30 Highest Mountains in England

When it comes to the highest mountains in the UK, Scotland takes the crown. It has the UK’s top 50 highest mountains. But England is not too shabby either. It may not feature in the top 50, but it has various mountains, specifically North of England, that reach over 2,000 feet.

If you’re looking for an eventful time and mountains to conquer, England has plenty of them and makes an excellent destination for mountain walkers.

Here are 30 of the highest mountains in England which are a must-visit while you’re in England.

1.       Scafell Pike3209
2.       Scafell3163
3.       Helvellyn3117
4.       III Crag3068
5.       Broad Crag3064
6.       Skiddaw3054
7.       Lower Man3035
8.       Great End2986
9.       Bowfell2959
10.    Great Gable2949
11.    Cross Fell2930
12.    Pillar2927
13.    Nethermost Pike2923
14.    Catstye Cam2920
15.    Esk Pike2904
16.    Raise2897
17.    Fairfield2864
18.    Blencathra2848
19.    Skiddaw Little Man2838
20.    White Side2831
21.    Crinkle Crags2818
22.    Dollywaaggon Pike2815
23.    Great Dodd2812
24.    Grasmoor2795
25.    Great Dun Fell2782
26.    Stybarrow Dodd2766
27.    Little Dun Fell2762
28.    St Sunday Crag2759
29.    Scoat Fell2759
30.    Crag Hill2753
  1. Scafell Pike (3209ft)

Scafell Pike sits in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. It forms part of the Southern Fells and is one of the horseshoe high fells. Besides being the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike also has the highest standing water (Broad Crag Tarn), which lies at about 2,700ft.

There are several routes you can take to the summit. The most popular is one starting from Wasdale Head and the Seathwaite route. Longer routes include one from Langdale and the other from Eskdale.

The longer routes, thought more tedious, have better and more impressive views than the shorter routes.

  1. Scafell (3,163ft)

Most mountain walkers come to England hoping to conquer the majestic Scafell Pike. This makes the second-highest mountain in the region (Scafell) more of a hidden gem. Scafell is only 14 metres shorter but offers a lot more, not to mention fewer visitors. The views atop the mountain are sublime, especially when you take the circular route from Eskdale to the top of the mountain.

While at the top of Scafell, you can have a glimpse at the hoard of mountain walkers that summit Scafell Pike.

  1. Helvellyn (3227ft)

Dubbed “Britain’s Best Walk” by one of the famous mountain walkers in 2018, Helvellyn is not only the third-highest point in England but also the most popular walking and hiking location. The mountain is located to the Northwest of England inside the National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Helvellyn is much easier to access through the surrounding villages of Grasmere, Patterdale, or Glenridding, with numerous routes heading up to the peak, with the relatively easy route being 3.5km. While walking up the mountain, you can take time to soak in the incredible scenery.

  1. III Crag (3,068ft)

III Crag lies about 1km to the east of Scafell Pike and adjacent to Broad Crag. The mountain overlooks Eskdale with stunning views across Bowfell and Crinkle Crags. One of the best ways to climb III Crag is en-route to Scafell Pike using the Esk Hause route.

Its summit is mainly rocky, making climbing it even harder, and most climbers often pass by without visiting the actual summit. Nonetheless, it’s still a great climb with plenty to offer.

  1. Broad Crag (3064ft)

Broad Crag is usually treated as a subsidiary of Scafell Pike. As such, most climbers walk by without trying to climb up the rocky slopes of this magnificent mountain. Although it has excellent views, you can only enjoy them on a sunny day.

Broad Crag has the most rugged summit of any fell within the Scafell range with a largely undisturbed boulder field. But the frequent visitors have created clear routes marked by small cairns and scratch marks on the rocks.

  1. Skiddaw (3054ft)

For experienced mountain walkers and hikers looking for an above-average experience, Skiddaw makes the list. This 10km to and fro walk is rated as difficult and features a lake. It also has several activities you can take part in during your ascent.

The mountain also has a well-trodden tourist track leading to the top, which makes it an ideal climb for amateurs. Depending on your climbing experience and hunger for adventure, you can take one of the several climbing routes.

  1. Lower Man (3035ft)

The Lower Man Mountains is in the Helvellyn range of mountains and is commonly referred to as a child summit of the Helvellyn. The bridleway that runs through the range passes over the Lower Man summit running to the north. The top of the mountain has Cairn, which is the main identifying feature.

You can use one of the many paths to summit the mountain. Some of them are accessible to bikes to some levels, while others not so much. Once at the summit, you can take the southern route to summit the Helvellyn Mountain. As a reward, you get to enjoy the excellent scenery while descending.

  1. Great End (2,986ft)

The Great End is the most northerly mountain in the Scafell chain. From the south, it looks like a lump in the continuing chain, but from the north, you can clearly see the immense mountain. It is a popular location for wild camping, with most climbers preferring the north face.

The summit of the Great End Mountain is formed by siltstone and volcanic claystone. The Sty Head Tarn cutting through the Band is the most popular path for ascending the mountain. You can also use the path between Esk Hause and Scafell Pike, but you will need to take a detour of about 400M.

  1. Bowfell (2959ft)

Bowfell is a pyramid-shaped mountain deeply embedded in the hearts of climbers. It has a straightforward route to the top where a carpet of boulders awaits you once you reach the summit.

On your way to the top, you should come across the “Three tarns” if you’re lucky. Most times of the year, you will only find two. While at the top of Bowfell, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Lake District, Langdale, Helvellyn, and Scafell Pike.

  1. Great Gable (2949ft)

The Great Gable Mountain is identifiable by its pyramid-like shape. The Panoramic views and huge boulders that great you when you reach the summit make the effort of climbing the mountain worthwhile. You can use numerous routes to explore the mountain and get to the top, and you don’t have to make it to the summit to enjoy some of the excellent views it has to offer.

While at Great Gable, you can also enjoy the popular Adventure Peaks Lake District Guided Walks, making a great place for all outdoor lovers.

  1. Cross Fell (2930ft)

Cross Fell is the 11th highest mountain in England is the highest point in the Pennines. It’s tucked in the northern end of the Pennines, offering extensive views of the Lake District, the east coast, and the west coast. On a clear day, you can see the southern uplands of Scotland and the cheviots from its summit.

The mountain has an outstanding cross-shaped dry stone shelter which crowns the summit. In most cases, this fell is covered in dense hill fog and some fierce winds characterised by a shrieking sound making it inhabitable for most of the year.

  1. Pillar (2927ft)

Pillar is the highest point in the Pillar group, which features some dozen fells clustered around this mountain.

Pillar got its name from the Pillar rock, which is a prominent feature found on the Ennerdale side. The rock is considered as the birthplace of rock climbing in the Lake District.

Unlike most mountains that have a summit filled with boulders, the Pillar has a surprisingly grassy and wide summit with patches of stone and short turf.

From the summit, you can view most of the major fells, along with other nearby landmarks that include the Burnmoor Tarn, Ennerdale Water, and Loweswater.

  1. Nethermost Pike (2923ft)

The best angle to view the Nethermost Pike is from the eastern side, where it forms a fine front and stands in all its glory. From the south, the mountain simply looks like an inconsequential lump and not worthy of the second-highest summit of the Helvellyn range as it is known.

The summit of the mountain largely comprises of volcaniclastic sandstone. There are several ways to get here from the closest villages, which are Patterdale and Glenridding. Most of the walkers who come here start their ascent from the car park at Wythburn and follow the wide track to Helvellyn before diverting right at the Swallow Scarth.

  1. Catstye Cam (2920ft)

The small and neat summit of the Castye Cam marked by a tiny Cairn doesn’t speak enough of the dramatic and extensive view it provides. Even the presence of the looming Helvellyn Mountain only adds drama to the views on the eastern side.

Like Cross Fell, you can start your ascent from the village of Glenridding. The ascent is steep but doesn’t comprise of significant difficulties.

  1. Esk Pike (2904ft)

Like most of the mountains in the Lake Districts, Esk Pike has an extremely stony summit with pale rocks. A small cairn marks the highest point on the mountain with the mountain’s central position giving unobstructed views of the Scafells with the Northern and Eastern Fells as part of the scenic views.

Ascending the Esk Pike isn’t as easy. The mountain is far from the roads, and the trip to the top of the mountains is about five to five and a half miles. The best starting point is Borrowdale.

  1. Raise (2897ft)

Raise is a fell standing on the spine of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells. In England, it’s the 16 tallest mountain, while in the British Isles, it’s the 827th highest. The Raise fell summit features a little bit of everything from outcropping rock to grass and a rock tor. From the summit, you can view all of the major fells.

The best route to the summit is through the Sticks Pass that starts at Legburthwaite, or you can also start at Glenridding.

  1. Fairfield (2864ft)

Fairfield ranks highly among most of the climbers that come to the Lake District. Perhaps not as a stand-alone mountain but more so because it is part of the horseshoe route that includes the Hart Crag and starts and ends in Ambleside. The southern flank has plenty of grass ridges and relatively easy to walk, while the northern side is the complete opposite.

From the summit of the Fairfield, you can enjoy views of the Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, Scafell Pik, Grasmoor, and other incredible mountains all in view.

  1. Blencathra (2848ft)

Blencathra is one of the most exciting mountains to climb. It has a unique shape that has earned it the name of Saddleback. The mountain has six-parted fell tops, which adds to the intrigue of climbing.

For climbers, the mountain poses a formidable challenge because of the steep inclines in some of the spots. Once at the top, you get to enjoy scenic views of the Lake Derwent Water, Isle of Man, and the Mourne Mountains

  1. Skiddaw Little Man (2838ft)

Sitting just 1.5km from Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man is often called Little Man. It features steep western flanks with grey Crags and backs and strewn with scree. Most climbers prefer to combine climbing this mountain together with its parent, Skiddaw. Still, there are some independent routes from Applethwaite and Millbeck that you can take if you prefer walking this distinctive mountain only.

  1. Whiteside (2831ft)

Whiteside has three summits; The Gasgill Crags, the Wainwright top, and the Whiteside East Top. The best routes to follow to get to the summit include the Lanthwaite Greene route at the end of Crummock water, the main route. It ascends to the minor top before reaching the summit. You can also use the Dodd or Penn ridges if you prefer to climb the mountain from the north.

Upon reaching the summit, you should enjoy the views of Crummock Water, Lowewater, and an excellent view of Gasgale Gill on the southern side. Make sure you don’t miss the ridge between Hopegill and Whiteside, ranked as one of the best in the district.

  1. Crinkle Crags (2818ft)

Crinkle Crags is one of the best walks the Lake District has to offer. It has magnificent and dramatic views as you may your to the five peaks of the Crinkle Crags ridge, with the tallest of them all being Long Top.

The south to north direction is the best approach to take to make the most out of your Crinkle Crags walk. Expect to catch views of the Scafell Pike as well as views of the Langdale Pikes. There’s a bar and a hotel where you can take a break and catch a drink after your hike.

  1. Dollywaggon Pike (2815ft)

Dollywaggon Pike loosely translates to the main spine in this case of the Helvellyn Range. It rises between the Ullswater and Thirlmere catchment and is the southernmost summit on the Hellvelyn range.

The fell has a small grassy summit with a small cairn and a larger one to the west. The Tongue is the best route for ascent through you can also reach the fell from the Grasmere area.

  1. Great Dodd (2812ft)

The Great Dodd has two southern neighbours, Watson’s Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd. Together, they are called “The Three Dodds.” They have a smooth grassy and rounded dome covered in volcanic rocks formed by a huge volcanic explosion that took place over 450 million years ago.

The ascent can start from Legburthwaite or from High Row on the east. If you’re up to the task, you can include the Great Dod in a circular walk of The Dodds or a ridge walk of the main Helvellyn ridge.

  1. Grasmoor (2795ft)

Grasmoor Mountain has a distinctive outline with crags and a steep scree on its western slopes. Besides being the 24th highest mountain in England, it’s also the highest mountain in the North-Western Lakes featuring a grassy summit. There are numerous routes of ascent. Depending on the route you take, you can summit several of the lower mountains in the area.

The peak of this mountain is marked by a large sprawling ancient cairn, which is one of the highest ancient cairns in England.

  1. Great Dun Fell (2782ft)

What stands out most about Great Dun Fell is the fact that it has an 8km road with a gradient of just 8% that ends up that the summit of the mountain. The road meanders through stunning and beautiful locations that you can soak in as you cycle around.

Unlike most mountains with a cairn or boulders marking the summit, Great Dun Fell has a radar station, which was part of the reason why the road to the summit, which is not Britain’s highest road.

  1. Stybarrow Dodd (2766ft)

Stybarrow Dodd is one-third of “The Three Dodds,” featuring a domed and grassy summit. The mountain is also covered by a sheet of 450 million years old volcanic rock. Ascents to the mountain can be made from Glenridding via Greenside Road or from Dockray or High Row on the North East.

  1. Little Dun Fell (2762ft)

Little Dun Hell is located between Great Dun Fell, and Cross Fell. It’s the third-highest mountain in the Pennine range. Most of the ascent routes to the summit are steep but major to worry about.

  1. St Sunday Crag (2759ft)

St Sunday Crag has one of the nicest names and one that will get any mountain walker warmed up. The mountain has fine ridges on either side with a green and level summit. There are two cairns with another cairn at the northern end of the summit on the highest area.

The main starting point for the ascent is Patterdale or Arnison Crag for walkers that want to enjoy the scenic views of the north-east ridge.

  1. Scoat Fell (2759ft)

Scoat Fell spots a long plateau that runs from the east to west with the stone wall of the Ennerdale fence running along with it. The plateau is stony but makes up for the barrenness with fine views of the northern coves.

Most walkers prefer to start their ascent from Ennerdale via Steeple, but there’s also another path through the ridge of Tewit How.

  1. Crag Hill (2753ft)

Last in our list of 30 of the highest mountains in England is Crag Hill, formerly known as Eel Crag. It is the second-highest fell in the area with Grasmoor being the first.

Its summit has an Ordnance Survey Triangulation Column sitting on the stony plateau. The summit has an excellent view, which includes the Scafells.

The Bottom Line

When looking for some adventure and mountain bagging, you can’t go wrong with any of these 30. Don’t be fooled by the height. Some of the shorter ones make up for the height with excellent views and quite the scramble to the top.