Sign at start of climb - still time to turn back!
The climb begins in the small village of Nateby (pop. 120) in the county of Cumbria and ends on the wide open windswept rolling hills 3.5 kilometers above. A 20% grade sign warns us about the challenge ahead right from the start. The first half of the climb is through open fields and pasture.
Share the road.
After leaving Nateby, we are on our own - peaceful and lonely climb with sweeping views across the moors and rolling hills bordering the roadway. This is an average length climb for the 100 Greatest Climbs, Britain, at just under 4 kilometers. The grades are double digits for several segments (including 700 meters 11% and 13% 500 meter stretches in the middle and end, respectively).
Finish - at the end of a 13% 500 meter segment.
As best we can tell, the name of the climb derives from the area near the pass on B6270 between Nateby and Keld, on the Nateby Commons side.
The steepest ½ kilometer begins at km 3.2 (12.9%)
“I thought Lamps Moss would be a nice little climb - only ranking a 7/10 in Simon's scale. It started in a pretty little village and you hit a warning sign after about 2 yards(!) saying that it was 20%. Simon says this is an exaggeration, so I thought - no bother.
20% wasn't true. No, it was only 18% maximum. But the wind was whistling around like nobody's business, there were the usual road hazards (ie a cattle grid, which in blowy, steep conditions is "interesting"!). The weather at the bottom was pretty good - although I had arm and leg warmers and shoe covers on, I soon got to be pretty hot!” More
This climb is in the northwest 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.
The climb begins in the small village of Nateby:
“Nateby is a village and civil parish in the Eden district of Cumbria, England. The village is situated about 1.5 miles (2 km) south of Kirkby Stephen and 15 miles (24 km) north west of Hawes. Historically part of Westmorland, it lies 3 miles from the borders of the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire. Nearby are the Nine Standards Rigg hills. The village contains a popular country pub, The Black Bull Inn, a garage/petrol station and a small metal-yard.” Wikipedia - Nateby
“Lamps Moss is a long difficult climb from Nateby towards Keld and Swaledale. There is a 20% warning sign at the bottom, but in truth, it is not a particularly steep climb and only gets near 20% for a short time. From the village of Nateby, it averages a fairly steady 8% for most of the climb.
Near the top, the climb plateaus, before the last steep (17%) section to the top. Although not too long, this steep section comes at the end of a long, difficult climb. Like many climbs in this part of the world, it is quite exposed moorland and you can feel yourself either helped by a tailwind or fighting a strong headwind.” More