List of highest points in London


This is a list of the highest natural points within the 1,569 km2 (606 sq mi) area of Greater London, England. The list includes all 21 peaks at least 100 metres high.

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The 21 distinct points of land over 100 metres in height in the county of Greater London.

One is an isolated hill, at Harrow on the Hill.

The other 20 summits are clustered on six ridges (escarpments) in London, four of which extend beyond London and are named: Blackheath Ridge, one of the North Weald Ridges, the North Downs ridge and the Grim's Ditch ridge.

The highest point of land, the 245 m (804 ft) Westerham Heights, was also higher than any man-made structure in London until 2012, when the 309 m (1,014 ft) tall Shard London Bridge was completed.

List


RankNameLondon boroughOS grid referenceHeight[1]
1Westerham HeightsBromleyTQ436564 (51.288°N 0.060°E / 51.288; 0.060)245 metres (804 ft)[1]
2Sanderstead PlantationCroydonTQ343618 (51.339°N 0.072°W / 51.339; -0.072)175 metres (574 ft)[1]
3Stanmore HillHarrowTQ164934 (51.627°N 0.318°W / 51.627; -0.318)152 metres (499 ft)[1]
4Big Wood peak north of Manor Hill/Corrigan Avenue Rec. GroundSuttonTQ282598 (51.322°N 0.160°W / 51.322; -0.160)150 metres (492 ft)[1]
5ArkleyBarnetTQ219956 (51.645°N 0.238°W / 51.645; -0.238)147 metres (482 ft)[1]
6Highwood Hill/Moat Mount, Totteridge FieldsBarnetTQ218941 (51.632°N 0.240°W / 51.632; -0.240)145 metres (476 ft)[1]
7Harrow Weald CommonHarrowTQ149931 (51.624°N 0.340°W / 51.624; -0.340)145 metres (475 ft)[2]
8Hampstead Heath: West of Spaniards Road ‡CamdenTQ264869 (51.567°N 0.177°W / 51.567; -0.177)137 metres (449 ft)[1]
9Shooter's HillGreenwichTQ438765 (51.469°N 0.071°E / 51.469; 0.071)132 metres (433 ft)[1]
10Hillcrest, North Hill, HighgateHaringeyTQ282878 (51.574°N 0.150°W / 51.574; -0.150)129 metres (423 ft)[1]
11Pinner HillHarrow/HillingdonTQ107916 (51.612°N 0.401°W / 51.612; -0.401)126 metres (413 ft) [citation needed]
12London part of Woodcock Hill north of ScratchwoodBarnetTQ201953 (51.643°N 0.264°W / 51.643; -0.264)125 metres (410 ft) [citation needed]
13Harrow on the Hill (occ. Harrow Hill)HarrowTQ153874 (51.573°N 0.336°W / 51.573; -0.336)124 metres (408 ft)[2]
14Bournwell HillBarnet/EnfieldTQ256976 (51.663°N 0.184°W / 51.663; -0.184)115 metres (377 ft)[1]
15Sydenham Hill (Crystal Palace)Lewisham/SouthwarkTQ340721 (51.432°N 0.072°W / 51.432; -0.072)112 metres (367 ft)[1]
16Westow Hill (Crystal Palace)Bromley/Croydon/LambethTQ337707 (51.419°N 0.077°W / 51.419; -0.077)110 metres (361 ft)[1]
17Forest HillLewishamTQ350735 (51.446°N 0.063°W / 51.446; -0.063)106 metres (348 ft)[3]
18Orange Tree Hill, Havering-atte-BowerHaveringTQ512930 (51.615°N 0.184°E / 51.615; 0.184)105 metres (344 ft)[1]
19Muswell HillHaringeyTQ283896 (51.590°N 0.148°W / 51.590; -0.148)105 metres (344 ft)[4][5]
20Woodcock Hill, HarefieldHillingdonTQ067915 (51.612°N 0.459°W / 51.612; -0.459)103 metres (338 ft) [citation needed]
21Ferny Hill (Enfield Chase)EnfieldTQ280979 (51.665°N 0.149°W / 51.665; -0.149)102 metres (334 ft) [citation needed]

‡ this summit in Hampstead Heath is the highest point in Inner London and was the highest point of the former County of London.

Settlements


Grouped by London Borough, South Street, a hamlet in Bromley, is the highest at 220 metres (722 ft) above sea level. It is at the edge of the Surrey Hills AONB which covers the Surrey part of the North Downs and Greensand Ridge. The six next highest are all near-neighbours: Horns Green (216 metres (709 ft)), Berry's Green and Biggin Hill (both reaching 190 metres (623 ft)), Aperfield and Single Street (both 180 metres (591 ft)), and Luxted at 177 metres (581 ft).

Outside Bromley the highest settlements are Sanderstead and Selsdon (reaching 170 metres (558 ft) and five metres below that, respectively) in Croydon.

Arkley in Barnet is built up to 147 metres (482 ft). Lower neighbours are Monken Hadley and Chipping Barnet, both 131 metres (430 ft), and Barnet Gate 129 metres (423 ft).

The Vale of Health is a micro-locality in Hampstead Heath in Camden at (130 metres (427 ft). Harrow on the Hill in Harrow (124 metres (407 ft)) and Shooters Hill in Greenwich (120 metres (394 ft)) also have high positions.

Some have peaks or crests (in the table above) in their definitively built-up area (e.g. Sanderstead, Harrow on the Hill and Shooters Hill).

Blackheath, London is a minor ridge after a short dip reaching a peak at Shooter's Hill in the east; here the towers of central Lewisham and Croydon beyond to the south-west (right). The backdrop is the long crest of the North Downs in the far south of Bromley and adjoining Surrey

See also


References


  1. The Mountains of England and Wales – London Borough Tops
  2. "The Physique of Middlesex". A History of the country of Middlesex. British History Online. 1969. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  3. "Mountain Search".
  4. 1:10,560 Sheet TQ28NE, Ordnance Survey, 1968: Spot height 340 ft, top of Fortis Green
  5. Explorer Sheet 173 London North, Ordnance Survey: 105 metres (344 ft) contour around grid reference TQ286896 (51.590°N 0.143°W / 51.590; -0.143) but no spot height