County Tops of Wales

Pen Y Fan
The summit of Pen Y Fan, county top of Brecknockshire

Though there are just 13 historic counties in Wales it will take some effort to climb all the county tops. To bag the lot a number of different mountain and hill ranges will need to be visited including Snowdonia, the Cambrian Mountains, the Berwyns, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Some of the county tops will be familiar to mountain and hills climbers with Mount Snowdon and Pen Y Fan being on the list while others such as Holyhead Mountain and Moel Famau will be less familiar. Some of the county tops look across wide swathes of wilderness while others look over urban sprawl. Such is the varied nature of the historic counties of Great Britain. Nevertheless, each of the 13 county tops of Wales on this list has its own unique appeal.

Note: My County Tops of England and Wales are derived from the list of historic counties of England and Wales which survived for more than 100 years until widespread changes to counties and county boundaries made by government in the 1970's. The total number is 54 counties of which 41 are in England (by recognising the Yorkshire Ridings as seperate entities) and 13 in Wales.

County Tops of Wales Interactive Map

County Highest Point Height (m)
Anglesey Holyhead Mountain 220
Brecknockshire Pen y Fan 886
Caernarfonshire Snowdon 1,085
Cardiganshire Pen Pumlumon Fawr 752
Carmarthenshire Fan Foel 781
Denbighshire Cadair Berwyn 830
Flintshire Moel Famau 555
Glamorgan Craig y Llyn 600
Merionethshire Aran Fawddwy 905
Monmouthshire Chwarel y Fan 680
Montgomeryshire Moel Sych 827
Pembrokeshire Foel Cwmcerwyn 536
Radnorshire Great Rhos 660
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