Whinlatter Forest Park
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.
No sweeping views of rolling hills on this one.
We were a bit too optimistic at the beginning of our ride in September 2018
“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.” Read More
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