United Kingdom - Top Bike Climbs

#1
The Great Dun Fell (SW #186)
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#2
Bwlch y Groes (SW #91)
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#3
Bealach na Ba (Applecross)
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#4
Bealach na Ba (SW #69)
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#5
Porlock Hill (SW #4)
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#6
Dunkery Beacon (SW #5)
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#7
Kirkstone Pass (The Struggle; SW #181)
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#8
Wrynose Pass East (SW #85)
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#9
Hardknott Pass West (SW #84)
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#10
Bwlch Penbarra (SW #88)
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Cycling the United Kingdom

Combe Gibbet - #25 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs

In the summer of 2018 we documented Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Great Britain.  We are returning in August, 2020 to undertake the Lands End to John o’Groats ride.  

Our United Kingdom page is arranged by rankings (default is hardest using the Dutch cycling magazine Fiets formula) which can be changed between hardest, longest, highest start/finish, lowest start/finish, greatest altitude gained, steepest gradients or name using the filters to the left of the map mid-way down this page.

100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, Britain (located in the menu section under the home directory “Bike Climbing Books”) is arranged in order of the number Simon Warren has assigned to each of the 100 climbs (which is geographically oriented - for example numbers 1 (Cheddar Gorge) through 13 (Dovers Hill) are in the Southwest, 14 (Box Hill) through 27 (Swain’s Lane) the Southeast and so on).

THE HARDEST BIKE CLIMB IN THE UK

The Great Dun Fell is the most difficult hill climb in the United Kingdom

Ride 7.5 kilometers gaining 625 meters at 8.4% average grade.

THE LONGEST BIKE CLIMB IN THE UK

Lowther Hill is the longest bike climb in the UK

Ride 15.7 Kilometers gaining 536 meters at 2.9% average grade.

THE MOST EPIC BIKE CLIMB IN THE UK

Bealach na Ba - The most epic bike climb in the United Kingdom

Bealach na Ba the #2 most difficult climb Britain’s top 100 GCC and the 6th longest, is a scenic jewel.  It is one of the more popular with 6,300 Strava members recording the route as of October, 2018 despite its geographic isolation. The climb is 9.2 kilometers and averages 6.8% grade.

THE HIGHEST BIKE CLIMB IN THE UK

The Great Dun Fell takes top position for hardest and highest bike climb in the UK

This climb ends at 848 meters above sea level.

THE STEEPEST BIKE CLIMB IN THE UK

Constitution Hill in Uplands, Wales is the steepest bike climb in the UK

300 meters at 22.1% average grade!!

OUR FAVORITE UK HILL CLIMB

Hardknott Pass is a magnificent bucket list climb for all cyclists, not just British citizens.  This is our favorite of Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.  Hardknott Pass is a 10/10 in Simon Warren’s book and while that means it’s difficulty is 10 on a scale of 10, it could be a 10 for challenge and a 10 also for scenery.  This ride is simply an amazing experience.