drove us back to Ryde Pier where we managed to catch the ferry through the thick fog back to Portsmouth.

It was an excellent day with excellent company and I hope to do it again sometime soon when its not so foggy. Thanks to Nat and Andie for joining me on the adventure today.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

7-11 - Poole, Bournemouth, New Forest, Southampton and Portsmouth - 10th October 2012

Today it was a chance for me to get 5 high points done in one day, the first of the local authority high points on my list. I decided early on to do these 5 high points in one go and thought it best to travel to the furthest away and work my way back towards home and so I set off towards Poole in Dorset.

Combe Hills, Poole
Poole is only an hours drive and I arrived at the Corfe Mullen area around midday, there was nothing special about the highpoint, it was next to a school and all pretty residential, I am sure people were looking out of their windows at me taking photos, there was a Roman road crossing the main road, it was just a footpath but clearly signposted as a Roman road.

Ringwood road, Bournemouth
I didn't stay in Poole too long as there was not much to see so I got in my car and drove towards the next high point in Bournemouth. It was only a 10 minute drive to Wallisdown in Bournemouth and on arrival I noticed I had been here before, as a kid I used to come to Bournemouth for the family holiday so I know the area well, it was just down the road from Tower Park, the home of a water park I used to love.

Near Pipers Wait
I managed to pull up in a residential road and get out of my car for a quick walk around, again there was nothing special about the high point, it was the location of a duel carriage way and an Alfa Romeo Showroom.

The next high point on my list was not an official high point but it was one that I wanted to do, it was the highest point of the New Forest National Park. Pipers Wait is an area of the New Forest not far from the village of Nomansland, it was easy to find and had a small car park for me to pull into, there was a couple sat in their car eating their lunch when I arrived. I left the car and took a short walk around the area, the high point was a fairly large open Plateau so it was difficult to find the exact highest point but I had a good wander around avoiding the cows and horses.

Pipers Wait
On now to the next high point, this one was in Southampton in an area called Basset, it was fairly easy to get to and find, I knew exactly where it was as I know Southampton very well, I stopped off in a side road just off of one of the main routes in and out of Southampton and took a few photos, it was another place I didn't want to stay at for too long.

Basset Avenue, Southampton
The last stop for me was my most local high point, not just for today but for the entire collection of high points, it was the highest point of Portsmouth, just next to Fort Southwick and over looking the city below it was an easy one to find, I parked in a small car park and wandered up to the high point, it was a bit difficult to get close to and I have to say it was a total mess, rubbish and litter strews all over the place. There were also places right next to the high point which were actually higher but these were part of Fort Southwick and man made so they did not count.

Fort Southwick, Portsmouth
So that was the end of an easy day of visiting high points, it was probably going to be one of the least exciting days of hill bagging I am going to be doing, owing to the fact that I have been to nearly all of them and they are not really that amazing to look at but I still had a nice day out and I managed to double my list from 5 hills visited up to 10 hills visited.

Poole - Combe Hills - 78 meters
Bournemouth - Ringwood Road - 65 meters
New Forest - Pipers Wait - 129 meters
Southampton - Basset Avenue - 85 meters
Portsmouth - Fort Southwick - 122 meters

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Highest Points - The Complete List

For those of you who are interested, here is the complete list of High Points, this includes the modern AND Historic counties of England, Wales and Scotland plus all the unitary authorities of England, Scotland and Wales including the 33 London boroughs.

Hill name County Metres Feet Date of Visit
Ben Nevis Highland   1344 4409
Ben Macdui Aberdeenshire   1309 4295
Ben Lawers Perth and Kinross   1214 3983
Carn Eige  Ross and Cromarty   1183 3881
Ben More Stirling   1174 3852
Bidean nam Bian Argyllshire   1150 3773
Ben Cruachan Argyll and Bute   1126 3694
Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa Gwynedd   1085 3560 02 September 2010
Glas Maol Angus   1068 3504
Carnedd Llewelyn Conwy   1064 3491
Ben More Assynt Sutherland   998 3274
Scafell Pike Cumbria   978 3209 21 August 2012
Ben Lomond Stirlingshire   974 3196
Helvellyn Westmorland   950 3117
Ben Vorlich Dunbartonshire   943 3094
Aran Fawddwy Merionethshire 905 2969
Pen y Fan Powys   886 2907
Goatfell [Goat Fell] North Ayrshire   874 2867
Merrick Dumfries and Galloway   843 2766
Broad Law Scottish Borders   840 2756
Cadair Berwyn Denbighshire  830 2723
Moel Sych Denbighshire 827 2713
White Coomb Dumfriesshire   821 2694
The Cheviot Northumberland   815 2674
The Old Man of Coniston Lancashire   803 2635
Clisham  Na h-Eileanan Siar  799 2621
Mickle Fell Durham   790 2592
Craig Berwyn Wrexham   790 2592
Merrick - Kirriereoch Hill  South Ayrshire   782 2566
Fan Foel Carmarthenshire  781 2562
Mount Battock Kincardineshire   778 2552
Pumlumon Fawr  Cardiganshire 752 2467
Culter Fell South Lanarkshire   748 2454
Burnhope Seat Durham   747 2451
Cairn Hill West Top  Roxburghshire   743 2438
Whernside North Yorkshire   736 2415
Ben Cleuch Clackmannanshire   721 2365
Carn a'Ghille Chearr Morayshire   710 2329
Morven Caithness   706 2316
Black Mountain Herefordshire   703 2306
Blackcraig Hill East Ayrshire   700 2297
Chwarel y Fan Monmouthshire  679 2228
Great Rhos Radnorshire  660 2165
Carn Glas-choire Nairnshire   659 2162
Blackhope Scar Midlothian   651 2136
Kinder Scout Derbyshire   636.3 2088
Green Hill Lancashire   628 2060
Snaefell Isle of Man   621 2037
High Willhays Devon   621 2037
Snaefell Isle of Man   621 2037
Craig y Llyn Neath Port Talbot 600 1969
Black Hill Kirklees   582 1909
Coity Mountain  Blaenau Gwent   578 1896
Earl's Seat East Dunbartonshire   578 1896
Coety Mountain  Torfaen   574 1883
Werfa  Bridgend   568 1864
East Cairn Hill Edinburgh   567 1860
Shining Tor Cheshire East   559 1834
Moel Famau Flintshire  554.8 1820
Howden Edge  Sheffield   550 1804
Black Chew Head Oldham   542 1778
Brown Clee Hill Shropshire   540 1772
Foel Cwmcerwyn Pembrokeshire  536 1759
Pen March Caerphilly   535 1755
Meikle Says Law East Lothian   535 1755
Merthyr Common Merthyr Tydfil   531 1742
Cort-ma Law East Top North Lanarkshire   527 1729
West Lomond Fife   522 1713
Hill of Stake Renfrewshire   522 1713
Cheeks Hill Staffordshire   520 1706
Dunkery Beacon Somerset   519 1703
Hoar Stones - Howden Edge Barnsley   514 1686
Hoarstone Edge Tameside   497 1631
Innerdouny Hill Kinross-shire   497 1631
Ward Hill Orkney Islands   481 1578
Way Stone Edge  Calderdale   482 1575
Blackstone Edge Rochdale   474 1555
Withins Height - Round Hill Bradford   457 1499
Winter Hill Blackburn with Darwen   456 1496
Urra Moor
Ronas Hill
North York Moors Nat Park
Shetland Islands  
Winter Hill  Bolton   449 1473
Creuch Hill Inverclyde   441 1447
Worcestershire Beacon Worcestershire   425 1394
Brown Willy Cornwall   420 1378
Scholes Height & Bull Hill Bury   415 1362
The Wrekin Telford and Wrekin   407 1335
Duncolm West Dunbartonshire   401 1316
Corse Hill East Renfrewshire   376 1234
Mynydd y Betws Swansea   373 1224
Darrach Hill Falkirk   357 1171
Burley Moor Leeds   342 1122
Cleeve Hill Gloucestershire   330 1083
Gisborough Moor Redcar and Cleveland   328 1076
Mellor Moor Stockport   327 1073
Cairnpapple Hill West Lothian   312 1024
Wentwood Newport   309 1014
Garth Hill Cardiff   307 1007
Walbury Hill West Berkshire   297 974 07 September 2012
Leith Hill Surrey   295 968 28 September 2012
Milk Hill Wiltshire   294.3 966
Pilot Hill Hampshire   286 938
Black Down West Sussex   280 919 05 September 2012
Lewesdon Hill Dorset   279 915
Bardon Hill Leicestershire   278 912
Liddington Hill Swindon   276 905
Butser Hill
Turner's Hill
South Downs National Park
Wendover Woods  Buckinghamshire   267 876
Brimmond Hill Aberdeen   266 873
Niver Hill Bath and NE Somerset   264 866
Whitehorse Hill Oxfordshire   261 856
Ebrington Hill Warwickshire   261 856
Currock Hill Gateshead   259 850
Bald Hill Oxfordshire   257 843
Cawney Hill Dudley   251 823
Betsoms Hill Kent   251 823
Rednal Hill Birmingham   250 820
Meir Heath Stoke on Trent   250 820
Ditchling Beacon East Sussex   248 814 03 October 2012
Bishop Wilton Wold Yorkshire E Riding   248 814
Westerham Heights Greater London   245 804
Westerham Heights Bromley 245 804
Pavis Wood Hertfordshire   244 801
Dunstable Downs Central Bedfordshire   243 797
Blagdon Hill Farm North Somerset   242 794
St Boniface Down Isle of Wight   241 791
Hanging Hill South Gloucestershire   237 778
Sedgley Beacon  Wolverhampton   235 771
Raw Head Cheshire West and Chester   227.1 745
Barr Beacon Walsall   227 745
Arbury Hill Northamptonshire   225 738
Holyhead Mountain Anglesey  220 722
Dere Street Darlington   219 719
Newtonwood Lane Nottinghamshire   205 673
Cathkin Braes Glasgow   200 656
Cold Overton Park Rutland   197 646
Bullock Hill Brighton and Hove   197 646
Cold Overton Park Rutland   197 646
Beacon Hill Torbay   196 643
Meighs Wood Solihull   185 607
Billinge Hill St Helens   179 587
Whitehill  Luton   178 584
Woolley Edge  Wakefield   176 577
Sanderstead Plantation Croydon   175 574
Gallow Hill Dundee   175 574
The Moors Sunderland   174 571
Holly Hill Medway   172 564
Bow Brickhill Milton Keynes   171 561
Billinge Hill  Wigan   169 554
Normanby Top  Lincolnshire   168 551
Corley Moor Coventry   167 548
Woolwell Road Plymouth   162 531
Dundry Hill East Bristol   160 525
Fir Hill - Harthill Field Rotherham   157 515
Bushey Heath Harrow   153 502
Viking Way Lincolnshire, Parts of Kesteven   151 495
Chrishall Common Essex   147 482
Arkley Barnet   147 482
Chrishall Common Essex   147 482
Great Chishill Cambridgeshire   146 479
Mote End Farm Barnet   145 476
Ashley Hill Windsor and Maidenhead   145 476
Foredoles Head Doncaster   144 472
Whelly Hill Hartlepool   142 466
Bowsey Hill Wokingham   142 466
Lillypot Vale of Glamorgan   140 459
Allestree Park Derby   138 453
Potter Street Hill Hillingdon   134 440
Hampstead Heath Camden   134 440
Shooters Hill Greenwich   132 433
Nottingham M1 Nottingham   132 433
Westerhope Newcastle upon Tyne   131 430
Surrey Hill Bracknell Forest   130 427
Highgate Haringey   129 423
Pipers Wait New Forest National Park 129 422
Great Wood Suffolk   128 420
Fort Southwick Portsmouth   122 400
Wold Newton North-East Lincolnshire   117 384
Langdon Hill  Thurrock   116 381
Newcombe Drive  Salford   116 380
Bournwell Hill  Enfield   115 377
Sydenham Hill Lewisham   112 367
Sydenham Hill Southwark   112 367
Westow Hill Lambeth   110 361
Nether Hall Leicester   110 361
Poll Hill Wirral   108 354
Heaton Park Manchester   108 354
The Slipe Bedford Borough   107 351
Havering Atte Bower farm Havering   105 344
Beacon Hill Norfolk   105 344
Appleton Park Warrington   105 344
Park Lane  Reading   103 338
Saxby Wold North Lincolnshire   102 335
Quarry Hill Middlesbrough   100 328
Knowsley Park Knowsley   100 328
Highgate Hill Islington   100 328
Halton Castle Halton   100 328
Boldon Hills South Tyneside   93 305
Wakemans Hill Avenue Brent   92 302
Wattisham Airfield Suffolk, East   91 299
Telegraph Hill Kingston upon Thames   90 295
Cabin Hill Redbridge   90 295
Woolton Hill Liverpool   89 292
Camperdown North Tyneside   86 282
Horsenden Hill Ealing   85 279
Langdon Shaw  Bexley   83 272
Boy Hill Stockton-on-Tees   82 269
Basset Avenue Southampton   82 269
Racecourse Road Peterborough   81 266
Boring Field Huntingdonshire   80 262
Corfe Hills Poole   78 256
Green Walk  Trafford   67 220
Ringwood Road Bournemouth   65 213
Heath Mount Southend-on-Sea   61 200
Richmond Park Richmond upon Thames   56 184
Lauriston Road  Merton   55 180
St John's Wood Park City of Westminster   52 171
Higher Newford Isles of Scilly   51 167
East Burnham Park Slough   51 167
Harrow Road Kensington and Chelsea   45 148
College Park Hammersmith and Fulham   45 148
Stock Hill York   44 144
Marks Gate Barking and Dagenham   43 141
Seven Sisters Road Hackney   39 128
Haddenham village Cambridgeshire, Isle of Ely   39 128
Melling Mount Sefton   36 118
The Vale  Hounslow   35 115
Warbreck Reservoir Blackpool   34 112
Chancery Lane/Holborn City of London 22 72
Wanstead Flats Newham   15 49
East Mount Kingston upon Hull   11 36
Pinchbeck Marsh Lincolnshire, Parts of Holland   8 26

Some counties such as Oxfordshire appear twice, this is because the historic county boundaries are different to the modern boundaries.