High Roads
Part Two: The highest known roads in Great Britain.
Rankings Metres Feet* Rd no Road name Location/road between OSGB grid coordinates Source Remarks Top
Section 2.2: A-roads over 400m (in L column, S=Scotland, E=England, W=Wales)
S 1 670m 2199' A93 The Cairnwell** (aka Glenshee or Devil's Elbow) Braemar - Blairgowrie NO 141 774 GBR Highest through tarred public road in UK 1
S 2 644m 2090' A939 The Lecht** Tomintoul - Corgarff NJ 252 119 OS-SH 2
E 3 627m 2056' A689 Killhope Cross* Alston - Stanhope NY 799 432 OS-SH Equal highest through tarred public rd in England =3
E 4 580m 1903' A686 Hartside* Alston - Penrith NY 646 418 OS-SH 580m SH not on current 1:50K map 11
S 5 c550m (1804') A939 Tom Dubh** Corgarff - Gairnshiel NJ 303 051 OS-C Rd runs along 550m contour on OS 1:25K 24
W 6 533m 1750' A4107 Bwlch yr Afan* (aka Werfa) Treorchy - Abergwynfi SS 920 951 GBR Highest classified road in Wales; SH 527 is on OS 1:25K, perhaps not at summit 21
E 7 524m 1718' A6024 Holme Moss* Holmfirth - Woodhead SE 095 036 OS-SH =26
E 8 515m 1690' A537 Cat & Fiddle* Buxton - Macclesfield SK 001 718 OS-SH NB pub is NOT highest in GB - see Tan Hill 31
E 9 512m 1680' A57 Snake Pass Glossop - Ladybower SK 088 929 OS-SH 32
W 10 >500m >1600' A4061 Mynydd Beili-glas* Treherbert - Hirwaun SN 922 029 OS-C =41
E 11 498m 1631' A53 Axe Edge* Buxton - Leek SK 034 694 OS-SH SH 498 (1634') on 1:25K; 1:50K has 497. On 1"goes to 1640' contour
E 12 (>496m) >1630' A54 Axe Edge Moor* Buxton - Congleton SK 025 712 OS-C Based on 1" contour
W 13 493m 1618' A4069 The Black Mountain* Brynamman - Llangadog SN 732 184 OS-SH
E 14 492m 1615' A635 Saddleworth Moor* Huddersfield - Saddleworth SE 052 063 OS-SH
E 15 471m 1546' A686 Willyshaw Rigg Alston - Hexham NY 742 513 OS-SH
W 16 464m 1523' A543 Sportsman's Arms* Denbigh - Pentrefoelas SH 946 585 OS-SH
S 17 462m 1516' A9 Drumochter** Pitlochry - Dalwhinnie NN 629 765 Sign Highest trunk rd in Britain - 1516ft on sign
E 18 455m 1489' A592 Kirkstone Pass** Penrith - Windermere NY 401 082 OS-SH SH 455 is on 1:25K; 1:50K has SH 454
E 19 453m 1485' A640 Buckstones Moss** Huddersfield - Milnrow SE 017 136 OS-SH
E 20 >450m >1450' A628 Fiddler's Green* Woodhead - Penistone SE 159 002 OS-C Highest trunk road in England (UK?)
W 21 439m 1440' A470 Storey Arms** Merthyr Tydfil - Brecon SN 982 203 OS-SH Highest trunk road in Wales
E 22 c430m (ex1436') A66 Stainmore Summit* Bowes - Brough NY 880 126 OS-SH SH 1436 on OS 1"; road rebuilt, probably slightly lower
E 23 428m 1401' A5002 Long Hill* Buxton - Whaley Bridge SK 032 751 OS-SH SH 428 on 1:25K; 1:50K shows SH 427
W 24 >426m >1400' A44 Eisteddfa Gurig** Ponterwyd - Llangurig SN 797 840 OS-C Based on 1" contours; almost at 430m contour on 1:25K
E 25 426m 1397' A6 Shap Summit* Kendal - Penrith NY 553 063 OS-SH
E 26 >420m (>1378') A39 Oare Post** Lynmouth - Porlock SS 832 467 OS-C On )S 1:25K crosses 420m contour twice c300m SE of Culbone Inn
S 27 419m 1370' A941 Leids Hill Dufftown - Rhynie NJ 412 262 OS-SH SH 419 on 1:25K, not on 1:50K; SH 1370 on OS 1"
E/S 28 418m 1370' A68 Carter Bar** Otterburn - Jedburgh NT 698 068 OS-SH Highest main rd border crossing
W 29 417m 1367' A542 Horseshoe Pass* Ruthin - Llangollen SJ 195 474 OS-SH
W 30 (412m) 1350' A465 Heads of Valleys Rd** Bryn-mawr - Beaufort SO 182 128 Sign 1350ft on sign
31 409m A671 Croft Farm Burnley - Bacup SD 864 265 OS-SH SH 409 on 1:25K; SH 408 100m to NW on 1:50K
W 32 401m 1315' A4212 Arenig Pass* Bala - Trawsfynydd SH 794 383 OS-SH Rd crosses 400m contour 4 times in 1 mi