Ride 9.9 kilometers gaining 530 meters at 5.4% average grade.
Hey, not all climbs have to leave you begging for mercy. Wicklow Gap may not be the most difficult climb in Ireland, but you’ll not regret adding it to your itinerary. Gentle gradients bring you out of the small town of Glendalough and into very rural country. Expect some traffic out here though, as this area seems to not only be popular for cyclists but hikers and sightseers alike. The summit of our Eastern route ends at the saddle of the pass, but if you’re in the mood for a challenge - turn left onto the gated off access road and ride another three kilometers at 6.4% to the tippy top.
Climb begins in Glendalough in the County of Wicklow.
Glendalough was settled in the sixth century as a monastic settlement.
Wide open and stunning views along the climb.
The grade most of the climb is mild, although there is a 9.6% 500 meter segment which begins at km 2.6.
Granite quarry sites around kilometer 2.5.
There are obvious remnants of substantial granite quarries along the mid point of the climb, including the ruins of an old quarry house to the left just off the road at kilometer 3.4.
There are three big hairpins on the climb from km 7.3 to 8.4.
Finish the climb at Wicklow Gap.
That’s a Wrap!!