Oxnop Scar (SW #46) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Oxnop Scar (SW #46)

United Kingdom

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Climb Summary

Cycling Oxnop Scar - Simon Warren #46 Greatest Cycling Challenge, Britain  - aerial drone photo of road and fields, clouds. GCC 100 logo

Now THAT’S a fun descent!

Simon Warren’s #46 Top 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs in Britain - this climb starts out with its steepest ½ kilometer right at the start before tapering down and ultimately averaging a modest 5.7% for its full 4 kilometers.

Bike climb Oxnop Scar - Simon Warren #46 Greatest Cycling Challenge, Britain  - steep grade sign and hillside 

Greetings at the beginning of Oxnop’s Scar!

Bicycle ride Oxnop Scar - Simon Warren #46 Greatest Cycling Challenge, Britain  - cows in field 

Grazing livestock for the first few hundred meters.


 At kilometer 3 for several hundred meters on our right is an interesting wall of rock rising above the roadway - this is the Oxnop Scar.

biking Oxnop Scar - Simon Warren #46 Greatest Cycling Challenge, Britain  - aerial drone photo

Drone view just above the scar

Cycling Oxnop Scar - Simon Warren #46 Greatest Cycling Challenge, Britain  - aerial drone photo of the Oxnop scar 

Oxnop Scar along left-middle of photo.

Steepest ½ kilometer begins at the very beginning of the climb (13.3%)


This climb is in the northern 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.”  Wikipedia - Yorkshire Dales National Park. 


“Oxnop Scar is a climb from Swaledale south towards Wensleydale. Typical of Yorkshire Dales climbs in this part of the world, there is a really steep section of 25%. The steep section is at the bottom, so you will be tired after that for the long remorseless climb towards the top.

The only thing that can be said about the first section is that , traffic permitting, you can take the hairpins wide to reduce the gradient a little. But, it is still quite brutal.

Looking back through some old photos, I found I did this climb a few years ago. In those days, I called it ‘a steep climb in Swaledale’. It was probably done after cycling up Fleet Moss and Buttertubs. The metres ascent can really add up in that part of the world.”