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Anyone got any suggestions for something I can pass off as a mini mountain on a weekend camping trip with my 6 year old? The closer to London the better (ie. not the Lakes). Maybe something with a low grade scramble, so he feels like he’s really ‘climbed’ something?

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http://londonhiker.com/walking-trip-ideas/biggest-hill

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Leith Hill or Box Hill in the North Downs might work if you choose the steeper routes. The views give a mountain over the plain feel, especially Leith Hill. However we are not talking very high in absolute terms.

Or get out to the Chilterns, but I couldnt give you a decent hill there just the area.

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Hi,

Plenty around Castleton in the Peak District but it is around 160 miles from London depending on which part of London you are coming from. Good campsite also in the area.

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Great ideas above. There are some sandstone outcrops (like Harrison Rocks near Tunbridge Wells) but at the top you aren't much higher than surrounding hills so that might not convince you've climbed a mountain! At least the top of Leith Hill has a tower marking it out, and an expansive view. But most of the geology near London gives quite rounded tops. How far do you want to drive / how close does it need to be and from which bit of London? Places like Malvern Hills rise really dramatically so feel like a mountain, about 3 hours drive I guess, or there are many moderate peaks in the Peak District that would work for a camping trip.

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“Or get out to the Chilterns, but I couldnt give you a decent hill there just the area.”

In the Chilterns you could try Ivinghoe Beacon.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate/features/ivinghoe-beacon-at-ashridge-estate

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Wiltshire has Milk Hill near Alton Barnes which is 900' high, so just a bit short of the 1000' needed to qualify as a mountain. It's a great climb with amazing views over Wilshire and Dorset.

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South Downs are not too far away. Box Hill is closer

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How about Old Sarum at Salisbury. A Ruine Castle on top to appeal to a 6yo and a campsite below. The area is also littered with hill forts and white horsed carved in hillsides.

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Mount Pleasant?

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Leith Hill is outstanding. It's woodland walks rather than scrambling, but I think it's the highest point in SE England. From the top in one direction you can see the skyscrapers of the City and Canary Wharf. In the other direction you can see huge distances across Surrey and Sussex, watch planes taking off from Gatwick, and apparently on a clear day get a glimpse of the Channel (not quite when we went).

If you go after lockdown when Leith Hill Tower reopens, all the better.

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