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Hard Knott Pass - Brotherilkled

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Average grade: 15 %

Length: 2 km

Altitude start: 94 m

Altitude top: 393 m

Ascent: 299 m

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Difficulty ranking world: 2850 (all)
Ranking England: 2 (all)
Difficulty score: 76.7 what?

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The Hard Knott Pass is situated in Cumbria. Starting from Brotherilkled, the Hard Knott Pass ascent is 2 km long. Over this distance, you climb 299 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 15 %.

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Story by Jan Spaepen from Tiene, Belgium, submitted on 29/04/2017 15:33:57
Summer of 2015 , Planned to start at Ravenglass and take the cycle route to Eskdale and finnish up at The Hardknott Summit , But sadly after 500Yards had to return due to lack of roadmarking to Eskdale, so , took the long road motorists take, Up to Eskdale it''sa steady rolling uphill road , typical for this part of the world.Coming to hardknott pass all simple thoughts leave your mind an body , as a mountainbiker, i''ve climb difficult hills''s deu to road surfaces. But This climb has steep section that feels like a mountaintrail but the surface is perfect.I''ts just that steep. Sadly had to put a few feet down due to cars having trouble coming down and the inside apex on the steep corners is just too steep to tackle. You know how steep it is when you pass the Roman villa at 15% gradient thinking it is a flat part to recover before the last few steep parts. Nice that all cars and walkers cheer you all the way to the top. On a good day the view is pretty nice. The descent is not so nice due to the steepness and the traffic you need to be on your game at all times and you ''re down in some 5 min. if you tell your friends at the bar you''re good uphill. This one gives you bragging rights.
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Story by Tony Walsh from , United Kingdom, submitted on 23/03/2014
Did Hardknott today from Eskdale wow what a tough brutal climb, it''s a climb of 3 parts which I can only describe from experience (and the way I treated it) as first part Winnats Pass gradient wise, middle part a slight rest section and the last as Rosedale Chimney but steeper at the top.

The road is so narrow so hope for some patient drivers but the road surface isn''t the best, get up it it and enjoy the views on the fearsome descent.
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Story by jamie powell from , United Kingdom, submitted on 04/11/2013
rode both directions twice during october half term holiday. both times in horizontal rain/hail. from the west (eskdale) after cattle grid is tough, couple of 25% turns than it evens out for a km or so but steep enough to be in a 28 sprocket then two thirds of the way up, there are a couple of killer hairpins at 30% or more, just keeping the pedals turning is all you can do, what with a river running down the road, then its a grind to the top. From the east its an even grind from bottom to top, a shorter climb. however I recommend a fast run up to the first section (30%) spin the legs then your up, I stopped the first time. wonderful hill
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Story by Phil from , United Kingdom, submitted on 25/04/2013
Climbed Hardknott from Eskadale 25/4/2013 pouring with rain and soaked through. Did it on my Boardman CX Team with mudguards and pannier racks . Hardest bit for me was the last section. Did Wrynose earlier in the week from Langdale again pouring with rain but also blowing like a good un, this climb is not as steep but I think its harder as there is no respite, its full on all the way to the top.
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Story by K Macc from West Midlands, United Kingdom, submitted on 25/08/2010
Started the climbs from the National Trust Campsite in Langdale opposite The Old Dungeon Ghyll. Was a little surprised by the ferocity and length of the climb out of Langdale before we even reached the start of Wrynose. Wrynose is quite steady until about two thirds up where the incline suddenly steepens and becomes more testing. Harknott is hardest at the first steep section at the start of the zig zags. However, it is a short section but the thought went through my head that if it was all as steep as that I might not make it. Thankfully it wasnt. The rest seemed not as bad as I was expecting. Still cant decide which was harder, Wrynose or Hardknott. Hardknott has the steeper sections but Wrynose is much longer. My brother John failed on the steep sections of both climbs but if I tell you that he had a hip replaced three years ago then I think he can be still be applauded by his effort!
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Story by Daryl from , United Kingdom, submitted on 11/03/2009
I did Hardknott this week end. Mild 12 degrees C, gusting south westerly wind and hill fog/drizzle. Had already ridden Walna Scar and Birker fell (1 in 4). On mountain bike. Felt apprehensive in case I couldnt do it mainly because of slippery surface and inconsiderate cars. Actually turned out OK, the scenery reminded me of the top of Col de La Bonnette. My 14 year old son got to top ages before me and sent message down via a descending motorist that I should hurry up. Hes a cheeky B******! Rode over Wrynose then on to the Dungeon Ghyll 1 in 4 and back to Coniston. My son stayed on middle ring the whole ride. B******
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Story by RICHYBOY from Boness, United Kingdom, submitted on 27/10/2008
Cannot put this brute into words...Ive climbed lots of big tough climbs in Europe.....Alpe De Huez,Pla Dadet,Mortirolo,Gavia,Pozo Nieves...and this little 2 Km killer frightens me so much more...forget the 15% average...2 steep sections with upto 35% gardients and a relent in the middle..this is a climb which requires strong mentality aswell as Physical Strength...oh jeez..I cannot explain it..just ride it and die...for me the most special climb on the planet..and at 100miles on the infamonus Fred Whitton Challenge it enters into disbeleif...
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Story by Mark L from st helens, United Kingdom, submitted on 06/06/2008
Mark from United Kingdom 3/1/2008 is referring to Wrynose Pass from the Langdale side. This is even harder.
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Story by Mark from , United Kingdom, submitted on 01/03/2008
There is a saying: ""what does not kill me, only makes me stronger."" What about something that very nearly kills you? With gradients of up to 33% this feel like the hardest thing in the when youre on it. Ride up gently from Ambleside, warm up through Little Langdale and take it really, really easy on the lead up, concentrating really hard on conserving your energy. And you might just make it in one go. Theres more than just the gradient against you. Oncoming or passing cars can really disrupt you rhythm on this single track road. Try not to get out of the saddle just to impress the motorists - youll burn out within ten yards. Wear dark glasses so they cant see your pain. Choose a cool but dry day: the slightest dampness on the road can cause a fatal lack of traction on the steeper sections, as can the tiniest smidgin of sheep shit. Although the road is only little more than six feet wide, do try to zig-zag up the steeper upper section just to take some of the sting out of the steepness. If you could harness the power required for the upper half of this climb, you could crush coal into diamonds.
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