Cycling Craigowl Hill
Ride 2.1 miles gaining 982’ at 8.9% average grade.
A short thirty minutes from downtown Dundee sits the Craigowl Hill climb. This is farmland and the narrow roads are mainly used by residents/local farmers. Our climb passes a few homesteads before making a left bend towards a radio tower. Here there is a gate to keep motor traffic out, but there is an access point for foot/bike traffic. Make sure to close the gate so the sheep don't get out! From this gate the road is straight with a very steep approach to the radio tower atop Craigowl Hill. The narrow road goes from steep to steeper and is painfully in sight for the duration of the ride. The road wraps around the back of the hill before ending at the radio tower atop Craigowl Hill (455m).. From the summit there are stellar views of Dundee, the North Sea, and the massive network of farm grids in this fertile area.
Craigowl Hill is ranked the 7thth hardest bike climb in Scotland. This high ranking comes from the steepness of the climb - a full half mile averages 14%. This climb is through fertile farmlands 6 miles north of Dundee.
Climb begins by riding up the Hillside of Prieston (unnamed on maps).
Beautiful hay fields along the first segment of this climb.
This is farming and ranching land.
The road has minimal to no traffic and colorful surroundings.
First of 2 gates at mile .9
Gate 2 at mile 1.3 - 8/10’s to go at 12.2%
Final mile at 11% to the radio tower.
Finish at the radio tower atop Craigowl Hill.
That’s a wrap!!