Yorkshire Top 30 Hills

Yorkshire’s Top 30 – The Original Challenge

My original “Yorkshire Top 30” challenge was a rather unscientific collection of 31 hills with spot heights over 2000 feet, many in Yorkshire and some not (although they would have been at some point in the past). It didn’t include an almost equal number of hills with spot heights (on the OS maps) over 2000 feet, that had been omitted for no logical reason. It also included hill summits with almost no “prominence” whatsoever – that is (in very simplistic terms) the height difference between the summit and its surroundings. (A more detailed and quite interesting discussion of topographical prominence can be found here).

As of 21st January 2012 this bagging list is complete, which sort of begged the question – “What next?” – the simple answer was “The New Yorkshire Tops” bagging list. A much more scientific and exhaustive examination of the summit and high points of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This list is discussed in more detail on the next page.

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Yorkshire’s Top 30 Hills – Ascent Table

Note: Two of the hills in the original list (Crag Hill and Great Dummacks) are not recognised by the Database of British and Irish Hills and so have been dropped from these tables.


No. Hill Name Classification(s) Height First Ascent Total Ascents
1 Whernside Ma,Sim,Hew,N,CoH,CoU,CoA 2415 ft, 736.00 m 2007-11-17 8
2 Ingleborough Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2375 ft, 724.00 m 2007-12-08 9
3 Great Shunner Fell Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2349 ft, 716.00 m 2005-09-07 8
4 High Seat Hu,Sim,Hew,N 2326 ft, 709.00 m 2010-04-24 3
5 Wild Boar Fell Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2323 ft, 708.00 m 2009-08-30 4
6 Great Whernside Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2310 ft, 704.00 m 2006-08-15 2
7 Buckden Pike Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2303 ft, 702.00 m 2006-08-15 5
8 Pen-y-ghent Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2277 ft, 694.00 m 2006-08-27 6
9 Hugh Seat N,sSim 2260 ft, 689.00 m 2010-04-24 3
10 Great Coum Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2254 ft, 687.00 m 2008-07-05 2
11 Swarth Fell Sim,Hew,N 2234 ft, 681.00 m 2009-08-30 3
12 Plover Hill Sim,Hew,N 2231 ft, 679.90 m 2010-06-05 3
13 Baugh Fell - Tarn Rigg Hill Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2224 ft, 678.00 m 2010-04-17 1
14 The Calf Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2218 ft, 676.00 m 2008-10-04 4
15 Calders Sim,Hew,N 2216 ft, 675.40 m 2008-10-04 3
16 Lovely Seat Hu,Sim,Hew,N,sMa 2214 ft, 674.70 m 2010-07-17 1
17 Rogan's Seat Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2205 ft, 672.00 m 2009-09-05 1
18 Bram Rigg Top N 2205 ft, 672.00 m 2009-08-22 1
19 Great Knoutberry Hill Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2205 ft, 672.00 m 2010-02-13 2
20 Dodd Fell Hill Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2192 ft, 668.00 m 2009-07-18 2
21 Fountains Fell Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2192 ft, 668.00 m 2008-11-08 2
22 Nine Standards Rigg Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2172 ft, 662.00 m 2006-05-05 3
23 Simon Fell Sim,Hew,N 2133 ft, 650.00 m 2009-02-14 2
24 Yockenthwaite Moor Sim,Hew,N 2110 ft, 643.00 m 2010-06-26 2
25 Fell Head Sim,Hew,N 2099 ft, 639.90 m 2009-08-22 4
26 Yarlside Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2096 ft, 639.00 m 2009-07-25 2
27 Gragareth Sim,Hew,N,CoU,CoA 2060 ft, 628.00 m 2008-07-05 2
28 Darnbrook Fell Sim,Hew,N 2047 ft, 624.00 m 2008-11-08 1
29 Drumaldrace Sim,Hew,N 2014 ft, 614.00 m 2009-07-18 1
30 Birks Fell Ma,Sim,Hew,N 2001 ft, 610.00 m 2012-01-21 1

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