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Kirkstone Pass - Windermere

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.3 %

Length: 4 km

Altitude start: 162 m

Altitude top: 454 m

Ascent: 292 m

Kirkstone Pass rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 6799 (all)
Ranking England: 26 (all)
Difficulty score: 39.91 what?

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The Kirkstone Pass is situated in Cumbria. Starting from Windermere, the Kirkstone Pass ascent is 4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 292 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.3 %.

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Story by Polly Myerscough from Chorley, United Kingdom, submitted on 23/05/2016
Did this climb on Saturday. Defo more like 10k! A couple of steep ascents on the climb whic does seem to go on forever! Managed it without stopping apart from some random temp traffic lights.

Came down the Struggle which was fantastic and terrifying at the same time. The very end before you join the roundabout is probably one of the steepest parts. I, like a girl, got off 100mtrs from end and walked it! My brakes were on fire by this point I''m sure.
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Story by Wayne A from Warrington, United Kingdom, submitted on 12/05/2014
Rode up Kirkstone pass during a torrential rain storm so spent most of the climb cycling through the small river of water coming down from the summit! Make sure you take the correct clothing as, in these conditions the weather is very fog, wet (with driving rain) and cold. Decent down the Struggle is great fun although because of the road surface can be sore in places.
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Story by Andrew B from Newcastle, United Kingdom, submitted on 04/08/2010
Having gone up the Struggle and down this way last year I thought Id reverse the loop. From Windermere its nicer to go up the minor road through Troutbeck and join the main road half way up. Its not difficult but the last section seems to go on for ages. Coming down the Struggle is a test of brakes and tyres (the surface is a mess after the hard winter of 09/10).
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Story by Andrew from Manchester, United Kingdom, submitted on 15/09/2009
I climbed this after the Great North Swim to get away from the crowds. Came down the same way past Troutbeck as I didnt fancy The Struggle. Not too much of a slog at all on the way up and beautiful views descending.
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Story by andy from embsay from skipton, United Kingdom, submitted on 03/01/2009
Rode up this on Saturday - never too steep but seems to go on for ever. The length quoted on here is wrong - I made it exactly 6 miles (so just short of 10km) from the roundabout in Windermere to the top. 392m of climbing.
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Story by mark L from st helens, United Kingdom, submitted on 03/10/2008
Kirkstone is a three sided pass. This is the steadiest way up, but is probably more similar to an alpine col. And the descent is fabulous.
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