Dunkery Beacon (SW #5) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.4
FIETS
2 mi
DISTANCE
1,074 ft
GAINED
10.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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Ride up from the Bristol Channel with wonderful views over the surrounding Moorland.  Be sure to take a run at the .6 miles of gravel after the climb finish to get to the true summit and Dunkery Beacon. 

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Cycling Dunkery Beacon, UK - road sign for Dunkery Beacon and Whedon Cross, large trees and ferns near sign, Simon Warren's 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs #5 logo in corner   

Cycling Dunkery Beacon.

Ride 2 miles 1,074’ at 10.4% average grade.

This is a very scenic and quite challenging climb, ranked as the 6th hardest in England by Simon Warren.

                                                               

                                               

In the far south-western farm lands of England lies the Dunkery Beacon climb. The climb starts among a narrow network of farming and residential roads. I recommend driving up the climb and using one of the dirt lots or pull outs for parking as there are very few options at the base of the climb. The narrow steep road will likely be shared by hikers as there is an extensive network of trails that line the hillside. At the summit coordinates, there is a dirt path that ends at the Dunkery Beacon lookout point. It is about a mile in length and quite rocky - but rideable on a standard road bike.

Cycling Dunkery Beacon, UK - photo collage, dense tree border and coverage along roadside, very tall and lush green trees

Tree border and cover the first 1.4 km of the climb.

The first third of this climb are surrounded and covered by trees. For the last two thirds of the ride we have wide open views, including some scenic looks back to the north of Bristol Channel.  

A gorgeous ride any time, but particularly when the heather is in bloom.

Simon Warren writes of this climb:

“This corner of Exmoor is hill-climbing heaven, with a plethora of nasty steep roads to grind up and fly down. It's hard to single out one climb that sets itself apart from all others, but the road heading away from Luccombe up to the Beacon is a beast.”  100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, A Road Cyclist’s Guide to Britain’s Hills, p. 23.

Finish with great views back to Bristol Channel.

DUNKERY HILL

It’s a rough ride but worth it.

From the finish, ride the rocky road .6 miles at 13% average grade to Dunkery Beacon.

“. . . Dunkery Hill was part of the "Royal Forest of Exmoor,” established by Henry II according to the late 13th-century Hundred Rolls. There has been some debate about the origin of the name "Dunkery" and its predecessors "Duncrey" and "Dunnecray.”  Eilert Ekwall suggests that it comes from the Welsh din meaning ‘hillfort’ and creic or creag meaning ‘rock’”  (Dunkery Hill).

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