Newlands Pass (SW #81) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Newlands Pass (SW #81)

United Kingdom

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Climb Summary


Moss Force waterfall at the pass

This climb is in the Lake District and included annually in the Fred Whitton Saddle Back Challenge, one of the most popular sportives in the UK.  PJAMM Fred Whitton Challenge Climb Page

This climb begins in the in the small village of Buttermere (pop. 127, 2001) just between lakes Crummock and Buttermere on an unmarked road that travels to Newlands Hause (also known as Newlands Pass).  This is a short but steep climb at 1.9 kilometers averaging 11.2%.  Most of the climb is between hills and along a creek that takes us to the pass and Moss Force waterfall.  The first ½ kilometer averages 13% followed by a 350 meter respite at 2% before we hit the teeth of the climb - an 18% 170 meter segment - the final 800 meters averages 15%.

Climb is through a canyon most of the way.

“I rode Newlands House Pass in 2011, shortly after Honister Pass, so it felt like the hills were coming thick and fast. It is on the route of Fred Whitton Challenge, so many will have done a similar route. It is quite exposed and very quiet up there. It is quite inaccessible. There is a tricky descent from Newlands House, I remember nearly coming off on some loose gravel. The road will take you towards Braithwaite, where you can continue the Fred Whitton route over Whinlatter Pass.

From Buttermere there is a sharp rise away from the Lake. The middle section affords some respite before the final segment towards the top. Here it is persistently steep around 12-18%. Like many Lake District climbs, the hardest part is reserved for the end of the climb, where your legs are most tired.”  
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This climb is in the central western section of Lake District National Park, 236,200 hectare (583,663 acres) established in 1951:

“The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells) and its associations with the early 19th century writings of William Wordsworth and the other Lake Poets, Beatrix Potter, and John Ruskin. A National Park was established in 1951 and, following a minor extension in 2016, now covers an area of approximately 2,362 square kilometres. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.

It is located entirely within the county of Cumbria, and all the land in England higher than 3,000 feet (914 m) above sea level lies within the National Park, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest bodies of water in England, respectively Wast Water and Windermere.”  
Wikipedia - Lake District National Park