Porlock Hill (SW #4) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.7
FIETS
1.6 mi
DISTANCE
1,003 ft
GAINED
12.2 %
AVG. GRADE

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Porlock is Climb #4 of Simon Warren's 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Britain. This is a very challenging road bike climb out of the tiny coastal village of Porlock in Somerset, southern England.  Porlock Hill is ranked the third hardest hill climb in England and #8 UK. 

Visit our Top UK and also our Top English hill climbs pages for photos, summaries and statistics for their respective top hill climbs. 
The average grade is 12.1%.  36% of the climb is at 10-15%, 26% is at 15-20%, and 3.5% is ≥20%.  The steepest 500 meters is 17.9%.

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Roadway:  Two lane highway with a center line but no shoulder.  The pavement is in excellent condition.

Traffic:  Moderate.

Parking:  At the Village Hall Car Park 50 meters up the hill from the start of the climb - MapStreet View
Provisions:  Many options for food and beverages in Porlock where the climb begins. 
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Porlock Hill is one of 13 climbs in the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Britain book that are in the South-West region.  Use the “Routes in Area” button on the menu bar to see other bike climbs in this area.
 

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Cycling Porlock Hill, England - road signs warning of Gradient Uphill, Caravans advised to use toll road, road winding around corner, large white home on side of road, Simon Warren's 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs #4 logo in corner     

Cycling Porlock Hill

Ride 1.6 miles gaining 1,003’ at 12.2% average grade.

Porlock Hill is one of the 3 hardest climbs in England and a Top 10 UK Hill Climb.

Cycling Porlock Hill, England - road signs for Porlock Hill, and advertising 13% grade, reminding to use low gear, sheep grazing in pastureland on side of road                         

Porlock Hill starts in the town of Porlock itself which is situated right on the coastline. As the street signs indicate with multiple warnings to watch for out of control vehicles, this road is insanely steep. Sections -particularly in the first half- near 25%. After negotiating the brutally steep turns, you'll rise out of the trees and have an incredible view of the Bristol Bay below. Although the climb is short, she really packs a meaningful punch and is in a very interesting little corner of England. There is parking available near the summit marker in an unmarked dirt lot used by hikers.

 

Climb begins in the coastal village of Porlock (pop. 1,440, 2011).

Start the climb at the junction of Porlock Hill and New Road in Porlock.

 

Start of ¼ mile at 18.5% 😓

21% hairpin at .3 miles.

 

Pastures along our route.

 

Top of the climb.

Porlock Hill is within Hawkcombe Woods National Nature Reserve:

“Hawkcombe Woods is a national nature reserve near Porlock on Exmoor, Somerset, England.  The 101 hectares (250 acres) woodlands are notable for their lichens, heath fritillary butterfly, red wood ant colonies, dead wood invertebrates and ancient pollards.  They are part of the North Exmoor Site of Special Scientific Interest”  (Hawkcombe Woods).

The signs of Porlock Hill tell the tale.

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