The highest mountains in Yorkshire


There could be some debate about which the top five are here, so for good measure we've included the top eight.

That makes sure we've included:

• The highest fell in the historic county of Yorkshire which is now in the Durham County Council unitary authority area.

• One which depends on how you define a summit across miles of high moorland which rises to peaks in a number of places.

• And to dispel any myths that it's the third-highest peak of Yorkshire, the lowest of the three peaks of the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

Mickle Fell

 1  Mickle Fell

⮝ 788m 2,585 ft

Historic Yorkshire's highest point is in a part of the North Riding of Yorkshire transferred to the Durham County area since local government reorganisation in 1974. Access is limited because of a firing range. It is the only mountain in this list not in the modern County of North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, although it is in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


 2  Whernside

⮝ 736m 2,415ft

The highest of Yorkshire's famous Three Peaks was the highest point of the historic West Riding of Yorkshire. It is now the highest point of the modern county of North Yorkshire and the peak is also now a border with Cumbria.


 3  Ingleborough

⮝ 723m 2,372 ft

The second highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks has a broad plateau summit, once the location of an Iron Age hill fort.

Great Shunner Fell

 4  Great Shunner Fell

⮝ 716m 2,349 ft

The Pennine Way crosses the summit of this moor between the heads of Wensleydale and Swaledale in North Yorkshire.

 5  High Seat

⮝ 709m 2,326 ft

High Seat is on the boundary of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. It is debatable whether it should appear in this list or not and that depends on what defines a summit. Unlike all others in this list it is not a 'Marilyn' which requires it to have a prominence of 150 metres above its surroundings. High Seat only has a prominence of 112 metres. It might therefore be seen to be a subsidiary top of the fourth-placed Great Shunner Fell, although that is around four miles distant. High Seat is, however, defined as a 'Hewitt', being over 2,000ft (609.6m) and with a prominence of 30 metres or more.

Great Whernside

 6  Great Whernside

⮝ 704m 2,310 ft

Not to be confused with the higher Whernside, Great Whernside rises to the east of Kettlewell and is the watershed between Wharfedale and Nidderdale.

Buckden Pike

 7  Buckden Pike

⮝ 702m 2,302ft

At the head of Wharfedale, Buckden Pike offers fine views of other Yorkshire Dales peaks. To the south of the summit is a cross in memory of five Polish airmen who died when their Wellington bomber crashed there in 1942.

Pen y Ghent

 8  Pen y Ghent

⮝ 694m 2,277ft

Although not quite reaching the 700 metres or more of those listed above, Pen y Ghent is the third highest of Yorkshire's famous Three Peaks. Situated between Ribblesdale and Littondale, the fell is a watershed between England's east and west coasts.

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