Cycling Park Rash
Ride 2.1 kilometers gaining 222 meters at 10.7% average grade.
Park Rash hosted the British National Hill Climb Championships in 1991 (Chris Boardman wins the fourth of his four consecutive championships this year).
1989 (#2 championship)
Photo: Cycling Uphill, Tejvan Pettinger (2013 National Hill Climb Champion).
The steepest section of Park Rash is the beginning with the first one-half kilometer at 18%, and first kilometer a brutal 14.4%.
Start of climb -- 18% for first 500 meters.
This climb is bordered by an ancient stone wall on both sides its entire length -- very cool stuff! This was one of the best Stone Wall climbs of 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.
Stone wall bordering road from above.
All 2.1 kilometers is through open fields and pastureland.
Steepest ½ kilometer is right at the start (18.1%).
This climb is in the southeastern section of Yorkshire Dales National Park (217,800 hectares/538,195 acres, established in 1954):
“The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a 2,178 km2 (841 sq mi) national park in England covering most of the Yorkshire Dales. The majority of the park is in North Yorkshire, with a sizeable area in Cumbria and a small part in Lancashire. The park was designated in 1954, and was extended in 2016. Over 20,000 residents live and work in the park, which attracts over eight million visitors every year. The park is 50 miles (80 km) north-east of Manchester; Leeds and Bradford lie to the south, while Kendal is to the west, Darlington to the north-east and Harrogate to the south-east. The national park does not include all of the Yorkshire Dales. Parts of the dales to the south and east of the national park are located in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (Yorkshire Dales National Park).
Cycling Uphill writes of this climb:
“Park Rash is a very steep climb in the Yorkshire Dales – north of the village of Kettlewell towards Coverdale, it climbs over 230 meters in a short distance. At it steepest it has a couple of 25% hairpins. I’ve ridden up Park Rash quite a few times, though I have also done several rides to the foot of Park Rash and then turned back and gone home” (More).