Gospel Pass North (SW #194) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.7
FIETS
3 mi
DISTANCE
932 ft
GAINED
5.9 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Charlie Thackeray, Essex, UK

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At 1,786' Gospel Pass is the highest paved pass in Wales.  Sadly, there is no pass sign at the top, but this is just a wonderful climb in southeastern Wales which comes within a whisker of the English border. 

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panoramic aerial view shows long stretch of roadway in green hillside, PJAMM Cyclist climbing on road

Cycling Gospel Pass North, Wales

Ride 3 miles gaining 932’ at 5.9% average grade.

This is #94 of Simon Warren’s Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Great Britain. Simon also lists this great climb as the #10 Most Epic Bike Climb in Wales.

photo collage shows views of green pastureland and hillside along climb

Gospel Pass North is an outlier in Wales in that it isn’t defined by insanely steep gradients. Instead, after a tough opening kilometer, the road mellows and cuts through open sheep pastures toward the summit point. To my eye, it seemed incredible that a quality road even exists in the remote corner of Wales. It is a cyclist’s playground and as fun to descend as it is to climb. Toward the summit, the road steepens slightly, but all in all, it’s an enjoyable, scenic, and easy climb by Welsh standards.

photo collage shows PJAMM Cyclist riding on one-lane roadway surrounded by ferns and ivy, then opening up to green pastureland 

stone marker for Offa's Dyke path at mile 1.3 of climb

Offa’s Dyke Path at mile 1.3.

A 10.9 mile loop trail with 1,735’ elevation gain (AllTrails.com).

small parking lot in green pasture, with an ice cream truck

Opportunities at mile 1.6. 👍

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Finish - unmarked pass.

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