The climb actually begins in Stanhope and travels north, passing through Crawleyside at 700 meters from the start.
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.
A lot of straight at the finish of Crawleyside.
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.” https://cyclinguphill.com/100-climbs/crawleyside/
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
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.”
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