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Winnats Pass - Castleton

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 11.7 %

Length: 1.6 km

Height start: 205 m

Height top: 393 m

Elevation gain: 188 m

Maximum: 20 %

Winnats Pass rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 5148 (all)
Ranking England: 14 (all)
Ranking Peak District: 1 (all)
Difficulty score: 47.09 what?

Winnats Pass ratings

(4.3) Overall

(2.8) Road

(2.2) Traffic

(1.2) Amenities

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Short but steep climb out of the Hope Valley. The area is an SSSI as well.

The Winnats Pass is situated in Derbyshire and belongs to the Peak District . Starting from Castleton, the Winnats Pass ascent is 1.6 km long. Over this distance, you climb 188 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 11.7 %.

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Story by nockmeister from Stockport, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/09/2014
Rode this yesterday after failing 36yrs ago as a 14yr old...Started from Stockport, into Chapel En Le Frith then up Sheffield rd which is a great leg warmer at 5-7% to Mam Nick. Along Edale valley and then back from Hope and hit Winnats. As we pedalled along the side road to Winnats my riding partner commented that he had no more gears left (39-25)..looking down I saw it was 9% long before we hit the start of the climb, gulp. The climb is tough but it''s very short. My riding style out of the seat wasn''t the most elegant on the steep sections, in fact I used brute force and core strength the push the cranks...Having completed it with a 5min rest at the top, I felt great, but a little sad, as in...was that it?? Its bark is far more than its bite!!
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Story by Carl Shuff from Disley, United Kingdom, submitted on 01/08/2014
Started road cycling in Oct 2013, what a drug this sport is! tried most of the notorious hills in the area, (Holmes Moss, Monk rd, Apple st, cowlow lane) but Winnats is the daddy, Mans hill.

The biggest problem is getting to it, for me 20mile climb from the flats of Stockport before you even get to try, sneaked round Man torr down to edale then back up.

it broke me, foot down on the 20% section, catch my breath then finished it. i will own this bad boy before the end of 2014

loved it
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Story by TeamSteve from Macclesfield, United Kingdom, submitted on 28/07/2014
Did this yesterday at lunch time on a sunny day. It''s tough but a good one to tick off. Traffic was very busy due to a broken down car half way up. I lucked out and the queue of cars stuck behind cleared just as I got there, my mate was not so lucky and had to stop.

It''s extra tough right now as the road has recently been resurfaced and is full of loose chippings! I guess this is due to be completed shortly and will be better than before.
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Story by Sam Travis from Manchester, United Kingdom, submitted on 22/05/2014
Took on this beast today after 50 miles of cycling in which I''d already done three cat 2 climbs (Holmfirth Rd, Holme Moss and Snake Pass). It nearly ended me, and half way up I was sure I was going to have to put a foot down. Luckily the traffic wasn''t too heavy and I could traverse through the worst of it and it started to ease off just as my tank was hitting empty. Still had 20 miles to go afterwards, and was very glad to get home after 7000 feet of ascending.

You will never be so happy to see a cattle grid as you will with the one at the top of this climb!
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Story by Tony Walsh from Knottingley, United Kingdom, submitted on 04/01/2014
Set off from Langsett this morning over the the Strines to tackle this climb, it didn''t disappoint and I soon realized from the amount of "good luck" messages from walkers and cyclists coming down it that it was going to be brutal.

Made the big mistake of looking up ''don''t look up'' it was was relentless. Returned back through Edale and the Hope Valley back over the Strines with a huge sense of achievement.
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Story by malcolm G from Beverley, United Kingdom, submitted on 11/10/2013
A great challenge-did it yesterday at the age of 66 years as the third big climb and relied on 34/30 gear - take it steady on the first third and enjoy the view it gets harder thereafter and you need some reserve energy. The final third is very steep at least 20% and in my case into a howling wind which made it seem more like 30%. But after a few wobbles I made it in one go!
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Story by Sam Wragg from Sheffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 05/10/2013
After 40+ years riding? 3 years ago I decided it was time to climb Winnats and found it a pointless exercise seeming when you get to the top where do you go?

Today for charity I did the accent again when I got to the top decided to go back down and do it again? second time was easier and came back through Edale and over the Strines to Langset

My advice is respect the climb & don''t attack it

Sam (52yrs)
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Story by Adam from , United Kingdom, submitted on 04/06/2013
Let me echo Ann''s comment- this climb has no appeal beyond the challenge of being able to do it. It''s a brutal one, especially after 40 odd miles of climbs to get to it. It finished my ride because I cramped up after climbing it. If you look closely at the profile the very steepest section approaches 30%...we had the pleasure of a car burning out its clutch, while other cars blocked the way, meaning we were forced to slow to avoid stopping altogether...not fun
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Story by Sean Murphy from Sheffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 02/06/2013
Had a go at Winnats Pass today after 22 miles and it is a killer! It got so steep in places my 39/30 had my front wheel coming off the road (whilst seated), whilst my 39/28 was just too difficult (out of the saddle). I looked up just after the first yellow grit bin and couldn''t believe it! I made the mistake of looking up again after the second grit bin. Don''t look up - I nearly lost heart! Nothing had prepared me for this! Done Mam Nick and the two climbs out out of Bradwell to train for up, but this was a monster!

At 44 years of age and a novice on a road bike I felt really proud to get to the top without stopping, although I nearly fell off backwards twice owing to the gradient! A big thankyou to the cyclist coming down at the top for his cheers of encouragement!
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Story by martinb from Chesterfield, United Kingdom, submitted on 29/05/2013
Things worth knowing about Winnats Pass

Winnats is busy. People use it as a through route between Sheffield and Stockport. The road is narrow. It is at the epicentre of the Peak national park so gets extremely crowded on sunny week ends. Queues of traffic often form putting a halt to the fittest cyclists ascent. Once stopped the only way is down. The best time to do the ride is early on a Saturday or Sunday when it is likely to be very quiet.
If the wind has anywhere from the west it will funnel down and hit you hard.

Sheep have right of way over everything and couldn''t care less about you and your bike.

It is beautiful!! Go early on a fine day, spin up to the 1st cattle grid then take it slowly, think postive and enjoy. It really isn''t that bad.
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Story by slowmovingjon from matlock, United Kingdom, submitted on 13/05/2013
Finally got round to doing this on a training ride yesterday. The 32 rear sprocket was useful. Sadly I was riding alongside a charity tractor convoy, about 50 tractors belching out smoke and noise. The climb itself is quite atmospheric and looks steeper than it actually is.
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Story by Ann Kittenplan from , United Kingdom, submitted on 03/09/2012
I''ve climbed Winnats just to see if I could do it, and I could. It has no other appeal beyond that.

The climb form Barber Booth has great views, and in places is just as steep, although admittedly it is not sustained the way it is on Winnats.

The Peak District is full of great climbs with fantastic views*. Winnats isn''t one of them.

A couple of favourites Bakewell to Monyash, and Bamford to Burbage up New Road, and even Hathersage up past Fox House which is not physically demanding but great views and you can sprint from Fox House up to the summit on Hathersage Road.

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Story by Ben from Manchester, United Kingdom, submitted on 16/08/2012
Climbed this as part of the tour of the peaks earlier in the year. It is a brutal climb, lulls you into a false sense of security and then halfway up, Bam!, 20%+ and wind and the ubiquitous sheep. Got 2/3 of way up before cracking (like previous poster already had 40+ miles and three big climbs before getting to this). Would like to (and will) tackle it again when a bit fresher!
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Story by Mat Jordan from Sheffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 27/07/2012
Yup, this one''s a real brute. I''d been meaning to have a go for a couple of years, but never felt fit enough to try. But having got back into commuting regularly and having tried Lodge Lane near Sheffield a couple of times, I thought I''d have a chance of making it all the way up with my wussy 26x32 gearing...

...but no. I managed about 2/3 of the way before cracking and resting. And another break at the cattle grid at the top.

The good news is that after Winnats, the climb over the shoulder of Mam Tor seems really easy and the descent the other side is intense.

Next time, I''ll try to pace myself a bit better, or maybe borrow someone else''s legs. I can only conclude that James G is insane if he really does commute over this to Manchester.
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Story by Danny Bishop from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, submitted on 19/03/2012
Three friends and I did this pass yesterday and it was hell. The place has Fantastic views and its a great ride. Needed a big roast and a pint after.
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Story by Gary Simpson from Derby, United Kingdom, submitted on 29/09/2011
Brute of a hill did this today it came in after 45 miles of riding great view once the top is reached ,therees a really steep bit in the middle which can catch you out riders beware of sheep !!!!!
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Story by James G from Sheffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 20/05/2011
This is miles 7-8 of my 32 mile commute to Manchester and it still never fails to surporiase me how bad it can get on the final stretch before the cattle grid. Whatever you do don''t over do the first third as you''ll never get up the middle 20%+ section. When I was really fit I could do it in 39/23 but I''m now happy to grind up in 39/28. The wind can get funnelled down the pass like it did today, which I reckon can add a notional 5% to the gradient so be warned - and watch out for the sheep!
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Story by Simon Hide from Wrexham, United Kingdom, submitted on 27/04/2011
Juts road this today; totally fresh having only ridden 1 mile up the road from camp site but it still nearly broke me; the > 10% bit in the middle feels like it goes on for ever, my heart rate was maxed out the whole time on that bit. Coming from N Wales I''m used to tough climbs and while not the hardest I''ve done its certainly a challenge!
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Story by ed from Hazel Grove, United Kingdom, submitted on 30/12/2010
wOw... After a good ride around Snake Pass from Hazel Grove I wanted to see if i had the legs for this, back in October I had to walk it, cars screamed up beside me so i didnt feel too bad... This time i seemed to have something left for it ! Another rider passed me and we had a joke about what idiots we were, it was foggy and getting dark....he made me almost fall off laughing when he said at least he wasnt doing intervals... really funny... Anyway i kept going and was feeling very proud of myself when my chain came off and got slightly mashed so it would stay on.... Walked rest of way up, tryed chain again and it was just about ok.... phew... 25 miles to go..... just as i was half a mile form home chain flew off as a took off at lights,, it rolled myself home safely... will try again soon!
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Story by Craig Maude from , United Kingdom, submitted on 11/01/2010
Climbed this bad boy yesterday as part of the Tour of the Peaks..would be hard enough as part of a steady ride out..doing it after nearly 50 miles, allready having done several other climbs including cat & Fiddle..twas hard work !!! and then on to Holme Moss.
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Story by Richard Kebell from Sheffield, United Kingdom, submitted on 08/05/2009
I climbed this pass on my way from Sheffield to Shrewsbury. I only had a limited number of gears on my folding bike and had to zig zag across the road to make it bearable. It was the end of July but the weather brought hail stones which bounced off my thighs and head. It is steep, really steep but short and very dramatic.
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