Page Contributor(s): Charlie Thackeray, Ongar, Essex, England
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Cycling Chapel Fell, Durham County, England.
Photo from above at the halfway point.
Pass through the quaint town of St. John’s Chapel (population 307, 2001) and ride up this challenging climb to the secondest highest paved pass in England (after The Great Dun Fell, located just 20 km to the west).
WWI Memorial at start of climb.
The first 1.3 kilometers of this climb pass by several farms and is a nice warm up at 4.7%.
Mild grade the first 1300 meters.
There is a brief descent at 1.3 kilometers followed by 2.5 kilometers to the finish at 10.5% average grade.
The picturesque country road ahead of us during the calm before the storm!
The climb begins out of Chapel Fell and is also known as Harthope Moss, in the county of Durham in northeast England. The climb’s name originates from the mountain range to the left (east) at the top, which heads southeast towards Pennine Hills. Chapel Fell Top is the highest point in the area at precisely 700m.
This climb is only 20 km from another top England climb, The Great Dun Fell and is in North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty:
“The landscape of the North Pennines AONB is one of open heather moors between deep dales, upland rivers, hay meadows and stone-built villages, some of which contain the legacies of a mining and industrial past. The area has previously been mined and quarried for minerals such as barytes, coal fluorspar, iron, lead, witherite and zinc.In 2013, a Canadian mining company were allowed to test drill for zinc around Allenheads and Nenthead. They said the region was sitting on a "world-class" deposit of zinc and predicted that a new mine in the area could produce 1,000,000 tonnes (980,000 long tons; 1,100,000 short tons) of zinc ore per year” (North Pennines).