We wondered why this climb is coined “The Road to Hell”? There are no signs nor any indication of lucifer, hell, an inferno, underworld activity, spirits or otherwise - nothing. The name is really more of a paradox as the climb is quite wonderful.
From our internet research, as best we can tell, this climb was named The Road to Hell by the organizers of the Dave Lloyd Challenge (an event apparently run several times between 2000 and 2010 but no longer). The closest Simon Warren comes to explaining the name is at the end of his climb summary where he writes “Bending gently right, just one more strength-sapping push delivers you into the hands of the Devil.” (100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Britain, p. 152, emphasis added).
We can attest that it is as windy as hell at the top!
This is one of the longest of the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs (Britain) at 11 km (the longest is 11.3 km). Those 11 km average only 3.2% and the steepest stretch is 570 meters at 14.4% but even that is mitigated by a 1.5 km -4.1% descent immediately following it.
The first segment of roadway is quite narrow, but that widens about 5 km up the road.
The climb finishes near the northern tip of Lyn Brenig Reservoir (used to control the flow of the River Dee).
We encountered some amazing cloud formations along this climb (consistent with other Top 100’s we completed in Wales).
Steepest kilometer begins at km 2.4 (11.4%)