It’s fair to say that England isn’t exactly known for its mountains, more commonly described as a ‘green and pleasant land’ with rolling hills and dales, as opposed to craggy snowy peaks. Even within Great Britain, it finds itself feeling a bit inadequate next to Ben Nevis and the other Munros, while Wales has Snowdon and a few other mountains that are larger than anything you’ll find in England. But size isn’t everything!
Any fell-walker can tell you that some of the most challenging walks can be the ones that aren’t necessarily the ones that take you the highest. Not surprisingly, all of the top ten highest mountains in England are in the Lake District, with Scafell Pike at the top of the table. So, if you’re visiting the area and want to tackle them all, here they are, the five highest mountains in England:
Scafell Pike - 3,209 feet high
Yes, our very own Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England, so if you’ve climbed it, you’ve literally reached the peak in terms of English climbing. We could write a lot more, but that’s kind of what the rest of the website is there for, so why not go and check it all out.
Scafell - 3,162 feet high
Yes, the second highest mountain in England is Scafell, which is found right next to its taller neighbour, separated by the ridge known as Mickledore. You can access it from Wasdale, Eskdale and Scafell Pike itself, though this is via the perilous Broad Stand crag, so is best left to the experts. But if you’re going to climb one, you might as well do the other, ensuring you’ve climbed the two highest mountains in the country.
Helvellyn - 3,117 feet high
Along with Scafell Pike, Helvellyn is one of the most prized fells in the Lake District (and therefore the country). It’s the highest part of the range named after it and is generally considered to be a bit of an easier climb than Scafell Pike, so it’s been a popular destination for tourists since the days when Wordsworth and Coleridge used to climb it.
Ill Crag - 3,068 feet high
Ill Crag isn’t exactly the most inspiring name for a mountain, so this is perhaps why England’s fourth highest mountain isn’t as famous as some of the others. It’s only a kilometre away from Scafell Pike and can be climbed en route to that higher peak. And, despite the name, it probably wouldn’t even make you ill.
Broad Crag - 3,064 feet high
Broad Crag is also part of the Scafell chain of mountains and is only 500m away from the highest mountain in England. Like Ill Crag, it’s also a peak you can reach while climbing Scafell Pike if you climb via the path from Esk House or Crinkle Crags.