Garsdale Head (SW #73) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Garsdale Head (SW #73)

United Kingdom

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Train overpass at start of climb.

This climb begins near the Garsdale Head Train Depot and takes us 2.8 kilometers up an unnamed road south from the A684.  Be prepared because the climb begins in earnest from the start and doesn’t ease up until 500 meters from the top.

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Just shy of the start of 15% 200 meter segment.

After the first 200 meters, we are in uninhabited territory for a peaceful remainder of the 2.8 kilometer climb.  Our views are of pastureland and rolling hills from bottom to top.  The first 2 kilometers average 10% while the final stroll to the finish eases up at a click above 1.5%.  Much of the roadway towards the top is bordered by ancient stone walls typical of so many of the excellent 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Britain.

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Steepest ½ kilometer begins at 700 m (13.4%)

This climb is in the northwest section of Yorkshire Dales National Park, which attracts over eight million visitors every year.  The park is 50 miles (80 km) north-east of Manchester; and Leeds and Bradford lie to the south. Wikipedia - Yorkshire Dales National Park. 

Top things to do in Yorkshire Dales National Park.

“Garsdale Head is a difficult climb in North Yorkshire. Turning off the A684 between Hawes and Sedburgh, you head south. Firstly you pass under the railway bridge with Garsdale station on your left. There is a steep section as you climb away from the Settle-Carlise railway line and head towards the top of the moors.

The first 1 kilometre is the hardest, but after halfway, the gradient eases off and it becomes a long slog towards the top. There are great views from the top.”