England's 10 Hardest Bike Climbs

#1
The Great Dun Fell (SW #186)
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#2
Hardknott Pass West (SW #84)
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#3
Porlock Hill (SW #4)
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#4
Dunkery Beacon (SW #5)
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#5
Kirkstone Pass (The Struggle; SW #181)
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#6
Wrynose Pass East (SW #85)
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#7
Chew Road (SW #173)
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#8
Blakey Bank (SW #148)
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#9
Bamford Clough
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#10
Lamps Moss (SW #78)
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United Kingdom: England's Hardest and Most Epic Hill Climbs
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23 ROUTES
2 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
44.3
mi
DISTANCE
20,198
ft
ELEV. GAIN
United Kingdom: Hardest and Epic Bike Climbs
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21 ROUTES
0 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
49.2
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DISTANCE
23,185
ft
ELEV. GAIN
United Kingdom: Scotland's Hardest and Most Epic Hill Climbs
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24 ROUTES
43 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
357.5
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DISTANCE
42,638
ft
ELEV. GAIN
United Kingdom: Wales Hardest and Most Epic Hill Climbs.
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23 ROUTES
17 POIs
ROUTE STATS (TOTAL)
114.3
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DISTANCE
24,627
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FULL SUMMARY

 

We have traveled through England in 2018 and 2022 to document the hardest there.  Our lists are based upon (1) our objective Fiets index ranking - for the hardest climbs, (2) Simon Warren’s (https://www.100climbs.co.uk/books) contribution to our effort by listing for us his Top 10 Lists for hardest and (3) our subjective assessment of the roughly 50 top and recommended climbs we’ve done in the country.

The following are lists of the 3 hardest via Fiets (10 photos in the collage at the top of the page are the Top 10 from #1 The Great Dun Fell to #10 Lamps Moss) and Simon Warren's Top 10 Hardest a road bike climbs of England.

HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN ENGLAND BY FIETS FORMULA

THE GREAT DUN FELL

Ride 4.6 miles gaining 2,044’ at 8.4% average grade.

This unique road bike climb is both the hardest and the highest paved road in England.  The climb takes us from 714 meters, to the radar dome 848 meters (2,782’) above sea level in just 7.5 kilometers!  The road ends at an Air Traffic Control facility that services Northern England and Southern Scotland.

SECOND HARDEST CLIMB IN ENGLAND

PORLOCK HILL 

Cycling Porlock Hill, England - road signs for Porlock Hill, and advertising 13% grade, reminding to use low gear, sheep grazing in pastureland on side of road           

Ride 1.6 miles gaining 1,003’ at 12.2% average grade (¼ mile at 18.5%)        

This climb begins in site of Bristol Channel to the north and hits us straight away!  The first 300 meters average 11% (a nice warm up), followed by the 450 meters double hairpin section at 18.5% average grade.  This difficult 2.5 kilometer climbs is bordered for the first kilometer by bushes and trees until opening up with pasture lands and northerly views of Bristol Channel for the last 1.5 kilometers.

THIRD HARDEST CLIMB IN ENGLAND

DUNKERY BEACON 

Cycling Dunkery Beacon, UK - photo collage, road signs for Luccombe Minehead, Allerford, Bossington, Horner, and Porlock near very tall greenery almost overtaking sign, road bike parked along hillside, stretches of road winding down hillside, pastureland, water in background

Ride 2 miles gaining 1,074’ at 10.4% (11.4% climb only)

                                                                                                             

The first 1.4 kilometers of this 3.1 kilometer climb are surrounded and covered by trees. From 1.4km to the finish we have wide open views, including some scenic looks back to the north of Bristol Channel.  

ENGLAND’S HARDEST ROAD BIKE CLIMB - SIMON WARREN PICK

BAMFORD CLOUGH

Cycling Bamford Clough - the steepest bike climb in the UK.

Ride only 3/10’s of a mile but gain 381’ at 24% over that stretch!!

SIMON WARREN #2 HARDEST

HARDKNOTT PASS

Cycling Hardknott Pass West

Ride 3.2 kilometers gaining 314 meters at 9.8% average grade.

SIMON WARREN #3 HARDEST

THE GREAT DUN FELL

See summary above.

Simon Warren’s picks for third to tenth hardest bike climbs in England:

  4.  Rosedale Chimney

  5.  Wrynose Pass

  6.  Dunkery Beacon

  7.  Chapel Fell

  8.  Buschcombe Lane

  9.  Asterton Bank

10. Trooper Lane

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