Whinlatter Pass (SW #82) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.4
FIETS
2.2 mi
DISTANCE
716 ft
GAINED
5.9 %
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2021 Tour de France

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This Lake District climb begins at the western edge of Braithwaite along Coledale Brook by riding up Whinlatter Pass Road. Unlike many other Lake District climbs, we are surrounded and covered by forest for the entire climb which makes it a bit of an aberration for the 100 Greatest Climbs Lakes District climbs. 
5.9% average grade (6.8% climb only).  37% of the climb is at 5-10% and 26% is at 10-15%.  The steepest 500 meters is 10.4%.

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Roadway:  Narrow two lane road with no center striping, in good condition.

Traffic:  Mild.

Parking:  There is some parking on the left side of the road at the start of the climb (Map;  Street View), or the car park 240 meters up the climb from the start (Map). 
Provisions:  There are a couple spots for food and beverages in the village of Braithwaite at the start of the climb. 
This is #82 on the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Britain and is one of 15 climbs in the North-West section. Use the “Routes in Area” button on the menu bar to see other bike climbs in the region.  

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Whinlatter Forest Park

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 Lake District climb begins at the western edge of Braithwaite along Coledale Brook by riding up Whinlatter Pass Road.  Unlike many other Lake District climbs, we are surrounded and covered by forest for the entire climb which makes it a bit of an aberration for the 100 Greatest Climbs Lakes District climbs.    

Bottom right photo - Bassenthwaite Lake to our north 400m up the climb. .

At an average grade of 5.9% for 3.5 kilometers, this is a mild and peaceful climb.

  Bike climb Whinlatter Pass #82 Simon Warren 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs  - roadway surrounded and bordered by trees 

No sweeping views of rolling hills on this one.

We were a bit too optimistic at the beginning of our ride in September 2018

CyclingUphill.com:

“For the Lake District, Whinlatter pass is one of the more steady climbs. There is nothing super-steep. More than surrounding climbs, you can get into a good rhythm with a nice steady gradient.

I rode Whinlatter pass in 2012. I set off from Windermere and had Kirkstone Pass, Honister Pass and Newlands pass in the legs before reaching the Braithwaite. After descending Whinlatter Pass I went down the West side of the Lake District and then back over Hardknott and Wrynose. It was roads rarely travelled, but quite a rewarding cycle with 3,000m of climbing.

There is also a hill climb course on Whinlatter pass, which uses a slightly shorter 1.8 mile version of the climbs.”  
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This climb is in the northwestern 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