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What is the highest mountain in England?

Updated on September 4, 2009

What is the highest mountain in England?  If you are looking for the answer to that very question you are in the right place.  This page contains the details of the highest mountain in England, as well as a list of the top 10 highest mountain's in England should you ever want to answer the question ' What are the top 10 highest mountains in England?'.

A picture of Scafell Pike which is the highest mountain in England.  This is the highest peak in the distance, second peak in from the left of the shot.  Also included in the picture is the second highest mountain in England, Scafell, at the centre o
A picture of Scafell Pike which is the highest mountain in England. This is the highest peak in the distance, second peak in from the left of the shot. Also included in the picture is the second highest mountain in England, Scafell, at the centre o

What is the highest mountain in England?

The short answer to the question 'What is the highest mountain in England?' is Scafell Pike.  The height of this, the highest mountain in England, is 978 metres (3210 feet).

Scafell Pike is found within the Lake District National Park.  The Lake District is an area of great beauty, located in north west of England, in the county of Cumbria.  As can be guessed from the name, the Lake District is made up of many lakes.  These have been formed in amongst the large mountains which can be found throughout the Lake District, the highest of which is Scafell Pike.

Scafell Pike itself is formed from igneous rock.  Igneous rock is rock which has formed from the cooling of magma/lava.  The rock from Scafell Pike probably formed during the Ordovician Period which occurred approximately 450 million years ago.  As such the rocks are very old.  Over the years Scafell Pike has been weathered and eroded by a large number of different actions.  This has led to it having it's present day shape.  In addition, Scafell Pike has the highest boulder field in England, which again was probably formed through weathering.

Since Scafell Pike is the highest  mountain in England it is very popular with walkers and mountain climbers and so on days with good weather the paths can be very busy.  However, as with all mountaineering, the weather can change quickly and so safety precautions need to be taken.  Scafell Pike is also popular with people who attempt to collect highest mountains.  This means that they have managed to climb the highest mountain in a given country.  There are many people who attempt to climb Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in Scotland), Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales) and Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England).

Scafell Pike is also popular since it's location.  It is relatively close to many large population centres, such as Manchester and Liverpool.  Most people travel to Scafell Pike by car, along the M6 from Manchester and then the A595.  

What are the ten highest mountains in England?

Mountain
Height (Metres)
Height (Feet)
Scafell Pike
978
3209
Scafell
964
3163
Helvellyn
950
3117
Ill Crag
935
3068
Broad Crag
934
3064
Skiddaw
931
3054
Lower Man
925
3035
Great End
910
2986
Bowfell
902
2959
Great Gable
899
2949

The above table shows the ten highest mountains in England, along with their height, in both metres and feet.  Like Scafell Pike, the nine other mountains on this list are all included in the Lake District, and so this can be classed as the highest area in England.

Photograph credit

This photo was taken by Pasujoba.  The photo is used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.  

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      Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

      I just love the Lake District. I've seen mountains in the Alps and the Pyrenees, in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and New Zealand, but still the Lakes mountains are my favourites. I guess, height-wise, they're fairly unimpressive compared to other ranges, but maybe that's part of their appeal.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      I have only ever been to the Lake District once a while ago and loved the scenery. Haven't seen the mountain ranges you have mentioned, other than from the air though! A place with a similar mix of mountains and water to the Lake District (although with slightly more water!) are some of the Norwegian fjords.

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      Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Good job, BristolBoy - you are rapidly gaining a reputation as the resident HP British geography expert. I have been up both Scafells, and it is a beautiful walk - well worth seeing.

      Mind you, I have fallen in love with the Greek mountains :D

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for the compliment Sufidreamer! Geography is something I like and I find really easy to write about - hence my large number of hubs on the subject. Unfortunately it doesn't pay as well as other subjects though!

      I agree that the Greek mountains are amazing, when I went to Etoloakarnania some of the views were breathtaking.

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I had my honeymoon at the bottom of Skiddaw and one day we walked to the top and looked across the Lake District, what an amazing place to visit.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      I hope this hub managed to bring back happy memories for you then Brian!

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Pat says that every time she has been to the Lake District it has rained! (Don't think Tricia has ever been).

      This is a fun hub, thanks.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for the kind words 2patricias. Pat, I expect that is why there are so many lakes!

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      euro-pen 7 years ago from Europe

      Very interesting. I have to admit that I did not know any of these mountains. Of course, as an ignorant continental European I always mix England and Scotland (and Wales) into one entity. After all its just one island :). And the Ben Nevis is more impressive, I guess. Your hub reminded me of the film: "The Man Who Went Up A Hill And Came Down A Mountain". I loved this film.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for the kind words euro-pen. Don't worry about getting the various countries of Britain mixed up - I expect some people don't even realise there are different countries!

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      Leop 7 years ago

      Great information on the highest mountains in England. Well done. Looking forward to reading additional hubs.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Leop. I should hopefully have further hubs on the geography of the UK/world subject to time!

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      The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

      I love the landscape in England - and it's certainly easier to view all types of landscapes than it is here in the US. Once again, you have done a great hub with clarity and interest. Thanks!!!

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      I agree about that. To have such a broad range of landscapes in such a small area is amazing. When the rest of the UK is included there is even more to see!

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      TheMountainMan 7 years ago from USA

      I've been to the Lake District a few years back. Beautiful, beautiful area. I'm American but my wife and her family are English. Can't wait to go back.

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      BristolBoy 7 years ago from Bristol

      Thanks for taking the time to comment TheMountainMan. The Lake District is very beautiful - but go on the wrong day and you can't see due to heavy rain or mist/fog. There is a reason there are so many lakes!

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      tvtansrus 6 years ago from UK

      A great informative hub, I think the UK is very undervalued by its inhabitants.

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      BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol

      tvtansrus I definitely agree that the UK is undervalued by it's inhabitants!

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      Art of legend india.com 6 years ago

      I like hilly areas.So I know about the lake district. Thank you for information and sharing your knowledge with me about highest mountain Scafell Pike in England.Nice hub!

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      BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol

      Art of legend India it is good that you have learned what the highest mountain in England is! Now if you are ever asked in a quiz you will know!

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      Jane Willis 6 years ago

      The chart is really useful!!

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      BristolBoy 6 years ago from Bristol

      Jane Willis, I am glad you found the chart showing the highest mountains in England to be useful!

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