Crawleyside (SW #59) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Crawleyside (SW #59)

United Kingdom

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Climb Summary

Cycling Crawleyside #59 Simon Warren 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs  - horse nudging bike leaning against wall 


Crawleyside hosted the British National Hill Climb Championships in 1984 (Darryl Webster wins second of 4 consecutive championships this year).  

The climb actually begins in Stanhope and travels north, passing through Crawleyside at 700 meters from the start.

Bike climb Crawleyside #59 Simon Warren 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs  - road sign and road 

We are not sure why the climb is named Crawleyside when it begins in Stanhope.

The 4.5% overall average grade of this climb is misleading due to a -4% descent for 330 meters beginning at kilometer 3.1 and the final 3 kilometers from that point averaging a mere 1.4%.  The challenge of this climb begins from the start, averaging nearly 10% for the first 1.3 kilometers.  

We were puzzled by Simon Warren’s statement on Crawleyside “The final effort to reach the top of the moor is an arrow straight 14% section followed by a hard right-hand bend.”  As best we could tell from Simon’s map and the “100 GCC Book #59 Crawleyside”, the final stretch is indeed “arrow straight” but is nearly flat.

Bicycle ride Crawleyside #59 Simon Warren 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs  - interesting cloud formation, road, center line 

A lot of straight at the finish of Crawleyside.

Bike climb Crawleyside #59 Simon Warren 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs  - water pipe near road 

Sometimes we get fooled - we took several photos of what we thought was a

pretty cool canon before appreciating it was just a drainage pipe.  


Steepest ½ kilometer begins at 800 meters (11.6%)

Simon Warren’s #59 of the Greatest 100 Cycling Climbs in Britain begins in the eastern section of North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty:

“A real difficult climb in in Teesside, north east, east of Durham. The climb is steepest, just after the start.

 Although it eases off after half way, there are still some steep sections which come up on this variable gradient.

Crawleyside was the venue for the 1984 National Hill Climb Championship. It was won by Darryl Webster 9.18, Manchester Wheelers.”

Wikipedia - Stanhope, County Durham:  The climb begins at the western edge of Stanhope (population 4,581, 2011):

“tanhope (pronounced in the regional dialect "Stanup") is a small market town in County Durham, England. It is situated on the River Wear between Eastgate and Frosterley on the north-east side of Weardale. The A689 road meets the B6278 road from Barnard Castle to Shotley Bridge in the town.

Stanhope is surrounded by moorland in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – the second largest of the current 40 AONBs in England and Wales.

Features of interest include

  • a petrified tree stump in the churchyard which was discovered with two others. One of the others can be seen in the Great North Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • the Durham Dales Centre, which incorporates a tea room, tourist information and craft shops.
  • a ford with a step-stone bridge for pedestrians.
  • the eighteenth-century Stanhope Castle in the centre of the town stands on the possible site of a medieval castle. It was built in 1798 by Cuthbert Rippon, the MP for Gateshead.
  • one of only two heated open-air swimming pools in the North East.

Stanhope Agricultural Show is held on the second weekend of September each year. It was founded in 1834 and has been held annually since, with the exception of the war years, the foot and mouth crisis and times of bad weather.”

Top 10 things to do around Stanhope.

Crawleyside Bank is a small village about 800 meters up the climb from Stanhope:

“Crawleyside is a village in County Durham, in England. It is situated to the north of Stanhope, in Weardale. In the 2001 census Crawleyside had a population of 170. The Crawley Edge Cairns, in a field to the west of the village are a series of forty-two Bronze Age cairns.”  Wikipedia - Crawleyside