The Highest Mountains in England To Climb

When it comes to high mountains in England, England lags behind Scotland and Wales but it still has over 200 peaks that exceed 2,000 feet (610m) in height. The majority of highest mountains in England can be found in the north and west of the country. In fact, all but 13 of the highest 100 mountains in England are in the Lake District.

The definition of a mountain is not just about elevation; after all there are several plateaux that are high above sea level but would not be considered a challenge for mountain climbers! There are also peaks in terms of height, but not by prominence, as they are joined to other peaks. For clarity, our article lists the highest mountains in England by height.

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Interactive Map of Highest Mountains In England to Climb

We've pulled together most of the highest mountains in England and put on an Interactive Map to show the general location of the highest mountains. The majority are in the North of England. Click on the icons to explore the names of the mountains and the heights. There is a full list of the mountains at the bottom of this article.

What is the Highest Mountain in England? Scafell Pike - 3,209 feet (978m)

Located in the southwest Lake District (Grid ref. NY215072), Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. It stands 3,209 feet (978m) high, although the highest point is buried under a cairn rising at least three metres, so the exact height is unknown. The plateau of Scafell Pike, is covered with shattered rock boulders, probably caused by frost action and weathering.

The land was donated to the National Trust by Lord Leconfield in 1919. It was given in memory of the men of the Lake District who lost their life in World War I.

Scafell Pike is one of the mountains in the National Three Peaks Challenge. It is considered one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the Lake District being rough and rugged as well as high. Nonetheless it remains one of the most popular climbs with stunning views on a clear day.

About 400m south of Scafell Pike summit, Broad Crag Tarn is the highest standing water lake in England, although Foxes Tarn on Scafell shares the same height of 2.700 feet (820m)

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Routes to climb up Scafell Pike

Paths from Scafell Pike summit lead to Lingmell Col to the northwest; Esk Hause to the northeast and Mickledore to the southwest. These routes in turn divide into many other paths providing a choice of routes for the estimated 100,000 plus walkers looking to ascend England’s highest mountain every year.

The shortest route, and generally considered the standard ascent of Scafell Pike, starts at Wasdale Head, north of Wastwater, the route ascends the west side of the peak.

A longer route from Seathwaite Farm in Borrowdale is strenuous and you should allow 7-10 hours for the 11 miles total distance. It’s worth waiting for good weather conditions to enjoy the outstanding views of Wastwater and Scafell. The start is deceptively gentle to Stockley Bridge before the exerting climb begins.

Views from the summit include Derwent Water, Great End to the northeast behind Broad Crag, Helvellyn in the distance, Windermere, and to the west the dark waters of Waswater. Facing north you can see Great Gable and Skiddaw.

What is the Second Highest Mountain in England? Sca fell - 3,164 feet (964m)

Separated from Scafell Pike by Mickledore Pass, Scafell is England’s second highest mountain at 3,164 feet (964m). Located at Grid Ref. NY206064 it is between Wasdale and Eskdale, and south of its taller rival, Scafell Pike. On the east side of Scafell, crags overlook Upper Eskdale while on the west side, towards Wasdale, it features smooth slopes and a lack of any real vegetation.

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Routes to climb up Sca fell

The traditional ascent follows the Lord’s Rake Path from Wastwater. As with Scafell Pike, the gentlest ascent of Scafell is from the Borrowdale side.

What is the Second Highest Mountain in England? Helvellyn - 3,117 feet (950m)

At 3,117 feet (950m) Helvellyn is the most climbed of all the fells in the Lake District, with numerous routes to the summit. It is considerably easier to ascend than its two higher rivals, and is more accessible (Grid reference NY342151. On a beautiful clear day, Helvellyn can provide an enjoyable walk for any reasonably fit individual. However, in poor conditions, Striding Edge can be hazardous. As a guide, if you reach the Hole in the Wall and can see the summit of Helvellyn, go for it. If it is shrouded in low cloud and mist, best give it a miss unless you know the route intimately.

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Routes to climb up Helvellyn

The most popular route up Helvellyn is from either Glenridding or Patterdale at the head of Ullswater. Allow 2 hours each way for the 4 mile climb.

The standard route is to climb to “Hole in the Wall” and then walk along Striding Edge. It’s a spectacular walk along the ridge although if the weather is windy and conditions are poor, the lower path is recommended. After the ridge, a quick scramble brings you successfully to Helvellyn summit which is surprisingly level. To the west, views extend to the glittering North Sea while to the east, you can take in Ullswater and the lakes further east. Descend down to Red Tarn via Swirral Edge

Englands 4th Highest Mountain: Broad Crag - 3,064 feet (934m)

Broad Crag is 3,064 feet (934m) high and lies about 3 miles south east of Wasdale Head at Grid Reference NY218075.

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Routes to climb up Broad Crag

Roughly following the lower route up Scafell Pike, the shortest route to Broad Crag is 3.3 miles. A longer but gentler climb (4.7 miles) starts at the car park near Lingmell House and follows the river for a time before ascending Broad Crag from the north. Allow at least 2 hours each way.

Englands 5th Highest Mountain: Skiddaw - 3,054 feet (931m)

Located to the north of the popular town of Keswick, Skiddaw is 3,054 feet (931m) and is at Grid Reference NY260290.

Described by serious climbers as “boring” Skiddaw is not the most challenging mountain to climb, particularly if you take the popular route up Jenkin Hill from Keswick. However, ascending it via Longside Edge puts a whole new perspective on England’s fifth highest mountain in terms of height.

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Routes to climb up Skiddaw

A popular route up Skiddaw starts from Keswick itself and ascends behind Latrigg in a gentle ascent which provides wonderful views on a clear day. Continue over the slopes of Little Man to reach Skiddaw summit. Allow 2.5 hours each way for the 5 mile climb.

Those wanting a quick walk or an easier “cheat” route can drive to the public car park at the top of Gale Road (behind Latrigg summit) and walk from there.

Complete list of the Highest Mountains In the England to Climb

England's Highest Mountain #1:Scafell Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 978 metres

England's Highest Mountain #2:Scafell-Cumbria Lake District : 964 metres

England's Highest Mountain #3:Helvellyn-Cumbria Lake District : 950 metres

England's Highest Mountain #4:Ill Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 935 metres

England's Highest Mountain #5:Broad Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 934 metres

England's Highest Mountain #6:Skiddaw-Cumbria Lake District : 931 metres

England's Highest Mountain #7:Great End-Cumbria Lake District : 910 metres

England's Highest Mountain #8:Bowfell-Cumbria Lake District : 902 metres

England's Highest Mountain #9:Great Gable-Cumbria Lake District : 899 metres

England's Highest Mountain #10:Cross Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 893 metres

England's Highest Mountain #11:Pillar-Cumbria Lake District : 892 metres

England's Highest Mountain #12:Catstye Cam-Cumbria Lake District : 890 metres

England's Highest Mountain #13:Esk Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 885 metres

England's Highest Mountain #14:Raise-Cumbria Lake District : 883 metres

England's Highest Mountain #15:Fairfield-Cumbria Lake District : 873 metres

England's Highest Mountain #16:Blencathra – Hallsfell Top-Cumbria Lake District : 868 metres

England's Highest Mountain #17:Skiddaw Little Man-Cumbria Lake District : 865 metres

England's Highest Mountain #18:White Side-Cumbria Lake District : 863 metres

England's Highest Mountain #19:Crinkle Crags – Long Top (Second Crinkle) -Cumbria Lake District : 859 metres

England's Highest Mountain #20:Dollywaggon Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 858 metres

England's Highest Mountain #21:Great Dodd-Cumbria Lake District : 857 metres

England's Highest Mountain #22:Grasmoor-Cumbria Lake District : 852 metres

England's Highest Mountain #23:Great Dun Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 848 metres

England's Highest Mountain #24:Stybarrow Dodd-Cumbria Lake District : 843 metres

England's Highest Mountain #25:Little Dun Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 842 metres

England's Highest Mountain #26:St Sunday Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 841 metres

England's Highest Mountain #27:Scoat Fell-Cumbria Lake District : 841 metres

England's Highest Mountain #28:Crag Hill [Eel Crag]-Cumbria Lake District : 839 metres

England's Highest Mountain #29:Crinkle Crags South Top [First Crinkle]-Cumbria Lake District : 834 metres

England's Highest Mountain #30:High Street-Cumbria Lake District : 828 metres

England's Highest Mountain #31:Black Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 828 metres

England's Highest Mountain #32:Red Pike (Wasdale)-Cumbria Lake District : 826 metres

England's Highest Mountain #33:Hart Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 822 metres

England's Highest Mountain #34:The Cheviot-Northumberland The Cheviots .: 815 metres

England's Highest Mountain #35:Shelter Crags-Cumbria Lake District : 815 metres

England's Highest Mountain #36:High Stile [Grey Crag – High Stile]-Cumbria Lake District : 807 metres

England's Highest Mountain #37:Lingmell-Cumbria Lake District : 807 metres

England's Highest Mountain #38:The Old Man of Coniston [Coniston Old Man]-Cumbria Lake District : 803 metres

England's Highest Mountain #39:Kirk Fell-Cumbria Lake District : 802 metres

England's Highest Mountain #40:High Raise (High Street) -Cumbria Lake District : 802 metres

England's Highest Mountain #41:Swirl How-Cumbria Lake District : 802 metres

England's Highest Mountain #42:Green Gable-Cumbria Lake District : 801 metres

England's Highest Mountain #43:Haycock-Cumbria Lake District : 797 metres

England's Highest Mountain #44:Green Side [White Stones – Green Side]-Cumbria Lake District : 795 metres

England's Highest Mountain #45:Knock Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 794 metres

England's Highest Mountain #46:Rampsgill Head-Cumbria Lake District : 792 metres

England's Highest Mountain #47:Dove Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 792 metres

England's Highest Mountain #48:Grisedale Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 791 metres

England's Highest Mountain #49:Mickle Fell-Durham North Pennines : 790 metres

England's Highest Mountain #50:Kirk Fell East Top [Kirk Fell North Top]-Cumbria Lake District : 787 metres

England's Highest Mountain #51:Allen Crags-Cumbria Lake District : 785 metres

England's Highest Mountain #52:Thornthwaite Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 784 metres

England's Highest Mountain #53:Glaramara-Cumbria Lake District : 783 metres

England's Highest Mountain #54:Harter Fell (Mardale) -Cumbria Lake District : 779 metres

England's Highest Mountain #55:Dow Crag-Cumbria Lake District : 778 metres

England's Highest Mountain #56:Red Screes-Cumbria Lake District : 776 metres

England's Highest Mountain #57:Sail-Cumbria Lake District : 773 metres

England's Highest Mountain #58:Grey Friar-Cumbria Lake District : 773 metres

England's Highest Mountain #59:Wandope-Cumbria Lake District : 772 metres

England's Highest Mountain #60:Hopegill Head-Cumbria Lake District : 770 metres

England's Highest Mountain #61:Meldon Hill-Cumbria North Pennines : 767 metres

England's Highest Mountain #62:Great Rigg-Cumbria Lake District : 766 metres

England's Highest Mountain #63:Stony Cove Pike [Caudale Moor]-Cumbria Lake District : 763 metres

England's Highest Mountain #64:Wetherlam-Cumbria Lake District : 763 metres

England's Highest Mountain #65:High Raise (High White Stones) -Cumbria Lake District : 762 metres

England's Highest Mountain #66:Ill Bell-Cumbria Lake District : 757 metres

England's Highest Mountain #67:Red Pike (Buttermere)-Cumbria Lake District : 755 metres

England's Highest Mountain #68:Dale Head-Cumbria Lake District : 753 metres

England's Highest Mountain #69:Little Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 748 metres

England's Highest Mountain #70:Burnhope Seat-Cumbria North Pennines : 747 metres

England's Highest Mountain #71:Carl Side-Cumbria Lake District : 746 metres

England's Highest Mountain #72:Black Sails-Cumbria Lake District : 745 metres

England's Highest Mountain #73:High Crag (Buttermere) -Cumbria Lake District : 744 metres

England's Highest Mountain #74:Hobcarton Crag [Hobcarton Head]-Cumbria Lake District : 739 metres

England's Highest Mountain #75:Robinson-Cumbria Lake District : 737 metres

England's Highest Mountain #76:Seat Sandal-Cumbria Lake District : 736.8 metres

England's Highest Mountain #77:Harrison Stickle-Cumbria Lake District : 736 metres

England's Highest Mountain #78:Whernside-Cumbria/North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 736 metres

England's Highest Mountain #79:Long Side-Cumbria Lake District : 734 metres

England's Highest Mountain #80:Kentmere Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 730 metres

England's Highest Mountain #81:Hindscarth-Cumbria Lake District : 727 metres

England's Highest Mountain #82:Ullscarf-Cumbria Lake District : 726 metres

England's Highest Mountain #83:Clough Head-Cumbria Lake District : 726 metres

England's Highest Mountain #84:Ingleborough-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 724 metres

England's Highest Mountain #85:Red Beck Top [Glaramara South Top] [Lincomb Head – Glaramara]-Cumbria Lake District : 721 metres

England's Highest Mountain #86:Froswick-Cumbria Lake District : 720 metres

England's Highest Mountain #87:Whiteside East Top [Whiteside] [Gasgale Crags]-Cumbria Lake District : 719 metres

England's Highest Mountain #88:Great Shunner Fell-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 716 metres

England's Highest Mountain #89:Lonscale Fell-Cumbria Lake District : 715 metres

England's Highest Mountain #90:Brandreth-Cumbria Lake District : 715 metres

England's Highest Mountain #91:Hedgehope Hill-Northumberland The Cheviots .: 714.4 metres

England's Highest Mountain #92:Branstree-Cumbria Lake District : 713 metres

England's Highest Mountain #93:Knott-Cumbria Lake District : 710 metres

England's Highest Mountain #94:Dead Stones-Cumbria/Durham North Pennines : 710 metres

England's Highest Mountain #95:Pike of Stickle-Cumbria Lake District : 709 metres

England's Highest Mountain #96:Melmerby Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 709 metres

England's Highest Mountain #97:High Seat-Cumbria/North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 709 metres

England's Highest Mountain #98:Wild Boar Fell-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 708 metres

England's Highest Mountain #99:Great Stony Hill-Durham North Pennines : 708 metres

England's Highest Mountain #100:Yoke-Cumbria Lake District : 706 metres

England's Highest Mountain #101:Pike of Blisco-Cumbria Lake District : 705 metres

England's Highest Mountain #102:Great Whernside-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 704 metres

England's Highest Mountain #103:Chapelfell Top-Durham North Pennines : 703 metres

England's Highest Mountain #104:Bowscale Fell-Cumbria Lake District : 702 metres

England's Highest Mountain #105:Buckden Pike-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 702 metres

England's Highest Mountain #106:Cold Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 701 metres

England's Highest Mountain #107:Rest Dodd-Cumbria Lake District : 696 metres

England's Highest Mountain #108:Pen-y-ghent-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 694 metres

England's Highest Mountain #109:Seatallan-Cumbria Lake District : 692 metres

England's Highest Mountain #110:Great Calva-Cumbria Lake District : 690 metres

England's Highest Mountain #111:Great Coum-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 687 metres

England's Highest Mountain #112:Round Hill-Cumbria North Pennines : 686 metres

England's Highest Mountain #113:Bannerdale Crags-Cumbria Lake District : 683 metres

England's Highest Mountain #114:Swarth Fell-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 681 metres

England's Highest Mountain #115:Plover Hill-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 679.9 metres

England's Highest Mountain #116:Baugh Fell – Tarn Rigg Hill-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 678 metres

England's Highest Mountain #117:The Calf-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 676 metres

England's Highest Mountain #118:Calders-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 675.4 metres

England's Highest Mountain #119:Sheffield Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 675 metres

England's Highest Mountain #120:Murton Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 675 metres

England's Highest Mountain #121:Westernhope Moor [James’s Hill]-Durham North Pennines : 675 metres

England's Highest Mountain #122:Lovely Seat-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 674.8 metres

England's Highest Mountain #123:Killhope Law-Durham/Northumberland North Pennines : 673 metres

England's Highest Mountain #124:Scar Crags-Cumbria Lake District : 672 metres

England's Highest Mountain #125:Rogan’s Seat-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 672 metres

England's Highest Mountain #126:Great Knoutberry Hill-Cumbria/North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 672 metres

England's Highest Mountain #127:Loadpot Hill-Cumbria Lake District : 672 metres

England's Highest Mountain #128:Dodd Fell Hill-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 668 metres

England's Highest Mountain #129:Fountains Fell-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 668 metres

England's Highest Mountain #130:Little Fell-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 667 metres

England's Highest Mountain #131:Tarn Crag (Sleddale)-Cumbria Lake District : 664 metres

England's Highest Mountain #132:Black Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 664 metres

England's Highest Mountain #133:Carrock Fell-Cumbria Lake District : 663 metres

England's Highest Mountain #134:Nine Standards Rigg-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 662 metres

England's Highest Mountain #135:Whiteless Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 660 metres

England's Highest Mountain #136:High Pike (Caldbeck) -Cumbria Lake District : 658 metres

England's Highest Mountain #137:Place Fell-Cumbria Lake District : 657 metres

England's Highest Mountain #138:Grey Nag-Northumberland North Pennines : 656 metres

England's Highest Mountain #139:Selside Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 655 metres

England's Highest Mountain #140:Harter Fell (Eskdale) -Cumbria Lake District : 654 metres

England's Highest Mountain #141:High Spy-Cumbria Lake District : 653.1 metres

England's Highest Mountain #142:Comb Fell-Northumberland The Cheviots .: 652.7 metres

England's Highest Mountain #143:Rossett Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 651 metres

England's Highest Mountain #144:Three Pikes-Durham North Pennines : 651 metres

England's Highest Mountain #145:Simon Fell-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 650 metres

England's Highest Mountain #146:Viewing Hill-Durham North Pennines : 649 metres

England's Highest Mountain #147:Fleetwith Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 648.9 metres

England's Highest Mountain #148:Base Brown-Cumbria Lake District : 646 metres

England's Highest Mountain #149:Yockenthwaite Moor-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 643 metres

England's Highest Mountain #150:Iron Crag [Ennerdale Fell]-Cumbria Lake District : 640 metres

England's Highest Mountain #151: Fell Head-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 639.9 metres

England's Highest Mountain #152:Yarlside-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 639 metres

England's Highest Mountain #153:Grey Crag [Sleddale Fell]-Cumbria Lake District : 638 metres

England's Highest Mountain #154:Causey Pike-Cumbria Lake District : 637 metres

England's Highest Mountain #155:Little Hart Crag [Little Hart Crag – West Top]-Cumbria Lake District : 637 metres

England's Highest Mountain #156:Kinder Scout-Derbyshire The Peak District .: 636.3 metres

England's Highest Mountain #157:Starling Dodd-Cumbria Lake District : 633 metres

England's Highest Mountain #158:Bleaklow Head-Derbyshire The Peak District .: 633 metres

England's Highest Mountain #159:Seathwaite Fell [Great Slack – Seathwaite Fell]-Cumbria Lake District : 632 metres

England's Highest Mountain #160:Dovenest Top [Dovenest Crag] [Stonethwaite Fell]-Cumbria Lake District : 632 metres

England's Highest Mountain #161:Rough Crag (Riggindale)-Cumbria Lake District : 628 metres

England's Highest Mountain #162:Gragareth-Lancashire Yorkshire Dales : 628 metres

England's Highest Mountain #163:Yewbarrow-Cumbria Lake District : 627 metres

England's Highest Mountain #164:Randygill Top-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 624 metres

England's Highest Mountain #165:Darnbrook Fell-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 624 metres

England's Highest Mountain #166:Cold Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 621 metres

England's Highest Mountain #167:High Willhays-Devon Dartmoor .: 621 metres

England's Highest Mountain #168:Bink Moss-Durham North Pennines : 619 metres

England's Highest Mountain #169:Cushat Law-Northumberland The Cheviots .: 616.2 metres

England's Highest Mountain #170:Great Borne-Cumbria Lake District : 616 metres

England's Highest Mountain #171:Yewbarrow North Top [Stirrup Crag]-Cumbria Lake District : 616 metres

England's Highest Mountain #172:The Dodd-Northumberland North Pennines : 614 metres

England's Highest Mountain #173:Flinty Fell-Cumbria North Pennines : 614 metres

England's Highest Mountain #174:Drumaldrace-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 614 metres

England's Highest Mountain #175:Middlehope Moor [Burtree Fell]-Durham/Northumberland North Pennines : 612 metres

England's Highest Mountain #176:Birks Fell-North Yorkshire Yorkshire Dales : 610 metres

England's Highest Mountain #177:Bloodybush Edge-Northumberland The Cheviots .: 609.8 metres

England's Highest Mountain #178:Thack Moor-Cumbria North Pennines : 609.65 metres

England's Highest Mountain #179:Calf Top-Cumbria Yorkshire Dales : 609.61 metres