Rundlestone Climb Summary
Start of the climb.
This climb begins at the northeastern edge of Tavistock (ancient stannary and market town; pop. 11,018, 2011). Long, but not particularly challenging, the climb enters Dartmoor National Park at 900 meters and passes a very cool abandoned quarry 2 kilometers from the top. There are 3 challenging segments to this climb (a) Start - 300 meters @ 10%, (b) km 2.5 to 3.9 @ 9.4% and (c) 800 meters beginning at km 6.1 that averages 9.2%) - otherwise, the climb is 7% or less with 3 brief descents along the way.
The climb is on B3357 but is named for the area of Rundlestone at the top of the climb.
Enter park at 900 meters.
Pork Hill Car Park and Viewpoint - km 4.
View of Merrivale and abandoned granite quarry - km 6.5.
Aerial view of the quarry.
Finish of the climb.
Steepest ½ kilometer begins at km 2.2 (11.5%)
“Rundlestone is another long Devonshire climb in the heart of Dartmoor. Starting from the town of Tavistock, the climb goes East through the village of Merrivale towards Princetown and the top of Barn Hill. Rundelstone climb
Rundlestone is another long Devonshire climb in the heart of Dartmoor. Starting from the town of Tavistock, the climb goes East through the village of Merrivale towards Princetown and the top of Barn Hill.
It is a long undulating climb, with the hardest point coming mid-way as you go up ‘Pork Hill’. It is never really severe, averaging 8-10%. The next mile is actually downhill, so will come as welcome relief as you go into the tiny village of Merrivale. Merrivale is most famous for a series of nearby Bronze Age stones. After you cross the small river Walkham beyond Merrivale, there is the last part of the climb – another couple of miles of variable gradient.” More
This Southwestern England climb in Devon County is within the Dartmoor National Park (95,312 hectares / 235,520 acres) established in 1951 as a National Park of England:
“Dartmoor is an area of moorland in southern Devon, England. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 954 km2 (368 sq mi).
The granite which forms the uplands dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history. The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife. The highest point is High Willhays, 621 m (2,037 ft) above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology.
Dartmoor is managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority, whose 22 members are drawn from Devon County Council, local district councils and Government.
Parts of Dartmoor have been used as military firing ranges for over 200 years. The public is granted extensive land access rights on Dartmoor (including restricted access to the firing ranges) and it is a popular tourist destination.” Wikipedia - Dartmoor National Park