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Beginning on the 1st of June, 2013 I set myself the challenge of bagging the top ten English mountains. This page will briefly chart my progress.

There is much debate about what is a mountain with names such as Hewitt, Marilyn, Nuttalls and Bumps being banded around in a bid to clarify … but failing miserably and making this much more complicated. The CROW act defined a mountain as being land above 600 metres…even this has been faded now as differing references site the act as also recording the scope as being land over two thousand feet – not a massive difference but a difference all the same.

Ultimately it is down to each individual, if you want to think of Catbells as being a mountain in spite of its’ lack of feet, then go ahead . Conversely summits that are above the magic 610m/2000′ such as the Lake Districts’ Slight Side …well to me this is simply not a mountain it is very obviously an outcrop of Scafell…but if you have climbed it and want to class this as a mountain feel free – who does it harm?

Therefore the list below details only those mountains which I believe to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The summit height is at least two thousand feet
  2. It stands above the surrounding landscape by at least 100 feet in all directions.

Which of course immediately calls into question two inconsistencies with the inclusion of Nethermost Pike and Great End. All we can do is if you want to call it a mountain…do so.

    1: Scafell Pike
    The crowded summit cairn / memorial atop Scafell Pike.
    The crowded summit cairn / memorial atop Scafell Pike.
    2: Scafell

    Sca Fell
    Scafell and its bigger sibling Scafell Pike
    3: Helvellyn

    The misty summit of Helvellyn
    The misty summit of Helvellyn:
    4: Skiddaw

    4:Skiddaw
    Skiddaw
    5: Great End

    Photo courtesy of 'ramblingrob' via www.walkingforum.co.uk
    Photo courtesy of ‘ramblingrob’ via www.walkingforum.co.uk
    6: Bow Fell
    "Bow Fell from Lingcove" by GkgAlf at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bow_Fell_from_Lingcove.JPG#/media/File:Bow_Fell_from_Lingcove.JPG
    “Bow Fell from Lingcove” by GkgAlf at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bow_Fell_from_Lingcove.JPG#/media/File:Bow_Fell_from_Lingcove.JPG
    7: Great Gable
    Great Gables fearsome scree slopes as seen from Moses Trod.
    Great Gables fearsome scree slopes as seen from Moses Trod.
    8: Cross Fell
    Cross Fell, somewhat obscured by Little Dun Fell
    Cross Fell, somewhat obscured by Little Dun Fell
    9: Pillar
    Pillar as seen from Brandreth
    Pillar as seen from Brandreth
    10: Nethermost Pike